Updated: Feb 14
"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." Nora Ephron
The following are my favourite cocktails that I discovered and have enjoyed making all the lovely days in my life. I have attached the perfect book to read and/or movie to watch as you sip these delicatable drinks.
Book: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Movie: Practical Magic directed by Griffin Dunne
Ingredients 3 oz gin 1 oz lime juice 1 oz elderflower liquor 6 oz rosé champagne
Instructions - In a cocktail shaker, combine the following: gin, elderflower liquor, and lime juice.
- Add ice and shake for 10 seconds.
- Add your rose petal ice cubes to an empty cocktail glass.
- Strain cocktail mixture onto the ice.
- Top with rose champagne and enjoy.
RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE MARTINI
Book: Chocolat by Joanna Harris
Movie: Chocolat directed by Lasse Hallström
Ingredients 1.5 oz Chambord 1.5 oz Kahlúa 1 oz heavy cream 80 percent dark chocolate shavings (for garnish) Raspberries (for garnish)
Instructions - Add all ingredients except garnishes into a shaker tin and shake with ice.
- Strain into a chilled coupe.
- Sprinkle dark chocolate shavings and add a raspberry on top for garnish.
From Ayza's in New York
LA VIE EN ROSE
Book: That Night in Paris by Sandy Barker
Movie: Paris, je t’aime - multiple directors
Ingredients 1.5 oz 619 Rose Petal Vodka .5 oz simple syrup .5 oz lemon juice .5 oz St. Germaine 2 oz ginger beer
Instructions - Combine all ingredients, except ginger beer, in a shaker tin with ice.
- Shake and strain over fresh ice.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with lemon wheel and mint leaf.
Created by Justin Greenwood,
Queen of Hearts
Book: American Royals by Katharine McGee
Movie: Young Victoria directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Ingredients 1 1/2 oz. gin 3/4 oz. hibiscus syrup 3/4 oz. lemon juice 2 oz. sparkling wine
Instructions - Shake gin, hibiscus syrup and lemon juice. - Pour into a wine glass and top with sparkling wine. - Garnish with edible flower and lemon twist.
Book: Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst
Movie: Under a Tuscan Sun directed by Audrey Wells
Ingredients 3/4 oz. Campari 1 oz. Half & Half 3/4 oz. Crème de cacao 1/2 oz. raspberry eau-de-vie 1 spoon raspberry preserves
Instructions - Shake and strain into a glass. - Garnish with shavings of dark chocolate.
Book: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Movie: Endless Love directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Ingredients 2 oz. vodka 1 oz. lemon 3/4 oz simple syrup 1/2 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur Splash of cranberry juice
Instructions - Shake vodka, lemon, simple syrup and liqueur together. - Add a splash of cranberry juice and garnish with a cherry and lemon twist.
And the final cocktail is my favourite ...
Book: Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L Rosen
Movie: Valentine's Day directed by Garry Marshall
1 1/2 ounces citron vodka
3/4 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 ounce cranberry juice cocktail
Garnish: lime wedge
- Add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice cocktail into a shaker with ice and - shake until well-chilled. - Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. - Garnish with a lime wedge.
If you try one of these cocktails, let me know the occasion.
Yours in love ❤️
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