Valentine's Day Themed Cocktails


1 Part Lemon Juice

1 Part Grenadine

1 Part Calvados

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Makes 1.

Homemade Grenadine

from The Drunken Botanist

5 to 6 fresh pomegranates

1 to 2 cups sugar

1 ounce vodka

To peel the pomegranates, score the rind with a knife as if you're cutting an orange into wedges. Carefully peel away the rind, leaving the seeds and membrane intact. Squeeze with a fruit press or manual juicer and filter through a sieve. You should have about 2 cups of juice.

Measure 1 cup of the sugar into a saucepan, add the juice, stir, and bring to a simmer. Let the sugar cool and taste it; add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter syrup. Stir in the vodka as a preservative. Pour into a clean jar and store in the refrigerator, where it will last about a month, or in the freezer. Adding another ounce or two of vodka will help keep it from freezing.


? 1/4 cup Mint-Infused Simple Syrup, plus more for rim

? 3 chocolate cookies, finely crushed, such as Nabisco Famous Wafers

? 10 raspberries

? 1/4 cup vodka

? 2 tablespoons cranberry juice

? Ice cubes

Fill a shallow dish with enough simple syrup to just cover the bottom. Place crushed cookies into another shallow dish. Invert a martini glass into simple syrup and then immediately into crushed cookies to coat the rim of the glass.

Place raspberries in a cocktail shaker; crush with a muddler. Add simple syrup and muddle again. Add vodka and cranberry juice; fill shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled. Strain into prepared martini glass. Serve immediately. Makes 4.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market Classes

Nearly every night of the week, there are classes happening at the Downtown Market. From cooking classes for kids and teens to chef's tasting dinners, the educational classes offered in the Market's Demo Kitchen and Teaching Kitchen are great for adults, families, date night or a ladies' night on the town.

A full schedule of February and March classes is available online, and includes "Couples Paella Party," "Breakfast Pajama Party for Kids" and "Cooking with Herbs and Spices."

Chef Molly's next class, "Girls' Night Out: Cooking with Wine" is March 7. Link and description are below:

Girls' Night Out: Cooking with Wine


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