Liquid Bliss: 10 Valentine’s Day Cocktails To Say I Love You
It’s Valentine’s Day soon, and with that, men and women across the country will be heading out to buy up every last box of chocolate, rose bouquet, and saccharine Hallmark card out there.
Instead of being like everyone else, be better this year: make your significant other/the one you want to be your significant other one of these cocktails and show them what love really is (use of Foreigner during the act optional, but encouraged).
A Midnight Kiss
(Created for The Rye Bar at The Rosewood Washington D.C., pictured)
- 1.5 oz. Rose flower infused gin
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- .75 oz. house-made grenadine
- 1 egg white
Method: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice Shake until chilled and strained. Add the drink back into the shaker and shake again without ice. Pour the drink into a chilled cocktail glass, and using a heart template spray some Peychaud’s bitters.
Cupid’s Kiss Martini
- 3 ounces Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
- 3 ounces Horchata
- 3 ounces Cream
- 1/4 cup Turbinado sugar
- Caramel Sauce
- Whipped Cream & Ground Cinnamon for garnish
Method: In a cocktail shaker, mix ice, Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka, Horchata, and Cream. Shake and strain into a rimmed glass. Garnish with Whipped Cream & Ground Cinnamon. Serves 2.
Any Which Way but Left
(Created by Matt Friedlander, Fools Gold, NYC)
Method: Combine all ingredients together, stir & strain into rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with chocolate molé bitters and a grapefruit peel.
- 1 ½ parts sparkling wine
- 1 ½ parts pear puree (Recommended: Perfect Puree of Napa Valley)
- 1 part Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
- ½ part lemon
- ¼ part Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
- 3 dashes Dale Degroff Pimento dram
Method: Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker and shake briefly with one ice cube. Strain into a flute. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with pear slice.
Clicquot Rich Flirty Fizz
- 4 to 5 oz Clicquot Rich champagne
- 3 to 4 slivers of grapefruit rind
- 5 to 6 ice cubes
Method: Place ice cubes in a large wine glass. Add slivers of grapefruit rind and finish with chilled Veuve Clicquot Rich. Sip and enjoy!
Love of a Lifethyme
(Created by Lucinda Sterling, Middle Branch, NYC)
- 1 oz Patrón Silver
- ½ oz lemon
- ¼ oz pomegranate syrup
- ¼ oz honey
- Fresh thyme
- 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Method: Shake ingredients with ice. Double strain champagne, absinthe spritz, or Prosecco float into a coupe or champagne glass. Garnish with fresh thyme.
Basil Hayden’s Valentine Mule
(Created by Rob Floyd,Los Angeles)
- 2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
- 3⁄4 part Fresh Lime Juice
- 1⁄2 part Simple Syrup
- 1⁄2 part Strawberry Jam Ginger Beer
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters Rosemary Sprig (for garnish)
Method: Combine all ingredients except for ginger beer and shake with ice. Strain over ice into a rocks glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.
Mint Chocolate Black Barrel
- 1 ½ parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
- ¾ part chocolate liqueur
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Mint leaves
Method: Lightly muddle 3-5 mint leaves in a shaker. Add remainder of ingredients into the shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a strawberry.
Valentine’s Day Orange Beet Cocktail
- 2 oz. Natalie’s Orange Beet Juice
- 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
- 2 oz. Club Soda
- 1/2 oz. Agave Nectar
- 1/2 Lime
Method: Add Natalie’s Orange Beet juice, agave nectar, juice of half a lime & vodka to glass. Stir to combine. Top with ice & fill the rest of the glass with club soda. Stir and enjoy!
- 2 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila
- 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
- .5 oz. Sugar Cane syrup
- 2 Full strawberries
- 4 Basil leaves
- 2 Dashes peychauds bitter
Method: Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Muddle herbs. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Fine strain into coupe glass. Garnish with large basil leaf and 3 heart-shaped strawberry slices through skewer.