Two cocktail recipes in a row, I know. I have been obsessing a bit about cocktails and not only because they're fun and delicious, but they also present a wonderful photographic challenge. From styling to lighting there are elements to shooting cocktails that are both thrilling and completely frustrating. And yet I keep coming back for more.
So far, most of my cocktail photos have been dark and moody, with a bit of color here and there. I wanted to photograph something light and, well...girly. I figured since Valentine's Day is staring us right in the face, a cutie little pink cocktail would be a perfect fit.
We went back to the drawing board on this one several times until we perfected the vision of this sweet little drink. I saw 'we' because my resident cocktail tester was always a big help.
This cocktail is delightful and surprising; made with a mix of raspberry, creme de cocoa and creme de menthe. You can even add a touch of cream if you like; I know I did.
It's perfect for a sweet Valentine's celebration. Especially if you're staying in like we are.
I'd love to hear from you! What are your favorite romantic cocktails?
Love Potionmakes 1 cocktailIngredients:1/4 oz clear creme de menthe (or peppermint schnapps)1/2 oz clear creme de cocoa1 oz vanilla vodka1 1/2 oz raspberry simple syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 oz cream or half and half (optional)
Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into small cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries. Enjoy!
Raspberry Simple Syrup:
Add 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of raspberries to a small saucepan. Bring to boil and allow mixture to boil for 3 minutes. All syrup to cool completely and strain off solids. Syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.