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Delicious and romantic cocktail recipes

With Valentine’s Day approaching, for those of us who like a tipple I thought I would share a few ideas for a romantic cocktail. And whether you’re marking the day with a loved one, friends, or just looking for something a bit different to drink at this time of year, I have three delicious ideas.

The first is courtesy of the mixologists at The Pearson’s Arms in Whitstable who have kindly shared their yummy idea with me and the readers of my blog.

Elderflower and Blueberry Fizz Cocktail

You will need:

  • Ice
  • Blueberries
  • Edible flowers
  • 40ml Anno Elderflower Vodka
  • 20ml St Germaine Elderflower Liquer
  • Your favourite pink champagne or sparkling wine

What to do:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and a handful of blueberries
  2. Add 40ml Anno Elderflower Vodka and 20ml St Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  3. Shake hard
  4. Into a short glass add some blueberries & edible flowers
  5. Pour and strain the elderflower mixture over the berries, then top up with pink fizz.

This sounds delicious! And here are two oldies but goodies from me:

Strawberry Sparkle

You will need:

  • 1 punnet of of strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons of icing sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 bottle soda water
  • 4 shots of vodka

What to do:

  1. 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.
  2. Keeping one strawberry aside, remove the stalks from the washed strawberries.
  3. Cut them in half and blend them into a puree with the four teaspoons of vanilla sugar.
  4. Add eight teaspoons of the strawberry mixture into a short tumbler, or half the amount if you prefer to use a champagne flute.
  5. Add a double shot of vodka (single for a flute glass) and top up with soda water.
  6. Give the cocktail a good stir before slicing the remaining strawberry halfway up (leaving it joined together) and popping it on the side of the glass.

Strawberries and cream

You will need:

  • 1 punnet of strawberries
  • Vanilla sugar (as made above)
  • 1 serving of Baileys

What to do:

  1. Make the strawberry puree as per the above recipe.
  2. Fill two shot glasses half-full with strawberry puree.
  3. Pouring it over the back of a teaspoon, slowly pour the Baileys on top of the strawberry puree. It will sit on the top creating a layered drink.

Cheers!

Sarah

Top image copyright to The Pearson’s Arms, Whitstable

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