Whether you’re planning dinner and drinks for you and a significant other or riding solo, you should make sure to at least enjoy some good cocktails. Here is my rundown of 9 cocktails that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Maybe they’re red, maybe they have rosewater in them, or maybe the connection is only in the name. Regardless, I guarantee that at least one of these will suit your needs.
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1. Chambord Manhattan
The classic Manhattan gets a sweet addition with Chambord black raspberry liqueur.
2. Blood Orange Hurricane
This is a piece that I wrote for The Tulsa Voice. The classic hurricane cocktail perfectly satisfies the needs of both Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras. I make this iteration a bit more festive with the use of blood oranges…
3. Toffee Negroni
This cocktail is sort of like a Negroni – at least in the sense that it’s three ingredients in equal parts, and guaranteed to appeal to the Negroni drinker.
4. Strawberry Cachaça Shake
The Strawberry Cachaça Shake cocktail is a refreshing combination of cachaça, lime, simple syrup, strawberry and Peychaud’s bitters. It’s basically a daiquiri riff with cachaça as the rum, and the addition of bitters and strawberry.
This delicate cocktail is a Humble Garnish original that Chareau found fitting enough to pick up and feature in their own email newsletter. It’s a subtle balance of their aloe liqueur, gin, dry vermouth, lemon, and rosewater.
6. Japanese Cocktail
Despite dating back to 1862 and being credited to the legendary bartender, Jerry Thomas, the Japanese cocktail isn’t one you’ll see on a menu at many cocktail bars.
7. Cranberry Vodka Martini
The classic vodka martini gets a slight lift via cranberry bitters and an expressed lime twist.
8. Brandy Alexander
A classic dessert cocktail with a reputation that even includes a history of popularity among a few of The Beatles.
9. The Bishop
There are numerous recipes for the Bishop. The simplest modern recipe I found is more akin to a sangria, with the addition of rum.
10. BONUS: Hazelnut Espresso Mousse (dessert)
Need a last-minute dessert? This hazelnut espresso mousse always gets me out of a pinch!
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