Valentine’s Day Happy Hour: Shaking Up Romance

I started my day of with drinks when I stopped by Access Hollywood Live this morning to mix up some equal-opportunity Valentine’s Day cocktails (read: for couples and singles alike). All the cocktails are elegant yet very doable, even for cocktail novices, so try your hands at one, be it for Valentines or the Grammys. In case you missed it, here’s a peek at the piece and all the recipes are below the jump.


The Fruit of Eden

Yield: 1 drink

1 piece crystallized ginger

3 dashes orange bitters

1 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

4 ounces chilled brut sparkling wine

Pomegranate seeds, for garnish

Place ginger in champagne flute and add bitters. Add ginger liqueur and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve.


The Bee’s Knees

Yield: 1 drink

For the honey syrup:

1 cup lavender honey

1 cup water

For the cocktail:

1 1/2 ounces gin

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 ounce honey syrup

Lemon twist, for garnish

Candied lavender, for garnish (optional)

For the syrup:

Bring honey and water to a simmer over medium heat and stir until honey dissolves. Let cool to room temperature before using. (Syrup can be made up to 2 weeks ahead and store refrigerated in an airtight container.)

For the cocktail:

Combine gin, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker and stir to dissolve honey syrup. Fill shaker halfway with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist and candied lavender, as desired.


Canela y Chocolate

Yield: 2 drinks

6 ounces Mexican chocolate or milk chocolate, finely chopped

1 cup half-and-half

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 (2-inch long) strip orange zest

1 1/2 to 2 ounces reposado (100% agave) tequila

2 cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Combine everything except the alcohol and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Stir frequently until chocolate is melted, mixture is smooth, and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in liqueur, pour into snifters or glass coffee mugs and garnish with cinnamon stick.

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