February 14th is right around the corner. Whether you’re planning on kicking it with your single friends or staying in for a steamy yet affordable Valentine’s Day with your boo, chances are you’re on the prowl for some stylish Valentine cocktails to serve. Whether the plan is to curl up in a snow-covered cabin with a hot toddy or hit the beach from your mod vacation rental, this list of Valentine cocktails is sure to leave you inspired. (See also: Stylish Winter Cocktails)
Cranberry Cobbler Martini
This custom-crafted cocktail from Brasseriejo in Boston’s Colonnade Hotel has the holiday’s color scheme down pat.
Ingredients: 1.5 ounces of Bulleit Bourbon, 1 ounce of cranberry syrup, 2 ounces of cranberry juice, one ounce of lime juice.
Directions: Fill a martinini shaker with ice. Add bourbon, syrup, and both juices. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh cranberries.
Pair the cranberry cobbler with your favorite February finger foods, such as heart-shaped roasted chicken wings, low-fat Thai shrimp toast or a decidedly Mediterranean bruschetta.
From the folks at HaruSushi in NYC, comes this five-ingredient recipe called the Berry Kiss. With both strawberry puree and POM juice, there won’t be any doubt that this cocktail was indeed designed with Valentine’s Day in mind.
Ingredients: 1.5 ounces of Absolut Citron, 1 ounce of Veev acai liqueur, a half ounce of strawberry puree, one half ounce of POM juice, 2 orange slices and a splash of sour mix.
Directions: Muddle the fresh strawberry and orange slices, and then pour all contents over ice into a beverage shaker. Give the entire mix a vigorous shake and strain into a sugar-rimmed cosmo glass.
Personally, I’d serve this drink with a strawberry and cheese tray, but you could also go with cucumber canapés or your favorite cocktail bread topper.
The people at the Partida tequila company have put together this luscious drink that also keeps kisses in the front of everyone’s mind. I like that it’s simple and to the point.
Ingredients: 1 and a half ounces of Partida Anejo, one half ounce of white Crème de Cacao and one ounce of Amarula Cream.
Directions: Mix ingredients well in a shaker with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
With the creaminess of this cocktail, I’d save it for the after dinner drink slot in your Valentine itinerary. Also, since the drink appears quite rich, you may want to go with a lighter dessert such as dark-chocolate-covered strawberries.
Gloria’s Pyrat Punch
This tropical treat comes straight from the Cuisinart Resort in Anguilla. Made famous by the popular television show The Bachelor, it’s a venue well-known for its stylish beverage and food selections. This one is particularly perfect if you’re getting ready to take your significant other on a tropical getaway to pop the question. Whip up a batch before hopping into that airport shuttle, or use it to create a theme around which you can enjoy the holiday at home.
Ingredients: 2 ounces of Pyrat rum, 1 ounce of apricot brandy, an ounce of Galliano, 3 ounces of orange juice, a dash of lime and 2 drops of grenadine.
Directions: Combine all ingredients and shake. Pour on ice into a highball glass or – for full effect – a hollowed out pineapple.
If you do opt for the stay at home plan, this cocktail is best paired with foods from the grill. Seafood is particularly well suited, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with ribs, rice and grilled fruit either. As long as your menu celebrates the tropical outdoors, you’ll be good to go.
The Pink Mimosa
This unusual beverage was created by Scott Curry, head cocktail technician at Alta Bistro in Whistler, British Columbia. It includes the unique ingredient of Nonna Pia’s strawberry and fig infused balsamic reduction to create a sexy, fun and colorful cocktail option for the venue’s guests. Who knew?
Ingredients: 1 ounce Schramm vodka, dash of elderflower, splash of the balsamic reduction, a dash each of lemon and orange, 2-3 freshly muddled strawberries and a sparkling rose wine to top things off.
Directions: In a shaker, muddle the strawberries and shake with all liquids but the sparkling rose wine. Double strain into a champagne class and top with the sparkling wine. Garnish with strawberries.
This hand-crafted mimosa is perfect for a Valentine’s Day brunch or for hiding that surprise engagement ring. Pair with fun breakfast foods such as smoked salmon with bagels and capers, quiche or breakfast casserole with sliced fruit.
These are the Valentine cocktails that caught my attention. What are you favorites?