The best Valentine’s cocktails

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Whether you’re a love lover and Valentine’s Day is basically a national holiday for you, or you’re less into daytime conventions and more into Galentine celebrations, we bet you’re probably still into the looking for an excuse to drink fancy cocktails. Drizzled or not, there’s something so fun about pulling out your finest Oliver Bonas glassware, inviting your friends over, and messing around in the kitchen. Especially when the finished product makes you feel so fancy.

Here are our favorite Valentine’s Day themed cocktails, perfect for a romantic evening with your loved one, whether it’s your friends, your partner, yourself or the dog, raise a glass!

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1

French Martini

This recipe from The Tipsy Panda is the perfect blend of a simple method and a sophisticated result.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Vodka
  • 25ml Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • 12.5ml Raspberry Syrup
  • 3-4 fresh raspberries (+3 for garnish)
  • 50ml pineapple juice

Method:

Mix 3-4 fresh raspberries in a shaker with the vodka, Chambord, raspberry syrup and pineapple juice. Add ice to the shaker and shake until cool. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Prick a stick through 3 raspberries and place it on the drink to serve.

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pink negroni

We I love a negroni and especially when it’s pink like this recipe from London restaurant Atillean.

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 25ml pink gin
  • 15 ml pink vermouth or sweet white vermouth
  • 10ml Aperol
  • Wedge of pink grapefruit and a basil leaf, to garnish

Method:

Mix the pink gin, vermouth and Aperol in a glass with a small handful of ice. Stir until the outside of the glass is cool. Then garnish with a wedge of pink grapefruit and a basil leaf, if you want to be more fancy.

3

Cali cooler

A non-alcoholic option for those of us on a sober V-Day. Alcohol-free, fruity and delicious. Triple tick.

Ingredients:

Method:

In a shaker, add the Caleno, watermelon juice, lime juice, agave nectar and two sprigs of mint. Crush the mint and shake well. Pour into a glass filled with ice and garnish with the remaining mint.

4

Pomegranate Kiss

Oof this one looks refreshing and delicious. Plus, it looks so sophisticated (when it’s actually super simple).

Ingredients:

  • 90ml Chandon Brut
  • 25ml Belvedere vodka
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • 25ml pomegranate juice
  • Pomegranate pearls and a sprig of rosemary for garnish

Method:

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker except the Chandon. Strain into glasses with ice and garnish with Chandon. Slowly stir into the glass. Garnish with pomegranate pearls and a sprig of rosemary.

5

Lychee Love Martini

There’s nothing quite like a martini to make you feel like the kind of sophisticated mystery you’ve always wanted to be, and this one is just right. so attractive.

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 25ml vodka
  • 25 ml lychee liqueur
  • 15 ml dry pink vermouth
  • Edible rose petals

Method:

Pour the vodka, lychee liqueur and vermouth into a tall glass or jug. Fill with ice then stir with a bar spoon until the outside of the container is very cold. Strain into a martini glass or coupe and garnish with a lychee on a cocktail stick and a red or pink rose petal on top

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Gin jam

Basically a smoothie, right?

Ingredients:

Method:

Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake well. Double strain (as in, using a second, finer strainer) into a highball glass, over ice. Garnish with a strawberry.

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The cosmopolitan gray goose

It’s red, it’s cosmopolitan, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Ingredients:

Method:

Combine the first four ingredients in a shaker with ice (in the order listed). Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with orange zest (or heart-shaped orange zest if you’re feeling particularly amorous).

8

The Lonely Hearts Club

Okay, we don’t like the name, but we love a drink that includes Lovehearts, so we’ll skip it.

Ingredients:

Method:

This one is easy. Add a little ice to a long glass then stir in the Bacardi, lemon juice, sugar syrup and cranberry juice. Float red wine on top, then add lemon wheel garnish and Lovehearts, of course.

9

Chocolate Espresso Martini

We love an espresso martini, and there’s nothing more Valentine’s Day than chocolate.

Ingredients:

Method:

Add the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake. Finely strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with chocolate shavings.

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The perfect woman

A twist on the classic Pink Lady cocktail, the Perfect Lady is all about fresh, fruity flavors and the perfect Valentine’s orange-red color.

Ingredients:

  • 60 ml peach and raspberry gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 20 ml orange liqueur (Cointreau or similar)
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters

Method:

Mix all ingredients together in a shaker until foam begins to form. Add ice and shake again until cool. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

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The Russian Valentine’s Club

were always in a drink with elderflower, and this one gets bonus points for making us feel so classy.

Ingredients:

Method:

Cool the glassware with ice and a splash of club soda. Add all ingredients to a shaker without ice and shake for 20 seconds. Add ice and shake again for 20 seconds. Pour ice and soda and strain into the glass. Garnish with raspberries.

12

collins pink

Sorry, but do them Actually looks too good to drink?

Ingredients:

Method:
Shake the first four ingredients in a shaker over ice and strain into a glass over ice cubes. Then top with club soda and stir to combine. Finally, garnish with strawberry wedges and a slice of lemon.

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