Surprise your Valentine with a delicious champagne cocktail made in no time at all

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I have an awesome cocktail to share with you.

This one is like a cocktail and dessert all at once and it is actually the perfect cocktail for many occasions. Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, your next birthday party, or any other day you feel like mixing together a delicious, flirty and fun drink.

You can easily make this cocktail using store-bought ingredients. Or, if in the mood, you can go over the top and use homemade raspberry jam and even make your own ice cream.

Remember to put the cocktail glasses in the fridge at least one hour prior to serving. It really makes a difference.

Raspberry Champagne Float: The perfect cocktail for Valentine’s Day

Raspberry Champagne Float: The ingredients

Ice cream: It’s really your choice what flavour you will want to use for this drink. For both look and taste, I prefer to go with white or cream coloured. Thus, a classic vanilla ice cream would be the obvious choice. Or use coconut ice cream, which makes a fantastic flavour combination. Then of course, if you plan to make this drink for Valentine’s Day, you might wish to go stay all pinkish and go with strawberry, or indeed raspberry ice cream.

Raspberry jam: Adding a bit of raspberry jam gives the drink a decidedly sweet touch while the slightly tart undertone of the raspberry prevents the drink to become overly sweet.

Fresh lime juice: Whether you add lime juice or not depends on your taste. The drink works also without but adding a bit of lime juice helps to balance out the sweetness of the ice cream and jam.

Fresh raspberries: Nothing beats fresh raspberries. That said, if it’s not the time of the year for fresh raspberries, you can also use frozen ones.

Champagne: You can use champagne or really any sparkling wine for this drink. Indeed, I used a dry pink MCC (Methode Cap Classice) sparkling wine from South Africa. Likewise, a Crémant de Loire, a prosecco or other sparkling wines would be fine. My only recommendation would be to opt for a dry sparkling wine such as a brut to balance out the overall sweetness of the drink.

Raspberry Champagne Float: The perfect cocktail for Valentine’s Day

How to make a Raspberry Champagne Float

For two glasses

4 scoops ice cream (your preferred flavour)
2 teaspoons raspberry jam
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
4-6 fresh raspberries
champagne to top up
fresh raspberries to garnish

Mix raspberry jam with lime juice.

Add ice cream to a blender and blend until smooth.

Lightly muddle the raspberries. Add to the grasses, then add ice cream and jam.

Top of with champagne and garnish with few fresh raspberries.