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2014 Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Great drinks, like the Basil Hayden's Apple Bubbly, will be sure to heat up your night!
Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

With the cold, snowy weather outside, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with your love (be it a significant other or your best friend!) and celebrate with a toast to each other. Here’s a compilation of easy to make, at home cocktails for all those lovebirds out there. Happy Valentine's Day! Cheers!

Basil Hayden's® Apple Bubbly by Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

1 part Basil Hayden's® Bourbon

Sparkling Apple Juice

Add Basil Hayden's® Bourbon to a champagne flute and fill the remainder with sparkling apple juice. Garnish with a sliced apple.

Rose Colored Glass by bartender Katie Stipe

.25 oz. Angostura bitters

.75 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. simple syrup

Crémant d’Alsace Rosé

Lemon twist or rose petals for garnish

Shake bitters, lemon juice and simple syrup and strain over ice into a flute or coupe glass. Top off with three ounces Crémant d’Alsace Rose. Garnish with lemon twist or rose petal.

Chandon Hibiscus Romance by Chandon USA

1 Hibiscus flower (wild hibiscus flowers in syrup). Made by the Wild Hibiscus Flower Company of Australia; available at Whole Foods.

½ tbsp syrup from the jar of wild hibiscus flowers

1 small drop of rose water

Chandon Blanc de Noirs

Combine Hibiscus flower, syrup and rose water in a Champagne flute. Top with Chandon Blanc de Noirs and serve immediately.

Cruzan Hot Velvet

1 part Cruzan® Velvet Cinn™ Horchata with Rum

1 part Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum

2 parts Hot Chocolate (rich sweetened cocoa recommended)

1 pinch Chili Powder

1 tiny pinch Salt

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pot and whisk briskly until warm. (Alternate use: Use an espresso machine steam wand to bring to temp). Garnish with grated cinnamon.

BLVSH Created by Mixologist John deBary of PDT

1 ½ oz. SKYY Infusions Vanilla Bean

½ oz. SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape

¾ oz. Lime Juice

½ oz. Simple Syrup

½ cup Organic Raspberries

Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Pour into a coupe glass.

LOVER’S PARADISE

1 ½ oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

1 ½ oz Frangelico

½ oz Dry White Rum

Chocolate shavings (garnish): Carefully draw a vegetable peeler across the broad surface of a bar of semisweet or milk chocolate. This works best if the chocolate is at room temperature. For narrower curls, use the side of the bar. In a cheater tin, add Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Frangelico and White Rum. Fill the cheater tin halfway with ice and shake for about 8 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a coupe and garnish with chocolate shavings. Serve.

Thank you to Chandon, Frangelico and Skyy for providing samples to recreate the cocktails.

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