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Linnea Johansson is an New York based chef & event planner and the author of; "Perfect Parties - Tips and Advice from a New York Party Planner". As an event planner Linnea has thrown parties for companies such as, Cartier, Gucci, Prada, Rolex, and PlayBoy. On the blog Linnea writes about the latest trends in food, cocktails, design and much more from the event scene. When she doesn't plan events, Linnea also writes about food and entertaining for ELLE magazine.
Glamour.com Drink Tips with Kim Kardashian

I gave Glamour.com some tips and ideas for valentines day drinks, among them was a drink i created for Kim Kardashian at an event last summer … its called a Xanté Crush. Check it out on Glamour.com

Valentine’s Day: A Flirty and Very Tasty Cocktail to Whip Up at Home

Though some of us are decidedly anti-Valentine’s Day, I think we all enjoy raising a glass with our loved ones. If you plan on staying home on Valentine’s Day, with friends or someone special, here’s a delicious drink to consider serving up.

Last week, I spoke with event planner and cookbook author Linnea Johansson about fun ways to spice up a night in, whether it’s Februray 14 or just some random day of the year you feel like get drinky with pals. She suggested whipping up a batch of Xanté Crush, a flirty cocktail she created last year for Kim Kardashian. The gorgeous Kim was hosting an event for Xanté (a liqueur that’s a blend of pears and French cognac) and was pleased as punch with the cocktail Linnea came up with.

Linnea describes the drink as “sweet, flirty and fun” and says it’s a big hit when she has friends over. It can even be made ahead of time. “If you make it the day before,” she says, “it can just sit and hang out and then be served up almost like a punch.” Getting thirsty? Here’s the recipe if you’d like to make a batch at home:

Xanté Crush
1 1/2 oz Xanté
1 1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice
1 oz Simple syrup
3 Strawberries
1 Bar spoon of strawberry puree (optional)

“Take the recipe and quantify it by how many guests you’re expecting,” advises Linnea. “Then you make it in a big batch. And you have all the muddled strawberries and lemon and all that in there.” After shaking with ice, strain into sugar-rimmed cocktail glasses.

If you’re feeling extra frisky this coming Monday and would like to make the drink even more romantic, Linnea suggests topping the drink with rose petals, that way, it “screams” Valentine’s Day.

Yum, yum, yum!

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