The xoxo holiday is quickly approaching my loves and with it should come cocktails in shades of pink and red. My valentine will be working a 24hr shift in the hospital so our romantic night of cooking dinner together and snuggling on the couch will actually be more like me eating alone and probably sending Mr. Dr. a picture of a cocktail I made saying wish you were here. But I get him all weekend so no complaints.
I have talked to a lot of bah humbugs about Valentine’s Day this year. People thinking that it is overrated, and just a ploy for florists and chocolate companies to make some extra bucks. Well they may be right but who cares if cupid decided we should pick one special day out of the year to tell the ones we love that we really mean it. You don’t need to get or give gifts. Shame on society for making us think that for so many years. Just a simple I Love You will probably suffice for most of us. Because let’s be honest. We all probably could say it a little more to those we feel that way about. So let the new blossoming relationship folk be the cheeseballs and spend the extra money on chocolate, roses and an expensive dinner. Me? I will be happy with a card (could be wishful thinking), an I Love You and a hug the morning he leaves for his 24hr shift.
This week its all about pink and red so I wanted to share with you all a little secret ingredient that makes all cocktails a bit sweeter in look and and on the tongue. May I present to you the one, the only: the Maraschino Cherry. Maraschino cherries are a hidden gem cocktail ingredient. More importantly, their juice, can be the last bit of flavor needed to complete many drinks when you are just looking for a dash of something else. You know…when you sip on a drink and you lick your lips and say “It’s missing something.” I swear this additive has never failed me. And it just so happens that they will make pretty much any drink look that much more appealing in color creating a delicious shade of red and of course a pretty garnish. Below is a fun cocktail recipe to try.
-Generous Amount of Vodka
-5 Splashes of Soda Water
-Splash of Lime Juice
-2 Tablespoons of Maraschino Cherry Juice from the jar
-Garnish with a Cherry
-Notes: Technically this recipe is a Mrs. Dr. original but it’s basically a variation to a Cherry Bomb cocktail. If you are a real cherry lover, you can use cherry flavored vodka instead of regular. If you want to turn this into a Cherry Bomb shot, you can substitute the soda water and lime juice with a Red Bull.
Will you be my Valentine? Pretty please with a cherry on top? Whether it’s a quiet night in or a night out with your Valentine, or even if you are in my boat, I hope everyone enjoys their Valentine’s Day this year!