There are few ingredients more seductive than Champagne. Setting out the sparkly instantly sets a romantic mood, so why not extend that to an entire meal built around it?
Start out with a round of enticing Champagne cocktails, like Champagne dreams with pomegranate and orange liqueur to add tang and sweetness. Or, for something more subtle and classic, try an Angostura Bitters Champagne cocktail with a sugar cube to make the bubbly even fizzier.
Two aphrodisiacs in one dish make for the ultimate Valentine's Day appetizer, as in mussels steamed in Champagne. They already make the perfect pairing, so cooking them together is a match made in heaven.
To add a touch of Champagne to your salad, pick up a bottle of Champagne vinegar for the dressing. Made from Champagne or Champagne grapes, it offers the same elegant flavor that can imbue even a green salad with romance. Try Champagne, tarragon and Dijon dressing, or a divine spinach, sun-dried tomato and roasted cashew salad with Champagne vinaigrette to start off the meal.
For the main course, impress your loved one with linguine with shrimp and Champagne buerre blanc (a fancy term for butter sauce; recipe below). It's quick and easy to make but feels celebratory, giving you less time in the kitchen and more time to romance your partner.
Of course a romantic meal isn't complete without dessert! For something cute and sweet, try pink Champagne cupcakes, where Champagne is incorporated into both the batter and the icing. Or, for a refreshing palate cleanser, whip up some Champagne citrus sorbet in your ice cream maker ahead of time.
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