Sara gave you ideas to do Valentine’s Day from the comfort of your sweats and couch.
I gave you ways to keep the day of love under budget.
But, no matter how you choose to celebrate the 14th of February, there’s probably going to be a few drinks involved.
Wine and beer are all well and good. You’ll NEVER hear us say no to a good glass of either at the end of the night.
However, if you’re looking to make the night feel a bit more special, consider a cocktail.
I’m not just talking about the standard cocktails either. No. I’m talking about some lovey-dovey themed cocktails that I pretend not to be super into, but secretly I’m a hopeless romantic at heart, so I’m kind of into it.
I mean, I watch The Bachelor while drinking Rosé, so yeah, there’s a part of me that’s always going to love stuff like this.
Turn up the love theme by cutting out fruit in the shape of hearts, dip strawberries into chocolate, and go all out.
Or hell, if you’re like me, and don’t have anyone you’re spending the night with, these can be a fun night with a few friends. You can each grab the ingredients to make one of these, sprinkle in a little of your favorite food, play a game, and there’s your night.
Whether your love is well-established, just blossoming, or not there yet, we have a few cocktails that can help make the night.
The drink seems easy enough to pull off. You can make your own simple syrup if you’d like, but you can also go right ahead and buy it from the store. Plus, it doesn’t require any obscure ingredient that you couldn’t use over and over.
- 1 oz. Belvedere Vodka
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 2 oz. Chandon Rosé
- Strawberry slices
Add the first four ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake an strain into a cocktail glass. Then top it off with the sparkling rosé and add the strawberry slices to make it pretty.
Bourbon on its own is always an option for me. Usually, it comes down to bourbon or another beer, and the final choice is dependent on how my day went. This bourbon-based cocktail is citrusy and fruity and should be the perfect nightcap. Again, it’s not a challenging drink at all.
- 2 oz. Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon
- 1 oz. Chambord Liqueur
- 6 oz. lemon-lime soda (Bonus if you can get the Maine Root brand, it’s my favorite.)
- 3 fresh Raspberries
Combine the first two ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake, and then pour it all into a tall glass. Top it all off with the soda and fresh raspberries.
Popping a bottle of bubbly is another customary tradition on Valentine’s Day, but you don’t just have to pour it into a flute. In just a couple of swirls, you could spend the rest of the night floating away on the bubbles.
- 4 oz. Ruffino Prosecco, chilled
- 1/2 oz. blood orange juice
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 1 orange twist
Combine the first three ingredients into a coupe glass (because you fancy, huh), and swirl them around to mix before garnishing with the orange twist.
I had to look up with a Caipiroska was, but my first guess that it might be a Caipirhina with vodka was correct. This one does require a little bit more than just mixing the ingredients (you just have to muddle), but it’s still pretty easy to pull off.
BONUS: It’s very similar to the first cocktail, and only requires two additional simple ingredients so you can try out two cocktails if you’re feeling up to it.
- 1.5 oz. Belvedere Vodka
- 1/4 oz. simple syrup
- 3 fresh raspberries
- 2 small lime wedges
Muddle the simple syrup, raspberries, and lime wedges in the bottom of a rocks glass then add in the vodka and a scoop of crushed ice and stir.