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This fun love potion cocktail is perfect for Valentine's Day, date night, or Halloween party. Bubbling with pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, vodka, peach schnapps, club soda, and dry ice for an awesome 'bewitching' effect.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
I knew I wanted to bring you guys some pretty (awesome) cocktails for Valentine's Day, and while I brought you my favorite Melting Pot cocktail, the Love Martini, a little while ago, I wanted to also show you how to make a love potion cocktail.
There are plenty of different 'love potion' cocktails out there, but mine is a little different:
For one, I use pomegranate juice. Pomegranates have fun myths and backstories involving love, the occasional Lore Olympus correlation...but also, they're delicious. Tart yet sweet, and very 'valentine's' worthy with a deep garnet color.
Another twist I use is dry ice!
FAQ's about Dry Ice
Dry ice looks like normal ice (albeit it may be giving off wisps), but it's not. It's exceptionally cold chunks of solid carbon dioxide that are dangerous to touch since they are -192 degrees F.
It's used for a lot of different things like fighting fires, shipping frozen food (I actually receive my ButcherBox subscriptions with dry ice!), and making cocktails.
So why can we put this stuff in a cocktail? Because dry ice doesn't melt into a liquid state, it turns from solid into gas form and evaporates from there.
This works so well for making 'smoky' or 'spooky' cocktails, the safe-gas-form bubbles rise up from the solid piece at the bottom. As long as that solid piece of dry ice is at the bottom, and it tends to stay there, it just bubbles away to nothing after a little while.
Which reminds me: Dry Ice disappears fast, even in the freezer. A home freezer isn't cold enough to keep the carbon dioxide solid
Where can I find Dry Ice for my Love Potion?
You should check out your local grocery store for dry ice. I know Kroger, Walmart, Costco, and Safeway do. I would call ahead to make sure they have it at your particular store. Make sure they're the pellets and not the blocks otherwise you'll need a hammer, an ice pick, and protective gear to chip away small pieces.
Serving your Love Potion
This drink works garnish-free thanks to the dry ice, but fresh fruit like pomegranate arils, strawberries, raspberries, maraschino cherries, etc. are perfect to set on a cocktail pick.
And without the vodka and schnapps, this would be a nice non-alcoholic and fun drink for date night or to celebrate with your little valentine. The older kids (I'm talking 7-12 crowd, I wouldn't serve this to the littles with dry ice since toddlers are accident-prone) absolutely love the wispy 'smoke' and bubbling dry ice.
Looking for Valentine's Recipes? Check out:
- Mini Strawberry Pavlovas with Chantilly Cream
- Strawberry Shortcake Cake
- Ricotta Cheesecake
- Sparkling Strawberry Ginger Lemonade
- Reverse Seared Ribeye Steak
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- ⅓ cup vodka
- ¼ cup peach schnapps
- ½ cup cranberry juice cocktail
- ⅓ cup pomegranate juice
- Club soda
- Ice cubes, for shaker
- Dry ice pellets, for serving
- In your cocktail shaker, add in regular ice cubes (not the dry ice!), vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, and pomegranate juice. Cover with the lid and shake vigorously until the shaker feels cold.
- Pour the cocktail into your highball glasses, and fill the glasses with club soda.
- Using tongs, very carefully add in a pellet or two of dry ice. The dry ice will cause the drink to bubble and create a smoky effect,. As long as the dry ice is at the bottom of your glass, it is safe to use.
- Garnish with fresh fruit and serve while bubbling.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 0g
All nutrition facts are estimations. Please see a physician for any health-related inquiries.
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.