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10 Cocktails to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Source: www.thedailymeal.com – by Maryse Chevriere, Editor  

Sweet cocktails, spicy cocktails, drinks featuring chocolate liqueurs and bitters, and others flavored with floral spirits — we have recipes for all that and more in our Valentine’s Day cocktail roundup. 

Chocolate Cherry Russian

This cocktail takes the traditional White Russian in a new direction by freezing the mixer and garnish — in this recipe, chocolate milk with cherries — into an eye-catching ice cube. The more the cube melts, the better the cocktail gets. 

Chocolate and Spice Cocktail

This cocktail, from Veritas pastry chef Emily Wallendjack, is an indulgent drink that “tastes like a boozy, liquid bonbon.” 

Chocolate Negroni

This take on the classic cocktail celebrates the winning pairing of chocolate and orange (the traditional Negroni garnish). It combines Plymouth gin, Punt e Mes vermouth (very bold, spicy, and rich), Campari, and a whisper each of white crème de cacao and chocolate mole bitters. 

Absinthe and Old Lace

Created by Jackson Cannon of Boston’s Eastern Standard, this Grasshopper spinoff features premium crème de menthe, absinthe, and gin, and is topped with shaved bittersweet chocolate. 

Spicy Basil Cocktail

A little bit of spice from the Sriracha, sweetness from the St. Germain, and bubbles from the splash of sparkling wine make this drink an ideal Valentine’s Day choice. 

Tea Rose Martini

Forgot to buy flowers? Not to worry, this drink has you covered with its use of St. Germain and rosewater. 

Lola in Love Cocktail

For your tequila-loving sweetie, try this lovely cocktail made with Tanteo chocolate tequila and cranberry purée. 

The Parisian

This Valentine’s Day cocktail from New York City’s South Gate fuses cranberry and orange juices with vodka and Grand Marnier. 

Raspberry-Champagne Mojitos

This utterly delicious and sophisticated cocktail is topped with champagne or sparkling wine instead of club soda. Serve it in a coupe with no ice, so as to not dilute the bubbles. 

The Valentine Cocktail

Like drinking liquid chocolate-covered strawberries, this cocktail from expert mixologist Charlotte Voisey combines Stoli chocolate raspberry vodka with fresh, muddled strawberries.

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Top 10 Chocolate Recipes | Taste of Home Recipes

Top 10 Chocolate Recipes | Taste of Home Recipes.

You’ll love this collection of our best chocolate dessert recipes! Find top-rated chocolate recipes like chocolate cake recipes, chocolate pie recipes, chocolate fudge recipes and chocolate brownies.

Raspberry Chocolate Cake Recipe

This was just fantastic. The chocolate and raspberry flavors were sooo delicious together. The cake was so moist and light. I will definitely make this again.
—Mellerfly

 

Chocolate-Praline Layer Cake

 Chocolate-Praline Layer Cake

For the chocolate-lover in all of us, this dessert is the one. Packed with pecans, the luscious layers are topped off with heart-shaped chocolate candies. Every day is Valentine’s Day with this cake!—Kathy Engler, Brookfield, Wisconsin
 
12 Servings
Prep: 30 min.
Bake: 30 min.+ cooling
 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

CAKE:

  • 1 package (18.4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) cook-and-serve chocolate pudding mix

TOPPING:

  • 1-3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate curls and heart-shaped chocolate candies

Directions

  • In a small heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and cream.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour into two greased 9-in. round baking pans and sprinkle with pecans.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, eggs, milk, butter, sweetened condensed milk and pudding mix; beat on low speed for 30 seconds.
  • Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Transfer to prepared pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate, praline side up. Spread with half of the whipped cream. Top with remaining cake layer; spread remaining whipped cream over top. Garnish with chocolate curls and candies.

Yield: 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 slice (calculated without garnishes) equals 674 calories, 41 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 170 mg cholesterol, 506 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.
 
 

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Captive Heart

Captive Heart

Show Grandma you care with this keepsake. The red wire is very flexible, so she can extract the note and treat while keeping the ornament to remind her of her sweetheart. 

Materials
  • 16-inch length of 20-gauge silver craft wire
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Wire cutters or nail clippers
  • Red craft wire (24 gauge or higher)
  • Heart-shaped note and treat
  • Ribbon
 
Total Time Needed: 1 Hour
Instructions
  1. Captive Heart - Step 1 To make the heart, bend the craft wire around a pencil to form a loop 4 inches from one end (A).
  2. Captive Heart - Step 2 Center the loop atop a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, and wrap the wire around the heart, pressing to shape it (B).
  3. Captive Heart - Step 3 After you’ve made 2 loops, twist the ends together and trim the excess with wire cutters or nail clippers.
  4. Captive Heart - Step 4 Remove the cookie cutter, then secure one end of a 3-foot length of red craft wire (24 gauge or higher) to the heart (C).
  5. Captive Heart Ornament Step5 Run the red wire across the heart’s front and back, wrapping it around the silver wire at each pass. Enclose a heart-shaped note and treatas you go (D).
  6. Tuck in the end of the red wire and tie a ribbon through the loop for hanging.

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