By Kim Haasarud, REDBOOK's Mommy Mixologist
Skip the overpriced Valentine's Day prix-fixe meal at your local restaurant and add some spark to your homemade meal with these sexy drinks.
Sparkling Chocolate Truffle
4 tsps chocolate shavings
¾ oz white crème de cacao (or Amsterdam Chocolate liqueur, if available), plus extra for martini rim
¾ oz vanilla liqueur
splash of Nocello (walnut liqueur)
1 oz Ballatore Red Rosso Spumante
Wet the rim of a martini glass or shot glasses in white crème de cacao and dip into a plate of chocolate shavings. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker, combine the ¾ oz qhite crème de cacao, vanilla liqueur, and Nocello with ice. Shake vigorously. Add the sparkling wine and stir. Strain into a 5-oz martini glass or in 2 shot glasses.
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Very Sexy Martini
3 to 4 raspberries, plus 1 for garnish
5 to 7 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 1/2 oz premium citrus vodka
1 1/2 oz rose champagne (e.g., Moet Rose Imperial Champagne)
Combine the raspberries, mint, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle. (Use vodka and ice. Shake vigorously and double-strain into a chilled martini glass. Top off with Moet Rose Imperial champagne. Garnish with an additional mint sprig and a raspberry.
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1 oz Kahlua
1 1/2 oz chilled espresso
1/2 oz Stoli Vanil Vodka
1/2 oz white creme de cacao
1 oz light cream
1/2 oz simple syrup (instructions below)
1 large egg white (optional)
chocolate shavings, for garnish
First, combine the Kahlua and chilled expresso directly in the martini glass. Next, combine the vanilla vodka, white creme de cacao, light cream, simple syrup, and egg white (optional) in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain carefully into the martini glass so that it layers on top of the expresso layer. You may tip the martini glass slightly to pour down the sides or pour over a spoon so that it layers more easily. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings.
For simple syrup:
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup hot water
In a small bowl, glass, or empty clean wine bottle, combine the sugar with the hot water and stir, or shake bottle, until completely dissolved. Let cool completely before using.
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