In honor of Valentine’s Day, I created a special rum-based sparkling cocktail with passion fruit syrup to celebrate the holiday, Passionate Kisses Sparkling Cocktail. The name “Passionate Kisses” came immediately to my mind and I could hear the lovely Mary Chapin Carpenter’s sweet country ballad playing in my head. I kept singing, “Passionate kisses, whoa oh oh…” over and over again. I couldn’t stop!
Incidentally, the song garnered Mary a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female. Well deserved, indeed. Here’s a link to a YouTube video of “Passionate Kisses” for your listening and viewing pleasure as you dream about creating this cocktail for you and your love this Valentine’s Day.“Passionate Kisses” Song Lyrics Is it too much to ask I want a comfortable bed that won’t hurt my back Food to fill me up And warm clothes and all that stuff Shouldn’t I have this Shouldn’t I have this Shouldn’t I have all of this, and Passionate kisses Passionate kisses, whoa oh oh Passionate kisses from you Is it too much to demand I want a full house and a rock and roll band Pens that won’t run out of ink And cool quiet and time to think Shouldn’t I have this Shouldn’t I have this Shouldn’t I have all of this, and Passionate kisses Passionate kisses, whoa oh oh Passionate kisses from you Do I want too much Am I going overboard to want that touch I shout it out to the night “Give me what I deserve, ’cause it’s my right” Shouldn’t I have this (shouldn’t I) Shouldn’t I have this (shouldn’t I) Shouldn’t I have all of this, and Passionate kisses Passionate kisses, whoa oh oh Passionate kisses from you Passionate kisses Passionate kisses, whoa oh oh Passionate kisses from you
Upon concocting this celebratory sipper, Passionate Kisses Sparkling Cocktail, I knew that I could rely on Fizz 56, a sparkling red wine, to provide the necessary fizz expected in such a potion. Along with the bubbles, Fizz 56 delivers all the fruity flavor notes that Asti brings making an especially jovial Valentine’s Day sparkling cocktail. And, the color? Fizz 56 kicks up the truly passionate peachy-pink hue of this cocktail making it a feast for the eyes as well. Isn’t that what celebrating St. Valentine’s Day is all about? Tickling our senses? We think so here at Wicked Good Kitchen!
Why the name, “Passionate Kisses”? Well, this truly special sparkling cocktail provides little kisses as you sip—that is, little kisses of the following flavors and sensations…passion fruit, orange or cherry, almond, ginger and lime as well as bubbly effervescence and the promise and zing of Asti that makes holidays and special occasions worthy of all the toasts and celebrating. Do yourself a favor and pick up the fixin’s to create our Passionate Kisses Sparkling Cocktail. She is pure magic to your senses and everything you dreamed she’d be!
What makes our Passionate Kisses Sparkling Cocktail wicked good? It’s a love potion. We swear it! Honest and truly, you will fall in love with this magical brew of a cocktail. First, who doesn’t love rum and a little lime? Then, we add a tasty and trusted hand-crafted passion fruit syrup. Yes, yes. What would passion be without passion fruit? Then, we add all the kisses…orange or cherry, almond, ginger and fizzy-fruity red Asti as well as two fresh “floating heart” red raspberries for the tart yet sweet “kisses on top”. Upon sipping, you will be charmed and dancing among the stars, Jupiter and Mars! Need we elaborate more?
- For the Cocktail
- 1 ounce Passion Fruit Syrup, such as B.G. Reynolds’®
- 1 ounce El Dorado® 15 Year Old Rum
- ½ ounce Grand Marnier® Orange or Cherry Cognac
- ½ ounce DISARONNO® Amaretto Liqueur
- ½ ounce Domaine de Canton® Ginger Liqueur
- Generous squeeze of fresh lime juice, about 1 teaspoon
- 1½ to 2 ounces Fizz 56
- For the Garnish
- 2 fresh red raspberries, for floating “hearts”
- Special Equipment
- Cocktail shaker with strainer
- Chilled champagne coupe
WARNING: This special Valentine’s Day sparkling cocktail “love potion” is addicting. So, drink carefully and responsibly. Or, just throw caution to the wind! xo