Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Valentine's Day

10 Cocktails You Can Make Yourself for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to snuggle up with your sweetie, binge on chocolate and sip romantic cocktails. If you aren’t sure what to make to mark the occasion, don’t worry. We have you covered. From icy to warm, tequila to whiskey, these cocktails will suit your Valentine’s Day plans.

  • Bloody Kirby

    Start your special day with a lighter take on the classic Bloody Mary. Citrus-flavored vodka and cool Kirby cucumbers add a fresh, bright taste to Tabasco sauce and tomato juice. Add in some dry vermouth for a little more booze and richer flavor.

  • Elderflower Fizz

    This romantic sparkling cocktail was created at Scottsdale, Ariz.’s Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, so you know it’ll be perfect if you want to celebrate the holiday with a relaxing night in. Mix lime sour, vodka and St-Germain elderflower liqueur in a Champagne flute, then top with sparkling wine. Slap a thyme sprig to release its oils and use it to stir the drink for some extra flavor, then leave it in as a garnish.

  • Little Kiss

    If you’re craving bubbly this Valentine’s Day, check out this sparkling cocktail. An easy homemade strawberry shrub shines when it’s mixed with white crème de cacao and topped with Champagne. The resulting cocktail tastes like a boozy chocolate-dipped strawberry.

  • El Guapo

    Your sweetheart will love this electric pink tequila cocktail. Shake blanco tequila, fruit purée, simple syrup and lime juice, and strain into a salt-and-pepper-rimmed highball. Garnish with an lime boat filled with mezcal for an extra bit of booze.

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  • Honey-Kissed Cosmopolitan

    Sweeten up a traditional Cosmo for your sweetie. Lime, honey, ruby red grapefruit vodka and cranberry juice give you all the flavors of the classic cocktail, just with an extra sweet base. Garnish with rosemary, and enjoy as a perfect dessert.

  • I Left My Heart In Jalisco

    This warm cocktail makes enough to serve two, so it’s perfect for the day of love. You and your partner can make a hot chocolate with milk, cocoa powder and chocolate, then spice it with sugar, star anise, vanilla bean, cayenne pepper and salt. Strain into two mugs, then spike them with Ancho Reyes ancho chile liqueur and tequila, and garnish with an orange twist.

  • Birds & Bees

    Get in the mood with this bitter and sweet cocktail. Mix butterfly-pea-flower-infused gin and Lillet rosé apéritif wine with Luxardo Bitter Bianco herbal liqueur and honey syrup. Then top it with a little bit of Champagne. Bird glass not required.

  • Nouveau Sangaree

    This old-timey version of a Sangria is a great Valentine’s Day tipple. Mix Beaujolais Nouveau wine (or any other red wine) with apple brandy, sloe gin, maple syrup and Angostura bitters for a cocktail that’ll get you and your honey in the mood.

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  • Between the Sheets

    The name is risque, and the booze in this Sidecar variation lives up to the reputation. Cognac, triple sec and light rum get brightness and acidity from fresh lemon juice. Top with a flamed orange peel, enjoy, and see where the night takes you.

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    Chai-infused sweet vermouth gives this alluring cocktail a deep, spicy flavor that’s sure to heat things up on Valentine’s Day. Mix it with cognac, lemon juice, simple syrup and pomegranate juice, and enjoy before or with dinner. Garnish with dried rosebuds for an extra romantic presentation.