Chef Donna: Valentine’s Day Cocktails

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We’ve gone back into the archives and revamped a few faves to make these Valentine’s Day cocktails perfect for romance.

Recipe: Grand Monaco

This recipe is reminiscent of that New Years’ toast.  Direct from the creator’s of Grand Marnier® and Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne, this is the perfect cocktail for toasting to love!



1 1⁄2 oz. Grand Marnier® Raspberry Peach

3 ½ oz. Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne


Pour the Grand Marnier® Raspberry Peach into a champagne flute.  Top off with Veuve Clicquot.  Enjoy responsibly.

Recipe: The Angel of Love

Makes 2 cocktails


This cocktail is a neat little variation on our Super Bowl Sunday cocktail we demonstrated live on FOX 43.  Inspired by celebrity mixologist Alex Ott, I’ve spiced it up a bit to quench cupid’s thirst


Ginger Sugar to rim glass

Rosebuds and Petals, to garnish

2 ounces (1/4 cup) (ginger) Snap® Liqueur, OR 2 ounces (1/4 cup) ginger ale

1 ounce (about 1/8 cup) blackberry liqueur (optional)

2 ounces (1/4 cup) cherry infused vodka

Generous splash of cranberry juice

Dry sparkling wine OR club soda



Combine ginger liqueur, blackberry liqueur (if using), infused vodka and cranberry juice over ice.  Stir.  Pour into a Ginger Sugar rimmed martini glass.  Add sparkling wine or club soda floater and garnish with a rose petal.



 Recipe: Spiced Bourbon

Makes 1 cocktail


Try this recipe for instant home-made “spiced moonshine”.  Warming and delicious to sip on a winter’s night, this just might be your perfect night cap on a cozy Valentine’s Day.


Star Anise


Allspice Berries

Cinnamon Stick – True Ceylon

Ginger Sugar, to rim glass

2 ounces high quality bourbon

1 teaspoon honey


Rim your glass with Ginger Sugar.  Carefully pour honey into bottom of glass.  Add bourbon.  Add a few Star Anise, Cloves, and Allspice Berries.  Add the Cinnamon Stick and carefully pour 1 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) very hot water directly over the spices to release aromatics.  Swirl.  Serve.

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