February 14th is the day when love is in the air and what better way to get the romance flowing than with a few cocktails!
Below, our in-house experts have rounded up Valentine’s day cocktails that are sure to set the mood. Perfect before, during or after those date night activities.
We’ll break these down into easy Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes, and the best cocktails for Valentine’s Day with gin, vodka, and Champagne.
Whether it’s a first date, to celebrating years of romance, or if you’re celebrating Galentines day with friends, there’ll be a cocktail below that’s sure to add a spark to your evening…
10 Best Cocktails for Valentine’s Day
Strawberries (and cream) are often a favoured food on Valentine’s day but do you know what’s better than strawberries? Strawberries and alcohol.
Everyone loves a margarita so why not liven up your senses with a frozen strawberry margarita.
1 Cup Ice
450g Frozen Strawberries
25ml Lime Juice
Add all ingredients to a blender (make sure it’s a heavy-duty one and not a bullet) and blend briefly to mix all ingredients.
Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a fresh strawberry.
If you’re looking for something a little more indulgent and to satisfy a sweet tooth, look no further than the Chocolate Martini.
You don’t need to waste time buying your significant other chocolates for Valentine’s day when you can instead mix up an after-dinner cocktail that’s smooth, sweet and most importantly – quite a bit boozy.
50ml Irish Cream Liqueur
50ml Coffee Liqueur
5ml Chocolate Syrup
Fill a cocktail shaker with the ingredients above and ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker becomes cold to touch.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with shaved chocolate or a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
It’ll likely be a dark and miserable night in terms of weather on Valentine’s day (typical UK weather), so if you want something to brighten up your night we’d recommend a Rum Sunset.
The Rum Sunset is a twist on the Tequila Sunrise and offers a fruity and colourful cocktail, while the base is made from a light rum, you can swap this out for a spiced rum or a coconut rum like Malibu.
Perfect for imagining and planning a romantic getaway.
75ml Light Rum
200ml Orange Juice
Mix the orange juice and rum in a pitcher. Pour slowly into a chilled glass with ice whilst also adding the grenadine to create a layered colour for the drink.
Garnish with a lime wheel.
Best Valentine’s Day Cocktails With Vodka
If you need a bit of a pick-me-up for Valentine’s day, very few drinks will get you there quite like an Espresso Martini!
The combination of coffee and alcohol is one you wouldn’t think go well together but if you’ve been at work all day on the 14th and need to perk up quickly, this is the ideal cocktail to get the night started with.
25ml Coffee Liqueur
50ml Fresh Espresso Coffee
Made famous by Sex and the City, the Cosmopolitan (or ‘Cosmo’) is a classic cocktail that’s also a guilty pleasure for many people.
If you want something sweet to get the party started, look no further than a Cosmopolitan.
25ml Citron Vodka
7.5ml Lime Juice
50ml Cranberry Juice
2 Dashes Orange Bitters (optional)
Best Valentine’s Day Cocktails With Gin
A Negroni is in the top 10 best cocktails of all time – on any list – so the pink version is a great variation for a romantic Valentine’s day cocktail.
35ml Pink Gin
25ml Rose Vermouth
Add all ingredients to a small tumbler glass with ice. Stir until all ingredients are mixed and garnish with a wedge of pink grapefruit.
Simple, easy to make and incredibly refreshing.
It’s not the most romantic cocktail on this list but if you have more indulgent treats planned then it’s a good cocktail to chill out and relax with.
25ml Lemon Juice
15ml Sugar Syrup
Add the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup to a shaker filled with ice. Shake for around 20 seconds until the outside is cold.
Strain into a chilled highball glass and top with soda.
Best Valentine’s Day Champagne Cocktails
It’s fair to say that the name says it all with this cocktail.
One of the most popular cocktails in the UK, the scent and flavour of the Pornstar Martini is enough to spark romance instantly in any relationship.
We’re betting passionfruits will be in short supply come February 14th…
35ml Vanilla Vodka
15ml Passoa Liqueur
10ml Vanilla Syrup
1 Whole Passionfruit
15ml Lime Juice
50ml Prosecco or Champagne
If you’re looking for something to get the night started before a meal, an Aperol Spritz should be a go-to option.
Aperol made a huge comeback in recent years and due to some clever marketing, the Aperol Spritz is once again one of the most popular cocktails around.
This Aperitif is an easy-going cocktail that will kickstart your evening and is one of the easiest cocktails you can make yourself.
Best Valentine’s Day Mocktails
Garden Of Eden
The Garden Of Eden is a mocktail recipe (non-alcoholic) created in house by our team at The Cocktail Society.
You don’t need booze to enjoy a romantic cocktail on Valentine’s day and the Garden Of Eden provides enough flavour and body to still enjoy a cocktail as a couple – without the morning hangover!
50ml Grapefruit Juice
15ml Hibiscus Syrup
10ml Lemon Juice
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