Strawberry Vanilla Love Potion Cocktail

February 12, 2017

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Strawberry Vanilla Love Potion Cocktail -- This vodka-based cocktail is perfect for sharing with your sweetie on Valentine's Day, but can be enjoyed any time of the year! | wearenotmartha.com

Well, Boston finally got a blizzard. Here’s to hoping this year isn’t a repeat of 2015 when we got our first big snowstorm at the end of January and then spent the next 2.5 months being hit over and over and over again. But considering it not only snowed a ridiculous amount on Thursday, but that it also snowed Friday into Saturday and is now snowing Sunday morning and set to go until tomorrow evening, I’m not feeling very optimistic. Lucky for me, I have the best snuggly dog ever, an amazing gas fireplace, and tons of comfy blankets (if you want the most amazing blanket in the world, you need to check out LoveSac’s Footsac blankets. Yes, they’re pricey, but omg they will make your winter so much more bearable).

Oh, and cocktails. There’s seriously no better excuse to whip up a batch of cocktails than a snowstorm and since next week is Valentine’s Day, I obviously opted for a festive one. I combined a strawberry vanilla simple syrup with vodka and ended up with a sweet cocktail that’s perfect for sharing with your sweetie.

It was also the perfect occasion to bust out my new Oh Joy cocktail shaker, which is so much more fun than the typical silver shaker.

Pink-Cocktail-Shaker

This cocktail is an easy one. You’ll want to make the strawberry vanilla simple syrup a little bit ahead of time, so it has time to cool to room temperature and sit with the vanilla bean, but if you make a whole batch of it (or a double batch!), it should last in your fridge for a few weeks.

Strawberry Vanilla Love Potion Cocktail -- This vodka-based cocktail is perfect for sharing with your sweetie on Valentine's Day, but can be enjoyed any time of the year! | wearenotmartha.com

I’ve actually been on a crazy simple syrup quick lately, making batches of it and mixing it into plain soda water. Cinnamon simple syrup is my new favorite.

But strawberry vanilla is a close second. Especially when mixed with vodka.

Strawberry Vanilla Love Potion Cocktail -- This vodka-based cocktail is perfect for sharing with your sweetie on Valentine's Day, but can be enjoyed any time of the year! | wearenotmartha.com

As you know, I’ll take any opportunity to utilize conversation hearts that I can. And my heart straws!

This cocktail is sweeter than the cocktails I usually make, but it’s easy to control the level of sweetness by simply adding more soda water into the glass to top it off. Or vodka… Whatever you choose. Anyway, I think you need to go with something a little sweeter on Valentine’s Day.

Strawberry Vanilla Love Potion Cocktail -- This vodka-based cocktail is perfect for sharing with your sweetie on Valentine's Day, but can be enjoyed any time of the year! | wearenotmartha.com

You may or may not know that I am a big Valentine’s Day fan, but mainly because I am a marketer’s dream (funny that I work in marketing, too…) and can’t get enough of the pink and red decor, hearts, and chocolate. Chris and I get each other cards, but we don’t do gifts and we generally don’t go out to dinner on the actual day. I prefer to wait for another evening and just use it as an excuse for a delicious meal out.

Strawberry Vanilla Love Potion Cocktail -- This vodka-based cocktail is perfect for sharing with your sweetie on Valentine's Day, but can be enjoyed any time of the year! | wearenotmartha.com

The evening of, we’ll probably just make dinner at home, enjoy some cocktails, and relax. After all, this year is a “work night.” I’m sure we’ll also sit down and watch This is Us. Anyone else a big fan of the show? It’s definitely helping to fill the Parenthood void that has been missing in my life (but gahhh, I still don’t think it can totally replace Parenthood). Also, Mandy Moore has always been my number one top celebrity in the world and I’m so happy that she is killing it in this role.

Strawberry Vanilla Love Potion Cocktail -- This vodka-based cocktail is perfect for sharing with your sweetie on Valentine's Day, but can be enjoyed any time of the year! | wearenotmartha.com

Luckily, I have plenty of leftover strawberry vanilla simple syrup sitting in my fridge, so when we get home from work on Tuesday, cocktails can be poured immediately.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Strawberry Vanilla Love Potion Cocktail
 
Strawberry vanilla simple syrup makes for the perfect cocktail any time, but it's especially delicious when mixed with vodka and lime juice and enjoyed with your sweetie on Valentine's Day. Conversation hearts not required, but highly recommended.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Makes: 2 cocktails (with enough simple syrup for many)
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 3 oz. strawberry vanilla simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • Soda water
Strawberry Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cups water
  • 1 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup hulled and chopped strawberries
  • 1 vanilla bean
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add vodka, strawberry vanilla simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake well.
  2. Pour mixture into two glasses filled with ice.
  3. Top with soda water and additional sliced strawberries, conversation hearts, or anything else you desire.
Strawberry Vanilla Simple Syrup:
  1. Combine water and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower to a simmer and add strawberries to saucepan. Stir to combine.
  3. Let simmer until sugar is dissolved and syrup begins to thicken, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and strain syrup through a fine mesh sieve, discarding solids, into a heatproof container like a bowl or a mason jar.
  5. Add one vanilla bean to container and place in fridge to cool for at least three hours before using.

Strawberry Vanilla Love Potion Cocktail -- This vodka-based cocktail is perfect for sharing with your sweetie on Valentine's Day, but can be enjoyed any time of the year! | wearenotmartha.com

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8 Responses to "Strawberry Vanilla Love Potion Cocktail"

  1. Chris says:

    Quit stealing my owl Phur Footsac!!!!

  2. This is such a fun cocktail, Sues! I love that you used a strawberry vanilla simple syrup in here. So creative and so pretty, too!

  3. GiGi Eats says:

    I would like to suck down this potion!

  4. what a cute drink! great way to use those conversation hearts. 🙂

  5. I hope you guys are staying warm!! The hubs and I were talking about that winter storm and how it’s SO weird that it’s pretty warm down here in NC, but we aren’t toooo terribly far from you guys. Weather is a strange thing. Anyways, hope you guys are safe! And I certainly hope you are tossing back this gorgeous cocktail on repeat! Love the name and I LOVE the flavors!! SO perfect for Valentine’s Day! Cheers, dear!

  6. Kelly says:

    Yikes, hopefully this year isn’t as bad with the snow and you guys stay warm and dry! Loving this pretty and festive cocktail!

  7. I just love the name of this cocktail – so cute!! Plus, it just looks so pretty and girly 🙂 We are in for a huge snow storm tomorrow so it’s probably the one you guys had just rolling our way. Sounds like you are all set anyway for any snow that you may have with your cuddly fur baby, blankies and this gorgeous festive cocktail. Stay warm, my friend!

  8. The cinnamon simple syrup sounds amazing. I might have to make a batch of that tonight. Happy Valentines day and enjoy your meal in 🙂

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