February brings back the party with a wide range of celebrations. From the love-a-thon of Valentine’s Day and fun of Mardi Gras to simply dealing with winter weather, you’re going to want to get the gang together for drinks this month. These are the 11 essential cocktails to make for your February parties.
Heat things up on Valentine’s Day with this sweetly pink cocktail. Muddle fresh raspberries and mint, then shake with lime juice, simple syrup and citrus vodka. Strain into a cocktail glass, and top with rosé Champagne. Whether you drink it with dinner or after, your date is sure to be smitten.
Mai Tais are normally a summer staple, but they can be winterized, too. Dark rum adds a smokier spiced element to tropical juices, and Fernet-Branca lends a much needed touch of bitterness. Swap banana for apricot liqueur and top it all off with bitters for a perfect blend of summer and winter.
You don’t have to be in the Big Easy to get your Mardi Gras on. Whip up a batch of these classic Sazeracs and run wild. The cocktail normally calls for rye, but originally it was made with cognac. This true-to-the-original recipe combines the spirit with absinthe, simple syrup and Peychaud’s bitters for a cocktail that packs a punch.
It’s just not Fat Tuesday until you’ve sucked back a tasty Hurricane. Mix a big batch of this boozy cocktail to serve all evening. White rum and dark rum are a powerful base and totally delicious when mixed with lime juice, orange and passion fruit juices, simple syrup and grenadine.
If you’re hosting a crowd on Valentine’s Day, make a batch of this warming punch. Rum, maple syrup, fresh lemon juice, apple cider and bitters are a crowd-pleasing combination and can be served either warm or cold depending on your preference. Garnish with rosebuds and cranberries for a festive finish.
Mixing your cocktail