seawives | 14/02/2018
Valentines Day! Love it or hate it, lets drink through it!
Whatever your feelings about it you will be swarmed by it. Adverts on tv about flowers, chocolates and jewellery. Social media covered with romantic stories, free meal codes and then of course all those horrendous romantic people out their posting pictures of their day and gushing about how wonderful their other half is. If I am honest my husband is not romantic in the traditional sense but last year, he sent me a email (he was at working at sea) basically telling me how amazing I was and how proud of me he was and what an amazing wife and mum I was. I read it and cried and it meant so much more than some flowers that will die or chocolates that will make me fat!
Anyway, whatever your plans this valentines, whether with friends, loved ones or even on your own, these Valentines cocktails will definately help you see it through until February 15th when everybody goes back to bickering and moaning about their loved ones again.
Lets start the night with a fruity little number a:-
Kiss on the Lips
1 1/2 ounces peach schnapps
5 ounces frozen mango mix (or mango chunks, if you can’t find mango mix)
1 tablespoon grenadine
2 cups crushed ice
Put the peach schnapps, frozen mango and crushed ice into a blender and blend in spurts until smooth. Pour the grenadine into the bottom of a cocktail glass and then pour the blended mixture in over the top of it. Garnish with a pineapple slice and cherry and enjoy
I think we should follow our “Kiss on the lips” with a bit of “Hanky Panky!” This is a cocktail from the 1920’s so filled with class.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
2 dashes Fernet-Branca
Put some ice in a mixing glass and pour in all three ingredients. Stir to chill, and strain the mixture into a chilled glass. Twist an orange peel over the surface of the drink. Garnish with the orange twist.
This is quite dry and with a bitter taste so perhaps our next drink should be the famous drink served to James Bond in Casino Royal, named Vesper, after the woman who broke his heart.
3 ounces Gordon’s Gin (try Tanqueray #10 instead)
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce Kina Lillet (no longer available; try Lillet Blanc)
Fill a shaker with ice and pour in the ingredients.
Shake until it’s ice cold.
Strain the mixture into a champagne saucer.
Garnish with a slice of lemon.
After the sweet, followed by the bitter we should finish the night with:-
Sex on the Driveway – ooh yes please!
1 ounce peach schnapps
1 ounce blue curaçao
2 ounces vodka (or white rum)
Put crushed ice in a highball glass and pour in the ingredients, in order, ending by topping it off with Sprite.
Stir and serve with a straw.
Garnish with a lemon wheel.
I hope that there is something there that tickles your fancy – Happy 14th February everybody!
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