Simple Seasonal Gourmet – Valentine Drinks

By Eleonore Hebal

This Valentines Day satisfy your lover’s senses with an ambrosial elixir that sweetens all your kisses. Here are some of my favorite recipes that will warm the heart and lighten the soul, followed by one of my favorite love poems.


The Rose

2 oz French dry vermouth

1 oz Kirschwasser (cherry brandy)

1 tsp Raspberry syrup

Rose petals, cherries, or raspberries as garnish

Add all the ingredients to a mixing shaker and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish.


Black Currant Cider Sparkler (non alcoholic)

1/4 cup black-currant juice

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups chilled sparkling cider

Lemon peels, for garnish

Combine black-currant juice with lemon juice. Add sparkling cider. Divide between 2 glasses, and garnish each with a lemon peel.


Pomegranate Champagne

1 1/4 cups chilled fresh pomegranate juice (from 3 pomegranates)

11/2 ounces chilled Cointreau liqueur

1 chilled bottle (375 milliliters) Champagne

Pomegranate seeds, for garnish

In a pitcher, mix juice, liqueur, and Champagne. Pour into flutes, and garnish with pomegranate


“love is a place”

by E.E. Cummings


love is a place

& through this place of

love move

(with brightness of peace)

all places


yes is a world

& in this world of

yes live

(skillfully curled)

all worlds

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