Valentine’s Day the Austrian Way

Valentine’s Day the Austrian Way

If you’re looking for a new twist this Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to look at Valentine’s the Austrian way. Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is an East Alpine country located in the southern part of Central Europe. It’s known for its mountains, deep history in art, architecture, music, food and spirits. I don’t think there would have been a Baroque period without all that Austria gave to the world. Austria is the birthplace of Mozart and continues to be a trendsetting place for all things culture.

I enjoyed taking part in a beautiful tasting and cocktail party sponsored by Marussia Beverages, USA.

This virtual cocktail party event was hosted by Sarah Tracey, a certified sommelier, entertaining expert and wine educator. She walked us through some delicious Austrian wines with help from an expert and International Sales Director, Holger Huegelsberger from Schlumberger Sparkling Wines and Mozart Liqueurs. We had a mixology lesson on how to make several cocktails and enjoyed some history and education on traditions.

We were treated to both Schlumberger Brut and Brut Rose’ wines. These delicious wines did not disappoint. These are wines I would have in my refrigerator no matter what time of year it is.

Schlumberger Brut:

Delicate, fresh fruit aromas. Well balanced and harmonious. Bright yeasty notes, full-bodied and elegant. Hint of lemon peel, lime & apple on the nose. Retail approximately $29.99 per 750mL bottle.

Schlumberger Brut Rosé:

Fine notes of delicate red berries of the forest. Strong mousseux. Aromas full of finesse, smooth and velvet finish. Retail approximately $29.99 per 750mL bottle.

Next up we were guided through a mixology session making some gorgeous and delicious Valentine inspired cocktails with Mozart Chocolate and Strawberry Liqueurs.

Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur:

Smoky herbal notes of cocoa beans in a dark chocolate drink with vanilla, caramel, and a hint of toffee with very fluid feel. Retail approximately $26.99 per 750mL bottle.

 

Mozart White Chocolate Cream Strawberry Liqueur:

Fruity strawberry flavor in creamy white chocolate liqueur with notes of vanilla with creamy, light texture.
Retail approximately $26.99 per 750mL bottle.

Chocolate Martini Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur
  • 2 oz Mamont Vodka
  • Ice

Directions:
Combine Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur and vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into prepared glasses, enjoy. (Add a slight chocolate drizzle to the insides of your martini glass before pouring your cocktail for a beautiful presentation).

Desert Shot

Ingredients:

  • Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur
  • Mozart White Chocolate Cream Strawberry Liqueur

Directions:
Make sure liqueurs are chilled before you start. Pour the first layer of Mozart Dark into the shot glass. Then layer Mozart White Chocolate Strawberry over using a spoon. Enjoy

And just when you think it couldn’t get any sweeter. I died and went to heaven when I tried the delicious Vienna Cookies by none other than The Vienna Cookie Company. Founder and Pastry Chef Heidi Riegler knows how to make a cookie.

These handcrafted Austrian cookies are made from cherished family recipes. These are truly luscious cookies and pastries and are packaged in a super stylish Viennese Art Nouveau design, ready for artful gift-giving.

Some of their cookie selections are: Linzer tart cookies with raspberry (these are my favorite), apricot jam and lemon curd, and dunked in chocolate, Butter cookies, Vanilla cookies rolled in powdered sugar or dunked in chocolate, the popular Viennese Chocolate Kisses, Chocolate-Pecan cookies, chocolate ganache truffles, and more.

These cookies are delicate and delicious and are the perfect pairing with any of your desert liqueurs including the Chocolate Mozart Martini. Find out more about these cookies CLICK HERE.

All of these amazing wines and liqueurs are available to purchase at Total Wine & More, Wine Chateau, Drizly, Or check with your local retailer. Learn more HERE.

Follow on social media:

  • @MozartChocolateLiqueur
  • @SchlumbergerSparklingWineUSA
  • @ViennaCookieCompany
  • @TheLushLife
  • @MarussiaBeveragesUSA

Happy Valentine’s Day and I hope you enjoy it the Austrian way!

Kate Elfatah
Kate Elfatah

Kate Elfatah is the owner of HoM Consulting, a digital marketing agency that specializes in small business marketing strategies. Kate is also a producer, producing events and celebrity lounges during the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. Elfatah has been the executive producer for the highly successful Troupe, The Looking Glass Revue for over eight years and produced a documentary about the troupe, called Small Town Diamonds, which premiered during the 70th Cannes Film Festival. Check out Kate’s podcast Eight by Kate. Email: kate@homconsulting.com

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