Friday, February 11, 2011

Nothing says L-O-V-E like a stiff drink...

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
The Babe really loves my cocktails
So I made him two

Cupid shooting his arrow.  
Conversation hearts in a bowl.
Perfect excuse to eat chocolates.
Love abounding.
Robert Redford washing Meryl Streep's hair in that unforgettable scene from 
Out of Africa...ahh, romance.

     Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and this year I have decided that the most romantic thing I can do for the Babe is pour him an awesome drink and cook him an incredible meal.  (okay, there are more romantic things I can and will do for the man I love, but those will not make it into the blog.  As much as we get a kick out of grossing out our kids,  I will refrain...this time.)   

     This holiday, being our first married Valentine's Day, I have to go above and beyond his favorite perfectly dirty martini.  What would be better than a whole series of cocktails to set the tone for our Valentine evening?

Cupid's Arrow

1 ounce Heering Cherry liqueur
1 ounce DeKuyper Peachtree schapps
4 ounces of fresh orange juice

Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients and shake well.  Pour into a tall, ice filled highball glass and garnish with an orange slice and cherry.  Your mate won't even feel the sting of the arrow.

Once the effect of Cupid's Arrow begins to set in, share this next cocktail to really set the mood...

French Kiss

2 ounces Absolut Vodka
2 ounces Chambord raspberry liqueur
1 ounce Creme de Cacao white
1 ounce half and half

Fill cocktail shaker with ice, combine all ingredients and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass.  Sip once, and kiss your partner twice.

    By this time, your lover should be relaxed, smiling, and totally infatuated with you.  In the unlikely event that he or she isn't, proceed to the third cocktail.  Please advance with caution.  The impending results may cause erratically romantic behavior in men.   

Love Potion # 9

2 ounce Stoli Strawberry Vodka
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce agava nectar
dash of bitters

Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients and shake vigorously.  Pour into chilled martini glass or over an ice filled rocks glass.  Serve to your sweetheart on a silver tray and remind him how much he looks like Robert Redford.   And much you love those cute chocolate diamonds.

     If you have made it through the entire series of Valentine cocktails - congratulations!  If you are as lucky as me, and you don't really need to get your date intoxicated to truly appreciate you on this holiday, you can skip all of the above and just serve this one - 

Happily Ever After

2 ounces DiSaronno Amaretto 
1 ounce Hendrick's Gin
1 ounce club soda
spash of Cointreau

Fill rocks glass with ice.  Pour in Amaretto and gin, top with club soda and Cointreau, and stir and add two cherries.  If you are really in the Valentine's Day spirit, you can garnish with a chocolate covered strawberry : )

Drink happy - LOVE happy!

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