At Home Valentine’s Day Cocktails: Cocktail #1 Pink Gin Fizz
Kicking off the V-day cocktails is a Pink Gin Fizz using Mermaid Pink Gin. You might remember me featuring (and absolutely loving) Mermaid Salt Vodka in my boozy Christmas gift guide. So I’m thrilled to be sharing another one of Isle of Wight Distillery’s Mermaid spirits in the form of their Pink Gin. The gin is infused with flavours from fresh Isle of Wight strawberries, and is both vegan and gluten free. Not only that but the bottle is completely plastic free AND Isle of Wight Distillery are proudly Net Zero.
What I love about Mermaid Pink Gin is that it isn’t a really sweet pink gin. Sweet drinks have their place for sure but, as someone who loves a stronger drink, I definitely welcome the less sweet Mermaid Pink Gin with open arms. If there’s a cocktail that really shows off how delicious this gin is then it’s definitely the Pink Gin Fizz.
Equipment: Cocktail shaker, strainer, champagne flute.
40ml Mermaid Pink Gin
20ml sugar syrup
25ml lemon juice
Prosecco (for topping)
Raspberry or strawberry (for garnishing)
Chill your champagne flute by filling it with ice (or run it under cold water).
Add the Mermaid Pink Gin, sugar syrup, lemon juice and ice into a cocktail shaker.
Give the cocktail shaker a good shake up.
Remove the ice from your champagne flute.
Strain the gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice mix into your champagne flute.
Top with prosecco. Garnish with your choice of fruit. Serve.
At Home Valentine’s Day Cocktails: Cocktail #2 Old Fashioned
If you’re someone who prefers a strong and simple drink then look no further than the Four Roses’ Small Batch Old Fashioned. Inspired by a love story from the picturesque town of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky; Four Roses Small Batch is the ultimate romantic drink to incorporate into a dreamy Valentine’s Day cocktail this year. The brands story began when their founder, Paul Jones Jr, fell in love with a Southern belle. He sent a proposal to her, and she replied saying that if her answer were “Yes”, she would wear a corsage of four roses on her gown to an upcoming ball…and she did. Pretty romantic right?
Equipment: Bar spoon, lowball glass.
25 or 50ml Four Roses Small Batch
2 dashes angostura bitters
1 sugar cube
Orange slice (for garnishing)
A few dashes of water
Place the sugar cube into your lowball glass and add two dashes of angostura bitters.
Add a few dashes of water and mix until the sugar cube had dissolved.
Fill your glass with ice cubes and add either 25ml or 50ml of Four Roses (depending on your preference).
Garnish with a slice of orange and serve.
At Home Valentine’s Day Cocktails: Cocktail #3 The Lawrenceburg
I know an Old Fashioned isn’t to everyone’s taste. So for those of you who prefer a fruitier twist on a bourbon cocktail, The Lawrenceburg is going to be the one for you. Again, I’m using the lovely Four Roses Small Batch bourbon in this one. And it’s a cocktail that Four Roses themselves created specifically for Valentine’s Day. Bringing together the spiced flavours of Four Roses Small Batch and the sweetness of cranberry juice, The Lawrenceburg is the perfect cocktail for anyone who’s new to bourbon. Think that bourbon isn’t really your jam? Try this out and then tell me otherwise!
Equipment: Cocktail shaker, martini glass.
50ml cranberry juice
5ml lime juice
5ml sugar syrup
Ginger beer (for topping)
Add the Small Batch Four Roses, cranberry juice, lime juice, sugar syrup and ice into a cocktail shaker.
Give the mix a good shake up.
Pour the mix into a martini glass and top with ginger beer. Serve.
If you’re looking to treat someone special to a Valentine’s Day cocktail then why not make a whole experience of it and gift them a bottle along with everything they need to make the drinks. Depending on if they’re in your household or not you could gift them the bottle and then make them a special cocktail. Or you could send them all of the ingredients and make the drinks together over Zoom as a little Valentine’s Day distanced date. What are your Valentine’s Day plans? I’m thinking me + a Lawrenceburg cocktail + my pyjamas.
Read next: The Single Girls Guide To Valentine’s Day.