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Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail + Movie Date Night

I know we’re all at the point of quarantine where we’re trying to spice up the more mundane activities. Let’s face it, it’s a Saturday night and we can’t leave the house – we’re probably watching a movie. The key is to make movie night feel like a real event.

When I want to event-ify an at-home movie night, I usually theme the food around the movie. This time, we weren’t having a huge meal since we ate big, late lunches so we were going with popcorn (homemade because it’s always better that way) and a big meat & cheese plate. Instead, we decided to make choosing the movie part of the experience. We each put two films in a hat and chose a winner. It was fun spending time Saturday afternoon deciding which movies to throw in the hat and got both of us excited. (It also cuts down on all that “I dunno what do youuu wanna watch?” back and forth when you sit down to watch a movie.

I may not have done anything new and exciting for the food, but the drinks were a different story. We each decided to make fancy cocktails – and since the movie that ended up winning (Scent of a Woman) has that iconic Old New York tango scene, fancy cocktails were the perfect complement.

For my cocktail, I created what I’m calling the Raspberry Lemonade. Start by bringing 6 oz raspberries, 1/2 c. sugar, and 1/2 c. water to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer for a couple minutes before straining out the seeds and letting it cool. This will yield a full cup of raspberry simple syrup. Side note: I tasted some of the raspberry puree that clung to the bottom of the strainer and yummmm. To make the cocktail, I used 3 oz Ketel One Citroen (1.5 of the large side of the jigger), 1 oz rasperry simple syrup (1 small side of the jigger), and a splash of Triple Sec (or Cointreau). Stir over ice, strain into a glass, and garnish with a lemon slice.

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