Planning to sip on something sweet with your honey? Or guzzle back some booze with your gals? Either way, we have a round-up of some amazing Valentine’s Day cocktails for your drinking pleasure!
Mint Chocolate Black Barrel
1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
¾ part chocolate liqueur
2 dashes Angostura® bitters
Lightly muddle 3-5 mint leaves in a shaker. Add remainder of ingredients into the shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a strawberry.
Tito’s Strawberry on the Rocks
2 oz of strawberry infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1 fresh strawberry to garnish
Pour 2 oz of strawberry infused Tito’s over ice. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.
Mr. Purple, Courtesy of Mr. Purple
Casamigos Reposado tequila
Mr. Purple Punch Mix (cranberry liqueur, allspice dram, apple, lemon)
Tito’s Everything Nice
2 oz Rose Petal Tito’s Handmade Vodka Infusion*
1 oz Fresh lemon juice (double strained to remove all bitter pulp)
.75 oz Ginger simple syrup
Top with a splash of Brut sparkling wine
Add the rose petal Tito’s Handmade Vodka infusion, the fresh lemon juice (double strained), and the ginger simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, and strain into a coupe glass. If you like, top with a splash of brut sparkling wine. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger or a lemon twist.
1.5 oz Brockmans Gin
1 oz Combier Rose liqueur
0.25 oz Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
3.5 oz Sweet Rosé Wine
2 small scoops crush ice
Add Brockmans Gin, Combier Rose Liqueur, lemon juice and Rosé wine to a shaker and shake over ice. Then strain the contents into a large stemmed wine glass filled with crushed ice. Alternatively add all the ingredients into a blender with ice cubes and blend until the ice is crushed, then scoop the frozen mixture into a large stemmed wine glass. Garnish with sugared or fresh rose petals.
Pama Sutra, Courtesy of TAO Uptown
Baron Platinum Tequila
1 ½ parts Hornitos Cristalino
3 parts cranberry juice
½ part fresh lemon juice
Combine ingredients in a highball glass over fresh ice and serve.
Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Whole hibiscus flowers, packed in syrup
8 tsps of hibiscus syrup used to pack the flowers
Place a whole hibiscus flower in the bottom of glass. Fill glass with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG to ¾” of the rim. Carefully spoon 2 tsps of the hibiscus syrup down the interior side of each glass.
Gingerberry BACARDÍ Rum Punch
1 part BACARDÍ Superior Rum
2 parts Cranberry Juice
2 parts Ginger Ale
¼ parts Lime Juice
¼ parts Lemon Juice
10 dashes Orange Bitters
Garnish with Fresh Lime and Fresh Cranberries
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl with a large ice block. Garnish with lime and cranberries. Serve on the rocks.
Purity Berry H20
4 Parts Purity Vodka
3 Parts Berry Water
1 Cup Mixed Berries
1 Long Piece of Lemon Zest
4 Parts distilled or bottled high quality water
Combine the ingredients in a glass pitcher and let sit, refrigerated, for at least 4 hours – or preferable overnight, before serving. Serve the vodka mixed with the Berry Water either shaken and served strained or just combined over ice.
1 oz. Casamigos Blanco
1 oz. Peach Puree by Perfect Puree
2 Red Raspberries
Top off with Chilled Prosecco or Champagne
Combine all ingredients into tin shaker, except prosecco. Muddle fruit. Add ice. Shake vigorously and strain into champagne flute. Top off with chilled prosecco, and garnish with 1 Raspberry through skewer.
Tito’s Strawberry-Tini [For 2!]
4 oz strawberry infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz orange liqueur
Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, and strain into two martini glasses. Garnish with lemon wheels.
The MARTINI Negroni
1 Part MARTINI Riserva Speciale Bitter
1 Part Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 Part MARTINI Reserva Speciale Rubino
Add ice and an orange wedge.
Three Olives Vodka Jello Shot Valentines
¼ cup Three Olives Naked Vodka
3 oz flavored Jello (small box)
1 tsp unflavored gelatin
1 cup boiling water
¼ cup cold water
In a medium bowl, add cold water and unflavored gelatin. Wait 1-2 minutes and add Jello powder and boiling water. Continue stirring until Jello is completely dissolved; add vodka and set aside to cool a bit. Pour into molds on a flat surface in your refrigerator. Let molds chill for at least an hour. Work slowly out of the silicon molds.
