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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’m already planning my menu for the big night. This year, I’m thinking charcuterie, chocolate-covered strawberries and of course, some festive drinks! There are so many cute Valentine’s Day cocktails to choose from since red is such a common color for fruity alcoholic beverages, so I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few beautiful and delicious options to choose from. Think strawberry red, rosé pink and dragon fruit fuchsia drinks galore!
If you’re spending Valentine’s Day in with your lover, your Galentine or yourself, setting the mood (Whatever that mood may be!) with a festive cocktail is a fun way to indulge without leaving your house or breaking the bank. If you’re looking to surprise your partner, make your drinks in advance and serve them when they arrive; or, make your drinks together for a sweet mixology date night. Bonus points if you make a few different options and do an entire V-Day cocktail tasting—that’s what I’ll be doing.
If you’re in that new-relationship stage and unsure if you’re getting one another gifts, planning a cocktail-making date night is a great alternative to buying something, since it still shows you care and requires effort to organize, but there’s no awkward unwrapping of a present. Problem solved!
Below, I’ve rounded up ten must-try recipes, from dragon fruit champagne cocktails to strawberry bellinis to a special little drink called Love Potion #9 guaranteed to leave your partner head over heels. I even threw in a non-alcoholic pink hot chocolate for anyone looking to cozy up without the risk of a hangover (That said, I’ll totally be spiking it). Happy Valentine’s Day!
Nothing says love like a pink drink, and you’ll love the taste of this Strawberry Bellini, made with fresh berries and rose water.
Don’t Call Me Shirley
Of course, red drinks are festive, too, and the must-try Don’t Call Me Shirley is made with grenadine, gin, grapefruit juice and ginger beer.
Sparkling Rose Vodka Soda
Vodka-lovers, rejoice! This Sparkling Rose Vodka Soda tastes as amazing as it looks. Bonus points for the rose petals for that extra-festive touch.
Watermelon Basil Mimosa
Doing A V-Day breakfast in bed with your boo? Whip up two Watermelon Basil Mimosas to toast to your love!
Love Potion #9
I’m alllll about Love Potion #9, made with Pinnacle whipped cream vodka, strawberry liqueur and creme de cacao. Garnish with a chocolate-covered strawberry!
The Strawberry Crush
Another fruity pick is The Strawberry Crush, featuring fresh strawberries, oranges, vodka and triple sec. Easy and delicious!
Dragon Fruit Champagne Cocktails
These Dragon Fruit Champagne Cocktails are the most gorgeous hot pink hue, thanks to the vibrant dragon fruit, of course! Very festive indeed.
Sparkling Rosé French 75
Rosé is nice on its own, but sparkling rosé with gin, simple syrup and lemon juice? That’s what I’m talking about! This Sparkling Rosé French 75 is a real winner.
Blood Orange Margaritas
I’ve never turned down a homemade margarita, and these Blood Orange Margaritas are unbelievably good. Use your choice of white or silver tequila and garnish with lime or blood orange slices.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Last but not least, this one isn’t technically a cocktail, but it’s a festive beverage no less! This Crock Pot Peppermint White Hot Chocolate is still a great Valentine’s pick, especially if you’re opting for a cozy date night in (Plus, you can also spike it if you want to!).