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.

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Ingredients:

  • 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

Grenadine:

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup fine baker’s sugar
  • 1 oz pomegranate molasses

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

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.

Homemade Grenadine // HonestlyYUM

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.

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Add your homemade grenadine . . .

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Aperol, Amaro Montenegro, and gin.

Aperol & Amaro Montenegro // HonestlyYUM

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.

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Add ice to a standard old fashioned glass.

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Put some ♥ into it.

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Once your glass is prepped, fill your shaker with ice and shake vigorously for a full 30 seconds.

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Double strain over ice into your old fashioned glass.

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

At this point the cocktail is complete. Simply garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and you’re done!

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Or get festive and make a heart-shaped stencil out of construction paper.

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Voilà!

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Now that’s true love!!

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Valentine's Day Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

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