Valentine’s Day cocktails: Raise a glass to love


Valentine’s Day is all about affection. Why not raise a glass to love with these Valentine’s Day cocktails.

For many people, Valentine’s Day celebrations are meant to be expressions of love. Whether the holiday is celebrated on Valentine’s Day or another day, everyone wants to feel the love. Valentine’s Day cocktails can set the mood.

When it comes to a perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail, there are no specific rules. Red is the color of the holiday, but the cocktails don’t have to focus on that specific color. The cocktails can feature a favorite liquor, flavor or even something new. Sometimes people even pick a cocktail just for the name.

Rose Runner

One way to start a romantic Valentine’s Day celebration is with a cocktail that features a sparkling wine. Bubbles always seem to spark a celebration. This cocktail, Rose Runner, blends bourbon with a Prosecco topper. Also, the rhubarb syrup and rhubarb bitters adds a bright note to the cocktail. Roses are options, but always a good idea.

Rose Runner, Valentine’s Day cocktail, photo provided by Baddish Group

"Rose RunnerIngredients:• 1 3/4 oz. Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon• 1 1/2 oz. Rhubarb Syrup (a recipe for Rhubarb Syrup can be found here)• 4 to 5 dashes rhubarb bitters• Juice of Half a Lemon• 1 oz Prosecco (a dry Prosecco is recommended)Directions:In a mixing glass filled with ice add the bourbon, rhubarb syrup, juice from the lemon and the rhubarb bitters. Shake and strain into a flute and top with the Prosecco."

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  • Lady Killer

    Continuing the bubbles theme, this cocktail, Lady Killer combines tequila, fruits and champagne for a flirty cocktail. Served in a champagne flute, the cocktail is picture perfect. The taste is sweet, yet balanced. With thyme adding a herbaceous note, the cocktail is a lovely aperitif for a romantic evening.

    "Lady KillerIngredients:• 1 part Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila• ½ part Raspberry Puree• ½ part Lemon juice• 1 part Cranberry juice• Fresh Thyme• ½ part sugar cane• Champagne float• Lemon peel twistDirections:Shaken and strained served up in champagne flute – champagne float; garnish with skewered raspberry and lemon peel."

    Martini Kiss

    On Valentine’s Day, a romantic kiss can be the start to a love-struck evening. Why not start or end the romantic dinner with a Martini Kiss? This martini cocktail offers robust flavors to make a slow sipping martini. With the intriguing absinthe and the earthy bourbon, this martini might have your Valentine swooning at first sip.

    Valentine’s Day cocktail, Martini Kiss, photo provided by EVINS Communications

    "Martini KissIngredients:• 1 ½ parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon• ¾ part Aperol• Absinthe• Dash rhubarb bitters• Splash Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambery• Orange zest for garnishDirections:Rinse martini glass with a little absinthe and ice, stir and let sit. Fill a shaker with ice, add Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Aperol, bitters, and Vermouth, stir gently. Discard the ice and absinth and strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with a strip of orange zest."

    Red Velvet Cake

    Why bake a cake, when you can drink a cake for Valentine’s Day? This Valentine’s Day cocktail is perfect for dessert. Made with Amarula, the South African cream liqueur, the subtleness of the fruit is balanced with the sweetness of the white chocolate. Even the addition of the beetroot juice has a nod to the healthy. Skip the fork for Valentine’s Day dessert and raise a glass instead.

    Red Velvet Cake, Valentine’s Day cocktail, photo provided by EVINS Communications

    "Red Velvet CakeIngredients:• 1 parts Amarula Cream Liqueur• ½ part Red Berry Vodka• ½ part Beetroot juice• ½ part White chocolate syrup• ¼ part GrenadineDirections:Stir with ice. Fine strain into a martini glass. Garnish with white chocolate shavings."

    These Valentine’s Day cocktails are just a few options to celebrate the romantic occasion. How will you be toasting the day of love?