Oh love is in the air… I have to say I love this time of year (no pun intended) because there are pink and red hearts everywhere. Yes, it might be a very over-priced time of year and the commercialism doesn’t need to take away from the meaning of it… love is love. Valentine’s Day can be celebrated in so many ways. From celebrating it with your partner to celebrating it with girlfriends. I love celebrating it with both, any excuse to have a celebration, hehe! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, whether it’s a homemade dinner like my ‘Pretty Pink Vegan Pasta‘ or a binge night of Netflix, the celebratory thing to do is to have a cocktail!
For my Christmas cocktails I talked about Eau Claire Distillery and their limited edition Christmas Gins. I have been dying to get my hands on their Cherry Gin and experiment with it. The Cherry Gin used to be a seasonal product, but due to the popularity of the gin they are now going to have it as a permanent item year round! Make sure you give it a try! It can be purchased through their website or at Alberta liquor stores.
I don’t know why, but when I think of special occasions I tend to gravitate towards prosecco. Even when it comes to picking between champagne and prosecco, I always do prosecco… I find it less sweet. I wanted to mix the Cherry Gin with prosecco to create a twist on the French 75 cocktail. Since nothing says love like pink and red tones, I wanted to create my own syrup to add at the bottom of the glass (which is how I got the pink tones in the drink). Making the syrup is super easy, and it is a great way to add that special touch. Creating this cocktail was very quick, and it provides the perfect way to start off the evening.
LOVE POTION COCKTAIL RECIPE
LOVE POTION VALENTINE’S COCKTAIL
Love at first sip! This sweet bubbly cocktail is the perfect celebratory drink.
- 1/4 cup rasberries additional for garnish
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 oz Eau Claire Distillery cherry gin
- 1 bottle prosecco or champagne
- Dried rose petals for garnish
RASPBERRY SYRUP - In a saucepan, mix the raspberries, water and sugar and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling bring down to a shimmer for about 10 - 15 minutes. Strain the raspberries and let the syrup cool. I kept some of the original syrup and added to the bottom to create a bit of texture to the drink.
COCKTAIL - In your glass add at the bottom 1-2 tablespoon of your raspberry syrup. Then add an ounce of the cherry gin and finish topping it up with the prosecco.
GARNISH - Add fresh raspberries and dried rose petals for garnishing.
Another delicious drink for your repertoire! This one with a little extra love involved. If you decided to get those creative juices moving, let me know if you created it and your thoughts on how the drink tastes. Also, I always love seeing your pictures from your creations, comment with them below!