If you’re making a romantic dinner tomorrow, you’re already getting somewhere. Top off the romantic gesture with some occasion-worthy cocktails. Just remember, at the end of the day, all that really matters is that the person who drinks it, enjoys it.
Valentine’s drinks tend to have corny names, so we apologize for this.
The Romance Cocktail is all about coffee, chocolate and cream flavors. It’s sinfully rich and sweet. With good presentation, it will get a “wow.” This is by far the sweetest drink on the list, but hey, it’s V-day.
- 3/4 ounce Tia Maria
- 3/4 ounce Carolan’s Irish cream
- 3/4 ounce dark creme de cacao
- 1 ounce heavy cream
Shake the ingredients with ice and strain them into a martini glass. No garnish is required, but it looks great with speared cherries, and for Valentine’s Day, you might want to serve it with some chocolate covered cherries or truffles.
2. Hanky Panky
The Hanky Panky is strangely addictive, partly because you can never quite figure it out, and partly because it just tastes good. Let’s just say the flavor is complicated. It hints at sweet orange with cinnamon and cloves, but isn’t quite any of those, and certainly isn’t very sweet. The overall flavor is bittersweet, like dark chocolate, with the bitterness and sweetness both present and yet canceling each other out. Yes, we said that.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes Fernet-Branca or similar
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.
3. The Love Bite
This drink doesn’t take things slow. This is the only shooter on the list. Like the B52, this shooter is layered and has complex flavors. The flavors are less sweet, however, and more fruity. A tutorial on pouring layered shots can be found here: how to layer cocktails.
- 1 ounce cherry liqueur
- 1 ounce orange liqueur
- 1 ounce cream (light or single)
Pour the cherry liqueur into a cocktail glass (not a shot glass). Layer on the orange liqueur. Top it with a layer of cream. Serve.
4. Agave Kiss
Agave Kiss is a heavenly, luxurious elixir that’s filled with white chocolate, ruby-hued raspberries, and Chambord, a French liqueur carefully blended with blackberries, vanilla, and honey. Agave Kiss is velvety and easy on the taste buds, plus tequila gives it that extra kick to keep your lover giggling and wanting some more.
- 2 oz. Tequila (We used Herradura Tequila Silver)
- 1 oz. White Crème de Cacao
- 1 oz. Double cream
- 1 oz. Chambord
- White chocolate flakes
Add tequila, white crème de cacao, double cream, and Chambord in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Pour drink into a chilled cocktail glass and rimmed with white chocolate flakes. Add a spear of fresh raspberries.
5. Green Fairy
The Green Fairy cocktail is a very old classic, probably one of the oldest cocktails in the world. It’s so named because that’s the nickname for its main ingredient, absinthe. Like it sounds, it’s not red or pink like you’d expect on our valentine’s day list. However, it’s reputation means it may make the night extra special.
- 1 ounce absinthe (The tough part here is we’re you’ll get it. Most of us know someone with Absinthe…)
- 1 ounce water
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons of egg white
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Preparation: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in all ingredients. Shake thoroughly and strain into a cocktail glass. Easy Peasy.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in all ingredients. Shake thoroughly and strain into a cocktail glass. Easy Peasy.
And as a bonus: The anti-valentines day drink:
Who needs a cherub when you have this mix of gin, vermouth and juice to keep you company.
- 1/2 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
- 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 1/2 ounce orange juice
- Dash orange bitters
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.