Lillet Sparkler from a Crimson Kiss
I don’t need an excuse to enjoy Champagne! But Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to dress up your bubbly for an elegant cocktail. Here are some champagne cocktails that are just right for romance.
The Little Kiss ~ Here’s another take on a chocolate and strawberry cocktail that uses sparkling wine, strawberry shrub, and creme de cacao. I’m imagining sipping this one in front of a cozy fire.
Lillet Sparkler ~ I love Lillet Rosé! Add Champagne and grapefruit bitters, and you have a simple yet special aperitif.
Shrinking Violet Cocktail ~ Champagne and flowers are a proven Valentine’s one-two punch, so here’s a fun way to combine them. Garnish with a violet, viola, or pansy for maximum gorgeousness.
Rosé French 75 ~ Rosé sparkling wine and blood oranges add a lovely twist and pink hue to the classic French 75.
From Russia With Love ~ Chocolate, raspberries, and Champagne. Romantic, no? Yes!
More Valentine’s Day Cocktails
It can be a challenge to find the right Valentine’s Day cocktail, so Savvy Housekeeping and I got together to make a drink that wasn’t your usual chocolatey sugar affair. Because of their gorgeous deep red color, beet juice was the main ingredient of choice. Not only was it pretty, but it gave the drink a lightly sweet, bright flavor with an earthiness that matched well with the agave notes of tequila. To romance! Happy Valentine’s Day!
The Heartbeet Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces tequila
2 ounces beet juice
1/4 ounce pomegranate liqueur
1/4 ounce lemon juice
Lemon twist to garnish
Juice a beet, either with a juicer or a blender, or buy beet juice from the store. If you’re using the blender method, chop the beet, run on the finest setting, and push through a sieve. Be careful with the juice—it stains.
In a cocktail shaker, combine all liquids over ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Photo by Savvy Housekeeping