We offer ruby-tinted cocktails that will guide you through a special Valentine’s Day at home showcasing your mixing skills for your sweetheart without going over the top. Whether it’s a home cooked meal or take out, the sentiment is in the drink. If you are cooking a meal, we suggest duck breast with a citrus port cherry sauce. For dessert, chocolate covered strawberries are always a hit. However, cognac and chocolate is for the mature palate. For simple goodness, red velvet wins.
Start the evening with Amour Rouge. This enticing aperitif is crafted with crisp GREY GOOSE Vodka, Pineau des Charentes, bitters, citrus and a cluster of red currants. The Amour Rouge boasts a vibrant fruit taste and a touch of aphrodisiac notes from the black currants in the crème de cassis.
1 part GREY GOOSE Vodka
1 part Pineau des Charentes
½ part Crème de Cassis
2 tsp Lemon juice
1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
1 small cluster red currants
METHOD: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with zest of lemon and cluster of red currants.
Once the gifts have been exchanged and dinner is finished, savor the end of the evening with a Red Rum cocktail. Made with BACARDÍ Superior rum. This crimson-hued drink is a simple serve for a laid back Valentine’s Day toast without going over-the-top on the holiday theme, just a hint of seasonal red currants.
2 parts BACARDÍ Superior rum
½ part sloe gin
2 parts red currants
½ part freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ part vanilla syrup
METHOD: Using a muddler (or bar spoon) roughly crush the redcurrants in the base of a cocktail shaker then pour in the other ingredients. Give it all a good, hard shake then fine strain the mixture into a chilled glass.