When the Central England Co-Operative set me the challenge of coming up with a Valentines cocktail recipe using ingredients from their shops, I thought it was a great idea. After all, I like a challenge.
Since having the children, we’ve always stayed at home for Valentines day. But to be honest, I’ve never been a fan of going out anyway.
A home cooked meal with some beautiful looking cocktails is my perfect evening in. Of course, I’d like flowers, chocolates and a romantic atmosphere with no interruptions from the children too, but I can’t have everything.
The only thing is, coming up with cocktail recipes was a bit too much of a challenge for me. I’m neither a cocktail maker or a photographer. Luckily, we have a family friend who is both.
So, I cheated. All of these 3 simple cocktails – both recipes and photographs – are courtesy of Scott Stockwell Photography. But I’m happy to say, I did drink them. And they’re fabulous!
- In a glass, place 50ml Co-Op white rum and add the squeezed juice of half a lime, 8 to 10 mint leaves, 5 to 7 raspberries and a teaspoon of caster sugar
- Crush all of these ingredients together and add ice
- Top up with Co-Op slimline tonic to taste
- Garnish with a raspberry and a mint leaf
- In a cocktail shaker, place 50ml Co-Op gin and add the squeezed juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of caster sugar
- Top up with ice and a splash of Co-Op soda or slimline tonic to taste
- Garnish with lemon peel
- In a glass, place 50ml Co-Op white rum, the squeezed juice of half a lime and 4 strawberries
- Crush all ingredients together
- Top up with ice and slimline tonic to taste
- Garnish with a strawberry
Please note, Central England Co-Operative provided all ingredients for these cocktails and Scott Stockwell Photography provided all recipes and images. And if I’m honest he might have made them for me as well.
But I drank them, which is clearly the most important thing. All views and opinions are my own. By the time I drank the strawberry daiquiri I was quite squiffy but all cocktails were definitely fabulous.