Dragon Heart from Boulton & Watt (5 avenue A), Head Bartender, Josh Cameron
1.5 oz Reyka
0.5 oz Amaro Montenegro
0.75 oz hibiscus syrup
0.75 oz lemon
3 or 4 blackberries
Muddle the blackberries with the Montenegro before adding the remaining ingredients into a shaker. Shake well and double strain the liquid into a chalice or goblet glass over crushed ice. Garnish with mint and get ready to impress your valentine!
Banana Choco Delight
2 ounces Banana HI-CHEW Infused Overproof Dark Rum**
1.5 tablespoons cocoa
1.5 cups whole milk
3 ounces dark chocolate
1.5 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Whipped cream and banana garnish
In a small saucepan, heat half of the milk until warm, then whisk in the cocoa until no lumps remain. Add the remaining milk, chocolate, sugar, and peanut butter, and whisk until all is melted, smooth, and hot. Remove from the heat, stir in the rum, and divide between two mugs. Top with fresh whipped cream and a slice of caramelized banana.
Half Moon Roca, Courtesy of Hudson’s at Pier 81
Roca Patron Silver Tequila
Cointreau, Pama Liqueur
Basil Cranberry Fix Created by Willy Shine, Brand Meister
1 part Jägermeister
1 part Bourbon
¾ part Lemon Juice
6-8 Aromatic Mint & Basil Leaves Muddled
¾ part Spiced Simple Syrup
Frozen 11 oz Old Fashioned Glass
Mint Sprig/Cranberries & Powdered Sugar
Muddle mint and basil leaves in a rocks glass and add ice. In a separate glass combine Jägermeister, Bourbon, Lemon Juice, and Spiced Simple Syrup. Shake and strain over muddled mint and basil leaves. Garnish with a mint sprig, cranberries and powdered sugar.
1.5 oz Patron XO Cafe
1.25 oz Almond Cream*
.5 oz Soy milk with vanilla nutmeg powder
Dash of chocolate bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass with ice that has been rimmed with almond powder and nutmeg.
¼ oz Chambord Liqueur
Pour Chambord into a glass. Top up with whatever champagne your tongue desires. Finish with the important raspberry.
2 oz Vivanco Rosado Wine
2 oz Brut Champagne
.5 oz Elderflower Syrup
Splash of Pressed Clementine Juice
Garnish with Halved Fresh Cranberries
Sprinkle of Ground Clove
Forbidden Fruit from Parker & Quinn (64 W 39th St) – Cocktail Curator, Will Benedetto
2 oz Botanist Gin
1.5 oz Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
0.75 oz lemon
0.75 oz simple syrup
2-3 dashes tiki bitters
Mix all of the ingredients into a shaker and shake away. Pour the liquid evenly into two glasses and serve with a fine lemon peel.
1 oz – Stillhouse Original Whiskey
3/4 oz – Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 oz – St Germain
Add strawberries, lemon juice and St Germain into a shaker. Muddle well and add Stillhouse Original Whiskey and ice. Shake well and double strain into an ice filled highball glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with strawberry and mint crown.
Love Birds from The Skylark
Crème de Cassis
.75oz Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin
.75oz Dry Curacao
.75oz fresh lemon juice
1 dash of Regan’s Orange Bitters
Lemon twist for garnish
Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled coupette glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Valentine’s obviously calls for tons of romance and love, or, as previously mentioned, getting drunk with your gals. If the hard stuff isn’t your thing, we have some favorite wines for you to sip (big sips)! ONEHOPE‘s Edna Valley Pinot Noir Red Glitter Edition Bottle is a delicious wine (in a fun sparkling bottle) that educates a family of five on their risk of heart disease! Chandon California also released their limited-edition Chandon California Sweet Star, for a sweet treat to toast to your Valentine — on shelves until May 15! Especially perfect for the chilly weather, the Pacificana Chardonnay from Winc balances a oaky, buttery richness with a dash of fruity crispness that creates a vanilla and cedar aroma to warm you up all winter long, and is perfect for V-day! Sweeten things up even more with a little honey…with your honey! Money on Honey’s Wildflower Honey Caramel, chocolate-covered treats are a healthy and delicious option — plus, a portion of the sales from each box go to Project Apis m.!
HollywoodLifers, what are you going to be drinking this Valentine’s Day?!