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Valentine's Day 

Cocktails Anyone?
by Sheila Swerling-Puritt

Celebrating Valentine's Day with cocktails is all about love in the glass. Like satin heart chocolate boxes and all those elaborate cards, your amorous mixed drinks should seduce with red colours. The colour tradition is derived from all that blood your beating heart pumps around when you see your honey.

While the traditional Gin Gimlet cocktail was first introduced in the then British colonies of Singapore and Hong Kong, Americans invented the Vodka Gimlet. The modern addition of Chambord, a liqueur made in France from black raspberries and herbs combined with honey, gives a balance to the tangy flavour of the fresh lime in the Chambord Gimlet.

Eve's Apple blends Berentzen Apple Liquor, which is made from a matured German wheat spirit (Korn) and the fresh natural juice of apples. By adding Dubonnet rouge, a French wine-based aperitif flavoured with spices and hints of quinine, this cocktail stimulates the palate and prepares it for the dining adventures ahead.

Love Potion marries Mandrin Absolut Vodka, a top-selling Swedish vodka, flavoured with natural mandarin and orange flavours, and Chambord liqueur, and is dry enough to serve as an aperitif.

The creamy dreamy French Kiss should be saved definitely for after dinner, as every gentleman knows. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, based exclusively on cognac rather than on neutral spirits, adds to your impression you are savouring not only the flavour of an orange cognac (rather than an orange liqueur) but paradise itself.

My choice of stemware is to reclaim the 4 oz. martini glass relegated to storage now that everyone is using the trendy 8oz. size. Also, dig out the champagne coupes (replaced by flutes) to serve the French Kiss.

Chambord Gimlet

  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice **
  • 1 tsp. superfine sugar***
  • ice cubes
  • 3 oz. vodka****
  • ½ Tbsp. (¼ oz.) Chambord liqueur
  1. Place sugar in the bottom of a chilled 4 oz. martini glass*
  2. Pour lime juice over sugar and dissolve sugar.
  3. Fill shaker with ice.
  4. Add vodka and Chambord and shake well.
  5. Strain contents over dissolved sugar
  6. Garnish with a twist of lime

    *may also be served on the rocks, but add ice just before serving.
    **substitute 1 oz. bottled Roses sweetened lime juice
    *** if not available, make your own by placing regular white sugar into blender, pulverizing to make the texture finer.
    ****substitute gin

Eve's Apple

  • 2 oz. Berentzen Apple Liquor
  • 1 oz. Dubonnet rouge
  • 1 Tbsp. grenadine
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  1. Place contents into a shaker with cracked ice.
  2. Strain into cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Love Potion

  • 2 oz. Mandrin Absolut Vodka
  • ½ oz. Chambord liqueur
  • ½ oz. cranberry juice
  1. Combine all ingredients over ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into cocktail glass.

French Kiss

  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Chambord Liqueur
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz. 18% cream
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into chilled champagne coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a rosette of whipped cream, chocolate shaving and a raspberry placed on the rosette.

For more information, you can contact Sheila at spuritt@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

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