the love potion

love potion

I came up with this love potion cocktail for valentines day when blood oranges were in season. Outside of that time of year you can make it with pink grapefruit.

Making a homemade cocktail for your beloved while they get ready to go out is a lovely way to start the night well. And if like me you don’t get as many nights out as you used to, this is a gorgeous drink to make when you sit down after your children go to bed. I hope that wherever and however you make it, it makes you weak at the knees.

As always with cocktails, the colder your ingredients and glasses the better.

Other ways to use your booze

If you are going to buy the pomegranate liqueur you’ll want to know how else to use it so it doesn’t fester on your shelf. It works really well in a Margarita, Mimosa or Martini. If you have leftover cachaça, make a Caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) with ice, sugar, and lime.

Love potion Ingredients (makes 2 cocktails)

Half a pink grapefruit or blood orange cut into chunks with the skin on, two small slices reserved to garnish

1-2 tablespoons ‘Pama’ pomegranate liqueur, the more you add the sweeter it will be

6oz (100ml) cachaça

Crushed ice

Optional – sparkling water or sparkling wine

To make:

  1. Place the pink grapefruit or blood orange wedges and pomegranate liqueur into a tumbler glass and mash (muddle) with the end of a rolling pin or a muddler. Add some crushed ice and stir well
  2. Pour over the cachaça and stir again. Garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit and top it with sparkling water or wine if you prefer a longer drink, then serve.


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