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Drink in the Romance of February with Charming Cocktails and Chocolate/Wine Pairings

Feb 01, 2017 11:30AM ● Published by Vanessa Orr

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Drink in the Romance of February with Charming Cocktails and Chocolate/Wine Pairings

(And don’t forget National Margarita Day Feb. 22!)

Romance is in the air, and what better way to impress your date than by mixing up the perfect cocktail? Start your evening off right with the Chandon Kiss, Blushing Bourbon, Kissed Caramel Martini or another amazing libation to set the mood.

PAMA Kiss

 PAMA Kiss
¾ oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
¾ oz Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
¾ oz simple syrup
Club soda
Combine first four ingredients in a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into glass and top with club soda.

Blushing Bourbon

 Blushing Bourbon
1 ½ oz Jefferson’s Reserve Straight Bourbon
4 oz ginger beer
1 tsp grenadine
5 raspberries, frozen or fresh
Gently crush raspberries in the bottom of a low ball glass. Add ice and remaining ingredients; stir to combine.

The Chandon Kiss

 The Chandon Kiss
3 rose Petals, rinsed
1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
4 oz Chandon Rosé 
Muddle Rosé petals with elderflower liqueur. Shake over ice and strain into a flute or coupe, topping with Chandon Rosé.

Kissed Caramel Tini

 Kissed Caramel Martini
2 oz Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
¾ oz butterscotch liqueur
Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Of course, you can’t go wrong with wine and chocolate either. While a Champagne toast is perfect for dinner, red blends, grenache and port pair perfectly with chocolate. Below are some suggestions from Fine Wine & Good Spirits: 

  • Bodegas Aragonesas Garnacha Campo de Borja ($16.99): This Grenache has rich, bold flavors of kirsch, blackberry jam, dark chocolate and toast, and pairs marvelously with chocolate desserts. 
  • Havens Black & Blue Red Napa Valley ($19.99): This Chairman’s Selection® wine is a delightful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and presents flavors of cherry liqueur, vanilla bean and cocoa. It’s been a favorite of Pennsylvania wine drinkers this year. 
  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2011 ($21.99): Port is a classic match for bittersweet and dark chocolate desserts. This is a ready-to-drink port with flavors of dark woodland fruit, plum and dark cherry. 

And did you know that February 22nd is National Margarita Day? Celebrate with a twist on your typical margarita with cocktail recipes like the Noble-Rita, Noble Paloma and Noble Twist.

Noble Rita

 Noble-Rita
2 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
1 oz agave nectar
1 oz lime juice
1 lime wedge

Combine first three ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice (salt rim optional). Garnish with lime wedge.

Noble Paloma

 Noble Paloma
2 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
1 oz lime juice
1 oz grapefruit juice
½ oz agave nectar
Sparkling water
1 grapefruit wedge

Combine first four ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice (salt rim optional). Top with sparkling water; stir gently. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Noble Twist

 Noble Twist
1 ½ oz Casa Noble Tequila
½ oz lemon juice
½ oz lime juice
¼ oz Green Chartreuse
½ oz simple syrup
Lemon peel
Lime peel

Combine first five ingredients in a rocks glass, add ice; stir gently. Squeeze both the lemon and lime peels, rub around glass rim and drop into glass.

Photos and recipes courtesy Fine Wines & Good Spirits

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