Yes, Virginia, you can make a cocktail without bourbon. Just in case you need a little pre-Valentine cocktail that hints of that romantic favorite chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, I've got you covered.
I've kept the chocolate taste in this light, not heavy, since creme de cacao is so sweet. Even Venus would fall for a few a these. If you prefer a less sweet drink, choose a dry champagne to counter the syrup and cacao.
1 oz strawberry simple syrup
1/2 oz creme de cacao
4 - 6 oz Champagne
Garnish - fresh strawberry
Combine the strawberry simple syrup and creme de cacao in a mixing glass. Add ice, and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with fresh strawberry.
Heather Wibbels is a whiskey enthusiast (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching cocktails, making cocktails and drinking cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location. For more information about her favorite whiskey group, head over to Bourbon Women and join the women's whiskey revolution!