Sharing a cocktail with your one true love is a wonderful way to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day! Here are four recipes to put you in the mood for love.
Roses Are Pink – 1 ½ ounces dry gin
½ ounce applejack
Juice of half a lemon
5 dashes grenadine
1 egg white (will suffice for two drinks)
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake hard without ice for at least 10 seconds. The shaking will emulsify the egg white. Fill shaker with ice and shake again for at least 10 seconds. Strain into chilled glasses and garnish with dried flowers.
The Perfect Kiss – ½ cup of water
1 cup of sugar
Washed petals of three roses
Pink food coloring
Sugar for garnish
Heat ½ cup of water and 1 cup of sugar over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Add the washed petals, turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Add a tiny drop of pink food coloring. Let cool and strain. Rim the glass with sugar. Fill the bottom of the glass with 2 ounces of the rose syrup. Top with 6 ounces of Champagne and garnish with rose petals.
Be Still My Heart – 1 ounce citron vodka
½ ounce Cointreau
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce cranberry juice
Vigorously shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a martini glass and serve. Garnish with a lime peel.
# 1 Crush – 1 cup raspberries
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup lime juice
¼ cup sugar
Puree berries in food processor, add juices, sugar and salt. Strain into pitcher. Add tequila, triple sec, liqueur and 1 cup crushed ice. Stir until well combined. Serve in four glasses. Garnish with raspberries.