Tara’s Valentine Tipples

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No matter how you choose to celebrate this February 14 –  be it a toast to romance with your nearest and dearest or an Anti-Valentines soiree with your best friends – these deliciously boozy blends will guarantee love at first sip.

Love isn’t always on Thyme

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Ingredients:

20ml thyme infused sugar syrup

20ml chambord

Prosecco or Champagne

Thyme to garnish- optional

Method

Combine the sugar syrup and the chambord in a shaker and shake for 30 seconds over ice. Strain into a chilled flute glass and top with Prosecco or Champagne. Peg a sprig of thyme to the glass to garnish.

The Hottie

Ingredients

50g white chocolate chips

20ml double cream

20ml Bailey’s

15ml Tia Maria (or any coffee liqueur)

1 tsp Vanilla essence

Whipping cream to serve

Method

Place all ingredients (apart from the whipping cream) in a saucepan and simmer on a very low heat until the chocolate has melted and all ingredients have blended together. Serve hot and ladle into mugs. You can add whatever desired topping you wish, but for the classic boozy hot chocolate add whipped cream and lashings of chocolate sauce.

 

Strawberry Blonde

Ingredients

30ml strawberry gin

15ml lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

Pink lemonade

Egg white

 

Method

Add the egg whites to a cocktail shaker and dry shake (If you add ice at this stage the egg whites will not produce a fluffy consistency) for 30 seconds. Then add the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup, along with ice and shake for a further 30 seconds. Double strain into a chilled saucer and top with pink lemonade.

 

Jar of Hearts

20ml Rose Liqueur

10ml elderflower cordial

10ml lemon juice

Strawberries to garnish

 

Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and mix for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve immediately. For a less boozy alternative, lemonade can be added to make it a long drink. Garnish with strawberries cut into heart shapes for the ideal Val’s Day tipple.

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