Sparkling Cocktails For Valentine's Day
Photos by Danielle Macdonald.
Do we really need an excuse to drink bubbly? Although on Valentine's Day, how can one (or, in the spirit of the holiday, two) truly resist? Call it commercial, cliché, but there is no denying that Hearts Day can put the fizz in one's bottle and the pop in one’s cork. Champagne may not be to everyone’s budget or taste, so why not try an Italian Prosecco , Spanish Cava, Crémant de Bourgogne, or even a California sparkler? These dazzling drinks made with alternative bubblies showcase ingredients that add a tantalizing twist for a romantic evening in.
Silver Fleet Fizz
- 2 ounces dry gin, such or Larios Rosé gin from Spain, if available
- 1 ounce wild strawberry liqueur, such as Fragola
- 4 ounces dry Cava or other sparkling wine
- 1 strawberry
Pour gin into a tall glass. Add strawberry liqueur. Top up glass with chilled Cava. Add half a strawberry into the glass.
- 1 ½ ounces Citron Pressé (French for "lemonade": just mix lemon, water and sugar and adjust sweetness according to taste)
- 1 ounce lavender or violette liqueur, such as Tempus Fugit Liqueur de Violettes
- 4 ounces dry, sparkling wine of choice
- Lemon peel
Pour Citron Pressé in a tall glass. Add lavender or violet liqueur. Fill the rest of the glass with chilled bubbly. Garnish with either lemon peel or edible lavender flower.
- 3 ounces San Pellegrino Chinotto (bitter orange soda)
- 1 ounce of Terra Di Limoni (Italian Tangerine liqueur)
- 4 ounces dry Prosecco, (chilled) such as Montelliana Extra Dry Prosecco (gold medal winner of the 2017 NY International Wine Competition)
- Orange peel
Pour Chinotto into a flute or tall glass. Add Terra Di Limoni. Top off with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with orange peel.