Valentine Martini

Cocktail Recipes

Valentine Martini For Valentine’s Day

February 07, 2018

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Valentine Martini

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and Chila ‘Orchata has the perfect Valentine cocktail to romance that special someone. It’s rich, sweet and strong – all of the qualities we look for in a partner. ;). Just kidding. Switch out “rich” for “bold”, and we’ve got a REAL winning combination. Here’s a little beauty we like to call the Tulipan.

SEE ALSO: Queen’s Park Swizzle Cocktail Recipe

“Tulipan” (pronounced too-lee-paan) is the Spanish word for “tulip.” While every decorative flower has its own distinctive meaning, the tulip’s just happens to be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Roses symbolize passion, lilies represent devotion, and the Bird of Paradise stands for joyfulness. Did you know the meaning of tulips is “perfect love?”

 

A Taste of Koko x Valentine Martini

It is said that a Turkish legend is responsible for the tulip’s symbolism. The story goes that a prince named Farhad was enamored of a beautiful maiden named Shirin. When Farhad learned that Shirin had been killed, he was so overcome with grief that he rode his horse over the edge of a cliff. Legend has it that a single tulip sprang up from each droplet of blood, giving the tulip the meaning “perfect love.”

Sad story, sure, but you won’t experience the immense joy perfect love can bring without a little sadness along the way.

With a base of Puerto Rican rum, Chila ‘Orchata will remind you of a Latin American vacation. The liqueur is spiced to perfection with cinnamon horchata and just a touch of vanilla. We combined the quintessential pairing of strawberries and chocolate with Mexican tequila and Chila ‘Orchata. Hence the Spanish name. The Tulipan gives you a swirled dream of dark chocolate, strawberries, vanilla, and cinnamon that will leave your special someone with hearts AND stars in their eyes.

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Valentine Martini

Valentine Martini
  • Author: Jane Ko

Ingredients

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Tequila

  • 1 750 ml bottle silver tequila
  • 1 carton fresh strawberries (about 10 – 15)
  • 2 dried vanilla beans

In the Glass

  • 2 ½ oz strawberry vanilla bean infused tequila
  • 2 ½ oz Chila ‘Orchata

For the Garnish

  • Magic Shell Chocolate Fudge
  • Peruvian dark chocolate
  • 1 fresh strawberry

Instructions

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Tequila infusion

  1. Remove tops from strawberries, slice vertically.
  2. Slice vanilla beans lengthwise.
  3. Pour all ingredients into appropriately sized infusion jar.
  4. Let set 7-10 days in a cool, dark place, stirring occasionally.
  5. Strain infused tequila through a cheesecloth into a clean bottle or jar and label for future use.

Valentine Martini

  1. Combine infused tequila and Chila ‘Orchata in mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into 5 ½ oz chocolate shell-rimmed coup glass.
  4. Garnish with a fresh strawberry slice.
  5. Shave Peruvian chocolate over the cocktail.
  6. Serve.

 

 

Strawberry infused tequila

For the infusion: Strawberry Vanilla Bean Tequila

Make this strawberry vanilla bean tequila 5 to 7 days in advance in a cool dark place. It’ll last 3 months on the shelf if you don’t finish it off before then!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 750 ml bottle silver tequila
  • 1 carton fresh strawberries (about 10 – 15)
  • 2 dried vanilla beans

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Remove tops from strawberries and slice vertically.
  2. Slice vanilla beans lengthwise. Pour all ingredients into appropriately sized infusion jar.
  3. Let set 7-10 days in a cool, dark place, stirring occasionally.
  4. Strain infused tequila through a cheesecloth into a clean bottle or jar and label for future use.

 

Chocolate dipped martini glass

For the Garnish

You can do this the day before and keep the coupe glasses chilled in the fridge.

INGREDIENTS

  • Magic Shell Chocolate Fudge
  • Peruvian dark chocolate
  • 1 fresh strawberry

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour chocolate fudge onto a plate.
  2. Dip the edge of the coupe glass into the chocolate fudge.

 

 

Valentine Martini

VALENTINE MARTINI RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ½ oz strawberry vanilla bean infused tequila
  • 2 ½ oz Chila ‘Orchata

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine infused strawberry tequila and Chila ‘Orchata in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into 5 ½ oz chocolate shell-rimmed coup glass.
  4. Garnish with a fresh strawberry slice.
  5. Grate Peruvian chocolate over the cocktail.
  6. Serve.

 

Happy Valentine’s!

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog. She is a social media marketer, blogger, food photographer, and the host of the largest SXSW food crawl. Lives in Austin, find her on Google+

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