Be Mine – Valentine Martinis

When better to enjoy a bright red martini than on your Valentine’s Day date!

FIVE Restaurant in Berkeley shared their special Valentine’s Day drink recipes with us – and we thought that they sounded delicious – especially the martini recipes! Order one up when you’re out on your date tonight, or make them at home for you and your Valentine.

maidens prayer (martini)

nolets gin | cointreau |st. germaine| lemon juice | fresh squeezed orange juice | simple syrup

orange-martini

The Maidens Prayer was a popular piano exercise in the late 1800’s, during the early 1900’s the Maidens Prayer cocktail was created to help ease the sometimes uncomfortable process of a first date. FIVE’s version features a very floral gin and has been sweetened up slightly with St. Germaine liqueur. Relax and enjoy.

for the love of chocolate (martini)

Russian standard vodka | godiva chocolate liqueur | kahlua | amaretto | garnish with shaved chocolate

godiva-chocolate-martini

The Aztecs may have been the first on record to draw a link between the cocoa bean and lustful desire. Emperor Montezuma was said to consume the bean in copious amounts to fuel his romantic trysts. With the help of Godiva chocolate liqueur, we made our own love concoction and we are confident that the Emperor would approve.

Aphrodite (martini)

Smirnoff vodka | fresh pressed pomegranate juice | ginger | mint

pom-martini

Pomegranate fruit graces the pages of many a script. Shakespeare, religious writings, and multiple Greek mythology tales utilize pomegranate to describe wealth, everlasting life, the coming of spring, and our personal favorite: the cunning trickery of Aphrodite in coaxing romantic encounters between strangers.

pear pleasure (coupe)

pear vodka | drambuie | lemon juice | simple syrup| allspice

pear-coupe

Symbolizing affection, pears are the sacred fruit of the goddesses Hera, Pomona, and Aphrodite. Due to the strength of the tree and the unique sweetness of the fruit pears have stood the test of time around the world, making appearances in both ancient symbolism and tradition. Today there are many different cultures that continue to recognize pears for longevity, strength,immortality, prosperity, grace, nobility, and fertility.

amore (martini)

meyers white rum | vanilla simple syrup | amaretto | lemon juice

Amaretto-martini

Amore is the Italian word for love. Amaretto is the widely loved almond flavored Italian liqueur. Soooo naturally we would name this drink Amore, it just makes sense. If you need more convincing, read on: French writer Alexander Dumas, the author of The Count of Monte Cristo, would consume almond soup prior to his steamy encounters with his mistress and Samson the Nazarite utilized almond branches in his seduction of Delilah. Almonds are considered to be a powerful sign of fertility, love, and have been sweetened with honey and given as wedding favors since ancient Rome.

mocha love (double espresso cup)

single shot espresso | godiva chocolate liquor | gosslings dark rum | Frangelico | steamed milk topped with whipped cream

mocha

Espresso has the ability to ward of drowsiness and restore alertness by stimulating the central nervous system. Reviving, invigorating, and renewing more than any other substance in the world espresso is truly a gift from the gods. Mix the heavenly gift of espresso with a powerful aphrodisiac like chocolate, add the rich flavor of dark rum with the nutty earthiness of Frangelico and you have Mocha Love.

 

… is your mouth watering yet? Happy Valentine’s Day!

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