You’ve planned a romantic evening with a delicious dinner, and of course, you want to start with a great cocktail. It’s true, a beautiful cocktail can help add the right touch, but it’s not very convenient to keep going back to the cocktail shaker to make refills. Instead of interrupting the moment, make a pitcher of these delicious Valentini Cocktails at the beginning of the evening. You can relax and enjoy your night. And what looks cooler than the classic martini pitcher? Que romantique!
The Valentini cocktail recipe
- 2 1/4 cups currant flavored vodka
- 3/4 cup raspberry schnapps or liqueur
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 1/4 cups champagne
- lime slices
- edible rose petals
Add the currant flavored vodka, raspberry schnaps, and lime juice to a pitcher half-filled with cracked ice. Stir briskly to combine and to chill. Add 1 1/4 cups of champagne, and stir lightly to preserve the bubbles. Strain into chilled cocktail glasses, and float several edible rose petals on top. Garnish with a slice of lime.
If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, replace the fresh lime juice with a sweetened juice such as Rose’s. The variety of champagne used will also have an affect on the sweetness. Sparkling wines such as Asti Spumante will create a sweeter drink than using a brut champagne.
But don’t assume that using champagne means a big price tag on romance – the cocktail works just as well with an inexpensive champagne. The vodka is the primary ingredient, and the backbone of the cocktail. It will pay to use a higher quality vodka. Absolut, Belvedere and Kristall are among the premium brands that make currant vodkas. It’s a flavor that may not be found at your local liquor store, but is usually available at larger stores like Lucas Liquors or Gomer’s.
The small print disclaimer: The makers of many (but not all) of the products reviewed in Kansas City Cocktails have provided free samples to review. A free product will guarantee that it will get sampled. It does not guarantee a good review. If I say I liked it, I liked it.
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