A Cocktail for Valentines day

| February 3, 2013 | 4 Comments

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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  1. Dominique

    If Tall Dad is a fan of rum you need to make the Henry Box Brown as detailed in this article about the Hop Sing Laundromat in Philadelphia. We survived on it over Christmas and are desperate to go visit the professionals to see how they make it x http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/Web-2012/Revolutionary-Cocktail-Lounges/

  2. Liz Burton

    My OH is Teetotal, so could we maybe share a Valentine’s Kiss? :0)

    Lets meet up at The St Pancras Grand for cocktails again soon xx
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