Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Valentine's Day

10 Valentine's Day Cocktails to Make at Home

Just like heart-shaped chocolates, fresh flowers and the colors pink and red, romantic cocktails should be a part of your Valentine’s Day plans. Whether you’re mixing up a batch of tequila-based spicy hot chocolate or a love potion featuring vodka, peach purée and Champagne, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite seductive drinks. Get in the mood for love with these 11 cocktails.

  • I Left My Heart in Jalisco

    Romance won’t be the only thing heating up on Valentine’s Day, thanks to this cocktail. This spiced hot chocolate brings the heat with cayenne and ancho chile liqueur, and it gets an extra kick thanks to a splash of tequila.

  • Little Kiss

    Save the plain Champagne for other celebrations. Add a little intrigue by creating your own strawberry shrub to mix into sparkling wine. A little bit of white crème de cacao makes this masterpiece taste so much like a chocolate-covered strawberry you won’t mind skipping dessert.

  • Cupid’s Champagne Potion

    Vodka, peach purée and Champagne are enough to make anyone fall in love. This sparkling sipper is perfect before dinner to start the evening’s celebrations, or as a charming addition to breakfast in bed.

  • Mezcal Negroni

    This equal-parts cocktail is easy to quickly mix as a last-minute apéritif, but don’t let the simplicity fool you—it’s captivating all the same. Mezcal’s smokiness adds a compelling depth to the Campari and sweet vermouth combo you’ve come to love in all of your Negronis.

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  • Maxwell

    This holiday was made for couples, so it’s fitting to make a cocktail designed for two. An alluring mixture of cucumber vodka, cucumber juice, lemon juice and agave nectar gets a kiss of Champagne and may ensure a kiss for you later.

  • Girls Next Door

    Whip up a batch of homemade strawberry-hibiscus syrup ahead of time so you can make this perfectly pink cocktail whenever the mood strikes. Then just shake it with vodka, pear liqueur, lemon juice, bitters and an egg white until light and fluffy.

  • Romancing the Stone

    You’ll never want to drink a classic French 75 again after tasting this variation. Apricot eau-de-vie and honey syrup add an addictive light sweetness to the original recipe, while a dash off bitters keeps it from becoming saccharine.

  • Rose-Colored Glass

    Three common ingredients are all that’s needed to elevate sparkling rosé. Lemon juice, Angostura bitters and simple syrup ensure a cocktail that’s bitter, bubbly, sour and sweet all at once. A dusting of rose petals completes the romantic ambiance.

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  • Between the Sheets

    Tim Nusog

    This Sidecar variation isn’t quite as provocative as the name may suggest. Equal parts cognac, triple sec and light rum are brightened by a dash of lemon juice, then topped with a flamed orange peel for romantic appeal.

  • Mata Hari

    If you’re searching for a warming cocktail, try this spiced modern classic. Cognac and chai-infused sweet vermouth are perfect as an apéritif when shaken with lemon and pomegranate juices. Garnished with a trio of rosebuds, your sweetie may prefer this to a bouquet.