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Thirsty Thursday Valentine’s Day Cocktails and World Nutella Day!!

Today is a combination of one of two of my favorite days…thirsty Thursday and World Nutella Day!!!  No, I didn’t combine the two for today’s recipes, but I did bring a no-bake Nutella Fudge recipe to the blog and a bunch of delicious Valentine’s Day cocktails!  You should even put the Nutella Fudge on the menu for your Valentine’s Day because it will surely be a hit it your Valentine likes Nutella!

Nutella Fudge:

1/2 cup virgin coconut oil

1/4 cup Nutella

1/2 cup cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)

1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or agave nectar)

1/4 honey

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

pinch fine grain sea salt, to taste

3/4 cup raw hazelnuts, roughly chopped; 1/4 for garnish on top, the rest to be stirred into fudge

(previous recipe using almond butter and walnuts HERE)

Nutella Fudge Ingredients

Nutella Fudge Ingredients

Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined

Ingredients Blended Together

Ingredients Blended Together

Line a meatloaf pan with wax paper and pour fudge into pan

Top with leftover hazelnuts

Fudge ready to go into the freezer

Fudge ready to go into the freezer

Place in freezer for about an hour until fudge hardens

Nutella Fudge ready to be enjoyed!

Nutella Fudge ready to be enjoyed!

Happy World Nutella Day!!

Happy World Nutella Day!!

Slice and enjoy!  If you aren’t serving all of the fudge, or are giving as gifts, make sure you keep in freezer and tell the recipients to keep in freezer!

Nutella Fudge!

Nutella Fudge!

Fudge!

Fudge!

HERE is the link to my previous Oatella Cookies (an oatmeal and Nutella cookie!)

 

Now for the drink portion of today’s post.  These first four recipes are Valentine’s Day themed for lovers, guys, gals, and curmudgeons (vocab word of the day!  defined as a bad-tempered or surly person!)

For Lovers:

You will instantly fall in love with the Passion Margarita

In a shaker, combine 1.5 oz. 100% blue agave blanco tequila, 1.5 oz. Powell & Mahoney Mango Passion Margarita, 0.5 oz. almond syrup, 2 dashes Angostura bitters and the juice of half a lime

Passion Margarita

Passion Margarita

 

For guys:

Celebrate your singlehood with your buddies with a batch of Spicy Snapper

Pour 4 oz. Powell & Mahoney‘s award-winning Sriracha Bloody Mary mix, ½ oz. fresh lemon juice and 1 ½ oz. gin in a shaker and gently shake

Strain into a pint glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon wedge and celery leaves

Spicy Snapper

Spicy Snapper

For gals:

What better way to celebrate than with the original girl’s night cocktail: the Cosmopolitan?  It’s so much better to be pink than blue with the Cosmo Berry Spritz in hand!

Mix 2 oz. Powell & Mahoney Cosmopolitan mix, 1 medium strawberry and 3 oz. dry white wine in a shaker. Muddle strawberry and gently shake. Strain all ingredients into a wine glass filled with ice and stop with a splash of soda and garnish with an orange wheel.

Cosmo Berry Spritz

Cosmo Berry Spritz  

For the love curmudgeon:  If you’re just down on love for the time being and aren’t puckering up for anyone this V-Day, feel free to express your bitterness with The Sour cocktail.

Pour 1 ½ – 2 oz. spirit of choice and 1 oz. Powell & Mahoney Lemon Sour mixer into a shaker and gently shake

Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist

The Sour (photo courtesy Powell & Mahoney)

The Sour
(photos courtesy Powell & Mahoney)

These next two cocktails are perfect to serve at your Valentine’s Day Dinner at home.  Very similar, but both yummy and fizzy!

Bare Cranberry Pomegranate Bellini’s with Lime:

Ingredients:
For the simple syrup:

1 cup Bare Mixer’s Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo

1/2 cup agave​

For each Bellini:

1 ounce of simple syrup

3 to 4 ounces Prosecco/Champagne

Squeeze of fresh lime juice

Whole cranberries and slices of lime for garnish

Directions:

To make simple syrup

In a small pot, stir together Bare Mixer and agave

Set pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil

Turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring until agave completely dissolves

Pour syrup in a jar,  cool completely, and store in refrigerator until ready to use

To make a Bellini:

Pour 1 ounce of cranberry-pomegranate simple syrup into a champagne flute

Top with 3 to 4 ounces of Prosecco

Squeeze a wedge of lime into the Bellini

For a garnish, use a toothpick to skewer a whole cranberry and half slice of lime, if desired

Bare Cranberry Pomegranate Bellini's with Lime (photo courtesy Bare Organic Mixers)

Bare Cranberry Pomegranate Bellini’s with Lime
(photo courtesy Bare Organic Mixers)

Bare Pomegranate-Cranberry Sparkler:

Ingredients:

2 cups Bare Pomegranate-Cranberry Cosmo

Orange Simple Syrup (see below)

Juice of one large orange

Chilled Prosecco/Champagne

Pomegranate seeds for garnish

For orange simple syrup:

1 orange, peeled

1/2 cup agave

1 cup water

Directions:

Using a veggie peeler, peel orange rind in long strips and set aside

In a small saucepan, combine orange rind, agave, and water

Bring to a boil over medium-low heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved

Remove from heat and allow syrup to cool completely

Remove orange rind and discard

Chill simple syrup until you are ready to use it

To assemble the sparkler:

In a pitcher, combine orange simple syrup, Bare Pomegranate-Cranberry Cosmo, and orange juice

Stir to combine and chill until ready to serve

To serve cocktails, add a few pomegranate seeds to each champagne flute

Fill flutes 1/3 of the way with the juice mixture

Top with champagne

​Bare Pomegranate Cranberry Sparkler (photo courtesy Bare Organic Mixers)

​Bare Pomegranate Cranberry Sparkler
(photo courtesy Bare Organic Mixers)

Come back tomorrow and next week for more Valentine’s Day dinner recipe suggestions!

Stay hungry and thirsty!

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