Valentine's Day Cocktail - Forbidden Love

First cocktail of the week dedicated to V-Day is called "Forbidden Love"...Here is my twist on the recipe -

2 oz. Hendricks gin or Bloom Strawberry Gin
1/2 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
3/4 oz. blood orange juice (freshly squeezed or bought)
1/4 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar to water boiled)
2 strawberries (sliced, remove stem)
4 slices of English hothouse cucumber (keep peel on)

(Adapted from the Venetian in Las Vegas)

Muddle fruit with simple syrup in a mixing glass without ice, add ice, gin, and blood orange juice. Shake and fine strain (use a strainer) into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with strawberry, cucumber ribbon on a skewer (from 3rd layer of peeled cuke with a vegetable peeler lengthwise) and orange peel hearts carved with paring knife.

"Happy Mixing",
Michael Nagy, Liquid Chef/Cocktail Chameleon

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