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Archive for the ‘Love Vines’ Category

I went on the hunt for easy-to-do, yummy drinks that would be perfect for any romantic Valentine’s night in. As a martini lover and one-time amateur bartender I can tell you that these recipes will not only be delish, but easy to make. Don’t see something that tickles your fancy? Visit the Cosmo site for other romantic do-it-yourself libations.

The French Cosmo

3 oz. pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. cassis
Garnish: pineapple slice or leaf

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled stemmed glass. Garnish with pineapple slice or float a leaf from the fruit in the drink.

Pink Margarita

1 1/2 oz. tequila
1/4 oz. Campari
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. honey

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a tumbler. Serve on the rocks and garnish with a lemon slice and mint leaf.

Cherry Punch

1 oz. cherry vodka
1 oz. triple sec
Splash of Rose’s grenadine
Splash of cranberry juice

Shake together all ingredients but cranberry juice with ice. Pour into glass and top with cranberry juice. Garnish with a fresh cherry.

Kerasi

- 2 oz. peach vodka
- 1 oz. cherry puree (fresh pitted cherries)
- 1/2 oz. peach liqueur
- 1/2 oz. cherry brandy
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- Sparkling wine, like Cava

Shake all ingredients except Cava over ice, strain into flute. Top with Cava and cherry.

Watermelon Martini

- 3 oz. Ketel One Citroen
- 1 oz. Watermelon Pucker
- 1/2 oz. Cointreau or triple sec
- Splash of lemonade
- Splash of 7-Up

Mix all ingredients together over ice, shake, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of watermelon.

About

Courtney Cox is a writer and editor at Destination I Do Magazine and recently graduated with a degree in Print Journalism from Arizona State University. Her passions include traveling and she’s looking forward to an upcoming trip to Australia as a representative of Destination I Do. For travel deets and the inside scoop on Destination I Do, follow Courtney on Twitter here.

Photos/Recipes courtesy of Cosmopolitan Magazine

 

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Snuggle and snow weather has officially arrived. Are you ready to cuddle up? Well, check out PlumpJack Squaw Valley Resort in Lake Tahoe. Nestled away in the hillside, and delicately covered in snow during the winter months it’s a seductive boutique hotel ideal for a romantic getaway.

Spend your days learning the art of shredding by taking snowboarding lessons with Squaw Valley USA. And spend your evening hours either in the outdoor hot tubs soaking your sore muscles or by the fireplace sipping Irish coffee in the cozy lounge.

Hit the slopes mid-week to take advantage of amazing mid-week rates which means staying four nights or getting the fifth night for free. Or become a 2010/11 Squaw Valley USA or Alpine Meadows season pass holder and receive 15% off your stay during the winter months.

About Autumn

For more on Autumn Millhouse and her book Romantic Napa Valley, An Insider’s Guide for Couples, click here.  Autumn Millhouse is an award-winning travel writer who specializes in wine, food and romantic getaways. She is also an international trekker who has wined and dined across the globe from Barcelona to Beijing . A self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic” and author of Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, Autumn also has a bi-monthly column called Love Vines published in Napa Valley Life Magazine. She resides in Napa Valley where she cultivates her wine and food relationships with top chefs, winemakers and a slew of other foodies. Besides, sniffing, swirling and sipping wine daily, Autumn is currently working on her next travel book Romantic Sonoma Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples.

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