Best Happy Valentines Day Cocktails

Happy Valentines Day Cocktails

Sooo, Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year. *sighs* As the first day of the workweek, we’re supposed to be on our best behavior, still naively believing that we won’t drink again until Friday (or at the very least, Thursday), right?

But if nothing else, Valentine’s Day is the ultimate day to turn up in the name of love–and this year, it’s the perfect excuse to do so on a Monday. Whether you’re throwing a rager for all your coupled-up pals or having a night with the galentines, you’re going to need to whip up some V-Day cocktails. Even if you have a sexy date night planned, something to sip on will still be v necessary. Leave the worries of Tuesday hangovers behind, and celebrate with a special drink that will sweep you off your feet whilst still making sure you make it to your morning Zoom meeting on time.

What can you expect from this extensive list of fun Valentine’s Day drinks? Well, we’ve got it all! From bubbly to tequila to all the wonderful love potions in between (being that it is a Monday, we felt that espresso martinis were an essential addition to this list), we know you’ll find something in this *chef’s kiss* cocktail menu that’ll get you in the lovey-dovey spirit. Plus, they’re suuuper easy to make! You know what that means…more glasses for you! Cheers, bb.

1Spicy Marg
spicy marg
HELLOFRESH

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce lime juice, 1 or 2 slices jalapeño, and 1 teaspoon agave syrup. Muddle a few times. Fill shaker with ice. Pour in 2 ounces grapefruit juice and 2 ounces silver tequila. Shake until chilled. Rim a highball glass with pink Himalayan salt, then fill with ice. Strain chilled contents from shaker into the glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with another slice of jalapeño and a small wedge of grapefruit.

Recipe by HelloFresh

2The Cointreau Cosmo
cointreau cosmopolitan
COINTREAU

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce cointreau, 2 ounces vodka, 1 ounce cranberry juice, and 1 ounce fresh lime juice. Add ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Recipe by Cointreau

3Cocoatini
cocoatini recipe
HY-VEE

Rim a martini glass with chocolate syrup. Combine 1½ ounces chocolate liqueur, 1½ ounces Kahlua, 1½ ounces Baileys Irish cream, 2 ounces brewed espresso, 2 ounces half-and-half, and ¼ cup crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover and shake well. Strain into prepared glass. If desired, garnish with fresh raspberries.

Recipe by Hy-Vee

4Rosé Aperol Spritz
rosé aperol spritz
BONAPPETEACH

Fill a wine glass with ice, then add 1 ounce Aperol, 2 ounces simple syrup, 2 ounces sparkling rosé, and then 1 ounce grapefruit juice. Feel free to garnish with a grapefruit peel “rose.”

Recipe by Bon Appeteach

5Blackberry Hot Toddy
blackberry hot toddy
DRISCOLL’S

Run a lemon wedge along the rim of a mug or cocktail tumbler. Rim the glass in a bowl of 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Mash 3 ounces blackberries (half a package) in a colander over a bowl to capture juice. Add 2 ounces bourbon whiskey, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, remaining juice from the lemon wedge, and ½ cup hot water or tea to blackberry juice. Pour in the leftover brown sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Pour mixture into the sugar-rimmed glass and garnish with a blackberry and vanilla stick.

Recipe by Driscoll’s

6Sparkling Greyhound
valentine's day cocktails
Q MIXERS

Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour ½ ounce vodka and squeeze in half a lime, leaving the lime wedge in the glass. Then pour in 5 ounces Q Grapefruit, garnish with a grapefruit peel, and gently stir.

Recipe by Q Mixers

7Raspberry Paloma
yave blanco tequila
YAVE BLANCO TEQUILA

Muddle 5 raspberries in a cup. Once muddled, add ½ ounce lime juice, 2 ounces grapefruit juice, and 3 ounces YaVe Blanco tequila. Shake for 10 seconds and then add ice. Strain the cocktail into a separate glass and top with 2 ounces club soda.

Recipe from YaVe Blanco Tequila and @CocktailsWithMeNYC

8Cupid’s Cocktail
q mixers cupid's cocktail recipe
Q MIXERS

Pour 3 ounces Q Mixers Elderflower Tonic, ½ ounce gin, and 2 ounces dry champagne in a flute. Garnish with mint sprig.

Recipe by Q Mixers

9Raspberry Thyme Margarita
cointreau raspberry thyme margarita
COINTREAU

Add 1 ounce Cointreau, 1½ ounces tequila, ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice, 3 raspberries, and 2 sprigs thyme into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with raspberries and a thyme sprig.

Recipe by Cointreau

THE BOTANIST

Muddle 1 teaspoon pomegranate arils with 2½ ounces The Botanist Islay Dry Gin and allow to steep for 1 to 2 hours. Add the infused gin and ½ ounce vermouth to a mixing glass with ice and stir to chill. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

Recipe by The Botanist

12Hanky Panky
hanky panky cocktail recipe
LIQUOR.COM / TIM NUSOG

Add 1½ ounces gin, 1½ ounces sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes Fernet-Branca into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Recipe by Liquor.com

13Lovebug Cocktail
lovebug cocktail by snacks and sips
SNACKS AND SIPS

First, pour simple syrup onto a flat plate. And on another plate, place some red sprinkles. Grab a glass and place the rim of it onto the simple syrup, then in the sprinkles. Fill your cup with ice and add 3 ounces white cranberry juice, 1 ounce vodka, 2 ounces lemon-lime soda, and 1 ounce grenadine. Stir and serve!

