Sunday, February 7, 2016

Valentine's Day Cocktails

With the amorous season in mind, Claire Smith, head of mixology and spirits for Belvedere Vodka, has concocted  a few cocktails you are sure to enjoy. Whether you're spending Valentine's day cuddled up with a significant other, curled up with a good book or hanging with the crew, there's an option that's sure to set the mood. 
Pucker up! Strawberries have been long-lauded for their seductive properties. Here's a great cocktail for couples that's sure to inspire a meeting of the lips.

Sealed with A Kiss
40ml/ 1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka
4 fresh strawberries 
1 Shiso leaf
15ml/ ½ oz Koshinokaghiroi Sake
Muddle strawberries with a dash of simple syrup. Add rest of ingredients and shake with cubed ice. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a strawberry slither and Shiso leaf.
Those who are looking for love might use this cocktail to put their hearts in the winged cherub's sights. You can't go wrong with raspberries.

Cupid’s Arrow
50ml/2oz Belvedere Vodka
15ml/1/4oz simple syrup
20ml /1/2 oz Lemon juice
6 fresh raspberries or 20ml/1/2oz raspberry puree
Dash egg white
Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass top with a splash of soda and garnish with a raspberry.
Some people just like to spend Valentine's day with their friends... It's still love, just a different kind. They'll surely enjoy a toast with this cocktail.

Intense Love
2 oz Belvedere UF 80 
1oz Fresh Lemon Juice 
1/2 oz Simple Syrup 
1/3 oz Egg White 
Dash Angustura Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a serving glass.

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