It’s the season for candlelit dinners, bouquets of flowers, boxes of chocolates and all things romantic, and creating signature cocktails is a great addition to an evening with the one you love. Cocktails can be made as part of dinner, a dessert, a standalone drink to enjoy, or even the main event of the occasion.
Spending time with your partner, experimenting with different concoctions, and sharing a different flavor experience is a fun way to spice up the evening.
But the question still remains: which cocktails are best suited for an occasion like Valentine’s Day?
The simple answer is the one you enjoy the most; but there’s also a huge selection of cocktails you can try that have a romantic theme or are colored in the reds and pinks that are commonly associated with Valentine’s Day.
Corby Spirit and Wine recommends experimenting with one or all of these Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails that will help you celebrate with the love of your life:
- Cosmopolitan – when done well, the Cosmos has a “blushing pink” hue, apropos of the Valentine’s Day season. Fill a shaker with ice and add 11/3 ounces of Absolute Lemon, 2/3 ounce Triple Sec, 2/3 ounce of lime juice and 2/3 ounce of cranberry juice. Shake (key tip: you bring the drink to life, not lull it to sleep!) and strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with a twist of orange zest.
- Pink & Tonic – loving to revisit a classic, the Pink & Tonic is a vibrant version of gin and tonic that enhances the strawberry flavor of Beefeater Pink Gin. Add 1 1/2 ounces of Rose Beefeater Gin, 5 ounces of tonic water and ice in a mixing glass. Stir until cool. Strain into a glass, add ice and garnish with sliced strawberries and a sprig of mint.
- Warm and steamy frother – if you’re looking for a low-alcohol Valentine’s Day brunch drink that’s delicious and caffeine-free, look no further (but hey, if you want that shake, feel free to add an espresso)! Mix 1 ounce of Kahlua, 8 ounces of milk or oat milk, and up to one ounce of Red Hot Cinnamon Syrup into a frother, and let it do its thing. Pour into a coffee mug or Bodum glass immediately before the drink begins to separate. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few hearts of cinnamon on the side. (Note: For this drink, the milk base lists dairy and oats as options, as both will do their job in a frother. Almond milks and other milks will do for flavors but will not lather well.)
- Jameson Old Fashioned Cinnamon Heart – a festive evening glass for your Irish whiskey-loving Valentine. The syrups and bitters bind it and the optional absinthe or bitter fernet go very well with the other flavors. In a mixing glass, combine 2 oz. Jameson Original Irish Whiskey, ½ ounce Red Hot Cinnamon Syrup and 3 dashes of bitters. Strain into a highball glass rinsed with absinthe or fernet and finish with the lemon zest. Garnish with a lemon twist and three cinnamon hearts on the side for health, wealth and prosperity.
For Red Hot Cinnamon Syrup, store bought cinnamon syrups will work here, but a homemade syrup is fun and fills the house with great aromatics. Simply, add equal parts sugar and water (1 cup) along with a handful of cinnamon hearts to a saucepan and simmer over low heat for five to 10 minutes, stirring often. Cool, strain and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.