This cocktail is my gift to you. Feel free to do with it what you like. Make it for someone you love, after a romatic home cooked meal. Mix it up for your lips, and your lips alone, curled up with a book. Pass it on to an old drinking buddy, or that new special somebody. Share it with your best friends, or even random Facebook friends. Because whether or not you celebrate Valentines day, one thing’s for sure, February 14th is a great day for a cocktail.
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
- 1/2 oz Aperol
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz grenadine
- 1 egg white
- freshly ground cinnamon for garnish
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup fine baker’s sugar
- 1 oz pomegranate molasses
To make the grenadine:
Add pomegranate juice, sugar, and pomegranate molasses into a small saucepan over very low heat. Stir continuously until sugar dissolves, immediately remove from heat and let cool. Set aside.
To make the cocktail:
Add the egg white and the lemon juice to your shaker. When making cocktails that contain egg whites it’s always good practice to add the egg whites first. That way, if a little yolk accidentally falls in, you can start over without wasting the other ingredients.
Add your homemade grenadine . . .
Aperol, Amaro Montenegro, and gin.
Then dry-shake (shake without ice) for 10 full seconds. This helps the egg white become super frothy, adding to the creamy texture of the drink. Briefly set aside.
Add ice to a standard old fashioned glass.
Put some ♥ into it.
Once your glass is prepped, fill your shaker with ice and shake vigorously for a full 30 seconds.
Double strain over ice into your old fashioned glass.
At this point the cocktail is complete. Simply garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and you’re done!
Or get festive and make a heart-shaped stencil out of construction paper.
Now that’s true love!!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
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