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Shareable sipping for Valentine's Day 2017

February 12, 2017
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Feel like a romantic night at home this year? Or perhaps a cocktail at home before heading out on the town?

I’ve selected a few cocktails to make with your sweet, significant other at home. 

Here’s a cocktail from the irrepressible Michelle Hunt of The Martini Club International.

Michelle says, "What a way to spend Valentines… flying or not, everyone wants to join this Mile High Club! This is a riff off a French 75, and so drinkable— I love mine with Champers— cause that’s the way I fly! WHOOSH!"

 

 

 

 

The Mile High Club

.5 oz gin

.25 oz lemon juice

.25 oz simple syrup

.5 oz peach juice

4 oz champagne or sparkling wine

Peach slice

Method: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top with 4 oz. champagne or sparkling wine.  Garnish with a peach slice.

On the theme of mixing drinks together, the Wyborowa Vodka team has a Valentine Day themed drink to make quite easily with your special someone:

The Chamble (pictured above)

1.25 oz Wyborowa vodka

1 oz lemon juice

.75 oz simple syrup

.25 oz raspberry liqueur

Method: Mix everything except the raspberry liqueur in a tumbler or an Old Fashioned glass. Stir, then fill glass with crushed ice. Lace the raspberry liqueur over the crushed ice so it trickles down into the glass. To simplify, used cubed ice instead of crushed. Garnish with two raspberries.

I love brandy based cocktails, especially of the champagne variety. I had fun making this cocktail variation. Instead of cognac brandy, I used the brandy made from apple cider, also known as Calvados. I created this drink after that famous couple from the Garden of Eden.

Original Sin

1 oz Calvados

Dash of bitters

Sugar cube

4 oz of sparkling wine or champagne 

Method: Place sugar cube in flute glass. Add a dash of bitters, then the Calvados. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a fresh apple slice.

And finally, another favorite cocktail I created based on one of the famous lovers’ in history, Marie Antoinette. History has it that Marie had coupe glasses made in the shape of her breast, for use in her "pleasure dairy" at Versailles. This cocktail is more suited to after dinner pleasure - the rich cream and liqueur is more of a dessert for sipping.

Marie Antoinette’s Breast

1.5 oz Grand Marnier

3 oz cream

.5 oz grenadine syrup, chilled in refrigerator

Raspberry garnish

Method: Chill a coupe glass, preferably one with a little dip right in the center. Add ice, cream and Grand Marnier to cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into chilled coupe glass. Using a teaspoon, carefully pour grenadine directly in the middle of the glass so it will sink and settle in the bottom, ideally forming a nipple.

Sip these cocktails slowly with your V-day love.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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