Making plans for Valentine's Day can be a creative undertaking whether you have a partner or not. A classic date idea that's a great option for everyone is a home-cooked dinner. There's almost nothing more romantic than that, and the best way to top the whole experience off is with a cocktail. But don't worry about stressing about finding the perfect drink. We've compiled a list of 18 easy ones to make on Valentine's Day for your special someone.
The GlenDronach Rob Roy
This cocktail is an infusion of the warm, nutty flavor of the scotch and a raspberry tart. Just add ¾ oz. of GlenDronach Original, one ounce of vermouth, and 3 dashes of angostura bitters. Stir all of that together in a glass with ice and garnish with a cherry.
Seagram's Escapes Love at First Sip Mimosa
Reality star Cynthia Bailey has teamed up with Seagram's Escapes once again to release her "Love at First Sip" mimosa just time in time for Valentine's Day. For this one, all you need is to add Seagram's Escapes Strawberry Daiquiri to an ice tray and let it freeze. Then add those cubes, the daiquiri, and champagne to a blender for 30 seconds. Garnish with a strawberry.
This fizzy cocktail certainly packs a sour punch! The Heartbreaker cocktail is made with 4 parts of AfterGlow's Cherry Sour hard kombucha, 1 part Pomegranate Liqueur, and a slash of cherry seltzer. For a festive touch, garnish with lemon and candy hearts. Yum!
D’USSE Between the Sheets
Whether you're enjoying a romantic dinner with your partner or celebrating Galentine's Day with your friends, Between the Sheets is a great cocktail to drink. To make D'USSE's Between the Sheets, simply mix 1 part D'USSE VSOP Cognac, .5 part Bacardi Superior Rum, .5 part orange liqueur, .5 part honey, 3/4 part lemon juice, and a pinch of cayenne pepper powder. Shake your mixture vigorously with ice and strain in a coup or drink over crushed ice.
BACARDÍ Old Cuban
Kick off Valentine's Day with a BACARDÍ Old Cuban — combine 2 parts BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho Rum, 1 part simple syrup, 1 part lime juice, 2 dashes of bitters, and four mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and double strain. Top with 2.5 parts Martini & Rossi Prosecco and garnish with a mint leaf.
Truly Strawberry Iced Tea Valentine’s Day cocktail
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Truly's newest line of Iced Tea Hard Seltzer, which comes in four flavors: Lemon, Raspberry, Peach, and Strawberry. While these canned beverages are great on their own, you can also get a bit fancy and craft a holiday cocktail.
Combine .5 parts of strawberry puree, .5 parts lemon juice, and 1 parts pink gin, cover with ice and shake. Add 6 oz. Truly Strawberry Iced Tea to the shaker. Then, add rose cub to a glass and strain the ingredients. To really make it sparkle, add in luster dust.
Bailey's Red Cupcake Velvet Martini
Seriously, is there anything sexier than red velvet? For this mouth-watering martini, simply combine 1.5 parts Baileys Red Velvet with .75 parts vodka in a shaker, filled with ice. Shake until chilled, and pour into a martini glass.
Perfect for any Galentine's celebration is this Devilish Sangria. Combine Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon, four cups of cranberry juice, one cup of orange juice, one cup of fresh cranberries, orange slices, and apple slices in a pitcher. Chill for four to six hours, and stir before pouring into individual glasses over ice. Garnish with extra fruit, if desired.
The Rosé Is My Jam
Feeling bubbly? Blend one tablespoon of raspberry jam, one part hibiscus tea, and .5 parts simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a flute or wine glass, and top with Chandon Rosé. Make things extra sweet by garnishing with fresh raspberries.
Tequila Rose Soda
Roses are so last year... but rose tequila? Ground-breaking. For this next-level tequila soda, created by famous mixologist Ben Scorah, combine 1.5 parts Tequila Don Julio 70 Crystal Añejo with .5 parts lime cordial* and a drop of rose water in a highball glass. Add fresh ice cubes and fill to the brim with four parts Topo Chico Soda Water. Stir and garnish with edible rose petals.
*Lime Cordial: The zest of three limes and .5 cups granulated sugar combined, sitting at room temperature for 24 hours, before adding 3/4 cup of fresh lime juice and a pinch of salt. Mix and discard lime zest.
Transport your date to ~la playa~ with JAJA's Pomarita. In a shaker over ice, combine 1.5 parts JAJA Blanco, 3/4 parts pink peppercorn grenadine, and 3/4 parts lime juice. Shake and strain into a glass. Top with soda water, and garnish with a thin slice of habanero and a dash of bitters.
Stella Artois Cidre Cupid Fizz
For anyone ballin' on a budget, this one's for you: start out by rimming a champagne flute with gold sugar, before combining one part vodka, .75 parts pomegranate juice, .75 parts ginger beer, .25 parts lime juice, and three parts of Stella Artois Cidre in the glass. Stir and enjoy.
Tequila Bee’s Knees
Tell someone you think they're the "bee's knees" with this tropical drink. Combine 1.5 parts Hornitos Reposado Tequila, .75 lemon juice, .5 parts cranberry juice and .5 parts honey in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a Maraschino Cherry and a lemon twist.
SVEDKA’s The Other Half
Nothing tells someone they're your other half quite like vodka. Created in part by professional mixologist and Muddling Memories founder Cody Goldstein, The Other Half combines two parts Svedka Vodka, 1.5 parts passionfruit juice, 1.5 parts prickly pear puree, and .5 parts grapefruit juice in a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a Collins glass before adding .75 parts hibiscus tea on top. Then garnish with anything from fruit to heart-shaped candy.
While booking a night at a hotel sounds like the epitome of luxury, concocting five-star cocktails is almost the same... almost. Served at New York City's Baccarat Hotel, the L'Avant Garde blends .75 parts Casa Dragones Blanco, .75 parts Cappelletti, .75 parts Yellow Chartreuse, 75 parts of lime, .5 bar spoon of activated coconut charcoal, two dashes of orange bitters in a shaker. Blend, and double strain into a chilled absinthe-rinsed coupe. Then, garnish with red rose petals.
Class things up with the Cran-Spiced Martini — simply combine two parts Reyka Vodka, one part cranberry juice, and .75 parts vanilla spiced syrup* in a shaker with ice. Shake, strain and garnish with skewered cranberries.
*Vanilla spiced syrup recipe: (one cup sugar, one cup water, .25 tsp. ground black pepper, 5 tsp. allspice, one cinnamon stick boiled in a pot, simmered, and cooled, with .5 ounces vanilla extract added at the end).
Venice is one of the most romantic locations in the world, and although you might not get the chance to go there this Valentine's Day, the Venetian Spritz — or Select Spritz — will make you feel like you're there. Simply combine two parts Select Aperitivo, three parts La Marca Prosecco, and a splash of soda water in a wine glass over ice. Then top with a large green olive. Buon appetito!
Hot Honey Whiskey
Here to warm you up this Valentine's Day is the Hot Honey Whiskey. Simply combine two parts POWERS Irish Whiskey, .5 parts lemon juice, two teaspoons of honey, and four parts hot water in a mug, and stir. Add a cinnamon stick and a lemon round to garnish. Serve warm.
Cheers, and Happy Valentine's Day!