There is something decidedly sexy about sipping on freshly mixed cocktails at home. A special break from the usual bottle of cabernet, homemade cocktails add a hint of Old World glamour to a low-key Valentine’s Day celebrated at home.
But mixing up complex cocktails that require the perfect balance of liquor to spirits to bitters can really put the brakes on a romantic night in. (No one ever looks sexy squatting by a shot glass to read the half-ounce marker.)
Fortunately, blogger Monica Modzelewski of Caravan of Style alleviates the stress of playing bartender with her Raspberry Fool cocktail or, as we’re dubbing it in honor of V-Day, the “Raspberry Fools Fall in Love” cocktail!
Whip up the raspberry puree base up to a week ahead of time so that, come February 14, stirring up these cocktails will be a breeze. The recipe includes measurements, but after tasting one you can “eyeball it” and adjust to your palette.
Raspberry Fool Cocktail
Raspberry puree (recipe below)
2 oz vodka
1 oz triple sec
1. Add a spoonful each raspberry puree into two champagne flutes.
2. Mix in one oz vodka and ½ oz triple sec with a cocktail stirrer.
3. Top off flutes with champagne.
Makes ½ cup
1 cup frozen raspberries
3 tablespoons sugar
1. Combine raspberries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until raspberries soften and release their juices.
2. Continue stirring and raise heat to medium-high. Simmer until slightly thickened, about a minute.
3. Remove from heat and let cool.
4. Puree the mixture in a blender or food processor.
5. Strain puree through a fine sieve to remove seeds. Press on any remaining solids to extract all liquid.
6. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use, up to one week.
Happy Valentine’s Day!