Valentines Day is a week away! If you’re still struggling to find the perfect cocktail to make your partner or gal pals, then you’ve come to the right read. Thanks to a bunch of great brands and mixologists, I’ve compiled together a great cocktail guide to get you through Valentines Day. Whether you and your sweetie are staying in for a romantic evening, or going out and want to pregame with the guys or girls before you paint the town, there’s always time for a cocktail!
Flirty and Fun
Sparkling Hibiscus- Courtesy of Santa Margherita
Whole hibiscus flowers, packed in syrup
8 tsps of hibiscus syrup used to pack the flowers
Method: Place a whole hibiscus flower in the bottom of glass. Fill glass with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG to ¾” of the rim. Carefully spoon 2 tsps of the hibiscus syrup down the interior side of each glass.
Rose Colored Glass
.25 oz Angostura bitters
.75 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
Crémant d’Alsace Rosé
Lemon twist or rose petals for garnish
Method: Shake bitters, lemon juice and simple syrup and strain over ice into a flute or coupe glass. Top off with three ounces Crémant d’Alsace Rose. Garnish with lemon twist or rose petal.
Sparkling Raspberry- Courtesy of Sparkling Ice
1½ ounces vanilla vodka
1 tsp. simple syrup
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
Raspberry ice cubes, for garnish
Method: Place raspberry ice cubes in a glass and set to the side. In a cocktail shaker, add vanilla vodka, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice- shake. Strain over ice and add Sparkling Ice Grape Raspberry.
The Rosemary Hound- Courtesy of Purity Vodka
2 Parts Purity Vodka
1 Part Simple Syrup
4 Tablespoons Fresh Rosemary Leaves
½ Part Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
2 Slices Ruby Red Grapefruit, for Garnish
Method: Place the grapefruit juice, vodka and 1-ounce rosemary simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well to mix. Serve on the rocks, garnished with a grapefruit slide.
Purity Berry H20- Courtesy of Purity Vodka
4 Parts Purity Vodka
3 Parts Berry Water
1 Cup Mixed Berries
1 Long Piece of Lemon Zest
4 Parts distilled or bottled high-quality water
Method: Combine the ingredients in a glass pitcher and let sit, refrigerated, for at least 4 hours – or preferably overnight, before serving. Serve the vodka mixed with the Berry Water either shaken and strained or just combined over ice.
Flor Adora- Courtesy of Bruce Cost Ginger Ale
0.75 oz lemon juice
0.75 oz Small Hand Foods raspberry gum syrup
1.5 oz Plymouth gin
Method: Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice, garnish as desired.
Rose Runner- Courtesy of Four Roses Bourbon
1 3/4 oz. Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
1 1/2 oz. Rhubarb Syrup
4 to 5 dashes rhubarb bitters
Juice of Half a Lemon
1 oz Prosecco (a dry Prosecco is recommended)
Method: In a mixing glass filled with ice add the bourbon, rhubarb syrup, juice of the lemon and the rhubarb bitters. Shake and strain into a flute and top with the Prosecco.
** The recipe for Rhubarb Syrup can be found HERE
2 oz XO Cognac
1 oz Dry Marsala Wine
1⁄4 oz Hazelnut Syrup
5 Leaves of Fresh Mint
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Method: Gently muddle mint and bitters in the base of a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and stir over ice until well-chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned glass with one large ice cube and garnish with a broad orange twist.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!