It is the time of year when love is in the air, and we may be planning an intimate dinner with our loved one. What better way to accompany a romantic dîner pour deux than some seductive and sophisticated cocktails. Here are some passion inducing drinks to raise a toast to Valentine’s Day.
This aptly named cocktail is a pretty dusky pink colour and is suitably floral and sparkly. It is made from parfait amour (perfect love) liqueur, fraise des bois liqueur, vodka, and Brut champagne or sparkling wine. Serve in a champagne flute with a half strawberry garnish and a Love Heart sweet.
This fruity little number is made with muddled strawberries and lemon juice, Absolut Raspberri, Monin Strawberry syrup, and Benedictine liqueur. Serve in a coupe glass to show off the richness of the pinkish red colour, and add the finishing touches with a strawberry and sugar coated rim.
Pom-Lime French 75
The pomegranate is associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and in Ancient Rome, newlywed women wore crowns of pomegranate leaves. Therefore it is a perfect ingredient for a Valentine’s Day cocktail. The flavour chimes perfectly with the other ingredients of gin, lime, and sparkling wine.
Shake well with ice and strain into a flute for a classic pink bubbly tipple.
This classic cocktail is made with muddled strawberries, fraise des bois liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and prosecco. What’s more, it was named after a 19th century Italian opera composer, Gioachino Antonio Rossini, who wrote some 39 operas during his lifetime. You can impress your date with some cultural capital as well as a delicious fruity drink.
The Sidecar cocktail was said to have originated in the Ritz Hotel in Paris, so it is perfect for evoking that special feeling of luxury and vintage glamour. No one is completely sure how the name came about, but one story has it that the cocktail was created for a Ritz regular who used to arrive in a chauffeur driven sidecar every evening.
The classic sidecar is made from equal parts cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. For a Valentine’s Day twist, you could make the Sidecar Named Desire, which replaces the orange with the original forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden, the apple. Use apple schnapps liqueur, and freshly squeezed lemon juice with Avellen Calvados and serve in a coupe glass.
Passion fruit martini
It goes without saying that this makes the perfect cocktail for a romantic dinner or intimate evening with your special one. It’s super simple to make as well, with the flesh of half a passion fruit, vanilla vodka, passoa, lime juice, and prosecco.
Scoop out the seeds from the passion fruit and add the fruit to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into martini glasses topped up with prosecco. Float a slice of passion fruit in the top of the drink to garnish and serve while chilled.
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