9 Unique Valentine’s Day Cocktails

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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Chambord Manhattan
Chambord Manhattan – rye, Chambord (black raspberry liqueur), Byrrh (sweet vermouth)

1. Chambord Manhattan

The classic Manhattan gets a sweet addition with Chambord black raspberry liqueur.

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Blood Orange Hurricane
Blood Orange Hurricane – dark rum, light rum, Galliano, blood orange, pineapple, passion fruit, lime, Angostura bitters

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…

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Toffee Negroni
Toffee Negroni – aged rum, Amontillado sherry, Aperol

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.

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Strawberry Cachaça Shake
Strawberry Cachaça Shake – cachaça, lime, simple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, strawberry

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.

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Charose – Chareau (aloe liqueur), gin, dry vermouth, rosewater, lemon peel

5. Charose

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.

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Japanese Cocktail
Japanese Cocktail – Cognac, orgeat (almond syrup), Angostura bitters

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.

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Cranberry Vodka Martini
Cranberry Vodka Martini – vodka, dry vermouth, orange bitters, lime

7. Cranberry Vodka Martini

The classic vodka martini gets a slight lift via cranberry bitters and an expressed lime twist.

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Brandy Alexander Cocktail
Brandy Alexander – Cognac, crème de cacao, cream

8. Brandy Alexander

A classic dessert cocktail with a reputation that even includes a history of popularity among a few of The Beatles.

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The Bishop Cocktail
The Bishop – Cuban rum, red wine, lime, simple syrup

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.

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Hazelnut Espresso Mousse
Hazelnut Espresso Mousse

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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