Valentine’s Cheer

Valentine's Cheer

 

 

chocolatemartini

Chocolate Martini
Ingredients
3/4 cup half-and-half or light cream
8 ounces dark chocolate liqueur (1 cup)
2 ounces vodka (1/4 cup)
Ice cubes
Directions
In a pitcher, stir together the half-and-half or light cream, chocolate liqueur, and vodka. Place ice cubes in a martini shaker. Add liqueur mixture; shake. Strain mixture into four to six chilled martini glasses. Makes 4 to 6 drinks.

Valentine's Cheer

Hot Rum Toddy

2 shots of dark rum
1 cup apple cider
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
Cinnamon stick
¼ tsp. ginger
¼ tsp. rosemary

Directions
Warm the apple juice and whiskey until gently bubbling.  Then add lemon, honey, cinnamon, ginger and rosemary.  Let simmer 5-10 minutes.
Magickal associations:  rest and renewal
History/lore:  The apple juice brings wisdom, balances with lemon’s cleansing clarity.  Cinnamon and ginger are associated with fire.
Adapted from Patricia Telesco, A Kitchen Witches Guide to Brews and Potions

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Valentines Day Potion of Love

6 small apples, sliced
2 oranges
2 lemons
3 cups strawberries (frozen is fine if you can’t find fresh)
3 cups raspberries
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
2 quarts vodka or rum
1-2 cups of sugar (to taste)
Find deep red apples for this recipe and leave the skins on, but cut out the seeds.  Apples combined with the berries yields a rich red color to encourage love.
In a covered saucepan, bring the mixture with 1 quart of alcohol to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 45 minutes.  Add more alcohol (or water) as the liquid evaporates.  Sweeten to taste.

Magickal Associations:  Spirited romance, dedication, fervor, compassion, sagacity.

History/Lore:  All the herbs and fruits in this recipe have a long association with love.  The two oranges and lemons represent partnership (2), the 3 cups of berries represents union of two people, and 6 apples represents devotion to the relationship.
Adapted from Patricia Telesco, A Kitchen Witches Guide to Brews and Potions