Recipe by Snacks and Sips

14Passion Daiquiri
mount gay rum cocktail recipe

MOUNT GAY RUM

Add 2 ounces Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, ½ ounce Cointreau, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, and ½ ounce passion syrup into a shaker. Before you shake and strain, add ice into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with lemon wheel or peel.

Recipe by Mount Gay Rum

15Chambord Royale
Chambord Royale
CHAMBORD

Pour ⅓ ounce Chambord into a flute glass, top with sparkling wine, and garnish with a raspberry garnish.

Recipe by Chambord

Be My Gal-entine
BAREFOOT

Combine ½ ounce amaretto and 1½ ounces cherry cocktail juice in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with 3 ounces Barefoot Bubbly Red Moscato. Stir gently and garnish with cherries.

Recipe by Barefoot

18Tanteo Tequila Red-Pepper-ita
Tanteo Tequila Red-Pepper-Ita
TANTEO

Puree a red pepper in a blender. For each cocktail: In a shaker with ice, combine 1¾ ounces Tanteo Chipotle Tequila (or the tequila of your choice), ¼ ounce mezcal, ¾ ounce red pepper puree, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, and ½ ounce simple syrup or light agave nectar. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a red pepper wedge.

Recipe by Tanteo

19Goodnight Kiss
Romantic Cocktails

ABRAHAM ROWE PHOTOGRAPHY

Add 1 dash angostura bitters onto 1 sugar cube and drop it into a champagne flute. Add 4 ounces champagne and top with 1 ounce Campari.

Recipe excerpted from Romantic Cocktails, by Clair McLafferty

20Grapefruit Tequila Mojito
Drink, Juice, Food, Paloma, Non-alcoholic beverage, Greyhound, Alcoholic beverage, Cocktail, Grapefruit, Ingredient,

TRONKI, LLC

Place 6 to 10 fresh mint leaves in a sturdy glass. Squeeze in juice from 1 lime and use a muddler to gently crush the mint. Stir in 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 1½ ounces tequila, and strain if desired. Add 1 cup ice and ⅓ cup seltzer water. Garnish the glass with a mint spring and a lime wedge.

Recipe courtesy of The Mojito Diet, by Dr. Juan Rivera, published by Simon & Schuster

21Love Potion
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HELLOFRESH

In a cocktail shaker, combine 3 ounces gin, 1 ounce lime juice, and 1 ounce elderflower liquor. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain cocktail over ice in a cocktail glass and top with 5 ounces rosé champagne.

Recipe from HelloFresh

22Something Sweet(heart)
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COURTESY

In a cocktail shaker, add ½ ounce tequila, 1 teaspoon unsweetened chocolate powder, ½ ounce maple syrup, and 1 ounce almond milk. Add ice and quickly shake. Pour contents into martini glass and top off with Rosa Regale. Garnish with Rosa Regale–infused Squish marshmallows.

23Bubble Bouquet
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ABSOLUT

In a shaker filled with ice, add 1½ ounces Absolut Original, ½ ounce simple syrup, and 1 or 2 drops rose water. Shake and strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with rose petals.

24Just Beet It
Drink, Sea breeze, Non-alcoholic beverage, Juice, Cocktail garnish, Alcoholic beverage, Woo woo, Distilled beverage, Cocktail, Caesar,

SHANNON STURGIS

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 ounce mezcal, 1 ounce Pimm’s, 1 ounce beet juice, ¼ ounce ginger juice, ¼ ounce lemon juice, and ¼ ounce simple syrup. Shake and strain into a collins glass over ice, and top with ginger beer. Garnish with mint sprig.

Created by Sarah Akromas for Ward III

25Love Buzz
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ABSOLUT

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1½ ounces Absolut Original, ½ ounce crème de cacao, 1 ounce raspberry puree, and 1 part room-temperature espresso. Shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cocoa shavings.

26#AllThatGlitters
Drink, Alcoholic beverage, Classic cocktail, Cocktail, Distilled beverage, Champagne cocktail, Wine cocktail, Bellini, Whiskey sour, Liqueur,

COURTESY

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, and ¼ ounce each St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Recipe from Catch NYC and L.A.

27The Love Nest
Food, Cocktail garnish, Cuisine, Dish, Drink, Zombie,

ABSOLUT

In a highball glass filled with ice, add 2 ounces Absolut Mandarin and 4 ounces blood-orange soda. Garnish with chili threads and message hearts.

28Tequila Sparkler
drink, champagne stemware, wine glass, stemware, glass, drinkware, alcoholic beverage, classic cocktail, tableware, distilled beverage,

COURTESY

In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 ounce Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, ½ ounce lime juice, and ½ ounce simple syrup. Strain into a glass and top with champagne.

29Absolut Gold
Champagne stemware, Champagne cocktail, Drink, Champagne, Alcoholic beverage, Glass, Stemware, Wine, Sparkling wine, Drinkware,

COURTESY

In a mixing glass, stir 1 part Absolut Original, ½ ounce peach liqueur, and ½ ounce Lillet Blanc. Strain into a champagne glass and top with 3 parts champagne. Garnish with edible gold flakes.

30Mediterranean Sangria
Food, Drink, Ingredient, Cuisine, Dessert, Dish, Punch, Recipe, Cocktail, Berry,

COURTESY

In a mixer filled with ice, add ½ ounce peach schnapps, ½ ounce triple sec, ½ ounce apricot brandy, ½ ounce apple pucker, ½ ounce orange juice, ½ ounce pineapple juice, 1 ounce pomegranate juice, and 5 ounces red wine. Pour into a glass and top with champagne.

Recipe courtesy of Fish Bar

 

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