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Valentines and Mardi Gras

Drink of the Month

What Valentines Want

Chocolate and PTO; what more could your valentine want? Plenty, I'm sure, but this drink will get you brownie points no matter what.
  • 1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 oz. PTO
  • 1 oz. cream
Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with shaved chocolate.

Serve with PTO chocolates from Quintessential Chocolates. Ask for them at Whole Foods in Austin and San Antonio.

From Dale Degroff's The Essential Cocktail
Long Island Iced Tea

For Mardi Gras, the cocktail that comes to mind is the Hurricane. I found many recipes for it that varied wildly, some containing orange liqueur, some not. I consulted The Essential Cocktail and found Dale's recipe did not.

So I turned to the Long Island Iced Tea, a drink that made properly tastes better than a Hurricane and taken in moderation will not knock you off your bar stool (though it has been known to fuel a pretty wild Mardi Gras party).

  • oz. vodka
  • oz. gin
  • oz. rum
  • oz. tequila
  • oz. PTO (substituted for triple sec)
  • oz. simple syrup (optional)
  • oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 oz. Coca-Cola
In a mixing glass, combine the vodka, gin, rum, tequila, PTO, syrup, and lemon juice with ice and stir. Strain into a large iced tea glass with ice, top with the Coca-Cola, and stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Valentine Seduction

What Valentines Want
Rum Punch

We learned the secret formula for island Rum Punch from Marcus, the beguiling barkeep at Ottley's Plantation Inn in St. Kitts. It's almost a poem:

One part sour
Two parts sweet
Three parts strong
Four parts weak

He serves up a pretty good punch, but alas has no Paula's Texas Orange at hand, so we toyed with the formula to make it our own. You'll need to experiment with the mixture of juices to satisfy your palate. Pineapple is a great flavor but use it sparingly as it adds a lot of sweetness.

  • 1 part fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 parts PTO
  • 3 parts white or amber rum
  • 4 parts fruit juices: mixture of orange, pineapple, mango, or your favorites
Mix ingredients and serve over ice. In the islands, they top off the cocktail with a couple of drops of Angostura bitters and a touch of grated nutmeg.

Join us at

Savor Dallas International Grand Tasting, Saturday, March 7, 7-10 p.m., Westin City Center, Dallas
Paula's Texas Orange 40% alc. by volume. Paula's Texas Lemon 30% alc. by volume.
Bottled by Texacello LLC, Austin, TX.

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