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Valentine’s Day Cocktail

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Valentine's Day

Description

This Strawberry Vanilla Vodka Cocktail is the perfect Valentine’s Day drink! It’s fruity, sweet (but not too sweet), and the most gorgeous, festive pink hue.


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Ingredients

COCKTAIL VERSION:

  • 2 oz infused strawberry vanilla vodka*
  • 1/2 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 3/41 oz simple syrup (depending on how sweet you prefer)
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 strawberries
  • Sparkling water or sparkling rosé wine to top
  • Strawberry hearts for garnish

NONALCOHOLIC VERSION:

  • 1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Top with ginger beer
  • Fresh strawberries for garnish

Instructions

COCKTAIL VERSION:

  1. Make infused vodka (instructions in notes section). If not using, sub with high quality vanilla vodka and add 3 muddled strawberries to cocktail.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add vodka, St. Germain, simple syrup, lemon juice and 2 sliced strawberries. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. 
  3. Pour into a chilled glass. Top off with sparkling water or sparkling wine. Garnish with strawberry hearts (made with a small cookie cutter or small paring knife).

NONALCOHOLIC VERSION(2 drinks):

  1. Add raspberries, strawberries and water to a blender. Blend until smooth, then strain juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice using a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds. 
  2. Add lemon juice and simple syrup and shake well. Pour into 2 glasses, top each off with ginger beer and garnish with fresh strawberries or dried rose petals.

Notes

*Strawberry Vanilla Vodka: Wash and slice 2 cups of strawberries. Add to clean glass jar with 2 vanilla beans split lengthwise and top with 1 qt. of vodka and seal with airtight lid. Store in cool, dark place for at least 3 days, but up to a week. Strain into a measuring cup or glass bowl through a fine mesh sieve and discard strawberries and vanilla bean. You may need to strain a few times or use a cheesecloth to remove all sediment. Seal in clean jar and store in pantry. 

Keywords: Valentine's Day cocktail

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