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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Amore Vietato

Everyone has a nickname for their significant other. Some are not pronounceable in polite company. Those are the unfortunate ones who are not happy. Others, like me, are very happy in their relationship and still have to chuckle at the idiosyncrasies of our mates.

Connie has his own challenges and chief among them is to send him to find something with indistinct directions. So, Connie, please get me the blah, blah blah. It's on the second or third shelf from the right, or it could be on the left, it's in a skrunchy packet with pinkish...

The grumbling starts immediately.

It's not that he doesn't know what I am looking for. It's just that he, like most guys, never gets beyond the first level of things. If it isn't close enough to bite him in the arm (euphemism), then he isn't going to find it.  The back of the shelf may as well be the North Pole.

Send him to the freezer. Fuggedaboudit! He'll be standing there hoping that the pork chops will leap from the shelves and land in his pocket.

Now on the other hand, he's pretty darned patient when it comes to hunting for something on the internet.  Well, ok, more patient than he is hunting in the pantry or freezer.

So, let's find a cool Valentine's day drink to enjoy before our meal. Simple enough. Type Valentine's Day Drink Recipes into Google and guess what? Many responses, thousands upon thousands. (How many people go past the first two or three pages?) Connie clicks on the second link. It is a link to an extremely popular young woman's magazine which will go nameless here.

A couple of clicks later and the grumbling starts. Do you know that they say? “Our 15 top Valentine's Day drink recipes”, but once you click through, there are some nice pictures, some enticing sounding drinks, but no recipes! When you click on search on their website, it comes back “not found”. Grumble, grumble, grumble.  By this time I'm standing behind his chair commiserating.  After some more grumbling, he did the practical thing and went and searched on the drink name, Amore Vietato, or Forbidden Love.

What did we think?  Very tasty. Interesting flavor combination with the tartness of the orange and the sweetness of the strawberries and syrup. We had the Hendricks gin which was called for in the recipe. It is different. It is not juniper based gin, just different. Anyway, I would suggest giving this a try. Pretty nice.  The color was perfect for Valentine's Day.  And, the orange peel hearts? 

Perfect touch.  Thank you, Sweetheart!

Amore Vietato (Forbidden Love)
For two:


4 oz of Hendricks Gin
2 oz of Blood Orange Juice (couldn't find it. Used fresh squeezed OJ and some maraschino cherry juice for the coloring)
Simple syrup (we use 1:1)
4 strawberries (hulled)
4 slices of cucumber (we didn't use it. This is a Hendricks thing. They always seem to call for cucumber because of the botanicals they use in their gin. Didn't seem worth buying a whole cucumber for 4 slices in two drinks.)
Orange peel for garnish

Muddle the fruit and the simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add the gin and the juice. Add ice. Shake, shake,shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the orange peels formed into hearts.

Kiss the one you love (it's Valentine's day). And enjoy!

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Mateja ^_^ said...

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Susi said...

What an interesting drink Kate! I wouldn't mind having a sip or two though :o)

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

What a sweet drink to go with this sweet post. I think Connie and my husband are related. He will look and say we don't have something, I go right over to it and grab it! He He. I tell how much you and Connie love each other, it shows! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Monet said...

I love hearing about your always makes me smile! We have some good partners in our lives! And this drink looks just delicious. The orange hearts are too cute! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a great Friday. I'm so ready for the weekend!

Peggy said...

I definitely love the way me and my significant other talk to eachother. It's unlike anyone we've ever seen, but it works for us! =) This drink sounds like the perfect weekend treat! =)

Kate @ said...

I'm getting a buzz just reading the yummy recipe for this drink! I'd love to share it with the hubz... he enjoys these types of drinks more than I do.