Have Plate Will Travel : His and hers Valentine’s Day cocktails spark romance


Sunday, February 1, 2015

His and hers Valentine’s Day cocktails spark romance

Valentine’s Day brings romance to many couples. A love sip can heighten the romance between the couple. Sometimes men and women prefer different taste profiles. This Valentine’s Day serve up a heartfelt cocktail for him and her. 

These love sips will spark romance on the day of love. 

Cocktails for Him:
Cupid’s Potion
·         2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         ½ part fresh lemon juice
·         ¼ part agave nectar
·         ¼ part ginger syrup
·         1 tsp. puréed canned chipotle in adobe
·         ½ lime, quartered lengthwise
·         1 strip red bell pepper, for garnish
·         1 small piece beef jerky, for garnish
Preparation: Combine lemon juice, agave nectar, ginger syrup, chipotle purée, and lime wedges in a cocktail shaker and muddle together. Add ice and tequila, and stir. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with bell pepper and beef jerky.
[To make your own ginger syrup, boil ⅓ cup sugar and ½ cup water with one 2” piece of peeled and smashed ginger for 5 minutes. Strain and refrigerate.]

Bac-in Love Margarita
Bacon-Infused Tequila
·         3 parts Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
·         1 quart canning jar
·         1 pound  of bacon
·              1 part frozen limeade
·              1 part water
·              1 ½ parts light beer
Bacon- Infused Tequila Preparation:  Cook the bacon in a frying pan until it is crisp and the fat is rendered. Remove the bacon and let drain on a plate with paper towels. Remove the liquid fat from the pan and strain, set aside to cool. Sterilize your canning jar in boiling water. Fill clean jar with 3 cups Sauza® Blue Reposado. Once the fat has cooled slightly add it to the container. Finally add 2 pieces of the cooked bacon. Seal the jar and set to infuse for five days in your refrigerator. The fat and liquid will separate.
When you are ready to use your Bacon-Infused Tequila, skim the fat from the top and strain through a double cheese cloth. Set aside 1 ½ parts of Bacon-Infused Tequila to use for your margarita, and store the rest in the refrigerator for later use.

Margarita Preparation: Combine 1 ½ parts of Bacon-Infused Tequila, frozen limeade, water and light beer. Stir gently and enjoy.

Cocktails for Her: 

·         1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         2 parts JDK & Sons™ 03 Premium Orange Liqueur
·         5 cherries (pitted and stemmed)
·         1 tbsp agave nectar
·         1 part fresh lime juice
·         1 part club soda
Preparation: Muddle together cherries, lime juice and agave nectar. Strain into shaker. Add in orange liqueur, tequila, and ice and shake. Top with club soda and garnish with cherries.

Sweetheart Sipper
·         1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         ½ part DeKuyper® Strawberry Liqueur
·         ½ part (chilled) rose champagne
·         ½ part limeade
·         3 strawberries
·         1 tbsp. sugar
·         1 lime wedge
Preparation:  Wash, stem, quarter and freeze strawberries for at least 1 hour (can be done the day ahead). Run a wedge of lime around the rim of your champagne flute and dip in a plate of sugar to coat rim. Place 3 frozen strawberries in the bottom of the prepared flute.  Pour champagne into the glass. In a shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, limeade, and strawberry liqueur. Shake and pour into glass. Add a squeeze of fresh lime if desired and serve immediately.

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