Valentine’s Day is here, and no matter how you’re celebrating the occasion: whether it be with your significant other, drinking alone with your dog or hanging out with friends, every holiday is better with a cocktail. Cocktails are a great way to impress others — and even yourself!
If you hate Valentine’s Day (I know I do), maybe one of these drinks will make your day a little more bearable. So, this Valentine’s Day, mix up a cocktail or ten by checking out one of the eight recipes below:
Between The Sheets
.75 oz Cointreau
1 oz. Mount Gay Silver rum
1 oz.· Rémy Martin VSOP cognac ·
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake and strain into a martini or coupe glass.
Tito’s Olive You So Much
3 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1 oz (or less) olive juice
Olives for garnish
Just add Tito’s Handmade Vodka and olive juice to a shaker with ice. Shake or stir, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives.
2 oz. Mount Gay XO
.25 oz simple syrup
2 strawberries (de-stemmed and halved)·
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Strawberry or orange peel for garnish
Add simple syrup and strawberries to a mixing glass. Gently muddle to break down strawberries and infuse. Add rum, bitters, and ice. Stir and strain over a big cube in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel or strawberry on the glass.
1.5 oz. Patrón Silver
2 oz. Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider
1 oz pomegranate juice
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
Lemon twist for garnish
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit + Rose Spritz
1.5 oz Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose
3 oz soda water
Herbs of choice, crisp citrus or fresh fruit for garnish
Serve in a wine glass with ice and your choice of fragrant herbs, crisp citrus, or other fresh fruit.
The Hummingbird Martini
2 oz The Botanist Gin (Fresh Raspberry-Infused*)
1 oz Bianco Vermouth
2 dashes of Orange Bitters
Strain Fresh Raspberries from The Botanist Gin. Add the ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
*To infuse The Botanist Gin: Add crushed fresh raspberries into a mixing glass with The Botanist Gin. Let sit for 10 minutes. Strain.
Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake Martini
1 1/2 oz Baileys Red Velvet
3/4 oz vodka
Add Baileys Red Velvet and vodka in an ice-filled shaker. Shake with ice and pour into a martini glass.
1.25 oz Tanqueray No. TEN
.5 oz Raspberry Syrup
Tonic water (to top)
Freeze Dried Raspberry Dust (for rim of glass), Rosemary, Spray Rose for garnish.
Add ice to glass with Tanqueray No. TEN and raspberry syrup. Top with tonic. Add garnish.