I’ve always had a secret affection for Valentine’s Day, and gosh darnit, I’m not afraid to say so. My guilty pleasure doesn’t stem from having a line of secret admirers showering me with hearts and flowers around mid-February every year—mostly because that line of admirers has never existed—rather because of what comes with this holiday. The chocolates, the plush teddy bears, the intense need to chug an entire bottle of red wine just to feel alive. This year though, I’m in it for the cocktails.
In years past, I have noticed that the Valentine’s-themed cocktails featured online and in bars are basically all the same. For the most part they are complete sugar-bombs, lacking in creativity, making them very un-lovable. While I agree that sweet cocktails are definitely acceptable and expected on Valentine’s Day, no Cupid, I do not want this drink that is 99 percent grenadine, and 100 percent un-drinkable. Give me something I can really love!
Valentine's Day Drink image via Shutterstock
In an effort to really get to the heart of the matter of Valentine’s Day boozing, I’ve put together a collection of cocktails that send across a different message for February 14. Something with a little less of a mushy, lovey and unappetizing sentiment, and a little more, ‘How do I love booze, let me count the ways.’
So as you plan out your Valentine’s Day festivities—whether they be heartfelt and oozing with hugs and kisses, or oozing with drinks and 80 percent off chocolates from the local pharmacy— don’t hesitate to mix up a few of these quality concoctions. They’ll be sure to get you in the spirit, whatever spirit that may be. Cheers, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
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The French Cosmo, created by Joe Reiser, Woo Lae Oak, Vienna, VACourtesy of Cosmopolitan
3 oz pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz cassis
Pineapple slice or leaf
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients except the pineapple slice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a piece of pineapple or a leaf from the fruit.
The Delancey, created by Richard H. Friedberg, formerly of Allen and Delancey, New York, NYCourtesy of Cosmopolitan
3/4 oz pomegranate juice
3/4 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
Combine the pomegranate juice and elderflower liqueur in a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco.
Rediscovered Cherry Cosmo, created by Judson Sherman Rose, STK, New York, NYCourtesy of Cosmopolitan
2 oz Smirnoff Black Cherry vodka
1 oz white cranberry juice
3/4 oz Cointreau
Splash of fresh lime juice
Fresh or dried cherries
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients except for the cherries. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh or dried cherries.
Ward 8Courtesy of YumSugar
1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
3/4 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
3/4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz grenadine
maraschino cherry and orange slice, optional for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the rye, orange juice, lemon juice and grenadine. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice, if desired.
Bicyclette, created by Fergus HendersonCourtesy of YumSugar
2 oz Campari
1-1/2 oz dry white wine
Pour the Campari into a wine glass filled ⅔ of the way with ice. Add the white wine. Stir well to combine, tasting and adjusting as needed. Garnish with a lemon peel.
He’s Just Not That Into YouCourtesy of DrinkoftheWeek
2 oz Skyy Infusions grape vodka
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz Cointreau
2 oz clear soda
Combine all the ingredients except for the soda in a mixing glass filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass with fresh ice. Top with soda and garnish with a twist of lemon.