Whether you’re having a sexy date night in with your partner or celebrating all your best friends with a big Galentine’s Day party, your Valentine’s Day is sure to be memorable. If having some special Valentine’s Day cocktails is just what you need to feel festive, well, have no fear — there are so many delicious and pretty recipes to choose from. You can choose something classic, like a Cosmopolitan, or something a little more involved, like a roasted cherry Sangria (um, OK master mixologist). In any case, your boo and your besties will appreciate a special little something to sip on.
If you want your spouse to feel the love, think about their go-to boozy drink and add a little twist to it. Are they a margarita lover? Try a spicy watermelon version (that just so happens to be hot pink). Or, if they usually stick to red wine, try an elevated spritzer that pairs perfectly with charcuterie and tapas for dinner. Even if they’re a diehard old-fashioned drinker and shy away from switching it up, you can make your very own bourbon-soaked cherries at home to top them off (and show them you just how well you know them by not making them drink a pink bellini just because of the holiday).
This raspberry French 75
A French 75 is an effervescent delight for gin lovers, and this version from Dude That Cookz takes it up a notch using a homemade raspberry simple syrup. Making it yourself adds 10 to 15 minutes onto the task, but you’ll taste the difference (and so will your very impressed sweetheart).
A blood orange Caipirinha
A Caipirinha is a Brazilian cocktail that’s typically made with cachaça (a liquor similar to rum), sugar, and lime. This blood orange version simply combines a couple ounces of the spirit, some super-fine sugar, and half of a blood orange for a hot pink, boozy, delightful little drink.
A light pink rose & ginger paloma
It’s pretty, it’s pink, it’s downright perfect — a paloma is a crowd-pleasing cocktail but not served all too often, so it still feels a little special. This recipe calls for just a dash of rose water, which will make them feel elevated and on-theme.
Red wine spritzers
A simple red wine spritzer is just plain good, and it requires just a tad more effort than pouring two glasses of wine and being done with it, so your date will feel extra special. Brooklyn Supper’s recipe calls for lot of limes, a little simple syrup (could be flavored if you’re feeling fancy), seltzer, and bitters.
A simple grapefruit & elderflower cocktail
You need like three ingredients and three minutes to whip up a couple of these grapefruit and elderflower “Frenchies.” Just grab your favorite gin or vodka, grapefruit juice, St. Germain, ice, and a garnish of your choice (rosemary, lavender, any herb would do nicely, really).
Cranberry thyme gin & tonics
If you want a drink that still feels wintry, a cranberry and thyme G&T will definitely do the trick. This one from A Cozy Kitchen calls for homemade cranberry simple syrup (with a dash of vanilla, yum), so set aside about 15 minutes to pull that together. Then just combine with your gin and tonic of choice, garnish, and toast to love.
A fruity, unexpected whiskey sour
Whiskey sours aren’t for everyone, but if your partner loves them, they’ll really dig this interesting mix of flavors. Plum syrup, lemon and ginger juices, and a little candied ginger topper all combine into a pink frothy drink they’ll be delighted to sip all evening.
If your date loves a classic old-fashioned — no frills or fun colors, please — you can still do something a little special. It takes about 30 minutes to make your own bourbon-soaked cherries from Gimme Some Oven; then, just let them sit for a few days in the fridge before serving. Any you don’t use as garnishes on date night, you’ll catch them eating right out of the jar the rest of the month.
So, what will you serve to drink this month? Whether you’re planning an elaborate at-home date night or having the girls over for Galentine’s Day movies, you’ll have the perfect Valentine’s Day cocktails ready to go.