When the Co-op asked me to be part of their Valentine’s cocktail campaign I was delighted . As an old romantic at heart, who enjoys the odd tipple, it seemed a great idea to me to combine these together to create a yummy lovey-dovey drink.
With a theme of Valentine, I decided to base my cocktail on the fruit synonymous with this day, the strawberry. I also happen to adore strawberries, which might have swayed my decision somewhat.
Getting into the spirit (no pun intended) of things, I created a Strawberry Sparkle cocktail and a Strawberries & Cream shot to celebrate Valentines and indulge in a cheeky drink or two.
You will need:
- Two punnets of strawberries
- 4 teaspoons of icing sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
- 1 bottle soda water
- 4 shots of vodka
- Approx 1 shot of Baileys
You can find all of these ingredients at your local Co-op store.
What to do:
- If you can, make your vanilla sugar the night before. This will allow more time for the vanilla flavour to infuse through the sugar. It’s not too time consuming, simply mix the sugar and the seeds from a vanilla pod into an airtight container.
- When you’re ready to create your cocktails, firstly make your strawberry puree. Keep two strawberries to one side for later. Remove the stalks from the other strawberries and cut them in half. Pop them into a blender with the four teaspoons of vanilla sugar and whizz it all together into a nice smooth puree.
- Add eight tablespoons of the strawberry mixture into a glass and then repeat in a second glass. I opted for a short tumbler, but it would look good in a champagne flute as well (but it would be best to half the ingredients).
- Add a double shot of vodka to your puree and top up with the soda water. Give your cocktail a good stir.
- Take the strawberries you left to one side, slice halfway up (without cutting it completely in half) and pop it on the side of your glass as a finishing touch to your romantic cocktail.
- To make the Strawberries & Cream shot, fill two shot glasses half-full with strawberry puree.
- Then (this is easier than it sounds), pouring it over the back of a teaspoon, slowly pour the Baileys on top of the strawberry puree. It will sit on the top of the puree creating a layered drink. I learnt this trick working in a pub back in my student days, but never understood why it works – if you know please explain it to me!
- Raise a glass with your loved one and drink up. Happy Valentine’s everyone ♥
To explore more idea to celebrate Valentine’s day and find your local Central England Co-operative, check out the Co-op’s dedicated Valentine’s microsite.