I am so excited to kick off my Mixology 101 series and dabble in the art of craft cocktailing with you!
First up is a ruby red dazzler, the Pomegranate Sparkler, a drink I stirred up with Santana Row brunch spot Village California Bistro. This cocktail is the perfect touch to a romantic Valentine's day dinner or a fabulous "galantine" party. It has a subtly sweet taste with a splash of celebration fizz. A great tip I took away from my lesson with Village California Bistro was, you cannot beat natural flavor, which is a signature practice at their restaurant. Thus consider using fresh fruit and investing in natural flavor products like Perfect Puree (buy here). I also was delighted to be introduced to Secco Italian Bubbles Rose (buy here). Part of the Charles Smith family I was smitten to realize they also make my favorite riesling, Kung Fu Girl.
Three Olives Pomegranate VodkaSt Germain Liqueur
Secco Italian Bubbles Rose (Sparkling Red Wine)
One Fresh Lemon
2. Add 1/2 ounce of St. Germain liqueur
2. Add 1/2 ounce of pomegranates puree
3. Press 1/8 of a fresh lemon into the mix
5. Run a lemon wedge around rim of glass and rim with sugar.
6. Strain drink mix into glass.
7. Top off with sparkling red wine
8. Garnish with a lemon wheel
Santana Row restaurants are offering a variety of Valentine's Day specials. Stop by their Valentine's Day Dinner On The Row page to check out California Village Bistro's delish menu highlights and browse all the other great options at Santana Row for the 14th. If you are still looking for gift ideas, make sure to take a peek my Santana Row X Living In Vogue Valentine's Gift Guide and stop by The Row this weekend!