Hating the fact that Valentine’s Day is approaching?

Instead of staying home bashing that ex, why not have an anti-Valentine’s Day-themed bash instead? Forget that lonely night you have planned with a bottle of wine & Netflix and invite some single friends over to mix up some great cocktails! Cheers to being single and free! Happy (or not happy) Valentine’s Day!

Bite Marked Heart cocktail from Three Degrees

Bite Marked Heart

Photo Courtesy of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Bite Marked Heart

Recipe Courtesy of Joe Davis, Bartender at Three Degrees, Portland Oregon

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Vida Mezcal
  • 1 oz. Red Bell Pepper Purée*
  • 3/4 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Starvation Alley Cold Pressed Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Serrano Syrup

Preparation: Combine mezcal, lime, purée**, cranberry juice and Serrano Syrup in shaker tin. Shake and fine strain into a coup glass.

*Red Bell Pepper Puree Recipe

  • 1 oz. Water
  • 1 Medium Red Bell Pepper

Preparation: Combine 1 oz. of water per medium bell pepper (seeds removed) in a blender and puree. Fine strain end result.


Ridin' Solo cocktail from Bookstore Bar & Cafe

Ridin’ Solo

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Ridin’ Solo

Recipe Courtesy of Executive Chef Caprial Pence, Executive Chef, Bookstore Bar & Café (inside Alexis Hotel, Seattle)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz. Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • Prosecco (to Top)

Preparation: Combine ginger and raspberry liqueur in champagne flute. Top with Prosecco.


Leaving You Behind cocktail from Pennyroyal

Leaving You Behind

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Leaving You Behind

Chad Phillips, Bartender at Pennyroyal, Seattle

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Hibiscus-infused Gin*
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Vanilla Syrup**

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a tin, add ice, shake, strain into a flute, and top with bubbles.  Garnish with a lemon twist and hibiscus flowers.

*Hibiscus Gin Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Gin
  • 1/2 cup Dried Hibiscus Flowers

Preparation: Combine 1 bottle of gin with 1/2 cup of dried hibiscus flowers, let sit 30-45 minutes, then strain flowers out.

**Vanilla Syrup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Vanilla Beans
  • Simple Syrup (1:1 ratio)

Preparation: Split 2 vanilla beans and add to 1:1 simple syrup. Let sit 12-24 hours.


Never Love a Wild Thing cocktail

Never Love a Wild Thing

Photo Courtesy of Saturn

Never Love a Wild Thing

Recipe Courtesy of Steva Casey, Bar Manager at Saturn, Birmingham, Alabama

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Clyde May’s Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Cynar
  • 1 oz. Dubonnet Rouge

Preparation: Combine ingredients. Stir and serve in an old fashioned glass over ice.


Love on the Rocks cocktail

Love on the Rocks

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Love on the Rocks

Courtesy of Punchbowl.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Cherry Vodka
  • 4 oz. Ginger ale
  • splash of Grenadine

Preparation: Mix ingredients in a glass filled with ice and garnish with a cherry.