Valentine's with a Glass

Valentine's with a Glass

Valentine's with a Glass

Ready to spend Valentine’s Day with your lover? Make it a day to remember by crafting cocktails for both of you. Better yet, why not make these together as part of your date itinerary? Here are some cocktail recipes for you to try with your significant other! Creating these cocktails together adds an extra layer of fun and intimacy to your celebration. Who knows, this might become your new favorite bonding activity together.

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shooters
A romantic pregame before your dinner date? Yes, please! This sweet yet spiked shooter will help you let loose, ensuring a night filled with giggles.

● 1/4 c. chocolate chips, melted
● 3 oz. strawberry milk
● 3 oz. white chocolate liqueur
● 1 oz. vodka
● 3 small strawberries, for garnish

● Place melted chocolate on a small shallow plate. Roll rims of shot glasses in chocolate to
● Combine strawberry milk, chocolate liqueur, and vodka in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice
and shake until cold, 30 seconds.
● Pour drink into prepared shot glasses, garnish with a strawberry, and serve immediately.
2. Valentine's Day Mimosas
If you'd prefer a lovely brunch with your date instead of dinner, this fresh and bubbly cocktail will perfectly complement and refresh your meal.

● 1 bottle Champagne
● Chilled grenadine
● Strawberries, cut into hearts
● Using a paring knife, cut strawberries into a heart shape. Pierce about 2-3 onto skewers.
● In champagne flutes, fill each glass about two-thirds full with champagne.
● Pour in about a tablespoon of grenadine on top.
● Garnish with strawberry skewers.

3. Very Sexy Martini
Single this Valentine’s? No issue at all! This cocktail is perfect for large batches, allowing you to celebrate with all your single friends in one love-filled party.

● 3 raspberries
● 5 mint leaves
● 1 ounce simple syrup
● 1 1/2 ounces vodka
● 1 ounce lime juice
● 1 1/2 ounces Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial Champagne
● Garnish: mint sprig
● Garnish: raspberry

● In a shaker, muddle the raspberries and mint with the simple syrup.
● Add the vodka and lime juice, fill with ice, and shake until well-chilled.
● Strain into a cocktail glass.
● Top with the Champagne and garnish with a mint spring and a raspberry.

4. Pink Lady
If you're a lover who enjoys keeping a part of yourself a mystery, then this cocktail is the right choice for you. Keep your partner guessing and serve this intriguingly delicious drink.

● 1 1/2 ounces London Dry gin
● 1/2 ounce applejack
● 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
● 1/4 ounce grenadine
● 1 egg white
● Garnish: brandied cherry

● Add all ingredients into a shaker and vigorously dry-shake (without ice).
● Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.
● Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
● Garnish with a brandied cherry.

5. Spiked Hot Chocolate
What even is Valentine’s Day if not a chocolatey celebration? Satisfy your sweet tooth as you indulge in this classic, timeless drink with a delightful twist.

● 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
● 3 c. whole or nut milk, divided
● 4 oz. (1/4 c.) semisweet chocolate chips
● 1/4 c. bourbon whiskey
● 2 tbsp. marshmallow
● 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
● 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
● Whipped cream, for topping (optional)

● Add all ingredients into a shaker and vigorously dry-shake (without ice).
● Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.
● Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
● Garnish with a brandied cherry.
6. Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail
Like a vampire who lives forever, your love will be eternal when you share this cocktail. This drink sets the mood for a timeless and romantic evening.

● 1 1⁄2 ounces vodka
● 1 ounce raspberry liqueur
● 1⁄2 ounce 100% unsweetened cranberry juice (not sweetened or cranberry juice cocktail)
● 1⁄2 ounce fresh lemon juice
● 1⁄2 ounce grenadine
● Granulated sugar and additional grenadine, for the sugar rim (optional)
● 1 small dry ice cube, optional

● Prepare the rim: Place granulated sugar in a single layer on one plate. On another plate, add some grenadine. Spin the rim of the glass in the grenadine until it coats the entire rim. Then dip the glass rim into the plate with the sugar to coat it.
● Make the drink: Add the vodka, raspberry liqueur, unsweetened cranberry juice, lemon juice, and grenadine to a cocktail shaker. Add 2 handfuls regular ice cubes and shake until cold. Strain the drink into the prepared glass.
● Break the dry ice into 1-inch chunks (if using): Do this as close to the time you’ll be serving the drinks as possible, though you can buy the dry ice a few hours in advance. Start by dropping the plastic bag with the dry ice on the ground several times to allow it to break into large chunks. Remember never to touch the dry ice with your bare hands! Put on goggles and gloves. Use a chisel to break the dry ice into smaller pieces using a screwdriver or ice pick. The ideal size is 1/2-inch to 1-inch chunks that are large enough to sink to the bottom of the drink, but small enough to disappear in a few minutes. Wrap the small chunks in a towel and place them in a cooler with the top off until you’re ready to serve the drinks. Do not place the dry ice in the freezer.
● Add the dry ice: Using tongs (do not touch the dry ice!), add a 1/2-inch to 1-inch chunk of dry ice to the glass, which will sink to the bottom and immediately make a smoking effect. The ice cube will disappear in about 5 minutes. Do not drink the dry ice! Wait until the cube disappears before enjoying your drink (or you can take sips with the dry ice in the bottom).