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Valentine’s Day Cocktail ~ Raspberry Chocolate Kiss ~

February 12, 2012

Are you still holding on strong with your new year resolutions?  Was one of your resolutions to lose weight?  If you answered, yes,  to either of these questions I have just the thing for you!!  Valentine’s Day Cocktails!  Oh, yes!!  They set the mood, they are flattering to your figure and they will most definitely tell your loved one, you love them 🙂

I was drawn to this recipe for two reasons.  The first, was the beautiful crimson color of this delicious cocktail.  The second reason, was chocolate kiss, who wouldn’t love a drink that gave them a chocolate kiss?  Who?!  This cocktail doesn’t have to be a cocktail, you can simply omit the alcohol and add sparkling water.  I do this quite often 🙂  The drink is so tasty you won’t even realize that there is alcohol in it, please be careful.  When choosing a cranberry juice I highly recommend Terra Beata Cranberries.  They are a local company in Nova Scotia and to be honest they are quite literally the best cranberries I have ever had!  I like to buy their pure cranberry juice that is concentrated and has absolutely nothing added to it.  This allows you to control the amount of water and sugar you add to your cranberry juice.  If you have ever tried to find concentrated cranberry juice you can appreciate my joy for this product, it can be challenging.  Here is a current list of where you may be able to purchase some of Terra Beata’s Cranberries.

Raspberry Chocolate Kiss
Ingredients

       1/2 cup Mint-Infused Simple Syrup, plus more for rim (see recipe below)
6 chocolate cookies, finely crushed, such as Chocolate Wafers or Oreo cookies
20 raspberries
1/2 cup vodka or sparkling water
4 tablespoons cranberry juice
Ice cubes

To Prepare

Fill a shallow dish with enough simple syrup to just cover the bottom. Place crushed cookies into another shallow dish. Invert a martini glass into simple syrup and then immediately into crushed cookies to coat the rim of the glass.
Place raspberries in a cocktail shaker; crush with a muddler. Add simple syrup and muddle again. Add vodka or sparkling water and cranberry juice; fill shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled. Strain into prepared martini glass. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 Cocktails
Source Martha Stewart

Mint Infused Simple Syrup
Ingredients

    1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Stems from 1 bunch of fresh mint

To Prepare

In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, and mint stems. Place over medium heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool. Strain through a sieve. Syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

Makes 1 cup
Source Martha Stewart

I think that if you made these for you and your Valentine on Valentine’s Day, they will stay your Valentine for a very long time!

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2012 6:16 pm

    Yep, this is on my list for Valentine’s night. I think I have everything but the chocolate cookies. I wonder if I could use a bit of cocoa powder and confectioner’s sugar mixed together to rim the glass. Perfect cocktail! Thanks.

  2. February 13, 2012 6:49 pm

    Those photos! Beautiful!

    That cocktail is right up my alley too.Raspberries and chocolate.. mmmmm

    • February 14, 2012 2:34 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I hope you have a delicious cocktail and a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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