You have the night to yourselves, the kids are at sleepovers, your friends think you have gone away for the weekend… what ever the reason, plan a romantic evening with your loved one. If you have a fireplace – light it 😉 spread out a blanket on your lounge room floor and light some candles. Put some savoury snacks on a dish and check out my list of cocktails below. See what tickles your fancy and if you don’t have all the ingredients, ask your neighbour 🙂 if they are not home or if they are pretending you’re not there because they have also read this article, then check out your local Dan Murphy’s store.
It’s all about having some fun, about forgetting all about the drama and stress that has your muscles in a tight knot. It’s about unwinding and spending some time with your partner. Forget about what is going on outside your front door. Unwind, relax and enjoy.
x x x
Between The Sheets
Apparently this delicious cocktail originated from french brothels as an apéritif (alcoholic drink consumed before a main meal) during the 1920’s. I wonder, did the ‘working staff’ need it or the customers? hmm….
30ml Cognac (or French Brandy)
30 ml Cointreau (or 30ml of Triple Sec)
30ml White Rum
A dash of fresh lemon juice
To make: Shake the Cognac, Cointreau, Rum and lemon juice well with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.
Glass: Coupe (refer to guide below)
Garnish: Orange peel.
The Love Bite cocktail is for those who like a little cream on the side 🙂 It blends cherry and orange liqueurs with a dash of cream to give it some richness. And yes, it does have a little bit of a bite, in the tart edge of the cherry and orange.
1 ounce Cherry Liqueur
1 ounce Orange Liqueur
1 ounce of light cream
To make: Pour the cherry liqueur into a cocktail glass (not a shot glass). Layer on the orange liqueur then top it with a layer of cream. To get nice layering, use the bottom curved edge of a teaspoon and pour slowly.
Glass: Collins (refer to guide below)
Garnish: Nothing but your lips as you drink it 🙂
This crispy flavoured gem of a cocktail tastes like heaven while providing a beautiful jewel-inspired colour. This drink was popular in the 60’s and is making a come back 🙂
30ml of Ouzo
30ml of Parfait Amour
30ml Green Chartreuse
To make: Shake all the ingredients together, then strain the mixture into a glass half filled with ice.
Garnish: A slice of lemon
Kiss on The Lips
This mango smoothy with a kick is great cocktail to enjoy during the warmer months. If you want to make a non-alcoholic version of it, just swap out the peach schnapps for peach nectar.
45ml Peach Schnapps
125ml frozen crushed/pureed mango with juice
1 tablespoon Grenadine
1 cup of crushed ice
To make: Put the peach schnapps, frozen mango and crushed ice into a blender and blend in spurts until smooth. Pour the Grenadine into the bottom of a glass and then pour the blended mixture in over the top of it.
Glass: Cocktail or Martini glass
Garnish: A slice of pineapple of a cherry.
The Hanky Panky
Wonder if Madonna enjoys this kind of Hanky Panky? 😉 This Cocktail is a classic that dates back to the 1920s, so there have been some variations on it. Its seductive, decadent and perfect for two.
45ml Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes of Fernet Branca
To make: Put some ice in a mixing glass and pour in all three ingredients. Stir to chill, and strain the mixture into a chilled glass.
Glass: Cocktail or a Coupe glass
Garnish: Orange twist
P.S I Love You
Yes, you read that correctly – that is exactly what it’s called. Thinking of the movie <swoon> 🙂 This is the perfect drink for cold nights, cosy fires and hot bodies 😉
30ml Bacardi Rum
30ml Baileys Irish Cream
dusting of ground nutmeg
To make: Pour all ingredients over ice into a 6 oz old-fashioned glass then stir with a swizzle stick & dust with a light sprinkle of ground nutmeg.
Glass: Cocktail glass
Garnish: I sprinkle of ground nutmeg.
And last of all, one of my all time favourites – thanks to the most wonderful girls in NY City…. Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York Goldenblatt and Miranda Hobbes. And if you think this isn’t a sexy, kinky, romantic and downright fabulous drink, then you need to visit New York and rethink that idea 🙂
60 ml Vodka
30 ml Cointreau or 30ml of Triple Sec
1 teaspoon lime juice
125ml Cranberry Juice
To make: Pour the Vodka and all the other ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass.
Glass: Cocktail glass
Garnish: Twist of lemon.
Hope you found some inspiration. Remember, it’s all about setting the mood and above all, spending time with your loved one.
x x x