January 2016 was a month of failures—from over-proofed seeded rye bread to a vegan, gluten-free red wine cake that collapsed into crumbs as soon as I took it out of the pan. There were a few personal failures, too, but I’m not ready to talk about those just yet. February, the month of love, is the perfect time to embrace all forms of that trickiest of emotions. This month on Lexi Bites, I’ll be exploring aspects of love through recipes packed with chocolate, booze and a little spice. First up: the Black Manhattan.