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Cocktails Built for Two

Like a baby-blue 1960s tandem bicycle, a cocktail specifically built for two is an attention-grabber. It’s practical, yet quirky. And what better time to mix up a concoction for a couple than Valentine’s Day, which is, after all, a celebration of twosomes?

Yes, you can double many recipes or pour a mixture into a duo of smaller glasses, but there’s nothing romantic about that (not to mention that you may need to adjust the ratio of ingredients and make sure your shaker can handle the bigger load).


Instead, on Tuesday (or this weekend if you’re observing early), fix the bubbly Maxwell Cocktail (pictured above) created by H. Joseph Ehrmann, owner of San Francisco saloon Elixir and a Liquor.com advisory board member. The refreshing tipple calls for a split of sparkling wine, perfect for sharing, plus Cointreau, lemon juice, both cucumber vodka and cucumber juice, and, naturally, a pair of Champagne flutes.

But double dips are hardly a new idea. In the revised 1972 edition of Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide, there are a few signature drinks for two—like the tasty Tiki Bowl, a blended combination of light and dark rums, brandy and juices.

And forget giving your sweetie candy this year; whip up the jumbo Chocolate Strawberry Martini from the acclaimed restaurant Summer Winter in Burlington, Mass. The decadent treat combines vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, strawberries and milk. Serve it in an oversized glass with, of course, a couple straws. Cheers!

The Maxwell Cocktail

Contributed by H. Joseph Ehrmann


  • 1.5 oz Square One Cucumber Vodka
  • .75 oz Cucumber juice
  • .25oz Cointreau
  • .5 oz Lemon juice
  • .25 oz Organic agave nectar
  • 1 split (187-mL) bottle Brut Champagne or other sparkling wine
  • Glass: Two Champagne flutes


Add all the ingredients except the Champagne to a large shaker and fill with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds and double strain into two flutes. Top each with Champagne and chill the rest of the bottle in an ice bucket. While drinking, top with more Champagne as needed.

Tiki Bowl

Contributed by Trader Vic


  • 2 oz Orange juice
  • 1.5 oz Lemon juice
  • .5 oz Almond orgeat
  • 1 oz Puerto Rican light rum
  • 1 oz Jamaican dark rum
  • 1 oz Brandy
  • Garnish: Gardenia
  • Glass: Tiki bowl or hurricane


Add all the ingredients to a blender with 1 scoop of shaved ice. Blend, and pour into a tiki bowl or hurricane glass. Add ice cubes and decorate with a gardenia.

Chocolate Strawberry Martini

Contributed by Summer Winter



In a shaker, muddle the strawberries and milk. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake, and fine strain into an oversized Martini glass.

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