Here is part two of Beverage Events “10 Valentines Day Recipes You Can Drink!” We hope you enjoy this post and take a look at the references at the end to visit some of the great sites where we found some of these recipes. Share with your friends!
6. Triple Berry Mojitos
Makes 1 mojito, but is easily quadrupled
This recipe comes to you from www.howsweeteats.com. Delicious and original drink for Valentine’s Day.
6-8 fresh mint leaves
2 1/2 ounces of mint simple syrup
1 ounce of rum
1 1/2 ounces of club soda
2 ounces of mixed berry juice
the juice of one lime
fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
In the bottom of a glass, add 1 ounce of simple syrup and the mint leaves. Muddle with a muddler or use the clean bottom of something blunt, like a screwdriver! Add ice to the glass, a few berries, and pour rum, syrup, berry juice, lime and club soda over top. Mix with a long spoon or knife and serve with an additional sprig of mint.
Note: depending on the sweetness of your fruit, you may want to add more/less simply syrup, so I suggest tasting as you go. Same with the rum – add more if you like your drinks strong. Also – if you simply want a blueberry, raspberry, OR strawberry mojito, follow the instructions using only that one fruit.
Mixed Berry Juice
6 large strawberries
1/3 cup blueberries
1/3 cup raspberries
1/4 cup water
Add berries to a blender with water and pulse until pureed. Pour through a strainer and press juice out with a spoon. You may need to add a bit of additional water if your fruit is not very ripe and juicy. You can also use a juicer to extract the juice, but I find that it produces much less juice. You can also simply mash your fruit, but I did not want seeds throughout my drink.
Mint Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
10 fresh mint leaves
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat just until it bubbles. Turn down to low for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Fill a short or tall glass ¾ full with ice.
- Add the vodka and sprite and stir.
- Top with just enough cranberry juice to turn the drink a transparent light pink color.
- Garnish with a lime wedge
7. Red Heart Sangria
Feliz Dia de los Enamorados! For those of you who “habla espanol,” that’s Spanish for “Happy Valentine’s Day!” Enjoy the Beverage Events twist on this classic Spanish drink and add a little flair to your Valentine’s Day party.
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 2 cups carbonated water (optional)
- 8 maraschino cherries
- 1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
- 1 lime, sliced into rounds
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.
Recipe compliments of allrecipes.com
8. Red Velvet Cake Shot
Your guests are probably ready for desert after sampling all of your wonderful Valentine recipes so give the people what they want! Here is a shot the ladies will love and really tastes like cake! I have to admit I haven’t tried to make this one so hopefully the grenadine works out ok (haha).
- .75 oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Flavored Liqueur
- .75 oz. citrus or lemon flavored vodka
- A few drops of grenadine
- Highball or large shot glass
- Cocktail shaker
- Wedge of lemon
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
- Pour in the Frangelico and the vodka and shake the heck out of it.
- Run a slice of lemon around the rim of the shot glass or highball then proceed to twist it in the sugar to line the rim of the glass.
- Strain the mix into the glass and run a small amount of grenadine to the bottom.
- Garnish with a lemon. Shoot then bite down.
9. Warm Peppermint Love
Warm up by the fire with your loved one while you sip on some Peppermint Love. This drink will warm your bones and your heart on a cold February night.
- 1 cup hot chocolate
- 1 ounce peppermint schnapps
- Whipped cream
- Red sugar crystals
- Brew up a pot of your favorite hot chocolate
- Add 1-2 ounces of peppermint schnapps
- Top with whipped cream and red sugar crystals.
10. Gummy Bear Martini
Here is a fun little way to jazz up your Valentine’s Day recipes. The gummy bear martini, if done right, tastes just like the famous gummy candy, invented in 1920 by Hans Riegel Sr., a candy maker from Bonn, Germany. The original candy was called “The Dancing Bear” and went on to become one of the most famous candies ever made. Allow Beverage Events to continue Han’s legend with our gummy bear martini! Cheers!
- 1 ounce peach schnapps
- 1 ounce raspberry vodka
- 4 ounces diet Sprite
- 1 lime wedge
- 3 gummy bears
1. Fill an old fashioned cocktail glass ice and top with the peach schnapps, raspberry vodka, and sprite.
2. Give the mixture a quick swirl with a spoon or shake in a bartender shaker and garnish with a lime wedge. Add the gummy bears and serve.
