Valentine’s Day is upon us, and now it’s time (if you’re like most guys) to hit the panic button because you probably haven’t gotten your significant other a gift yet. If you have, well congratulations, you’re winning life right now. (If you’re still looking for the perfect gift that belies when you got it, check out this article on how to get last-minute flowers.)
Either way, a Valentine’s Day can be made much better with the addition of one thing: cocktails. Not only are you able to get a nice buzz on before or after dinner, but it shows the love of your life you care about them and you want to show it. Cocktails are beautiful blends of flavor that, when done right, show off the artistry of the person making it.
Well, a Valentine’s Day cocktail shows off the artistry of the original cocktail crafter, which is then translated to your own hand, thereby (hopefully) earning you some brownie points. You may not be able to come up with a Valentine’s Day cocktail on your own, but you don’t have to. Below, check out some of the best drinks you can mix up on this lovely holiday.
- 2 oz gin
- .5 oz lemon juice
- .75 oz orange liqueur
- 2 oz Sparkling Ice Black Cherry
- 1 tsp cherry jam
- Cherry, for garnish
Method: In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, add the jam, gin, juice from the ½ lemon, orange liqueur- shake until cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with Sparkling Ice Black Cherry. Garnish with a cherry and serve.
- 2 parts The Glenlivet 14 Year Old
- .75 parts lemon juice
- .75 parts simple syrup
- .75 parts red wine float
- 1 egg white
Method: Combine all ingredients except wine & vigorously shake without ice 5 seconds. Add ice. Shake 15-20 seconds. Fine strain into rocks glass with ice. Slowly pour in red wine to layer
Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake Martini
- 1.5 oz Baileys Red Velvet
- .75 oz vodka
Method: Add Baileys Red Velvet and vodka in an ice-filled shaker. Shake with ice and pour into a martini glass.
Method: Add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake well. Served on the rocks or up.
- 1.5 oz Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka
- 1.5 oz pomegranate juice
- 1.5 oz lemonade
- Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
Method: Combine ingredients in a lowball glass over ice. Garnish and enjoy!
Pineapple-Of-My-Eye Aperitif Spritzer
- 6 oz Stella Artois Spritzer
- .75 oz vodka
- .75 oz Italian aperitif
- 2 pineapple chunks
- 1 mint sprig
- 1 orange wheel
Method: In a cocktail shaker, muddle pineapple chunks and mint. Add vodka, Italian aperitif, and shake over ice. Strain into a glass. Top with Stella Artois Spritzer. Garnish with an orange wheel.
(Created by Tyson Buhler, Death & Co, Los Angeles)
- .75 oz Cobra Fire EDV de Raisin
- .75 oz Plantation 5yr Barbados Rum
- 1 tsp Green Chartreuse
- 1 tsp Marie Brizard Creme de Cacao
- 0.75 oz lime juice
- 0.75 oz raspberry syrup
Method: Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass.
The Red Lotus
- 2 oz Gray Whale Gin
- 1 oz egg white
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz honey
- .5 oz pinot noir
- 3 dashes rose water bitters
Method: Dry shake all ingredients except the pinot noir. Then shake with ice for 20 seconds. Pour over a large ice cube in glass, drizzle wine on top and add rose water bitters. Garnish with rose petals. Enjoy!
(Created at Boulton & Watt, New York City)
- 5 oz London Dry gin
- .5 oz Benedictine
- .75 oz lavender syrup
- .5 oz lemon juice
- 2 dash Peach bitters
- 2 dash Angostura bitters
Method: Shake all ingredients together and strain into a glass piled high with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of lavender.
(Created by Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Mixologist)
- 1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 1 oz Campari
- .5 oz cranberry juice
- Dash of cranberry bitters
Method: Add ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Stir. Strain into glass. Garnish with a cocktail cherry and a cranberry.
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