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Monday, February 14, 2011

Emergency fix: last minute Valentine’s Day cocktails

Whoa, it’s Valentine’s Day, and some Salt Lake City cocktail lovers are doubtless saying “holy moley, I forgot to prep cocktails for V-day!”  Well, whether you went out for dinner and had only one cocktail or glass of wine (so you could safely drive home), or cooked a special Valentine’s Day dinner at home, your best strategy for getting a Valentine’s treat later this evening is to finish with cocktails at home.  So here are a few fast and easy cocktails to help you achieve your goal.  These are red (or at least pink), and should help you gain access to the heart of your Valentine.  Have a great Valentine’s Day, and a better night.

Let’s start with a classic: the Cranberry Champagne Cocktail.  All it takes is a little Grand Marnier (or triple sec), a little cranberry juice, and some of your precious stock of champagne.

If you’re in the mood for something a little stronger that a Champagne cocktail, try a French 75 – a reliable champagne (and gin) cocktail that is sure to have just what you need.  Named after the famous French cannon of World War I, this little beauty has a nice kick and never misfires.

If you’re looking for something that is even stronger, where would Valentine’s Day be without the Cosmopolitan?  While a good Cosmo is pink, not red, adding more Cranberry juice can add color and flavor to your own (and your Valentine’s) taste. 

Hopefully these quick and easy recipes will keep you and your Valentine happy.  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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