I don’t know if you already have plans for Valentine’s Day, or if you still make them, but what I am sure of is that most of you have already started thinking about next weekend. I bet I can guess what is going through your heads – the usual problems, right? “Shall we go out or stay in? Then if we go out – where to go? What to wear? Shall I get him a gift – but what? And so on and so forth… I’ve been there. Don’t worry because whatever you decide it will be wonderful –it’s Valentine’s, the day of love!
For those of you who decide to stay at home and host a party for two – or are considering having a drink before going out – here are three cocktails to try.
Many of you probably already know that a Margarita is one of my favourite cocktails, so we will have a Valentine’s Day variation on the Margarita and two other cocktails, equally lovely.
Prickly Pear Margarita
3 shots of tequila blanco
1 shot of Cointreau
1½ shots of lime juice
2 shots of prickly pear syrup
Salt or sugar for glass garnish
Kumquats and lime peal or flowers for garnish
First chill the glasses by putting them into the fridge or fill them with ice and water for a couple of minutes; if you are planning to put sugar on the rim you will need to do that as well before putting the glasses into the fridge. Now put the spirits, lime and syrup into the cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake hard to incorporate all the ingredients and then strain into the chilled and decorated Martini glass.
English Rose Cocktail
An elegant cocktail and sexy in appearance, very luxurious and complex with contrasting bitter-sweet flavours.
¾ shot apricot brandy
1½ shot of gin
¾ dry vermouth
1 tsp of grenadine
A squeeze of lemon (not too much)
Cherry and sugar(optional) or rose for garnish
Fill the shaker with ice, add the spirits and shake well. Strain into the glass and garnish with sugar and a cherry.
Fun and fruity cocktail, with a good kick and spicy notes. Perfect to start the evening with.
7 fresh and ripe medium sized strawberries
2½ shots of premium vodka
10 ml of sugar syrup
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
2 mint springs
First chill the glasses. Muddle 6 strawberries and mint sprig in the cocktail shaker into a mash; add vodka, sugar syrup, black pepper powder, and ice cubes. Give a good shake and strain into the chilled Martini glass. Garnish with remaining strawberry and mint.