There’s something about a holiday that makes me want to eat! Seriously, it doesn’t matter the actual holiday, just give me food + something to drink and I’m happy. That’s possibly the reason that I often find myself sharing recipes around the holidays. For this Valentine’s Day (tomorrow yay!) is no exception. Get inspired by these 10 dessert and drink recipes to share with your valentine or even your galentine!!
Heart-shaped donuts! Who doesn’t love donuts? These would work for breakfast or dessert. via Frau Zuckerstein (you will need google translate) but essentially you can take any donut recipe and just make them heart-shaped!
Heart-shaped and love-filled Cookies via Dune Cheri – this site easily translates into english
Dessert Tacos!! because tacos shouldn’t stop with dinner. via Taste and Tell
Rose Gummy Bears so you can eat AND drink your wine! via Sprinkle Bakes
Watermelon Mint Limeade – just add alcohol of your choice. via A Crimson Kiss
Strawberry Cream Mimosas – I think strawberries are a running theme for Valentine’s Day since they’re naturally heart-shaped. via Swanky Recipes
A little rose goes a long way! If you don’t have time to craft your way to a cocktail or dessert, this will always do the trick! via Short & Loud
I’m a firm believer of trying new things, especially when it comes to cocktails. I think it’s great that some of my friends have a “house” wine or drink. Something that they in essence, always have on tap at their house and friends get to know. However with a new year starting, I also think it’s good to mix things up a bit! Expand your cocktail horizon. These 5 cocktail recipes only deviate slightly from the norm, adding a new twist to the same old drink recipes we all know.
I love sangria! Sangria is usually thought of as a Summer cocktail but there’s so many ways to change it up for Fall. By swapping out some of the typical sangria fruits like melon and grapes with more in-season ones like cranberries and apples, you can really change up any sangria recipe. Take a look at this sangria recipe and you’ll be ready to go pumpkin picking in no time!
2 apples, cored and sliced
3/4 cup cranberries
2 pears, sliced
1 750mL bottle hard cider
1/2 cup bourbon
2 Tbsp Calvados or other apple brandy
1 cup ginger beer
Directions: Add to a large pitcher all the prepared fruit. Pour in the bourbon, calvados and ginger beer and stir. Slowly add the bottle of hard cider. Set in the fridge for 2 hours and serve. (If you’d prefer to preserve more carbonation, serve immediately or hold off on adding the hard cider until serving.)
I altered the recipe I found at Cheese and Chocolate
If you haven’t noticed I’ve been on a major grapefruit kick lately. More so when it comes to cocktails. There’s something really refreshing about the grapefruit that’s perfect for Spring cocktails! One of my favorite cocktail recipes with grapefruit is this one, a grapefruit salty dog. It’s easy enough to make and super tasty!
Ingredients (yields two cocktails):
2 ounces Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
2/3 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces of strawberry puree
course sea salt for rim
grapefruit slice and strawberry for garnish (optional)
via Sugar and Cloth
30 large fresh mint leaves
4 thick slices fresh watermelon, seeds and rind removed
10 ounces light rum, such as Bacardi
1/2 cup simple syrup
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
Sprigs of mint and spears of watermelon, for serving
Use a mortar and pestle to mash the mint leaves you can add a little sugar to help break up the leaves and get the oils from the mint extracted.
Remove and discard the rind and seeds of the watermelon. Place the watermelon, rum, simple syrup and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Stir to get the froth to go down.
Put the mashed mint into a large pitcher and add in the watermelon mixture. Stir to combine the mint with the juice.
Place ice cubes in 6 glasses and pour the mojito mixture into the glasses. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and spears of watermelon.
via The Vintage Mixer
I love these Valentine’s Day recipes because they not only taste sweet but look sweet too. Nothing says, “I love you” like a tasty treat and some bubbly for the holiday! Just take a peek:
I love the idea of hosting brunch at home instead of always going out. Especially during the winter when you may have to wait in a breezy entry way for a table to become available! I think as far as brunch cocktails go, it’s pretty standard to have bloody marys and mimosas but I also like the idea of having something a little more unique to offer my guests. This plum-filled cocktail from My Diary of Us fits the bill. Grab the recipe below:
- 2 Plums
6 Thyme Sprigs
Juice from one Lemon
4 Tbsp. Thyme Simple Syrup (1/2 Cup of Sugar, 1/2 Cup of Water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, add thyme sprigs, stir, and let cool. Chill until ready to use.)
1 Bottle of Prosecco or your favorite bubbly
Peel and chop 2 plums.
Muddle the plums with the thyme simple syrup and lemon juice until all of the plum juices have been released. (You can also muddle right in the glass if you prefer to have bits of fruit in your cocktail!)
Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker.
Pour over crushed ice evenly between two glasses.
Top off with prosecco and garnish with extra plum slices and thyme sprigs.