Friday, February 13, 2015

Romantic Wine, Spirits and Cocktails

It’s just before Valentine’s Day and my mind is wandering to wine and roses… and chocolate, spirits, and cocktails. I’m sure your Valentine would enjoy any of these treats.

Skinny Girl White Cherry Vodka
It’s been a while since I tried any new Skinny Girl products and I was anxious to taste the White Cherry Vodka. It did not disappoint. It has a hint of vanilla and just subtle cherry flavor, making it a fantastic low calorie cocktail just served with plain soda. If you’d like something a bit more festive, give this a try:

Royal Cherry
1 oz Skinnygirl White Cherry Vodka
2 oz champagne
1 frozen cherry

Pour champagne into flute and top with White Cherry Vodka. Garnish with one frozen cherry.

Chateau Chantal Cherry Wines
You can keep it simple with Chateau Chantal Cerise Cherry Port Style Dessert Wine and Michigan Cherry Wine. The Port is incredible sipped with dessert, or put it on a dessert like ice cream or pound cake.

As for the Michigan Cherry Wine, it will warm your night mulled. Pour it into a small crockpot with cinnamon sticks, anise stars, and a bit of ginger. You can also add some fruit, if desired. Serve it in warm mugs by a roaring fire.

PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
PAMA, made from pomegranate juice and vodka with a bit of tequila, is quite delicious on its own over ice, as the mixer for a margarita, or in a mojito.  I wanted to do something special with it so I got together with local bartender Lionel Lisardi and we did some experimenting. It resulted in this recipe that we both loved.

Hope you enjoy…

The Nutty Kiss
1-1/2 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz Crème de Cacao
½ oz Amaretto
¾ oz cream

Put ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake until blended and the strain into a martini glass rimmed with cocoa. Top with a spoonful of chocolate whip cream (just blend some of the cocoa into the whip cream).

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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