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Valentine's Day Cocktails
What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day then by sipping cocktails with the person you love? Whether you are sipping a Cupid's Cosmo while listening to music or having a delightful Snuggler while curled up together watching a movie. Where strawberries are the food of love cocktails are the drinks of love! So, however you're spending your Valentine Day be sure to include a Valentine's Day Cocktail or two!
Check out all of our cocktail recipes to make your Valentine Day really special.
With a name like Cupid's Cosmo you can't go past my first choice for Valentine's Day. This twist on the traditional Cosmopolitan made famous on Sex and the City is a longer drink and uses Grand Marnier instead of Cointreau which makes for a delicious cocktail!
If you don't fancy Cupid's Cosmo then how about combining the exoticness of lychees with a Valentine's perennial favorite - rose petals? Lychee & Rose Petal Martini does use gin so you need to be sure your beloved likes gin (a strong flavor that people have strong feelings about!)
Still haven't found the 'right' cocktail for your romantic evening? How about paying homage to the Roman goddess of love - Venus and trying out the Venus Martini, another gin martini but this time it is offset with delicious raspberries.
1 ½ shots vodka
1 shot Grand Marnier
2 shots cranberry juice
½ shot freshly squeezed lime juice
Shake all of the ingredients together with ice and strain into a cocktail glass to serve.
Lychee & Rose Petal Martini
1 ½ shots gin
1 ½ shots rose petal vodka
1 ½ shots lychee syrup (taken from canned lychees)
Shake all of the ingredients together with ice and strain into a martini glass to serve. For a really romantic twist float a rose petal on top.
6 fresh raspberries
2 Â½ shots gin
1 shot triple sec
¼ shot sugar syrup
4 dashes orange bitters
Muddle the raspberries with the gin in the base of the shaker. Pour in the rest of the ingredients, add ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass to serve.
The Power of Love
"The whispers in the morning......." leads us straight to the Whisper Cocktail and while you're busy whispering sweet nothings into each other's ears then that can only lead to a Blushtini!
1 part strawberry liqueur
1 part mango liqueur
1 part fresh lime juice
1 part fresh lemon juice
2 peaches (canned)
Place all of the ingredients together in a blender and blend. Serve in a margarita glass.
1 ½ shots vodka
½ shot vanilla schnapps
½ shot amaretto
½ shot cranberry juice
¾ shot milk
¾ shot double cream
Shake all of the ingredients together with ice and strain into a martini glass to serve.
A Valentine Day Strawberry?
Valentines Day and strawberries seem to be irrevocably entwined and so it seems only natural that you should want some strawberry cocktails on Valentines Day and it just so happens that I have 2 suggestions for you.
My first suggestion is the classic combo of strawberries and chocolate in the Chocolate Covered Strawberrytini.
My next suggestion is a slightly unusual cocktail - Strawberry & Balsamic Martini - now it might sound unusual to use balsamic vinegar in a cocktail, but trust me this one is another delicious cocktail that I'm sure you'll love.
Chocolate Covered Strawberrytini
2 ½ shots strawberry vodka
1 ½ shots white ceme de cacao
The day before melt some chocolate and dip the strawberry into it - leave in fridge to harden, it's these little details with the garnish that could 'make' the evening.
Place the vodka and crÃ¨me de cacao, along with ice in a shaker and then shake well. Strain into a martini glass to serve and place the strawberry on a skewer across the top of the martini glass.
Strawberry & Balsamic Martini
4 fresh hulled strawberries
2 shots vodka
¾ shot strawberry liqueur
¼ shot balsamic vinegar
Muddle the strawberries and vodka in the base of the shaker before pouring in the remaining ingredients along with some ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass to serve.
A Love Spell or a Cocktail?
If you want to be sure that your partner is true to you then perhaps you want to go for a love potion of some description and the love potion cocktail pictured opposite could be just the thing!
A delicious cocktail that will also get the person who drinks it to fall utterly in love with you ...... or so the story goes.
2 shots milk
1 shot white chocolate liquor
1 shot vanilla vodka
a few drops of grenadine
Pop all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well before straining into a martini glass to serve. As you can see from the picture strawberries make a nice touch as a garnish.
One of my favorite ways to spend Valentine evening is curled up with the man of my dreams watching a movie and the only drink to have in these circumstances just has to be a Snuggler.
1 ½ oz Peppermint Schnapps
Pour your Schnapps into a mug and fill with hot chocolate. If you really want to go all out you can top it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.