Alright, fine -- actual flowers aren't dumb, it's just that this berry elderflower fizz cocktail by Drinks Made Easy is infinitely better for Valentine's Day. Let us explain: Not only do real flowers inevitably die (unlike your everlasting love, be it a significant other or, err, Netflix), they also lack alcohol. Where's the fun in that? This drink is just as pretty and it involves stems, too. Case closed. Here's how to make it. 

Berry Elderflower Fizz

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 raspberries, to muddle
  • 1 strawberry, to muddle
  • ½ ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • ¼ ounce lemon juice
  • Prosecco or Champagne of your choice

Directions:

  • To make the raspberry-strawberry syrup, combine the raspberries, strawberries, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, stir, and remove from heat. Let cool before straining the mixture with a fine-mesh strainer, tamping down on the solids to extract all the juice. Store the liquid in a Mason jar or other sealable vessel.
  • To make the cocktail, muddle the berries and syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice, and ice. Shake vigorously.
  • Strain the mixture into a Champagne flute and top with the sparkling wine of your choice. Serve.
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