5 Delicious Valentine's Day Cocktail Recipes
Those who aren't lovers of Valentine's Day may argue that you don't need one specific day to prove to your significant other that you care for them. Some people would also say that you don't need a specific day to celebrate your love for drinking (are we getting ready for St. Patty's Day?). But what better way to spend the evening than combining the two by serving up these sweet and sinfully delicious cocktails?
Maybe you need some liquid courage to help ease your nerves during your romantic date. Or maybe you just want to indulge in some tasty treats with your loved one. Either way, we have a Valentine's Day cocktail perfect for you.
If you're single, don't cry over a bottle of wine. Mix things up and get together with your single friends and toast to the good life with these fun cocktails. In a relationship? Pour one of these as your night cap with dessert or cuddle up on the couch with some Chinese takeout and enjoy the spirits of love. No matter what your Valentine's Day plans are, plan to pour the love with these delicious drinks.
Raspberry Rose Fizz
This cocktail is just as sweet as receiving a dozen roses. Plus, it has everything you want in a good cocktail: liquor to warm your heart and sweet flavors to excite your tongue. To make the Raspberry Rose Fizz, you first have to make your simple syrup. Combine 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup water and heat in a saucepan until the sugar is dissolved. Let it cool and add in 1 cup of raspberries, mashing them. Pour the pulp through a strainer and into a glass. Place an egg white in a cocktail shaker, which gives the drink the foam and silky texture. Then add gin, liqueur framboise, lemon juice and rosewater and give it a shake. Add ice into a glass, followed by sparkling water and then the contents in the shaker. Garish with a rose petal. Aww, how sweet?!
Redhead in Bed
Just finished watching 50 Shades? Then this suggestively titled cocktail may just be what you need to get things heated up back at home. It's served frozen to help you cool down, and is fruity, making it easy to drink without having the vodka get to your head. To make a Redhead in Bed, add 3 pounds of strawberries hulled and chopped into a bowl with sugar and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Blend the strawberries and their juice, vodka, lime juice and 2 cups of ice together. Then fill a glass with ice, pour the blended mixture and top with 1/2 tbsp. of Riesling.
Cupid's Broken Arrow
Feeling down today? Lift your spirits with this anti-Valentine's Day cocktail called Cupid's Broken Arrow—don't worry, a rom-com marathon with your friends is optional. This drink is so easy to make, we may start toasting to or against love more often. Add ice into a cocktail shaker and pour in 3 ounces of mango vodka, 1 ounce of cranberry juice, 1/2 ounce of Triple Sec and a splash of lime juice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnishing with a cherry on a toothpick. Love never tasted so good!
The Love Bite
Technically, a shooter is not a cocktail, but this one is served in a cocktail glass and is too good to pass up. The Love Bite is just want you need to set the mood. Shooters are fun and simple to make; however, since this one is layered, you might need a little practice before serving it perfectly. This shot is fruity, but not overly sweet, combining creamy cherry and orange flavors. But it is called The Love Bite for a reason, so be prepared for the tart kicker at the end of the gulp. The key is to have the orange liqueur clear to get the color scheme as pictured. Simply pour 1 ounce of cherry liqueur into a cocktail glass and then layer on 1 ounce of the clear orange liqueur. Then top it with 1 ounce of cream and bombs away.
This creamy cocktail is the perfect after-dinner drink, best paired with some chocolate-covered strawberries. It's named after Hollywood's "Latin Lover" Rudolph Valentino, so expect to have it steal your heart. With its sultry name, the Valentino's Delight is delightfully delicious. Combine 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon with 1 ounce of ruby port and 1 1/2 ounces of heavy cream in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake it well and pour into a chilled martini glass. Sprinkle ground nutmeg on top for the finishing touch. Viola!
Sure these drinks are delicious, but nothing is better than chocolates on Valentine's Day. Just take it from New Yorkers!
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