Sunday, October 12, 2008

Cocktails for Valentine's Day

San Francisco Mixologist Victoria D’Amato Moran has been creating original cocktails her entire life. Her father owned a bar in the 1960s, and over the years, she has continued to perfect her craft. And now, with Valentine’s Day in mind, she has created specialty cocktails designed specifically to toast the holiday of love. Below are recipes and images of Vitoria’s latest Valentine’s Day concoctions.

Midori, the Japanese word for “green”, accentuates cocktails by adding a vibrant punch of color and a sweet melon taste. Its versatility lends itself to be a part of a wide range of cocktails. This holiday, Melon, Passion Fruit and Mango blend to create the luscious MIDORI Geisha Girl.

MIDORI Geisha Girl

1.5 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur
2.5 oz X Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 oz. Mango juice
Squeeze fresh lemon
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Shake/Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a mango heart or lemon wheel

ZEN, America’s first green tea liqueur, is made using the finest Japanese tea leaves and pure waters of Japan. The ZEN Passion mixes ZEN Green Tea Liqueur with berry juice, giving it a lovely shade of rouge.

ZEN Passion

3 pieces of ginger CRUSHED
1 oz ZEN Green Tea Liqueur
1 oz. SKYY Vodka
2 oz Acai Berry juice
Squeeze fresh lemon


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