This strawberry kiss is a simple and delicious cocktail made with fig vodka, champagne, and strawberries. It's a perfect beverage for a romantic night in and also makes a great excuse for a treat just because. Treat yourself.
Fun fact: I accidentally got drunk while taking photos for this blog post. "Accidentally." Lololol.
No, but really. I was sampling the drink while working on the photos the other day (you know, to make sure it tasted good and stuff) and before I knew it, it hit me pretty hard and the rest of the day was a wash. Oops! Also, it tasted very good. I give it two thumbs up.
Valentine's Day is around the corner, you guys! Are you into this holiday? I kind of am, I think. I tend to always do something small at home for me and Jason to enjoy, but I don't care to go out of my way to celebrate. For example, there are a few comedy shows coming up next week and we got tickets to go. We had the option of going on Valentine's Day and discussed it briefly.
I said something along the lines of: "Oh! We could be like one of those couples who go out on Valentine's Day! That could be fun." And I immediately followed up with: "No, no. Let's not do that." So we picked a date for later in the week instead and we have no regrets.
It's not that I think going out on Valentine's Day is silly. I'm a firm believer in "treat yo self," as you know. It's just never been our thing. We like having a night in on V-Day. Sometimes we make a nice dinner together and other times we order take-out. Dessert and drinks are always part of the deal though and I usually make us chocolate covered strawberries to keep it a little traditional.
Also, there's a Michael Bolton Valentine's Day special that just launched on Netflix and it looks ridiculous and amazing and that is how we are spending our Valentines's evening together (if you have Netflix and have no idea what I'm talking about, look it up. It looks hilarious). And we'll each have a strawberry kiss cocktail in hand.
Moving on. This strawberry kiss is a very simple and pretty strong cocktail made with three tasty ingredients. Fig vodka, champagne (or prosecco), and strawberries. The combination is sweet, but not too sweet, and it's a perfect addition to your Valentine's celebration. Because champagne. Also, strawberries.
I've mentioned my love for fig vodka when I shared my recipe for the Mediterranean mule last year. It's definitely one of my favorite liquors to experiment with. That said, I still haven't experimented with it enough! But I'm excited to have two tasty drinks involving fig vodka on the blog. I like sharing tasty things with you. <3
How to Make a Strawberry Kiss
This recipe makes one cocktail and requires two strawberries, a couple ounces of fig vodka, some ice cubes, and enough champagne to top it all off. You'll also need a small cutting board, paring knife, jigger, muddler and cocktail shaker. Oh, and a champagne flute!
Start by rinsing the strawberries and patting them dry. Then, slice off the green caps and throw those away. Slice each strawberry into four quarters. (Pro-tip: if you're making multiple cocktails, prep all the strawberries at once. You'll get an A+ for efficiency.)
Place four strawberry quarters into a champagne flute and set it aside. Place the other four quarters into your cocktail shaker and muddle it up. Add in the fig vodka and ice cubes, close it with the lid and shake, shake, shake! Then, strain it into your flute (there's a joke in here, somewhere).
Top it off with champagne and voila! You have a tasty strawberry kiss.
Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day with a loved one, friend, or planning to fly solo, do celebrate! This holiday is super commercialized to be all about romance, but it doesn't have to be. My awesome friend, Rachel, taught me that we all deserve a day to indulge. Whether it means you buy a loved one or yourself jewelry, champagne, decadent chocolate, lingerie, etc. or you go a different route with a new video game, cupcake, good steak, new hoodie, etc --- do something nice! You deserve to be celebrated, ladies and gents.
Also, do buy yourself some flowers. They smell nice and make your room all pretty-like.
Happy Valentine's Day in advance! Don't forget to treat yourself.
Kitchen Tools Used:
- 2 fresh strawberries, rinsed and patted dry
- 2 ounces fig vodka
- 3-4 ounces champagne or prosecco
- handful of ice cubes
- Slice off the green caps from the strawberries and discard. Slice each strawberry into four quarters.
- Add four strawberry quarters to a champagne flute and set aside. Add the remaining strawberry quarters to a cocktail shaker.
- Muddle the strawberries in the shaker. Add in the ice cubes and fig vodka.
- Close the shaker and shake it up!
- Strain into champagne flute. Top with champagne and serve.
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