7 celebration cocktails with a romantic twist

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.


LOVE POTION

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.

From HelloFresh



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,

San Diego.






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.


Courtesy Gayot.com



Dolce Vita

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.


Courtesy Gayot.com



ENDLESS LOVE

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.


Courtesy Gayot.com






And the final cocktail is my favourite ...


Cosmopolitan

Book: Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L Rosen

Movie: Valentine's Day directed by Garry Marshall


Ingredients

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


Instructions

- 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 ❤️

Valerie 🌸



Image courtesy of Elena Veselove @Dreamstime.com

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