Valentines Day Cocktails – Battle of the sexes!


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner of tonight’s sleep, we’ve been using it as a bit of an excuse to conduct a social experiment…..at our last meeting we decided to set Mark and Laura the task of designing a cocktail that they would like to receive on Valentine’s Day! Would there be a huge difference between the sexes we wondered? I’m guessing you won’t be too surprised when we tell you that yes, there was a clear difference between the two, but also it was very interesting to see how differently they both went about it!

Ever wondered what men really want from a Valentines day cocktail? Well, here’s your answer according to Mark….BEER!!

Black Velvet

Black Velvet

Black Velvet

This is a nice and simple two-ingredient cocktail using a Stout (usually Guinness) and champagne.  It could be a great one to accompany your Valentine meal if you are having chocolate, cheesecake or heavier meats including steak as Stouts are often paired with these.

Simply fill half a glass with Stout and gently top the remaining half with champagne.

 

 

 

Black & Tan

Black & Tan

Black and Tan

Here is another simple two-ingredient cocktail that’s perfect for beer lovers as it contains double beer!  The ‘black’ part of the cocktail comes from the Stout and the ‘tan’ comes from the pale ale.  Pale ales are best paired with fish, shellfish and fried foods so when combined with a stout this means you will be able to pair this cocktail with pretty much any meal you fancy cooking!

First fill a pint glass half way with pale ale and then top the remaining glass with stout by slowly pouring it over the back of a spoon.

 

Bourbon Beer

Bourbon Beer

 

Bourbon Beer

As its name suggests, this is a great valentines day cocktail for those that are a fan of both beer and bourbon!  The key here is to make sure you use the right beer and the right measurements – fill a pint glass with beer and your bourbon will drown in a sea of hops!

Use a highball glass to mix one part bourbon with three parts beer (a red ale or hoppy IPA are the best beers to use here) then squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the mix.

 

Tips for making the best beer cocktails:

  • Don’t put beer or any other carbonated beverage into your cocktail shaker. Shake the rest of your ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and then strain into a glass.
  • Thoroughly chill your beer before adding to your cocktail. As the beer is not chilled during the mixing process you will need to make sure this is already at the perfect temperature.
  • Once the rest of your cocktail ingredients have been strained into the glass, either gentle stir in the beer or let it settle on its own
  • Fancy creating a cocktail using a different beer? Remember to build the cocktail around the beer profile.  Malty or fruity beers bring sweetness; hoppy beers can lend bitter or floral notes and stouts add a roasted coffee or chocolate flavour.

 

So what would a psychologist say about that then?! We’d also like to point out the fact that Mark decided to make 3 valentines day cocktails not just the 1 we agreed on at the meeting….a bit of a competitive nature creeping in there we suspect! However, Laura also decided to try and exceed the stated amount of cocktails producing 2 ideas… Hmmmm, I’m sure if we were experts in how the mind works we’d be able to analyse this to pieces!

So, guys and gals here’s Laura’s low down on what she thinks the ladies will be looking for if you decide to treat them to a tasty cocktail tomorrow….

Spiked Jones

Spiked Jones

Spiked Jones

What does everyone want for Valentine’s…..Chocolate of course! Valentine’s Day would not be complete without a heart shaped box of your favourite choccies so why not take a great big handful of your favourite confectionary and place it on the side of this beauty…..

Yes, the Spiked Jones is like a great big hug in a mug! Coffee infused double cream, heated with half a bar of milk chocolate and poured into your favourite mug with a great big glug of Kahula and a dollop of whipped cream.

 

This definitely calls for a night in your PJ’s wrapped in a cosy blanket in front of the fire with a suitably soppy Rom Com film! Share the blanket with your other half if you feel like it, but you definitely won’t feel like sharing this creamy comfort cocktail!

 

Sorbet Prosecco

Sorbet Prosecco

Sorbet Prosecco

I’ve found the answer for an alternative to the usual bitters and sugars that get added to Prosecco and Champagne…Sorbet! A happy go lucky scoop of your favourite sorbet in the bottom of a champagne flute, topped up with Prosecco, gives you an instant mood lightener of a drink to serve to your loved one. Of course, pink or red sorbet is best for creating the ultimate valentines version, I’ve chosen a tub of yummy raspberry flavour. Be warned though, one sip of this has a habit of bringing on a bout of reminiscing …. Make sure you are suitably relaxed and ready to reflect on that perfectly romantic holiday you took together, strolling along a warm foreign beach with slushy ice drinks in hand!

 

 

Well, there we have it, two very different takes on Valentines Day Cocktails proving that indeed Men are from Venus and Women are from Mars! So that just leaves us to say, we hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and if you think creating your own cocktails sounds too much like hard work then why not hire Heston the Vintage Mobile Horsebox Bar to make them for you =).

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