Happy almost Valentine’s Day! I made us a cocktail. Whether you’re pro or con this most controversial of holidays, you can drink something a little fancy in celebration (or protest).
I happen to be very pro-Valentine’s Day. I just really love the notion and have always looked forward to it, even in elementary school when you had to give everyone in your class a valentine, and junior/high school when you hoped someone would send you a rose or a candy-gram (only my mom did, wahhh!). This Valentine’s Day marks the 11th year Sean and I have been a couple. Cheesy, yes, but whatever. He went out with me and my girlfriends to get Mexican food. I still remember what I wore that night and how many times I changed my clothes before going with a silky, aqua camisole trimmed with lime green lace (does anyone remember when this was an acceptable choice of top circa 2005? oof), whiskered jeans, a velour cropped blazer, and a really busted-up pair of converse…vv en vogue.
Now, we happily stay in on Valentine’s Day and usually order-in, open a bottle of wine, or shake up a few cocktails. This year we’re mixing up a couple of these, what I’m calling The Love Spell (because I’m a cheeseball and because they’re kind of the same color of that criminally fragrant Victoria’s Secret scent that was all the rage in the mid-2000’s). The cocktail gets its mauve color from a mixture of creme de violet and ruby-hued pomegranate juice. An egg white gives this cocktail a lush foam that I find so luxurious and fancy as hell. This cocktail shakes up to be tart, fruity, a little floral, a little sweet, and dangerously easy to drink.
- 1 egg white
- 2 ounces pomegranate juice
- 1 ounce of vodka
- ½ ounce creme de violet
- ½ ounce pomegranate syrup*
- 1 teaspoon lemon
- 2 dashes bitters
- 1 cup ice
- *pomegranate syrup:
- ½ cup pomegranate juice
- ½ cup sugar
- Add the egg white to a cocktail shaker, cover with the lid and shake for 15 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients, including the ice, and shake vigorously for 30-40 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass (I used a coupe glass).
- *Pomegranate Syrup:
- Combine the juice and sugar in a saucepan, heat over medium high, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Bring the syrup to a boil and cook for 60 seconds. Remove from the heat and pour into a glass jar to cool. Once cooled, cover and refrigerate. The syrup should keep, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks.
It is definitely a controversial holiday! I try not to give in to it but find it too hard! I have tried in the past to make my own pomegranate syrup so I will definitely try this when I make another batch of the syrup!
I love the name of this!! And it sounds super good too! Yum!
Liz @ Floating Kitchen
I love you. Please be my Valentine. That is all.
Where did you find the heart confetti?? SO adorable!!
These are SO PRETTY and I love the glasses you served them in. I have sort of been obsessed with the heart confetti you used every since you posted the teaser pics. They are just lovely. I DO remember when the silky camisole with lace was cool and lime green was really having a moment. Obvi, Sean approved! Congrats, you two 🙂
Thanks, Nicole!! <3
Look at that color! So beautiful and I love the glasses you’re using!