Is it their romantic names, their red, pink or even violet hues that draw you in, or perhaps the novelty factor? Whatever you look for in a Valentine’s Day cocktail one thing should matter more than anything else – that the person it is intended for likes it.
On 14 February people up and down the country will be partaking in romantic dinners for two, and whether they’re an oyster lover or strawberry obsessive, we have all at some point drank from that devil’s cup, filled with some god-awful cocktail accompanied by an equally absurd name, all in the name of love!
Whilst these are all arguably fun, they certainly aren’t the culinary equivalent of a love potion. But fear not; while some drinks are hardly great, great drinks needn’t be hard. With a little guidance and thought, widely available ingredients can be transformed into that perfect and personalised ‘special day’ cocktail.
These fairly cheap, readily available and more importantly fresh ingredients can all be turned into some great and simple cocktails. So for those of you in search of some serious imbibing, here are my suggestions for that ‘alternative’ Valentine’s Day cocktail – without the novelty.
No matter what you’re planning for your loved one, I suggest that cocktails be a big part of it. So forget the last minute roses and that cheap box of chocolates. Roll your sleeves up and get involved – your beloved deserves something less clichéd.