Valentine’s Notions and Love Potions

Unimaginable Pleasure
Experience delight in a sugar rimmed martini glass. There is no better gift to yourself or significant other, than the gift of unimaginable pleasure. With 17% less sugar than your typical liqueurs, this delectable recipe is as great on the taste buds, as it is on the waistline. If Kim Kardashian loved it, your mate will too!

Xanté Berry

1.5 oz.  Xanté
¾ freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
1 oz. strawberry puree (boiron strawberry coulis is preferred)
2-3 fresh strawberries

Muddle strawberries in a shaker glass. Add Xanté and the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain and pour into a chilled cocktail glass with a sugar coated rim. Garnish with strawberry.

New Beau
Finally found someone special? You deserve a major celebration!
Go with something funky and fresh, The Lucid Garden – featuring fresh, seasonal fruit and Lucid absinthe, the brand responsible for lifting the ban in 2007.

The Lucid Garden

1.5 oz Lucid
.5oz simple syrup
Club soda
Cucumber wheels
Kiwi fruit

Muddle two cucumber wheels & two peeled kiwi wheels with the simple syrup in a double rocks glass. Fill with ice an add the Lucid absinthe. Top with club soda.
Garnish with an unpeeled kiwi wheel on rim of the glass.

One Year Rut
Before you get bored with your guy or gal, find a way to keep the spark alive.
Spice it up with Flor de Caña’s One Good Pinch punch, featuring succulent watermelon and fiery cayenne pepper.
Flor de Caña is a top-selling rum from Nicaragua, bringing hints of caramel and vanilla, and perhaps even a bit of Nicaraguan heat to a chilly February afternoon.

The One Good Pinch Punch

Seersucker.jpg picture by jsimond2 oz  Flor de Caña 7 year-aged rum
1 seedless Watermelon
One good pinch of Cayenne pepper
4 Sugar cubes
1 oz  Lime juice
1 oz Club soda

Method: Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 oz. of club soda. Add and muddle several 1-inch pieces of watermelon. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and stir as added. Chill.
Recipe can be multiplied to fill a traditional punch bowl.

Bride and Groom
After you’ve taken the trip down the aisle, celebrate your bond of matrimony and commitment with a fabulous Champagne toast.
Celebrate an elegant evening out or a romantic night in with a bottle of the world’s best-selling rosé Champagne: Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut.

Long-term Lover
You’ve made it 15+ years, so celebrate your life, love and family with a taste of sophistication.
Indulge with a Bombay Sapphire ultimate martini, the definitive classic cocktail.
Like your long marriage, Bombay Sapphire is a truly versatile spirit – easily adjusting and happily compromising with many other spirits and mixers.

Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Martini

2 parts Bombay Sapphire gin
1 part dry vermouth

Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, stir thoroughly and strain into a chilled martini cocktail glass. Garnish with green olives or a twist of lemon, if desired.

The Sensual Shot
Meet up with your favorite gal-pals, and enjoy a night out on the town.
Experience “unimaginable pleasure” with Xanté, a Swedish pear-infused cognac liqueur – best enjoyed as a shot.
So enjoy a shot, or two and perhaps find a new guy to bring home!

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