Sometimes Valentine’s Day can seem to be all about elaborate meals, complex menu options or taking a lot of time to prepare something for your special person. But there isn’t always the time for this or it may be that it isn’t your thing. One thing that you can do for Valentine’s Day that doesn’t take any special skills or too much time is to have a little intimate cocktail party. And here are some ideas of the perfect romantic cocktails for the occasion.
Simple and pretty
Pink champagne has become a big hit with lots of people and its lovely blush pink colour is perfect for this romantic occasion. To make the perfect pink champagne cocktail, all you need is a sugar cube, a few dashes of Angostura bitters and 25ml of a good French brandy. Add these to the champagne flute then top up with a nice rose champagne for a simple and delicious drink for two.
Another famous cocktail that takes very little work and looks great is the Kir Royale. All you need is your favourite white wine or champagne and a black current liqueur called crème de cassis. The classic recipe uses ¼ ounce of crème de cassis in a champagne flute or wine glass then either 2 ¼ ounces of wine or simply fill up the glass. The wine will turn a beautiful pink shade. Alternatively, you can substitute the crème de cassis for Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur for the same effect.
Cocktails for two
Making a cocktail that the two of you can share is another romantic idea, a bit like a liquid version of a sharing dessert. The Chocolate Strawberry Martini sounds delicious and can be served in an oversize martini glass with two straws. Take three strawberries, sliced along with 1 ounce of milk, 4 ounces of vodka and 2 ounces of chocolate liqueur. Muddle the strawberries and milk then add the alcohol before straining into the glass and adding ice.
The Maxwell Cocktail was created by H Joseph Ehrmann, owner of the Elixir saloon in San Francisco and is a perfect sharing cocktail that can just keep going during a romantic evening together. Ingredients are:
- 5 oz. cucumber vodka
- 75 oz. cucumber juice
- .25 oz. Cointreau
- .5 oz. lemon juice
- .25 oz. agave nectar
- Bottle of champagne or other sparkling white wine
Add everything apart from the champagne to a shaker and fill it with ice. Shake well then strain into two champagne flutes. Top up with chilled champagne and put the rest of the bottle into an ice bucket. Just top up as required as the evening goes on.
The old idea of a love potion has been relegated to the world of fantasy these days but there are certain fruits that can boost the libido and among these are pomegranate, blueberries and watermelon as well as honey and chocolate. So a cocktail containing any of these may not be a bad idea…
Cerise Light uses one ounce of Bombay Sapphire gin and 2-3 ounces of pomegranate juice. Added to a shaker with ice, the mixture is then strained into a flute and topped up with a favourite champagne or sparkling white wine.
Love Potion #9 is a great frozen cocktail with a touch of a dessert about it and a low alcohol content. Take one ounce of either strawberry, vanilla or clear vodka with ½ ounce of white crème de cacao and half a cup of frozen strawberries. Add this all to the blender with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and half a cup of ice then blend thoroughly. Pour into a margarita glass and garnish with sliced strawberries.