First up, random news. My post about asiago bagels was featured on Yummly.com! You can see my new Yummly badge under the tab above “Links & Blog Roll.” Now, on to the regular blog post about mushy gushy Valentine’s Day.
It always sort of freaked me out how much pink there was on Valentine’s Day. It just doesn’t seem like Valentine’s Day should be about a color. Love is cool, and all that, but why make it about pink? Pink hints at romantic love, but there are so many other kinds of love like familial love and friendship love.
I say all this, but I have a LOT of pink things. My controller for the Playstation 3 is pink (and, yes, I did squeal when I found it). So, I figured I could put aside my reasons for not understanding pink on Valentine’s Day and make a pink drink to celebrate love of all kinds. What I like about this drink is that it matches the color of flowers. You can put in a pink tulip, rose, or carnation and it will still look lovely. There are not enough opportunities to garnish drinks with flowers. So no matter what kind of love you are celebrating, you can find a flower to match this drink and celebrate with those you love.
This drink is chocolate-y, but you can make it differently. The way you make the drink this color is by using milk or other creamy mixers/liquors and adding a small amount of grenadine. I thought that chocolate and the slight cherry taste from the grenadine would go well, but you could add any clear liquors you want to the milk and grenadine. You could make a creamy pink cherry vodka drink if you wanted. The sky (or liquor store) is your limit!
2 shots milk
1 shot white chocolate liquor
1 shot vodka (vanilla or plain)
a few drops of grenadine
pink flower (I used carnations)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 glass
Pour all the ingredients except to the grenadine into a shaker with ice. Add a few drops of grenadine and shake again. Be cautious about adding grenadine as too much will make the drink the color of Pepto-Bismal and not fun to drink. If the drink is not pink enough, add more grenadine and shake again. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a trimmed and WASHED pink flower. Drink up!