Who says you have to spend a lot of money on Valentine’s Day? Keep it simple this year and enjoy a cocktail with the one you love. I have three very easy cocktail/drink options that are impossible to mess up. I’ll share a couple others that are a bit more complex, but still delicious. An evening cocktail at home is a nice way to celebrate this day of love after the littles have gone to bed and also doesn’t break the bank.
Cranberry Gin & Vermouth Cocktail
6 ounces Cranberry
1 ounce G’Vine Nouaison
1/2 ounce La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge
Combine in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake until chilled, strain into cocktail glass.
8 ounces coffee
1-2 ounces Amarula
Pour hot coffee into a coffee mug, add Amarula to taste, mix and enjoy.
Calvados Boulard Neat
Pour 1-2 ounces of Calvados Boulard into a whiskey glass (or any liquid holding vessel). Enjoy this rich, elegant and sweet preserved fruits, dried fruits, almonds, cinnamon well-balanced, with a great length of flavor peppered with discreet oaky notes liquor.
Don’t those all sound delightful. I really like the coffee drink or Boulard for cold winter nights. If you are in a warmer climate the cranberry cocktail is cool and refreshing.
Here are a couple more ideas for you created by master cocktail makers.<<<—My dream job.
The Sassy Lassie by Usquaebach
This deliciously sweet cocktail is ideal for a romantic dinner with a loved one. Featuring Usquaebach, a blended scotch whisky and Lucano, a bittersweet amaro, The Sassy Lassie is easily preferred over typical heart shaped chocolates.
2 oz. Usquaebach Reserve blended Scotch whisky
1 oz. Amaro Lucano
Dash of chocolate bitters
Shaved dark chocolate
1 slice of strawberry
Add strawberries and bitters to a mixing glass and muddle. Add ice, scotch and amaro. Stir until very cold. Strain into a cocktailcoupe. Garnish with chocolate shavings. Fit a strawberry slice to the rim of the glass.
Royal Smile by Frank Caiafa of the Waldorf Astoria in New York
Simple and sweet, this libation features Calvados Boulard, a premium apple-based brandy harvesting notes of toasted nut and ripe apple. Surprise your valentine with your inner mixologist and set the mood for a sultry night in.
1 ½ oz. of Calvados Boulard V.S.O.P.
1 oz. of Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
2/3 oz. of lemon juice
2/3 oz. of House-made grenadine
Add all ingredients to shaker filled with ice, shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass.
The perfect after dinner drink to savor with your sweetheart after a romantic meal. Pairing Amarula, ice cream and strawberries, this frozen cocktail is an easy Valentine’s Day favorite.
2 ½ oz. Amarula
½ cup vanilla ice cream
2-3 teaspoons strawberry puree
Blend ingredients and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a delicious Amarula-filled fresh strawberry.
Set the mood for a romantic night and indulge in the French Kiss, a sweet blend of La Quintinye Vermouth, gin and cherry liqueur.
1 oz. G’Vine Nouaison
1 oz. La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge
½ oz. of Cherry Heering Liqueur
1 dash of Lavender Bitters
1 orange twist
Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Serve in a very cold coupette glass, press the orange twist and discard. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.
A refreshing sipper that pairs Diplomatico rum, sweet red ruby port and citrusy ingredients, is ideal for a quiet night in with someone special or taking solace in your singlehood on Valentine’s Day.
1 oz. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1/4 oz. Diplomático Reserva
2 oz. Ruby port
3/4 oz. Lemon juice
1/4 oz. Muscovado sugar syrup
1/4 oz. Grenadine
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain and
serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the orange twist.
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