6 Best Valentine's Day Cocktail Recipes That Are Easy to Make
Whether you're celebrating with your sweetheart, your friends, or solo, Valentine's Day is a great excuse to make a beautiful cocktail and cheers to L-O-V-E… and all the many forms it can take.
Now, making a cocktail at home can often include a slew of ingredients and tools, but these romantic recipes are perfect for a night during which you want less fuss and more time to just relax, connect, and/or cuddle. From fancy-looking, rosy-hued concoctions (that only require a few necessities) to just-open-and-pour libations, these boozy drinks will give you that warm, fuzzy feeling just like love does. Just drink responsibly!
Keep reading to get all 6 Valentine's Day cocktail recipes, then, don't miss these 22 recipes ideas that are perfect for 2022.
If you like your cocktails to go as hard as you in the effort department, this Pomegranate Kiss will be your drink of choice, considering it features both vodka and sparkling bubbles. The addition of pomegranate juice and pearls add some antioxidant benefits as well.
3 oz Chandon Brut
1 oz Belvedere vodka
¾ oz Lemon juice
½ oz Simple syrup
¾ oz Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate pearls and a rosemary sprig
Shake all ingredients in a shaker tin except Chandon. Strain into glassware with ice and top with Chandon. Slowly stir in the glass. Garnish with pomegranate pearls and a rosemary sprig.
Queen of Hearts
Hints of jasmine and ginger combine in this cocktail that's topped with rosé bubbles and raspberries for a fun and festive drink to cheers to each other with.
2 oz Chandon Rosé
1/2 oz Jasmine Tea
1/2 oz Ginger Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Muddle raspberries and add all ingredients but Chandon to a shaker. Shake, and then strain into a coupe glass. Top with Chandon Rosé and garnish with fresh raspberries.
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Clicquot Rich Rosé + Grapefruit + Rosemary
This cocktail couldn't be easier to make, considering the star of the show—Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé Champagne—speaks for itself in a fancy glass. With a pretty light pink hue, this Rosé Champagne is light, bubbly, and features fruit-forward flavors. Plus, the bottle screams Valentine's Day.
Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé Champagne
5-6 large ice cubes
1-2 slices of grapefruit
1-2 sprigs of rosemary
Place 5 ice cubes in a large wine glass, add slices of grapefruit, top with Clicquot Rich Rosé and finish with sprigs of fresh rosemary.
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According to legend, the Rob Roy cocktail was first served at the bougie Waldorf Astoria in New York City in 1894. This 2022 version, courtesy of Natasha David, a cocktail consultant in NYC and author of You & Me Cocktails, has notes of sherry, vanilla, and oak, and is made with The GlenDronach, a rich Single Malt Scotch whiskey. It's "the kind of cocktail that begs to be accompanied by cuddles and chocolate, which pretty much makes it the most romantic cocktail I can think of," says David.
¾ oz. The GlenDronach Original Aged 12 Years
1 oz. Vermouth
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Garnish: Brandied Cherry
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until very cold and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with cherry.
Rasberry Vodka Soda
All you have to do is open and pour this one! Fabrizia's Vodka Sodas are a new line of all-natural, preservative-free canned cocktails that are made with real fruit and only have 100 calories and 1 gram of sugar per can. The Raspberry flavor is especially apropos for Valentine's Day.
Garnish: lemon or lime wedge
Pour Fabrizia Raspberry Vodka Soda into a large glass over ice. Garnish with a wedge of lemon or lime.
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Cherry on Top Mocktail
For those who prefer non-alcoholic mocktails, this Cherry on Top recipe from Waterloo Sparkling Water is full of healthy, vitamin-rich ingredients to complement the brand's all-natural, zero sugar, zero calories, and non-GMO sparkling water.
4 oz Waterloo Black Cherry Sparkling Water
1 oz Cranberry Juice
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz Pomegranate Juice
Fresh Black Cherries
In a blender, add all ingredients. Blend for 20-25 seconds. Pour into a wine glass and garnish with a black cherry.
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