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Cocktails to celebrate the day of love
By Rita DeMontis, National Food Editor, QMI AGENCY
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Ginger Rogers cocktail. (Supplied)

    Love is in the air! Valentine's Day is all about frothy romantic gestures, love sonnets, red roses and food and drink to celebrate the occasion.

    Here's a selection of cocktails courtesy of SKYY Spirits (Skyy.ca) that have romance written all over them. They'll satisfy your sweetheart's sweet tooth and, with the addition of ginger, amp up the passion. The recipes are clever, eye-pleasing and easy to create to help inspire the right mood for Valentine's Day.

    CHOCOLATE-COVERED STRAWBERRY

    Ingredients:

    1 1/4 oz. Frangelico


    1 1/4 oz. Carolans

    3/4 oz. cherry brandy

    Directions:

    Shake it up with ice, pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with fresh strawberry.

    Serves 1.

    FRANGELICO TRUFFLE COCKTAIL

    Ingredients:

    1 oz. Frangelico

    1 oz. SKYY Vodka

    3/4 oz. cold espresso

    Directions:

    Shake with ice and serve up in a cocktail or martini glass. Dust with dark chocolate shavings.

    Serves 1.

    PASSION-POLITAN

    Ingredients:

    1 oz. SKYY Vodka

    1-1/2 oz. Passionfruit Liqueur

    3/4 oz. rose syrup (such as Monin)

    1/4 oz. lime juice

    Rosé champagne or rosé sparkling wine

    1 fresh rose petal

    Directions:

    Combine all ingredients except champagne/sparkling wine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and add sparkling wine, stir and strain into a martini glass. Float rose petal on top of cocktail for garnish.

    Serves 1.

    GINGER ROGERS

    Ingredients:

    1 whole strawberry, sliced

    5 clementine sections

    2 oz. Campari

    3 oz. orange juice

    Splash 7UP

    Ginger powder

    Pansy, for garnish

    Directions:

    In a glass muddle strawberry and fresh clementines. Add ice and pour Campari, orange juice and a splash of 7UP into a cocktail shaker. Sprinkle a pinch of ginger powder on top of ingredients. Shake well and strain onto the rocks in a highball glass. Garnish with a pansy and serve.

    Serves 1.

    This story was posted on Sat, February 11, 2012

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