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Front Burner: A Strawberry Cocktail for Valentine’s Day

The New York Times logoThe New York Times 06/02/2019 FLORENCE FABRICANT
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A vibrant cocktail, ruby-red and sparkling, will set the tone for an intimate Valentine’s dinner at home. Called Los Amores and inspired by a Kir Royale, it was created by Patrick Timmis, the beverage director for the Bien Trucha Group, a family-owned Mexican restaurant and catering company in Geneva, Ill., with four places: Bien Trucha, A Toda Madre, Quiubo and Santo Cielo.

Muddle two ripe strawberries in a cocktail shaker, add three-fourths ounce each of lime juice and simple syrup, one-quarter ounce of crème de cassis and an ounce of blanco tequila. Shake with ice, strain into a champagne flute, top off with bone-dry sparkling wine and garnish with a strawberry. This makes one drink, but of course you'd prepare enough for two. And consider making more to have refills ready.

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Recipe: Los Amores

This vibrant, ruby-red cocktail — devised for Valentine’s Day by Bien Trucha, a group of Mexican restaurants in the suburbs of Chicago — is a superb opener for an intimate dinner. But there’s no need to limit the drink to one annual event. Serve it at Mother’s Day; it’s actually mild enough for brunch. It also suits an anniversary party, a summertime celebration and — prepared in a generous quantity to fill a punch bowl — one of December’s festive occasions. It’s easily made. The drink was inspired by the classic Kir Royale (Champagne and cassis) though a variation that suggests a margarita is another option: Replace the strawberries with a couple of blood orange segments and use a triple-sec liqueur instead of the cassis. Garnish it with a blood orange segment.

3 red ripe strawberries

3/4 ounce lime juice

3/4 ounce simple syrup (see note)

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1/4 ounce crème de cassis

1 ounce silver tequila

3 to 4 ounces dry sparkling wine

1. Muddle two of the strawberries in a cocktail shaker. Add lime juice, simple syrup, crème de cassis and tequila. Shake with ice and strain into a champagne flute.

2. Top off with sparkling wine and garnish with a strawberry.

Yield: 1 drink

Adapted from Bien Trucha Group

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