Note: Try this recipe with different vodka flavors to find your favorite gummy bear taste!
References: Chewonthatblog.com, howsweeteats.com, food.com , allrecipes.com
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Beverage Events has put together a list of some beautiful and refreshing mix drinks for your Valentine’s Day party or that special someone. When crafting drinks for this special holiday, you want to appeal to as many of the five senses as possible in order to create a cocktail that is original, delicious, and memorable. Getting your Valentine’s Day drink to appeal to the sense of hearing? Well that’s where having a clever name for your concoction comes into play so feel free to change any we have here if you are feeling creative!
1. Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini
Who, but Martha Stewart, would know more about how to make something spectacular for every holiday imaginable? This tasty kiss is a wonderful desert in a glass from the queen of cooking herself.
Yield Serves 1
- 1/4 cup Mint-Infused Simple Syrup, plus more for rim
- 3 chocolate cookies, finely crushed, such as Nabisco Famous Wafers
- 10 raspberries
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 2 tablespoons cranberry juice
- Ice cubes
- Fill a shallow dish with enough simple syrup to just cover the bottom. Place crushed cookies into another shallow dish. Invert a martini glass into simple syrup and then immediately into crushed cookies to coat the rim of the glass.
- Place raspberries in a cocktail shaker; crush with a muddler. Add simple syrup and muddle again. Add vodka and cranberry juice; fill shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled. Strain into prepared martini glass. Serve immediately.
2. Valentine’s Day Rasmopolitan
This fruity cocktail combines raspberry with the traditional flavors of a cosmopolitan. Made famous by the show Sex and the City, the Cosmo has become one of the most popular drinks around and a favorite of the ladies. Here’s how you can jazz it up for Valentine’s day.
- 1 ounce citrus-flavored vodka
- 1 ounce raspberry-flavored vodka
- 1/2 ounce Chambord
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon Simple Syrup
- 2 tablespoons cranberry juice (splash)
- Raspberries for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add vodkas, Chambord, lime juice, simple syrup, and cranberry juice. Shake or stir until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with raspberries; serve
3. Cupid’s Kir Royale
Perhaps the most classic Valentine’s Day recipe for any party is Cupid’s Kir Royale. The combination of champagne and Chambord is a nice twist on the traditional toast cocktail of choice. Add a twist of lemon if you like or some rose petals to your serving tray for an added touch.
- 4 tablespoons Chambord
- 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 bottle moderately priced French Champagne, chilled
1. Place 4 Champagne flutes in the freezer for 15 minutes.
2. Remove and add 1 tablespoon of the Chambord to each flute and a few raspberries.
3. Fill each flute to the top with Champagne and serve immediately.
4. Pomegranate-Champagne Punch
Another Valentine’s Day recipe Martha Stewart enjoys sipping on while cooking up a storm in the kitchen or perhaps filing her taxes. This one is very simple and great for entertaining large groups in a classy way. Believed to be one of the world’s first cultivated fruits beginning around 3500 BC, pomegranate juice is full of antioxidants to help your body fight disease and stay healthy. POM Wonderful Juice is our favorite brand and can be found in most grocery stores. This drink is a crowd pleaser!!
- 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 cup pear nectar
- 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
- 1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne
- In a large pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar, and orange-flavored liqueur. Slowly add Champagne. Serve over ice.
5. Valentine Lemon Drop Martini
The lemon drop is a delicious favorite signature drink for many summer weddings and many other celebrations. Who says you can’t have a summer drink in February though? Add a gummy heart and serve this one up to your sweetheart or your fellow single friends!!
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 4 -5 ice cubes
- superfine sugar, for the martini glass rim
- 1 large gummy heart on a bar stirrer
- lemon twist
1. Chill martini glasses in freezer for at least 10 minutes prior to serving.
2. Place Vodka, Triple Sec, lemon juice and sugar into a cocktail shaker with 4-5 ice cubes and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
3 Run the lemon twist around the edge of the chilled martini glass and dunk in a small amount of sugar for a coated rim.
4 Pour the strained martini into the chilled glasses add the gummy heart and serve.
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