Raspberry and Chocolate Valentine Cocktail

It’s Valentine’s Day, a day that’s all about pink and red hearts. I’m not so into those, but I can’t turn down an excuse for a pretty cocktail, and this Raspberry and Chocolate Valentine Cocktail looks gorgeous! My love for raspberries and chocolate is well-documented, and I can’t say no to combining them into a pretty pink cocktail with sprinkles. I’m imagining sweet, fruity, and creamy goodness in a martini glass. With sprinkles đŸ’– How good does that sound? I can’t wait to start on this one, so let’s get into it!

Raspberries are combined with chocolate liqueur, half and half, and vodka for a beautiful, romantic Valentine’s cocktail.

Recipe Author: Barb at Creative Culinary
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The Ingredients

This recipe doesn’t have many ingredients, but I only had a few. I had a bottle of Mozart white chocolate liqueur leftover from making a White Chocolate Gimlet recipe a while back. And sugar, of course, plus some white sprinkles from a Full Moon Martini for last Halloween. I even had red sugar sprinkles, but I can’t remember what from.

That left me to buy the vodka, half and half, and raspberries. The latter two were easily found at my regular grocery store. The vodka was just a matter of a quick trip to the liquor store.

Raspberry and Chocolate Valentine Cocktail Ingredients

The Process

This Raspberry and Chocolate Valentine Cocktail is made in 2 steps: raspberry syrup then the cocktail itself. Here’s how my time was spent:

  • 10 minutes to prepare the raspberry syrup
  • 5 minutes to chill the glasses
  • 2 minutes to rim the glasses
  • 3 minutes to make the cocktails
  • 20 minutes total

My total time was 5 minutes longer than the total listed on the recipe. However, I used large 8.3-ounce martini glasses and had to make 1.5 times the recipe to fill both.

Making the Raspberry Syrup

First up is the raspberry syrup. I expected it to be similar to making simple syrup, but there was an important difference: no water.

That’s right, there is no water in the raspberry syrup. Instead, heating the raspberries caused them to break down and release their juice and dissolve the sugar. The result was a more concentrated raspberry flavor. And if that wasn’t enough, I added some raspberry liqueur after removing the raspberry mixture from the heat.

There were tons of seeds in the syrup, so the final step is straining it. I used my large mesh strainer and pressed the raspberries with the back of a wooden spoon. A few seeds escaped the strainer, so I did a second strain using a fine mesh strainer specifically designed for cocktails.

I refrigerated the syrup for a few days before I actually made the cocktail. It was pretty cool after being strained, but life happened, and I just couldn’t get to it right away.

I double-strained the raspberry syrup to get out all the seeds
I double-strained the raspberry syrup to get out all the seeds

Making the Raspberry and Chocolate Valentine Cocktail

I mixed the red and white sugar sprinkles while the glasses chilled. I simply poured a little white chocolate liqueur into a saucer and the sprinkles into another. Then I dipped the rim of each chilled glass into the liquid followed by the sprinkles. The results were perfect!

Lastly, I added all the drink ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shook, and strained the pink mixture into the prepared glasses. I happened to find some heart-shaped marshmallows and used them as a garnish with long bamboo cocktail picks.

Rimming a chilled martini glass with white chocolate liqueur and sprinkles
Rimming a chilled martini glass with white chocolate liqueur and sprinkles

So how was it?

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This Raspberry and Chocolate Valentine Cocktail tasted just like I imagined it would: sweet, fruity, and creamy goodness in a martini glass. With sprinkles! It still had a slight bite of alcohol, though, so I was aware I was drinking an adult beverage. I like that because it's easy to drink to fast without that reminder. Making the syrup was the "work" of this recipe, and it was pretty simple to do as was making the actual cocktail. The actual cocktail wasn't quite as pink as the photo, but I'm chalking that up to my laptop's monitor. I'm not a sweet drink kind of person, but I will gladly make an exception for these! As I sip my second one... LOL!
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This Raspberry and Chocolate Valentine Cocktail tasted just like I imagined it would: sweet, fruity, and creamy goodness in a martini glass. With sprinkles! It still had a slight bite of alcohol, though, so I was aware I was drinking an adult beverage. I like that because it's easy to drink to fast without that reminder. Making the syrup was the "work" of this recipe, and it was pretty simple to do as was making the actual cocktail. The actual cocktail wasn't quite as pink as the photo, but I'm chalking that up to my laptop's monitor. I'm not a sweet drink kind of person, but I will gladly make an exception for these! As I sip my second one... LOL!Raspberry and Chocolate Valentine Cocktail