Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The obligatory pink martini for Valentine’s Day

Let me admit something up front: I am not a Valentine’s Day celebrator. But the food blogging world is, so here I am.

Don’t get me wrong…I love being in love and expressing that love. What I don’t love are overpriced roses and jam-packed restaurants charging an obscene amount for a subpar prix fixe menu. In my mind, you should get flowers any old day, for any old reason, and especially when they don’t cost four times as much. And you should go out on a date with your husband just because, not just because it’s February 14.

Hang on a second here…let me just get down and put my soapbox away.

Okay…that’s done. Now let me tell you what I do like about Valentine’s Day. I like that it’s a good reason to do a pink martini test kitchen. There’s really no other time of year when you can get away with that. Maybe Easter, but that’s stretch. I think more yellow and green for Easter, and those colors don’t necessarily lend themselves to appealing cocktails. So that leaves Valentine’s Day. And you’d better believe that I created a pink martini.

Not only is it the quintessential pink, it’s also creamy, chocolaty and super girly. (Although that didn’t stop Andy from guzzling drinking his.)

So, for those of you wanting a pink cocktail to toast with, check out my Pink Chocolate Martini recipe here.

And for those of you who can’t wait for all this to be over, you’ve only got one more day, but this martini might help you feel better in the meantime.


  1. This looks like strawberry milk! Yum! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  2. Love the girly color ;D Happy Valentine's Day , Karen !!!!

  3. I would drink that today, you know, just for the holiday's sake. ;)

  4. I love your take on Valentine's Day! I feel the same way. This looks delicious!

  5. I am so far behind on posting for the holidays...I just finished my new year's day dinner. So good of you to share this pink cocktail...I think on Valentine's Day it is okay for a guy to do pink! I like to celebrate doing something special for the one you love and not make the florists and candy companies rich! :)

  6. Bravo. You know where I stand on Valentine's Day. I love my Hubby and he loves me and it happens all year long. But even then, we're so not the sappy and sweet kind of people. Proof of point is that we are going to go out....to lunch....at Buffalo's. So we can have the wings. :)

    Anyhow, the martini is adorable. Can they be adorable? I love the color and creaminess. Those don't happen to be the Christmas white chocolate with peppermint kisses, do they? My addiction.

  7. What a FUN cocktail! I would love to have one of these tonight.

  8. awesome cocktail! Adorable! I'm going to use this one for a girls night out, yum! (I'm super boring this Valentine's Day, I'll be toasting with my mom! haha)

  9. Love the rosy color..reminds me of my strawberry milkshakes..but its a Martini, and I want that glass :)

  10. I do happen to like Valentine's Day but whether you like it or not, what's not to love about a pink martini! :)

  11. I agree with you on Valentine's Day, but this looks like a great cocktail to help get through it! :)

  12. What a fantastic idea! I love this!

  13. I would go for this martin anytime; looks very creamy festive.

  14. How festive! This sounds amazing, I'm a HUGE fan of chocolate martinis! Not a big celebrator of V-Day either but it's I do love pink & that's pretty much the color theme of the day! :)

  15. Wow, now that's a fantastic sounding drink! And it's incredibly pretty. :)

  16. So pretty...and just potent enough for me! Happy Valentines...we're Valentines year round, but we do celebrate. Some years I cook at home, some years Michael takes me out.

  17. I am with you, I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day either. Hubby and I have never celebrated it, LOL:-) BUT this does sound pretty fantastic, actually would be perfect anytime of the year! Hugs, Terra

  18. You had me at pink! Looks fantastic, I'd drink this any day!

  19. Gorgeous Karen!! Absolutely gorgeous. Congrats on Top 9. Buzzed ya!

  20. Cute! I don't pay much mind to V-day either, not really worth it. But I love a good cocktail!

  21. This drink is pretty, and delicious I'm sure. It would also be perfect for Girls' Night Out. congrats on the Top 9!

  22. This would go down real easy any day of the year, Congrats on Top 9!

  23. I know what you mean...by everything being overpriced...but i can't help it hehe I love everything about Valentine's day hehe

    This is a great recipe~ I love how it's so pink :) I'm definitely saving it and going to make it in October for breast awareness month! Thanks for sharing and congrats for being top 9!