This article was published on February 6th, 2015
The Feast day of Saint Valentine, the celebration of love and affection. While not an official holiday, the February 14 date is celebrated across many Christian religions, including Anglican, Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox. The romantic tradition dates back to the high Middle Ages when people would show their love and affection for each other by giving flowers, candy, and cards.
Those same traditions continue today, with roses, candy hearts, and Valentine’s day cards being sent by millions of people around the world.
The reality is that either you love or hate Valentine’s day. For people who have someone special in their life, they enjoy flaunting their love by taking their date out for dinner, drinks, and spoiling them with gifts. For single people, it’s the day where you just want to hide, be miserable, order in a pizza, and chalk it up to being just another day on the calendar.
Regardless if you are in love, or on your own (by choice or circumstance), you can always brighten the mood by mixing up a few cocktails and enjoying an evening at home, not getting wrapped up in expensive dinners at crowded restaurants. Besides, it’s pretty sexy to say you made your own handcrafted, elite valentine cocktails, whether they are for you, or you and your special someone.
- 2 pints fresh raspberries
- 1 sliced fresh lemon
- 1 split and seeded vanilla bean
- ¼ cup sugar
Add all ingredients into a double boiler. Cook over high head until the raspberries have released most of their juice, about 12 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a sterilized mason jar. Discard the solids. Let the syrup cool to room temperature. Store in the sealed container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
- 2 oz Stolichnaya Elit Vodka
- ¼ cup Raspberry Syrup
- Sparkling Water
Fill a Collins glass with ice. Pour in Stolichnaya Elit vodka and raspberry syrup. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with a slice of fresh lemon.