What to do for Valentine's Day is always on everyone's mind! How will I make my lover swoon over my affection on this glorious day of Love! The holiday began as a feast of love and affection and to recognize and celebrate Saint Valentine! Only in the late Middle Ages did Geoffrey Chauncer begin the tradition in which lovers showed their affection by giving flowers and cards known as "valentines" and there ya have it!...Or if you are single even more the reason to treat yo self! After all it is a day to celebrate love and what's better then loving yourself! In fact another reason to celebrate this day I got from the amazing Liz Lemon (Tina Fey from 30 Rock). Instead of celebrating Valentine's Day celebrate Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day! One of the fearless leaders in the women's suffrage movement and it happens to be her birthday! Here here! Either way you look at it LOVE wins! Ok...now to the important stuff what cocktail to celebrate with?! I am thinking something dreamy and mint chocolate creamy. Check out my #mcm, the Mint Chocolate Malt!
- 1 oz. Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz. Hershey's Milk Chocolate Syrup
- 1 1/2 oz. Branca Menta
- Top with 1/2oz. Soda Water
Take a Nick and Nora or any small stemware glass and put in the freezer for an hour before making this drink. After that take out your shaker tin and measure out all ingredients and put in tin besides the soda water! You do that at the end after you pour the drink out. Dry whip shake all ingredients for like 10 seconds, then add ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until you feel the shaker tin is ice cold with a slight frost on it! You will feel it! Then take your Hawthorne strainer and fine strainer and pour out all ingredients into the super chilled Nick and Nora glass. Top the cocktail with a bit of fresh club soda and the drink will froth up some more! Slap a single mint leaf together in your hands to release its aroma and essential oils and lay it on top of the cocktail. So pretty and perfect like a classic malt shop refreshment! Cheers Lovers! ❤️💕
A little background on my preferred spirits:
Branca Menta: Invented in the mid 1960's as a result of the popularity of drinkers adding a mint syrup to Fernet Branca to sweeten up the pungent amaro. Resulting in a peppermint menthol dream that is perfect for sipping after dinner for dessert! Don't worry Fernet Branca lovers it contains part of the secret Fernet Branca recipe.