A Cocktail for Valentines day

Cocktails, valentine, vodkaThere are sweet, sour, frozen, creamy, strong with pure spirit, and even cocktails made with fizz.  When I think of cocktails, it conjures up images of very retro glasses, with long stems, and its iced contents.  Of course there is in actual fact a huge selection of glasses, highball, tumbler, Margaritas, Champagne flutes or shot glasses.

I did (a very long time ago) work in a bar, which I loved, but I was never versed in the art of cocktail making. I’ve tried making layered cocktails before, and its gone horribly wrong. I think if I was organising an event I would get the experts in, a company such as Coxtails, as some are actually quite tricky to get right. The truth really is in the taste!

I do love a cocktail though, I think there is a sense of occasion with a cocktail. There are thousands of recipes out there, but I thought I would share with you three of my favourites, simple Valentine inspired ones. The first being very traditional, and the others more of a romantic nature.

In all of the recipes, I have included the measurements for one cocktail, so increase as appropriate.

First up the:

Pink Lady

  • 1oz (30ml) Gin
  • 1oz (30ml) Cointreu
  • 1oz (30ml) fresh lemon juice
  • Dash of grenadine

Directions and taste:

Shake all of the ingredients over ice, in a shaker and strain Into a cocktail glass. It has a clean, fresh citrus favour and is perfect after dinner, to cleanse the palate.

Valentines Kiss (in the above photograph)

  • 8 raspberries
  • 1/2 oz (15ml) grenadine
  • 1 oz (30ml) vodka
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Directions and taste:

Muddle raspberries and grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Let stand it 15 minutes.  Add vodka and lemon juice, add ice and shake to combine. Strain into a chilled glass.  This has a more fruity flavour, but certainly has a kick, delicious to drink at a party, or as a valentines night treat.

Finally, one for Tall Dad

The Alexander

  • 1oz (30ml) dark rum
  • 1oz (30ml) golden rum
  • 1oz (30ml) double cream
  • 1oz (30ml) creme de cacao (known as chocolate or brown)

Directions and taste:

Simply put all of the ingredients in a shaker, and strain in a chilled Martini glass.  A smooth and creamy cocktail, that contains Tall Dads favourite spirit, rum. Its rich in flavour, and suitable as an alternative to desert when having a meal, or as an digestif.

Do you have a favourite cocktail?  Or maybe you’ve tried to make any of these three, I would love to know how you have got on.

Thank you for reading

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