Valentine’s Day is upon us. Whether you’re celebrating the day with a significant other, a group of friends, or just by yourself, the day calls for cocktails.
Truth be told, you can probably take any red or pink drink and claim it’s a “Valentine’s Day” specialty. That said, the day is a great opportunity to break out the good stuff and treat your love (or yourself) to something special.
If you’re not sure quite what to whip up, here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Love at First Sip Mimosa
2 Parts Beefeater Pink
1 Part mixed berry puree
3 Parts sparkling wine
Directions: Stir together and then garnish with orange twist.
1.5 oz. Bombay Sapphire
¾ oz. Combier triple sec
½ oz. Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
Directions: Shake and double strain into a Large Coupe glass. Garnish with an edible pansy flower.
La Pinta Cupid’s Kiss
2 oz. La Pinta Pomegranate liqueur
1 oz. Clase Azul Plata tequila
1.5 oz. fresh grapefruit juice, Pellegrino Pomelo, or Squirt
Directions: Pour all ingredients over ice in a glass and serve.
A Rose By Any Other Name
35 ml Rose and Almond Infused Grey Goose Vodka*
10 ml Crème de Cacoa Blanc
10 ml Rose Liqueur
Rose Champagne or Prosecco
Directions: Infuse 1 bottle with 4 large tablespoons of dried rose pedals. Add in 8 drops of organic almond essence. Strain the rose pedals after 1-2 days or to taste. Stir the Vodka and the crème de cacoa, rose liqueur and vodka. Strain into a flute and top with champagne.
Casamigos Hearts on Fire
2 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Blood orange juice
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
.5 oz. Simple syrup
2 Dashes of firewater bitters OR 3-4 slices of a serrano pepper
Rim of salt / sugar / tijan or chipotle mixture (equal parts)
Directions: Add all ingredients into a tin shaker, muddle the fruit and add ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds then fine strain into a rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with heart-shaped cutout of a blood orange peel and place on top of the cocktail.