Be still my heart…

There are movies, men and moments in life that make a woman weak in the knees, but as the saying goes; “there’s nothing quicker, than liquor.”  All kidding aside words of romance strike whimsical fancy in some people’s book while strumming a chord of cheesy Hallmark moment in another.  Allow the world of fanciful daydream filled with starry nights and fluttering eyelashes collide. 

Whether your chosen moment is Valentine’s Day, Girl’s Night Out, Bachelorette Party or Couple’s Night In, enjoy the moment with a few cocktails that capture moments of love and romance in a fun, flirty sort of style.

Passion – strong emotion, adoration, love, intensely powerful emotion, craving, amorous affection and desire felt by lovers for each other

Cocktail 3 - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinPassion Rouge – created by Francesco LaFranconi

1 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

1 ounce Passion Fruit Liqueur

3/4 ounce Passion Fruit Puree

3/4 ounce Orange Juice

2 dashes Classic Bitters

1/2 Egg White

1 ounce Champagne

Orange Twist & Grated Nutmeg Garnish

Combine liquids except champagne in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Add champagne. Swirl to blend. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg and orange twist.

Kiss – buss, osculation, smack, graze, butterfly, French, to touch or caress with the lips, especially as a sign of ardor or affection

Cherry Kiss Martini – created by Jim Hewes

2 ounces Vodka

1/4 ounce Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

Maraschino Cherry

Coat chilled martini glass with chocolate liqueur. Place maraschino cherry in well of coated glass. Pour chilled vodka into prepared glass.

Midnight – bewitching hour when all enchantment begins, temptation arises, enticement wins out and fascinating tales begin to weave charming stories of excitement and pleasure

Brandy Sidecar - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinBetween the Sheets

1 ounce Brandy

1 ounce Rum

1 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

1/2 ounce Lemon Juice

Simple Syrup – to taste

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Heart – essence, character, soul, compassion, tenderness, zest, moxie, spirit

Batiste Cocktail with Wine Caraffe photo copyright Cheri LoughlinPeg o’ My Heart

2 ounces Dark Rum

1 ounce Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Grenadine

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Flutter – tremble, oscillate, throb, shiver, flitter, dance, to move quickly, lightly and unsteadily as if with wings

Peach Simplici-Tea - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinLiquid Joy

2 ounces Rum

3 ounces Pineapple Juice

3 ounces Ginger Ale

Build in highball glass over fresh ice. Stir with sip straw.

Love – adoration, rapture, enchantment, ardor, fervor, yearning, fascination, ardent affection, desire felt by lovers for one another

Lover’s Moon

1-3/4 ounce Bourbon

1-1/2 ounce Macadamia Nut Liqueur

1 ounce Heavy Cream

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry. Double recipe to share under lover’s moon.

Smitten – infatuated, stricken, intense romantic attraction, lust

P.S. I Love You

3/4 ounce Irish Cream

3/4 ounce Amaretto

1/2 ounce Rum

1/2 ounce Coffee Liqueur

3/4 ounce Heavy Cream

Grated Chocolate Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grated chocolate.

Rendezvous – affair, tete-a-tete, tryst, love nest, secretly unite

Ritz Cocktail - photo property of Cheri LoughlinRitz of New York

1 ounce Cognac

1/2 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

1/8 ounce Maraschino Liqueur

1/2 ounce Lemon Juice

2-1/2 ounce Brut Champagne

Orange Peel Garnish

Combine liquids except champagne in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into champagne flute or coupe. Top with champagne. Garnish with orange twist.

Heaven – bliss, ecstasy, rapture, Utopia, nirvana, harmony, elated pleasure

Honeymoon Cocktail

1-1/2 ounce Applejack

1 ounce Benedictine

2 teaspoons Orange Curacao

3/4 ounce Lemon Juice

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

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