If you don’t feel like fighting the crowds and overpaying for a fancy dinner this Valentine’s Day, take our advice and stay in instead.
Not only is it more impressive to cook for your sweetheart, you’ll get to serve one of these beautiful and delicious cocktails. These Valentine’s Day drinks are easy to make, but they are so pretty, it will look like you spent all day preparing.
Chandon Brut boasts fresh fruit flavors of apple, pear and citrus, which absolutely shine when paired with elderflower liqueur. Not only is this drink the simplest on this list, it’s also guaranteed to please every palate.
- 3 oz. Chandon California Brut
- 1 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
- Orange Twist (to Garnish)
Preparation: Add elderflower liqueur and Chandon to a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist and serve.
Cupid’s CBD Fizz
If you’re in the mood for an extra relaxing Valentine’s Day, this bright cocktail will do just the trick. Simply add in some drops of Curaleaf CBD tincture and let the drink do the rest.
- 2 oz. Gin
- .5 oz. Lemon Juice
- .5 oz. Aperol
- 1 Egg White
- 15 drops Curaleaf Hemp Lemon Bergamot CBD Tincture Drops
- Rose Petal (to Garnish)
Preparation: Place all ingredients, save for the garnish, in a shaker with no ice. Dry shake for 15 seconds. Add ice to the shaker and give a final shake. Strain into a lowball glass. Garnish with a rose petal.
You can’t go wrong with strawberries on February 14, which give this drink its beautifully rich red hue. Santo Cielo beverage director Patrick Timmis combines the fruit with lime juice, creme de cassis, tequila and sparkling wine for a fresh, aromatic cocktail to heighten the senses.
- 3 Strawberries, Divided
- .75 oz. Lime Juice
- .75 oz. Simple Syrup
- .25 oz. Creme de Cassis
- 1 oz. Blanco Tequila
- Sparkling Wine, to Top
Preparation: Muddle two strawberries in a shaker tin. Add the lime juice, simple syrup, creme de cassis and tequila to the tin with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with the remaining strawberry.
This flirtatious tipple from Tullamore D.E.W. national ambassador Tim Herlihy has bright aromas of orange to sneak a little springtime into your V-Day celebration. Dip the apple garnish in caramel for bonus points.
- 1.5 oz. Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask
- 1 oz. Aperol
- 1 dash Orange Bitters
- Apple Slice (to Garnish)
Preparation: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an apple slice.
If you’re in the mood for a failsafe classic cocktail, the Pink Lady is our number one Valentine’s Day pick. We love it with Monkey 47, but any gin you have in your liquor cabinet will do.
- 1.5 oz. Monkey 47 Gin
- .5 oz. Apple Brandy
- .5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- .5 oz. Grenadine
- .25 – .5 oz. Egg White
- Brandied Cherries (to Garnish)
Preparation: Add all ingredients, save for the cherries, to cocktail shaker. Seal your shaker and shake vigorously without ice for five seconds. Add ice and shake again for another five seconds. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a brandied cherries.
Made with rum, crème de cacao and raspberry syrup, it doesn’t get more sumptuous than this. A true looker, the Lovebird will impress even the staunchest V-Day hater.
- 1.5 oz. Santa Teresa 1796
- .5 oz. White Crème de Cacao
- .75 oz. Raspberry Syrup*
- .75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 oz. Egg White
- Dehydrated Raspberry Powder (to Garnish)
Preparation: Combine all ingredients, save for the garnish, in a cocktail shaker and dry shake without ice. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a wine glass. Garnish with dehydrated raspberry powder.
- 2/3 part Water
- 2/3 part White Sugar
- 1 part Fresh Raspberries
Preparation: In a pan, combine water and sugar over low heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Once dissolved, add raspberries and syrup into a blender. Blend until ingredients are combined. Strain and refrigerate.