For many couples Valentine’s Day means staying in and enjoying each other’s company at home with a romantic meal. Staying in for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some quality cocktails though. We’ve gathered a short list of our favorite love-inspired Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes below.
Lyrick Lark by Brian Means (Dirty Habit, San Francisco)
4 oz Cana Brava Rum
3 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
2 oz Lemon Juice
2 oz Honey Syrup (1 part honey to 1 part water)
.25 oz Suze
Combine all the ingredients in an antique shaker (if you have one). Add ice and place the top on the shaker and lightly shake. Serve with 2 punch glasses filled with ice and garnish with raspberries and a mint sprig.
Roses in the Snow (Serious Eats)
The delicate aroma of roses is the star in this variation on a Gin Fizz cocktail.
Rather than a juniper-heavy London Dry, use a New Western style gin featuring flavors such as cucumber, jasmine, or pine needles. Hendrick’s, Uncle Val’s, or Botanivore from St. George Spirits are good examples.
Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Add gin, lemon, simple syrup, rosewater, and eggwhite to a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (without ice) to incorporate eggwhite, about 30 seconds. Fill shaker with ice and shake until frothy, about 30 seconds longer.
Double strain by pouring through a bar strainer into a fine-mesh or conical strainer set in a highball glass filled with ice. Top drink with club soda and bitters. Gently stir and serve.
Hanky Panky Cocktail Recipe (Mix that Drink)
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes Fernet-Branca
Put some ice in a mixing glass and pour in all three ingredients. Stir to chill, and strain the mixture into a chilled glass. Twist an orange peel over the surface of the drink. Garnish with the orange twist.
Want something a little more complex? This lovely rouge cocktail will delight even more sophisticated spirits lovers. The blend of flavors makes for easy sipping.
Seelbach Cocktail (Nola.com)
Makes 2 cocktails
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce Cointreau
14 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
14 dashes Angostura bitters
Cold brut Champagne
2 orange twists for garnish
Divide the bourbon, Cointreau and the two bitters between two flute glasses. Stir. Fill the flutes to the top with chilled champagne. Stir gently. Garnish with orange twist and serve.
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