A Special Love Potion for Valentine’s Day – The Cranbellini and More
How does Cranberry and Blood Orange sound to you as a liqueur? It’s that time of year when everyone is making their own Love Potion for Valentine’s Day. And, I tend to prefer cocktails which are not too sweet, so the idea of a liqueur based on two fruits with some ‘zing’ really makes sense to me. Cranes Cranberry & Blood Orange Liqueur comes in a beautiful glass bottle and is quite nice enough to sip by itself (I know because I’ve tried). It’s made with cranberries from Wisconsin USA with blood orange juice and rind and was developed by one of the UK’s top mixologists.
Over 115 cranberries go into making the 50cl bottle. A smooth liqueur that is most commonly used to create cocktails, their most popular recipe is the Cranbellini. It’s a twist on the traditional Bellini cocktail, which turns a simple glass of fizz into a beautiful pink cocktail… perfect for romantic celebrations this Valentines Day!
I’ve had my own bottle to review and I’ve been busy cooking up a special Valentine’s Love Potion of my own based on Cranes – I have to say it’s quite lethal but really rather delicious!
Here’s what I did
A simple cocktail for Valentine's Day
- 45 ml Vodka
- 25 ml Cranes Cranberry and Blood Orange Liqueur
- 5 ml Elderflower Cordial More if you have a sweet tooth)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all the ingredients and shake well
Strain and serve in a champagne or martini glass. Garnish with a slice of blood orange if available
Sip slowly while eating your Valentine's chocolates
For a longer drink, serve over ice in a tumbler with a splash of tonic water or soda
Now is your chance to get creative. I’d love you to make your own Love Potion Cocktail, for Valentine’s Day or for any other time of the year! If it happens to include Cranes then please take a picture and tweet or Instagram it to get bonus entries. Whether it does or not, you can enter by sharing your own Valentine’s cocktail recipe in the comments below. The winner will be getting a magnum bottle of Prosecco and a bottle of Cranes Cranberry and Blood Orange Liqueur – that’s enough for 18 Cranbellinis at home and is worth around £50. And, just to give everyone a chance to enter, I’m running this until February 28th
You can order Cranes online through their website or through various retailers.