For a more sophisticated spin on Valentine's Day.
I really hope everyone out there in readerland has a great date planned for Valentine's Day. Whether you do or not, though, this cocktail should make an appearance.
If you’re trying to impress, this is a sexy drink. It’s dark and fruity, but has enough of a kick so you know you’re drinking a drink.
If you just happen to be relaxing by yourself, then what better way than to treat yourself to a special bottle of booze (the centerpiece of this drink)?
Speaking of booze, let’s focus on Crème Yvette™. This stuff is somewhat pricy, but a bottle will last you awhile. It’s incredibly rich, fruity, and strong. You can drink it straight over ice, but in a cocktail like this it really shines.
For fun, I like to garnish this cocktail with a sliced fig that sort of resembles a heart (stay with me here). If you could find fresh figs, it would really work well, but fresh figs are pretty tough to find in February so we’ll make do, right?
Besides the Crème Yvette™, this drink only has a few ingredients. The dry vermouth cuts through some of the sweetness, and muddling some fresh blackberries into the drink really ups the fruit flavors.
Muddle the blackberries, Crème Yvette™, and vermouth together lightly and then shake it well with ice until it’s well chilled.
Strain that into a chilled cocktail glass and hit it with a very small dash of grenadine, then top the whole thing with champagne.
It’s a dark drink, but the champagne helps lighten it up and makes it feel very special.
Nick almost named his daughter Yvette! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.