If you’re stuck on what to do for friends or significant other this Valentine’s day, Instead of the typical chocolates, flowers or cards, surprise your valentine with a round of romantic cocktails created by a fellow Sacramento State student.
Senior business major Alex Soohoo is a student by day and a bartender at Coaches Bar and grill by night. Inspired by his experience as a bartender, Soohoo created three budget-friendly cocktails to bring out the inner mixologist and impress that special someone.
“You want to do something fun and interesting for your girlfriend, boyfriend or friends comma but sometimes we don’t have all that money to spend in one day,” Soohoo said.
By using inexpensive alternatives for more expensive liquors found at WinCo, Total Wine and Trader Joe’s, Soohoo was able to keep costs low.
“This is my way of showing my creativity and to help all the people who are trying to have a good Valentine’s Day,” he said. “You can still make the same bar quality drink she’ll like on a college budget.”
Soohoo recommends students enjoy these drinks with those they love most.
Floral Elegance: The floral and fruity notes in this drink take ordinary champagne up a notch.
½ ounce elderflower liqueur is the sweet syrup often put in drinks
½ ounce black currant liqueur
Pour into a champagne glass and serve with a strawberry.
Lychee Sunset: Light and refreshing, this drink is perfect for a special someone with an exotic palate.
2 ounces lychee sake
Splash of grenadine
Pour sake and pineapple juice into a glass, then pour desired amount of grenadine. Serve on the rocks.
Strawberry Covered Chocolate: Valentine’s day would not be complete without sweet strawberries and smooth chocolate.
1 ounce strawberry shortcake vodka
.75 ounce Bailey’s
Shake with ice and strain into a glass, then top with whipped cream, strawberries and cinnamon.
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