Set the mood this V-Day with these sip-worthy cocktails, inspired by the Feb. 14 holiday. From romantic red concoctions to blissful bubbly, we've rounded up 20 sweet, tart, and fruity drinks for you to toast to a romantic night in or to share with gal pals at a Valentine's Day singles soirée.
If you're feeling frisky, whip up this suggestively named strawberry and vodka sipper.
Instead of gifting your love flowers in bouquet form, why not try making a champagne cocktail that calls for wild hibiscus flowers? It'll take sweetness to a whole new level.
3. Bee's Knees
If you think your sweetheart is the bee's knees, shake them up a honeyed cocktail by the same name.
V-Day is full of sweets, so how 'bout adding some tart with this gingery grapefruit and vodka drink? For a festive touch, use Hawaiian pink sea salt to rim the glass.
Flying solo this Friday? Treat yourself to a decadent salted caramel concoction that's both drink and dessert in one. (The chocolate shavings and marshmallow garnish are only somewhat optional.)
Oh là là! For a très magnifique concoction, make this honey-infused Champagne cocktail.
The perfectly pink bramble makes a nice drink for an all-girls Valentine's Day soiree or as a prerequisite to a dinner for two.
This blush cocktail is a delightful blend of grapefruit juice, elderflower liqueur, and either rosé or Champagne.
This Valentine's Day, put the flowers in your cocktail with a lavender collins, which is infused with not one but two floral flavors: lavender and violet.
This bubbly recipe takes celebratory Champagne and makes it V-Day appropriate with peach-hued Lillet Rosé.
This not-too-sweet, aptly named cocktail would be great to sip on this Feb. 14. Though the flavor combination is somewhat unusual, amaretto and cranberry juice come together in a smooth, elegant way.
You might not think to combine bourbon and sparkling wine but once you do, you'll wonder how you never tried it before.
13. Tinto de Verano
This simple combination of red wine, citrus soda, and a lemon wheel — think of it as the lazy lady's sangria — won't knock you off your feet, but it will warm you up and lift your mood.
Some people might consider the Bubbly Poinsettia only appropriate for Christmastime, but we beg to differ. When else will a red cocktail — made from pomegranate liqueur, rosé Champagne, and gin — fit perfectly with the theme of the day?
Make this strong, classic cocktail on Valentine's Day, and prepare to have a very, very good time. A negroni is 100 percent liquor, after all.
No Valentine's Day is complete without a Champagne toast. To jazz up the bubbly, try this ruby-hued Champagne cocktail.
Drink this slightly fruity libation that's a modern twist on a cocktail classic. Gin, cherry marmalade, and bitters are the base of a gin new-fashioned.
Move over, mimosas — a new light and refreshing drink is on hand. Try a limoncello cocktail made from mint, lemon juice, and sparkling wine for just that.
The gingersnap is perfect for those of you who like a little kick in your cocktails. Made with a mere three ingredients — ginger beer, bitters, and amaretto — it's sophisticated and smooth with just the right dose of ginger heat.
Whether you're with your girlfriends or a hot date, raise a pinky when you sip on this vermouth-infused cranberry martini. It's sophisticated with just a touch of sweetness and tang.
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