Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Our Valentine's Day & Cranbellini Recipe

Valentine's Day has never been a particularly big deal for us. The thought of traipsing around a busy restaurant for an overpriced meal surrounded by other people is just not my idea of fun. I'd much rather do something low key and go out another time.

Adam always had the 'I love you every day not just Valentine's day' stance and although I used to think it was just an excuse to get out of buying me something lavish, I completely see his point. We do celebrate Valentine's Day in our own way, we usually stay in have a nice meal or takeaway of some kind, with maybe a card and small gift too, but that tends to be it for us.

This Valentine's Day we have decided to stay in, order a take out, have a nice bottle of Prosecco that Aldi kindly donated for the occasion from their Valentine's range and relax in front of a soppy film with no phones, no laptop and some cuddles. We will be enjoying a delicious Cranbellini  (recipe below) for something a little different.

To me, that is all we need and of course I do love this man every day of the Year, but we'll still make it a special day for us both too.

What are your views on Valentine's Day, do you go all out or do you think it's just another day?

Cranbellini Recipe

A light and refreshing cocktail with the distinctive sour bite of cranberry and soft bubbles of Prosecco.


  • 75ml Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene NV
  • 25ml Rio D’Oro Cranberry juice
  • 1 punnet Fresh cranberries
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice


  • Dip the rim of a chilled Champagne flute into the cranberry juice, and then into the icing sugar
  • Dip again in the cranberry juice, then into the mixed spice and leave to stand
  • Make the sugar syrup – mix the water and sugar and bring to the boil in a saucepan
  • Stir until the sugar has dissolved and allow to cool
  • Mix the cranberry juice with 1 teaspoon of sugar syrup and fill the bottom ¼ of the glass then top up with Prosecco
  • Garnish with a cranberry cut half way through and pushed onto the rim of the glass

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