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Treat Your Valentine to a Sweet & Spicy Cocktail

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and you know that means: love, happiness, and demonstrations of affection!

Regardless of your relationship status, can we collectively agree that Val/Gal/Palentine’s Day is really something to celebrate? It’s a moment where we can take the time to treat the ones we love, to express our appreciation for their friendship, or perhaps to simply show ourselves a little self-love.

And there’s no better way to make someone feel special than to craft a fabulous cocktail for them. This sweet and spicy beverage is the perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day lineup.

I developed this recipe for Fourpost’s exclusive Treat Yo’ Self Sip & Shop on February 6 at Mall of America. Guests enjoyed a variety of delicious appetizers, sipped these rose-hued refreshments, and were treated with a number of promotions from vendors throughout the store. Everyone received a swag bag which included recipe cards for my creations, offering some inspiration for their own Valentine’s celebrations. And now I’m bringing the recipe to you.

Sparkling wine, vodka, and a gorgeously tart syrup make up this easy recipe. Blood oranges are combined with spicy fresh ginger to make the incredibly simple homemade syrup. It’s delicious for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages alike. The recipe for the syrup will make far more than you’ll need for one to two drinks. Try adding it to sparkling water with a slice of blood orange for a fresh twist on your carbonation kick.

I hope you enjoy this bubbly bev with your favorite person (or people). Cheers, babe!

Cheers, Babe Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1.5 oz Blood Orange & Ginger Syrup (recipe below)
  • 2-3 oz sparkling wine
  • Candied ginger, for serving

Directions

1. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine vodka and Blood Orange & Ginger Syrup. Shake vigorously until combined.

2. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine, garnishing with a piece of candied ginger, if desired. 

Blood Orange & Ginger Syrup*

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 blood oranges
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium heat. Stir every minute until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat to cool.

2. Meanwhile, remove peel from blood oranges, being careful to remove as little of the white pith as possible (it will leave the syrup bitter). Juice the blood oranges.

3. Peel the ginger, adding the blood orange peel, blood orange juice, and ginger to saucepan. Allow to steep for at least thirty minutes at room temperature. Syrup can be stored in a refrigerator for up to two weeks.

*Note: Syrup recipe yields about 1.5 cups. Reserve for another use (read: more cocktails).

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Jamie Preuss is the voice, author, and creator of the food and lifestyle blog, So Happy You Liked It. Focused on balance, her website provides helpful tips, nutritious recipes (with the occasional indulgence), and an authentic inflection in her writing. When not creating in the kitchen, you can find her teaching cycling, entertaining, or planning her next adventure.

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