Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentine's Day and Raspberry Champagne


When I was a kid my mom always went all out for holidays.  She dressed up for Halloween, we always had a fancy table for Thanksgiving and Christmas (Christmas always had little glasses with tiny shrimp in spicy cocktail sauce, I love cocktail sauce to this day - shrimp, not so much!). Easter had egg hunts, kites from the Easter bunny and a big ham dinner, and for "lesser" holidays, we had breakfast that was color coordinated.  Valentine's Day always brought some sort of pink juice, pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream, a fancy dressed table and pink chocolate.

This year I'm planning a fancy dinner at home for Dave.  I'll have just returned from a work trip so I'll keep it easy.  Steak, shrimp (with spicy cocktail sauce for me), wedge salad and this pink Raspberry Champagne cocktail.  I'll have to figure out a pink dessert, maybe this raspberry cheesecake fool in fancy glasses.
Why only one glass of champagne, you ask?
Because Dave drinks beer.

How ever you celebrate, Happy Valentine's Day.  I hope you are surrounded by love.

Raspberry Cocktail
1 pint raspberries
1 Tbsp. water, if needed
1 Tbsp. powdered Swerve, or sweetener of choice

Rinse raspberries well.  Add wet raspberries to blender and blend (add water if they don't blend), strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds. Stir in sweetener until dissolved

To make each drink:
1 Tbsp. raspberry pulp
1 oz. vodka
champagne

Spoon raspberry into champagne glass, top with vodka and champagne.  Float a raspberry in glass, optional.  Enjoy with a loved one.

February 11, 2019  Sunrise 9:03 am  Sunset 5:08 pm  Temp. H 14/ L 6°F

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