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Cocktails, With Love

Updated: Jun 26, 2018

Love is in the air and there is no better way to impress your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day then with a delicious home cooked meal complete with one of these fun, bright and festive cocktails. These three cocktails are from the canon cocktail book by Jamie Boudreaux and James O. Fraioli and whether you are into delicious sangria, a sweet and sexy gin cocktail or a cocktail with a little more strong and stiff savvy we have one for you here:

Hanky Panky

Serves 1

This strong and stiff cocktail starts with an unaged spirit and the power of Fernet-Branca, a dark liqueur with a bitter, black licorice flavor. We decided the best way to age this 1930s Savory Hotel classic is to add heavily charred American oak. The cocktail ages while simultaneously taming the Fernet-Branca.

1-1/2 ounce gin

1 ounce sweet vermouth

¼ Fernet-Branca

Orange twist, for garnish

In a mixing glass filled with ice, add the gin, sweet vermouth, and Fernet-Branca. Stir and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.


Serves 1

There are many passion fruit syrups on the market, and most are artificially flavored sugar bombs that have no business in a cocktail. However, if you happen upon a quality brand, you’ll be hard pressed not to put passion fruit into everything. The brand we prefer is Aunty Liliko’i, shipped directly from Hawaii!

1-1/2 ounces gin

½ ounce Campari

½ ounce passion fruit syrup

½ ounce fresh lemon juice

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the gin, Campari, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice. Shake and finely strain into coupe glass.

Sangria Blanca

Serves 3 or 4

The Tintero Grangia is a slightly fizzy, light, fragrant white wine that is dry but with notes of tropical fruit, pairing just perfectly with St. Germain elderflower liqueur. This is a simple drink that’s hard to mess up, so go wild with the seasonal fruit. The point of this clear sangria is to showcase nature’s bounty!

½ bottle (375 ml) Tintero Grangia Blanco

2 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur

2 ounces gin or vodka

2 slices lemon

2 slices lime

Several pieces of seasonal fruit, for garnish

In a carafe, add the Tintero Grangia, St. Germain, gin or vodka and slices of lemon and lime and fill the remainder of the carafe with ice. Stir slightly, and then add some bright, seasonal fruit for extra garnish. Serve over ice.


Your love is sure to be swept off their feet with these devine cocktails this and every Valentine's Day! Make sure to try all three for any time of the year!

Photo credits: Jamie Bourdeaux and canon

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