Valentine's Day Cocktails

Romantic drinks for curling up with that special someone

  • 15 Drink
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2017

Easy Valentine's Day Drinks

Valentine's Day is a tricky holiday, not least because there's so much pressure to get it just right. Whether you're planning a fancy evening on the town or a quiet night in, it seems like we always spend so much time stressing over the details that we forget to have fun.

Luckily, when it comes to your cocktail menu for the evening, we've got you covered! This collection of Valentine's Day cocktails covers a pretty broad range of tastes (and effort), from simple classics—be they red, bubbly, or both—to modern inventions with all kinds of fancy syrups and bitters.

So if you're bartending for your sweetie this year, or just need some good recipes for a Galentine's Day brunch, these 15 cocktails will make this a Valentine's to remember!

  • Reyka Vodka, Lemon Juice, Rosemary Syrup, Pear Juice
    The Cupid's Hope is a Valentine's Day cocktail recipe from Reyka Vodka. It's made with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, homemade rosemary syrup (recipe below), and pear juice, and served over crushed ice in a Hurricane glass. The result is a refreshing, beachy cocktail that's sure to impress any time of year.If you want to learn how to properly swizzle a cocktail…
  • Hudson New York Corn Whiskey, Lillet Blanc, Orange Bitters
    The Hudson's White Manhattan is a simple Manhattan variation made with Hudson New York Corn Whiskey, a white (un-aged) whiskey. It also substitutes the classic vermouth with Lillet Blanc, a famous quinquina best known for its use in James Bond's original cocktail, the Vesper.
  • Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Lemon-Lime Soda, Cherry Heering
    The Sailor Jerry Cherry is a light, refreshing cocktail made with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, lemon-lime soda, Cherry Heering, and garnished with a homemade rum cherry (that they call "Jerry's Cherries"). It's a fairly low-alcohol drink, and serves as a nice, fruity tipple for most occasions.
  • Champagne, Sugar, Angostura Bitters, Lemon Peel
    "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman shared these classic drinks in Casablanca, but they don't always require so much drama. The Champagne Cocktail is simple to make and great for any celebration, especially if you're getting dressed up.
  • Gin, Cointreau, Campari, Lemon juice, Ice
    The Jasmine cocktail is a little-known recipe partially inspired by the classic Negroni, invented by renowned bartender Paul Harrington in the early 1990s. It's well balanced, with the bitter Campari and sweet, silky Cointreau each cutting through the tangy lemon juice in their own way. As always, we recommend using fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
  • vodka, grand marnier, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, soda water
    A crisp and refreshing cocktail, the Grapefruit Crush is a delight on warm summer afternoons. This riff on the Orange Crush blends both grapefruit juice and lemon juice for a nice, citrusy tartness that's smoothed out by the simple syrup, with the soda water giving it just the right amount of brightness. Frequently served in a collins glass with a straw, ou…
  • Rum, Lemon Juice, Rose Syrup, Coconut Milk, Cardamom, Rose Petal
  • Light rum, Pineapple juice, Maraschino liqueur, Grenadine, Maraschino cherry
    Named for the famous silent film actress, the Mary Pickford cocktail is a Prohibition-era drink that has certainly aged well. It's fairly fruity and sweet, but not overpoweringly so. The result is a smooth, inoffensive cocktail that goes down almost dangerously easy, and looks gorgeous in the glass to boot (almost as gorgeous as its namesake herself).
  • Kir
    White wine, crème de cassis
    The Kir, named for the post-war mayor of Dijon, France, Felix Kir (apparently he had some pull with the liqueur industry there), is a super simple cocktail made with white wine and crème de cassis. It's light, fruity, and not much higher in alcohol content than a regular glass of wine, so it's great for brunch or an indulgent after-dinner drink.
  • Gin, Lemon, Grenadine, Egg yolk
    The Royal Clover Club is a variation on—you guessed it— the Clover Club cocktail recipe. It uses grenadine in place of the raspberry syrup, and an egg yolk in place of the usual egg white (a relatively rare choice in the cocktail world). As a result, the Royal Clover Club is quite a bit less frothy than the original, but it makes up for it with a rich creami…
  • Citrus vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, peach puree, Prosecco
    The Cosmobellini is more of a hybrid cocktail than a descendant of any one recipe, combining both the original Cosmopolitan and the Bellini to make something entirely new. Bubbly, fruity, and citrusy, this is an absolutely delicious brunch cocktail that's sure to spice up your menu.
  • Citrus vodka, strawberries, Cointreau, lime juice
    The Strawberry Cosmopolitan is a simple, fresh variation on the original Cosmopolitan recipe that uses muddled strawberries in place of cranberry juice for a bit of color and fruity sweetness. The original citrus vodka works great in this cocktail, but you can also play around with all kinds of other flavored vodkas to see what tastes best. Make sure to…
  • Vodka, Apricot syrup, Campari, Lemon juice, Sugar, Egg white, Orange bitters
    The Grove Keeper is a rich, flavorful cocktail that features a delicious homemade apricot syrup and a heavy, meringue-like foam. The sweetness of the apricot syrup is balanced by a small amount of Campari, which gives the drink an amazingly rich color.
  • Vodka, Strawberries, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer
    The Strawberry Moscow Mule is a fun way to spruce up everyone's favorite ginger beer and vodka cocktail with some fresh summer fruit. This recipe from our friends at Beautiful Booze is a snap to make, and is guaranteed to be a new warm-weather favorite.
  • Champagne, crème de cassis
    The Kir Royale is a variation on the classic, simple French wine cocktail the Kir, and is made with champagne and crème de cassis. This is a light and bubbly drink, perfect for brunch or any celebration. It's pretty gorgeous looking, too.

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