Love Potion No. 9

Happy Valentine’s Day, boozebags!  Rather than making a heart-shaped sugary nightmare, alcohol seemed to be a universal celebratory vessel for singles and couples alike.  The potion is a two-parter: 9a and 9b. I didn’t want to choose between the two and I promise you they are equally effective in inspiring amorous feelings and goodwill towards your valentine, friends, humankind, and the cocktail itself.

Potion #9a: Orange Salted Caramel Margarita

3 oz tequila
3 oz orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed
2 oz caramel syrup or sauce (NOT topping! It needs to be runny for it to mix)
1 oz triple sec
1 oz lime juice
salt and sugar

1. Rim margarita glasses by dipping them in some caramel sauce then into a 50-50 combo of salt and granulated sugar.

2. Combine above ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled half-way with ice, shake for 30 seconds. Pour into prepared glasses, or serve on the rocks.

Above are hand-painted glasses from my grandma.  Aren’t they beautiful?

The rim station

Extreme close-up!  I made the rookie mistake of buying caramel topping instead of syrup the first time I made these. So when done right, the drink is a slightly darker caramel color. Original recipe here

Potion #9b: Cranberry Mojitos

8 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
20 mint leaves
2 tbsp lime juice
Ice
4 oz. white rum (I used Bacardi Superior)
4-6 oz. soda water

1. Put cranberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Then lower the heat a bit to medium-low and continue to cook for about 10 minutes, before your berries start bursting. Remove from heat.

2.  Let berry mixture cool for about 10-15 minutes (I put my saucepan in the fridge out of impatience). Strain berries over a small bowl for your simple syrup.

3.  Put about 10 leaves of mint and a tablespoon of lime juice in each glass. With the back of a wooden spoon or the handle of an ice cream scoop, mash the mint up.

4. Put ice in each glass and pour 2 oz of the cranberry syrup and 2 oz rum. Top off each glass with soda water and sprinkle some fresh cranberries in for garnish.

Original recipe here

Bonus!

Just for fun, here are some Valentine-y things from around the web:

A do-it-yourself heart elbow patch found here.  Undeniably sweet but I’m not nearly crafty enough to do it.  It’s more up my roommate’s alley…. Lizzie, you wanna field this one?

A cardiogram heartbeat necklace. Neat!  Found here

Dog valentine