Just in case you’re looking for something special to serve your Valentine for Valentine’s Day here are some options that are not only appealing to the taste buds, but to the eye as well. And, on a day like Valentine’s, visual appeal is important for an impressive presentation. Don’t you agree?
Cactus Pear Margarita
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 oz. cactus pear syrup
1/2 oz. lime juice
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass with a salted rim, and garnish with lime or fruit juices.
Amore Vietato (Forbidden Love)
– 2 oz. Hendricks gin
– 1 oz. blood orange juice
– Dash simple syrup, 2 strawberries
– 4 slices of cucumber
Muddle fruit with simple syrup, add gin and blood orange juice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with strawberry, cucumber spiral and orange peel hearts.
The Chocolate-Lovers Margarita
– 3 parts chocolate milk (store bought or homemade)
– 1 part Sauza Silver Tequila
– 1 part strawberry puree or daiquiri mix
– Chocolate covered strawberry
Combine chilled chocolate milk, Sauza and strawberry puree in a tall glass. Stir vigorously to combine. Pour into a glass and garnish with a chocolate covered strawberry.
– 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilia
– 1/2 oz. strawberry liqueur
– Splash of CranPineapple juice
Combine ingredients and top with champagne.
And, finally one of my all time calorie savin’ faves. This drink I shared on a previous post with some other wonderful low-cal drinks here.
ROCKIN’ RAZZY RITA’S
1/2 tsp. Crystal Light powdered drink mix, Raspberry Ice
-5 oz. water
-1 oz. lime juice
Splenda (or whatever sweetener you prefer) or salt for rim of glass
If desired, run some lime juice along the rim of the glass and dip into a dish of salt or sweetener.
On The Rocks: Combine all ingredients, mix well, and serve over ice.
Frozen: Place all ingredients (dissolve Crystal Light in water first) in a blender. Add 1 cup crushed ice. Blend on high until well mixed.
Garnish with a slice of lime.
(By the way, for more low-cal Crystal Light drinks check out their mocktail mixes here.)
HAPPY “ALMOST” VALENTINE’S DAY!
And, as always….