Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is all about drinking—whether you’re in a couple, or single. Who doesn’t love a glass of pink champagne on this day some argue is made up by the greeting card, chocolate and jewelry industries? This got me to thinking, what else can I drink that can be made pink?
Let grenadine be your friend on Valentine’s day. It can turn just about anything clear to almost clear into a pink or red drink—from the Shirley Temple to the Hurricane. I thought, if it can make those drinks rosy, how about beer? Hard cider? I did a little experiment, and two tablespoons of grenadine did in fact turn my ordinary beer into a festive Valentine’s Day brew.
Talk about the ultimate pink drink: the cosmopolitan. This doesn’t need grenadine to give it it’s pretty pink hue; just cranberry juice. For a double, in a cocktail shaker filled half way with ice add:
2 oz vodka
1 oz triple sec
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice
Top with a lime wedge and skewered cranberries. To sweeten this drink add sugar to the rim of the glass.
Heart-shaped, Strawberry Drink Topper
No matter how you drown your sorrows, or celebrate your romance this Valentine’s Day, top your drink with love. Remove the stem from a strawberry. Cut a notch in the top, and slice for heart-shaped strawberries.
Skewer the slices onto a bamboo skewer.
Top any cocktail with this strawberry treat.
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