DIY Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

By IANSlife
New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANSlife) With the annual celebration of love and joy in the air, the world gears up for a much-loved tradition laced with chocolate, roses and presents. It is the season to switch your regular glass of wine for something different. Try your hand at whipping up some delectable cocktails with the season’s best ingredients. Take your pick from scotch, gin, vodka and liqueur as you create a worthy cocktail, with specially curated recommendations for your Valentine.

Expert inputs from Akash Tomar and Vikram KU, Brand Ambassadors, Diageo India.

CHAI DATE

Ingredients:

*45 ml Copper Dog
*30 ml Indian Masala Black Tea
*2 dash Orange Bitters
*30 ml Honey Water
*20 ml Lime Juice

Garnish: Cookies

Glassware: Tea Cup

Method: Add all the ingredients into a shaker. Add ice and shake well. Remove the ice and shake once more. Pour into a teacup over fresh ice. Garnish with some cookies on the side.

ALL ABOUT US

Ingredients:

*45 ml Singleton of Glendullan 12 YO
*2 dash Orange Bitters
*7.5 ml Raspberry Syrup

Garnish: Raspberries

Glassware: Rocks/Whisky

Method: In a whisky glass, add the ingredients. Add ice and stir well. Garnish with rose buds and serve.

TALISKER SPICED CHOCOLATE

Ingredients:

*45 ml Talisker 10 YO
*5 ml Cinnamon Syrup
*20 ml Chocolate Syrup
*20 ml Fresh Cream

Garnish: Cinnamon Coated Marshmallow

Glassware: Talisker Mug/Old Fashioned

Method: In a shaker add all the ingredients. Add ice and shake well. Pour into your glass. Garnish with cinnamon coated marshmallows

JOHNNIE & ELDERFLOWER

Ingredients:

*50ml Johnnie Walker Black Label
*30ml Elderflower Cordial
*100ml Soda

Garnish: Lemon Thyme/Mint Sprig

Glassware: Highball

Method: Pour the whisky in a glass over ice. Stir in the cordial and the soda. Garnish and serve.

CHOC’ORANGE

Ingredients:

*45 ml Black and White Scotch Whisky
*45 ml Orange juice
*2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
*Soda to top up

Garnish: Orange Zest/Grated Chocolate Rim

Glassware: Highball

Method: Rim the highball glass with grated chocolate. Pour the whisky, orange juice, bitters and ice into a highball glass. Top up with soda. Stir well and garnish to serve.

CRANBERRY FIZZ

Ingredients:

*45 ml Black Dog
*30 ml Cranberry Juice
*15 ml Lime Juice
*90 ml Appy Fizz

Garnish: Apple slice/Cranberry skewers

Glassware: Highball

Method: Add all the ingredients except the Appy fizz into a highball glass. Add ice and top up with Appy fizz. Stir well. Garnish and serve.

SMIRNOFF PINK LADY

Ingredients:

*60ml Smirnoff Vodka
*15ml Fresh Lime juice
*20ml Elderflower syrup
*30ml Cranberry juice

Glassware: Martini

Garnish: Edible Flower Or Lemon Wedge

Method: In a cocktail shaker add all the ingredients. Drop in 10 ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish and serve.

KETEL ESPRESSO MARTINI

Ingredients:

*60ml Ketel One Vodka
*30ml Black Filter Coffee
*25ml Sugar Syrup

Glassware: Martini/ Coupe

Garnish: 3 Coffee Beans

Method: Keep a Chilled Martini / Coupe Glass ready. In a cocktail shaker, add the ingredients along with 10-12 ice cubes. Shake well for 15 seconds. Strain into your chilled glass. Garnish and serve.

GORDON’S STRWABERRY and ELDERFLOWER

Ingredients:

*60ml Gordon’s London Dry
*15ml Elderflower Syrup
*15ml Strawberry Puree
*25ml Lemon Juice
*Tonic Water To Top Up

Glassware: Collins Glass

Garnish: Strawberry Slice

Method: Add the ingredients to your glass. Add ice and top up with tonic water. Stir and Enjoy.

TANQUERAY BLUSHING MARTNI

Ingredients:

*60ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin
*30ml Grape Fruit Juice
*1 Rosemary Sprig

Glassware: Martini Glass

Garnish: Grapefruit Slice And Rosemary

Method: In a shaker tin or jam jar at home, pour in the ingredients. Add ice cubes and shake well. Pour into your glass. Sip and enjoy.

BAILEYS AFFOGATO

Ingredients:

*50ml Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur
*30ml Freshly Brewed Black Coffee
*2 Large Scoops of Vanilla Or Butterscotch Ice Cream

Glassware: Whisky Glass

Garnish: Grated Dark Chocolate and Almond on top/Coffee beans (Optional)

Method: Pour the Brewed black coffee in a Chilled whisky glass. Add Baileys Original Irish cream Liqueur. Add 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream/ Butterscotch and enjoy.

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