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Romantic cocktails for Valentine's Day

Dutch Tea Created by James Labe, a hospitality

Dutch Tea
Created by James Labe, a hospitality consultant and "tea sommelier" based in California.
4 ounces Numi Chocolate Puerh Tea

2 ounces Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
1 ounce heavy cream
Sugar
Powdered cocoa

1. Steep 1 Numi Chocolate Puerh tea bag at normal strength with freshly boiled water for 3 minutes. Add vodka and stir.
2. Whip cream with a little sugar and float on top. Dust with powdered cocoa to garnish. Makes 1 cocktail. Photo Credit: Handout


How sweet. Or bittersweet.

Dark or milk or white, chocolate is as much a part of Valentine's Day as that bouquet of long-stemmed red roses.

Have yours shaved, in chunks, by the piece, by the pound, or in a glass. Here we go -- a chocolate celebration. --Peter M. Gianotti

Dutch Tea Created by James Labe, a hospitality
Photo Credit: Handout

Dutch Tea
Created by James Labe, a hospitality consultant and "tea sommelier" based in California.
4 ounces Numi Chocolate Puerh Tea

2 ounces Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
1 ounce heavy cream
Sugar
Powdered cocoa

1. Steep 1 Numi Chocolate Puerh tea bag at normal strength with freshly boiled water for 3 minutes. Add vodka and stir.
2. Whip cream with a little sugar and float on top. Dust with powdered cocoa to garnish. Makes 1 cocktail.

Love Potion No. 9 Created by Sauza Tequila
Photo Credit: Handout

Love Potion No. 9
Created by Sauza Tequila

3 ounces Sauza Silver Tequila
1 ounce DeKuyper Razzmatazz Schnapps Liqueur
4 ounces (1/2 cup) chocolate ice cream
Raspberries for garnish

In a blender, mix tequila, raspberry liqueur and chocolate ice cream. Pour into glass, garnish with raspberries. Makes 1 cocktail.

The Lovebirds Created by beverage consultant Jonathan Pogash,
Photo Credit: Handout

The Lovebirds
Created by beverage consultant Jonathan Pogash, in-house mixologist for NBC's "Weekend Today in New York"

1 1/2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Vodka 1/2 ounce orange-flavored liqueur
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
Handful of mint leaves Champagne or sparkling wine for top
Orange peel for garnish
Lemon peel for garnish

1. Combine Godiva Chocolate Vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, freshly squeezed orange juice and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with ice. 2. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
3. Top with Champagne or sparkling wine and garnish with orange and lemon peel wrapped around each other. Makes 1 cocktail.

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