What is it about the allure of a sexy bartender? Whether you’re rocking it out classic Tom Cruise ‘Cocktails’ style or planning a ‘Coyote Ugly’ themed romp, here are a couple of recipes that anyone with basic barslinging skills (read: owns a martini shaker and can make ice) should be able to mix up to impress that special someone. I pulled together a few friends to get their feedback and opinions, and snapped some pics of the results!
Red Velvet Cupcake
A rich chocolately drink with a kick, one of my friends described it as “mmmm…pow!” I rest my case.
- 2 oz vanilla vodka
- 1 oz creme de cacao
- 1 oz buttermilk (if you don’t have it, you can make it by adding a tiny splash of vinegar to your shotglass of milk)
- 1 tbsp chocolate sauce
- 3 drops red food colouring
- 8 drops vanilla
- cream cheese frosting for the rim of the cup (simply whip together a little icing sugar and cream cheese – if you don’t have any on hand, even normal sugar can serve)
Throw all the ingredients (save the cream cheese, of course) into your shaker with ice, agitate well, and serve in a martini glass.
Recipe from The Daily Beast
Sorbet and Champagne Cocktail
The most universally popular drink of the evening (I literally turned around to wash a cup, and when I turned back, glasses were empty), it was also the simplest to prepare. And I quote, “It’s ice cream and bubbly. How can you not like it?”
- spoonful of fruit sorbet (this picture is of mango, however raspberry is also good!)
- chilled champagne / prosecco
Depending on how sweet and juice-like you want it, put anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon of sorbet in your champagne flute, then fill it up to the top with your bubbly – I found that the drink needed a little mixing with a fork / spoon to get the sorbet fully incorporated.
Recipe from Martha Stewart
Between the Sheets
A sultry name for a drink that means business – it seems to have come by its name because, as one of my friends put it, “it’ll get you there!” It has a nice mix and balance though, and if you wanted to soften it up, my recommendation would be a dash of orange juice.
- 1 oz white rum
- 1 oz Cointreau / Grand Marnier (fyi – G.M. is apparently sweeter than Cointreau, take your pick. However, if this is not something you keep in your cabinet, they have the bitty baby bottles of Grand Marnier at the liquor store that will make just about 2 servings)
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz cognac
Everything in shaker with ice, shake and pour.
Recipe from Esquire
Sour Raspberry Martini
In a break from all the syrupy sweetness of Valentine’s, a sour drink out there for the defiantly single! Voted prettiest drink of the night, it smells amazing too…
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz sour raspberry schnapps
- 1 oz pomegranate juice
- raspberries for garnish
All the liquids in the shaker, add ice, shake, pour. Throw berries on top, and you’re done! If you’re feeling creative, this is a super basic recipe that can be modified very easily (ie. swap in apple schnapps and apple juice, et voila, you’ve got a sour apple martini).
What are your favourite Valentine’s Day recipes?
All glassware shown is from Urban Barn