Thursday, January 25, 2018

Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipes

With romance in the air, it has never been a better time to surprise your loved one and try out a new, sinfully delicious cocktail for Valentine’s Day. With options from Drambuie, Hudson Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder, Montelobos, Reyka Vodka, Sailor Jerry, Q Drinks, and the perfect sparkling option, Pata Negra cava, now is your chance to set the mood with an elevated nightcap… or two.

Mixed Berry Sangria (created by Vance Henderson, Drambuie Ambassador)
3 parts Drambuie
1 part Triple sec
1 Cup White Wine (Chardonnay is perfect)
1 part OJ
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
1 part Honey
2 cups Frozen Berries
10 Dashes Cherry Bitters

Add all Ingredients to a Blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with skewered berries with basil sprig.

White Manhattan
1 part Lillet Blanc
3 dashes orange bitters

Stir ingredients 50 times with chunk ice to chill and dilute properly. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Strawberry Mamie Taylor (By Giuseppe Gonzalez Suffolk Arms, NYC)
.5 parts Lemon juice
.75 parts ginger syrup
.25 parts strawberry puree

Shake. Top with soda.

Smoke & Flowers (SERVES 5)
7 ½ parts Montelobos Mezcal
2 ½ parts St. Germain
5 parts strawberry puree (wash strawberries and blend in a blender)
3 ¾ parts lemon juice
2 ½ parts simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir together vigorously. Add ice cubes when ready to serve. Garnish with strawberry and lemon slices.

The Siren (by Ingi R. Sigurdsson)
1.5 fresh Lemon juice
1 oz simple (1:1)
1 oz St. Germaine
6 oz champagne

Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker except champagne. Shake, top, garnish and serve. Shake/strain over the fruit juice cubes/top with 6 oz prosecco. Bordeaux/Burgundy wine glass. 2 cranberry juice cubes/2 grapefruit juice cubes/ 1 large simple syrup ice cube with orange blossom water, rose water, frozen edible Sonja orchid.

For flower ice cube liquid:
4 liters water
24 oz simple syrup 1:1
10 droppers Orange flower water
10 droppers rose water

Stir til combine. Freeze in 1x1 molds with Sonia Orchid. Juice from concentrate...not juiced and frozen.

Sailor Jerry Cherry
3 parts Q Ginger Beer
1 cherry
2 dashes cherry bitters

Build Sailor Jerry and Q Ginger Beer over ice. Top with dashes of cherry bitters. Garnish with a cherry.

Smoking Rose Paloma (Recipe by Ashley Conway, Craft and cocktails)
5 oz Q Drinks Grapefruit Soda
2 oz mezcal
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.5 rose simple syrup (recipe below)*
garnish: grapefruit slice, rose petals

For the flower ice: Fill a glass 1/4 the way full with water. Add rose petals. Prop on it’s side in the freezer, making sure it doesn’t spill. Let freeze completely before using. This is an optional step, if you are looking to make a drink ASAP (we all have those days), just add regular ice to the glass. But if you do take the time for this step, it makes one pretty cocktail!

Add all liquid ingredients except Q Drinks Grapefruit Soda into a shaker. Shake well to help dilute the cocktail a bit since the ice in the glass won’t melt as fast. Remove the glass from the freezer. Strain into the glass. Top with the Grapefruit Soda and stir. Garnish with grapefruit slice.

Please remember to ALWAYS drink responsibly. 

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