Valentines day is days away. According to this data, most of you will be spending the day at home so we wanted to show some great ideas for DRINKS.
Below are some favorite Valentine’s drinks for you to enjoy this Valentine’s Day.
Set the mood this V-Day with these sip-worthy cocktails, inspired by the Feb.14 holiday.
From romantic red concoctions to blissful bubbly, we’ve rounded up 3 sweet, tart, and fruity drinks for you to toast to a romantic night in or to share with gal pals at a Valentine’s Day singles soirée.
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Sparkling Wine & Hibiscus~
For Valentine’s Day, why buy a bouquet when you can treat your sweet one to a bottle of bubbly with wild hibiscus flowers?
Dress up your sparkling wine by garnishing it with a hibiscus flower in syrup. As the flower blooms and reconstitutes in the bubbly wine, it imparts a rose-colored hue.
Beyond acting as a stunning garnish, the hibiscus offers a hint of sweetness and floral flavor to the sparkling wine.
For a sweeter beverage, spoon 1 or 2 teaspoons of syrup along with the hibiscus flower to the bottom of the flute before filling it with sparkling wine.
Hibiscus Sparkling Wine Cocktail~
1 jar hibiscus flowers in syrup, like Wild Edible Hibiscus Flowers
1 bottle sparkling wine
Carefully drop one hibiscus flower in the bottom of each Champagne flute. Fill with sparkling wine.
Redhead in Bed~
This fruity concoction is light, refreshing, and easy to drink. The pureness of sweet strawberries is the defining flavor, but fresh lime juice provides a balancing tartness. Because the vodka is not overpowering, it’s the perfect cocktail to enjoy on a hot day.
If strawberries are in season at your farmers market, I strongly suggest you give this drink a try — trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
Redhead in Bed~
3 pounds strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons citrus vodka
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
1/3 cup chilled Riesling
In a bowl, toss the strawberries with the sugar and let stand, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices, about 10 minutes.
In a blender, combine half each of the strawberries and their juices, the vodka, and lime juice with 1 cup of ice and puree. Pour into a pitcher. Repeat with the remaining strawberries and juices, vodka, and lime juice and 1 more cup of ice.
Fill 10 collins glasses halfway with ice. Pour the cocktail into the glasses, top each with about 1/2 tablespoon of Riesling and serve.
Honey isn’t only good stirred into tea; it’s also wonderful for sweetening cocktails. In this drink, it adds a lovely floral quality as well as provides a subtle sweetness.
With only four ingredients — honey, orange juice, lemon juice, and gin — this libation is fairly simple, but it’s sophisticated and perfectly balanced.
For those who dislike gin, I recommend trying a different spirit; vodka would be fine, but also a sweeter whiskey or bourbon would be delicious.
1 tablespoon honey
2 ounces gin
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
1 lemon twist, for garnish
Combine the honey, gin, and citrus juices in a cocktail shaker. Before adding the ice, stir well to incorporate the thick honey with the other liquids.
Add ice and shake for 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled coupe, garnish with a lemon twist, and enjoy!
Makes 1 drink.
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