>> February 27, 2009

For those hosting an event with a tight alcohol budget you may want to add a signiture cocktail to go with the beer and wine! It will help you cut costs of having an open bar and personalize the event!

Here are a few you could try:

Love is in the Air
2 oz. sloe gin
2 dashes raspberry syrup
2 dashes lemon juice
1 egg white

Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Drop a raspberry in the glass for a special touch.

Sealed with a Kiss
2 oz chocolate liqueur such as Godiva or Crème de Cacao
1.5 oz vodka
Hershey's Kiss

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice,shake well, and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Put a Hershey's Kiss in the bottom for the added love touch.

Cupid’s Potion
2 ounces Stoli Ohranj vodka
½ ounce Gran Gala liqueur
½ ounce fresh limejuice
1ounce fresh blood orange juice
Blood orange slice for garnish

Pour vodka, liqueur, limejuice and blood orange juice in a shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with slice of blood orange and serve.

Champagne Love Shots
2 Tablespoons Fruit puree
(Raspberry, Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, Peach & Pomegranate)

Spoon the puree into a Champagne flute and pour the Champagne on top.

Tantric Kiss
Splash of orange blossom water
3 1/2 ounces vodka
1 1/2 ounces fresh pineapple juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
Splash of peach schnapps
1 pansy blossom, for garnish

Pour a splash of orange blossom water into a chilled martini glass and swirl it around to coat the glass with essence of orange blossom.

Add vodka to an ice-filled shaker. (Use vodka that is highly distilled with a pure flavor that won’t take away from the freshness of the fruits.)

Add pineapple juice to the shaker. If possible, use fresh juice, or a brand of juice that has no added sugar. Just before shaking, add cranberry juice to the shaker. Shake vigorously - these juices won’t bruise. The colder the juices, the better.

Strain mixture into martini glass, making sure to pour "around the glass" to catch all the drippings of orange blossom water.

Finish by floating a bit of Peach Schnapps on the top of the martini and adding the "Tantric Kiss"- an aphrodisiac-laden edible pansy.

These drinks can be used if it's just you and your signifigant other too! Spice up your evening with a special drink!

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