Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, plain and simple. And whether you’re solo, with friends, or attached, there is lots of love – and lots of cocktails – to go around.
Valentines Day Tips for Singles
If you’re single and looking:
Have a party, either at home, or out at a low-key bar, where you invite an equal number of men and women. Direct them each to bring a single friend (or two) of the same sex. Presto! Instant lovin’ all around.
For this occasion, use our take on the classic Dark and Stormy cocktail, which for the purposes of Valentine’s day we’d like to call the Light and Lovely:
The Light and Lovely cocktail
- 2 oz. white rum
- 1 oz. ginger beer
- splash of fresh lime juice
- slice of lime
Shake the ingredients with ice in a shaker and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.
Valentines Day Tips for Groups
If you’re attached but want to live it up a little, why not get a group of like-minded couples together for a fun Valentine’s day that doesn’t have to feel like a Hallmark greeting card?We love potlucks, so if you host, just ask everyone to bring an appetizer and bottle of wine. But of course, don’t forget to make a signature cocktail:
The Love Bug
- 1 oz. premium gin
- oz. maraschino liqueur (Tip: to cheat a little, simple add a splash of maraschino cherry juice from the standard jar you’d buy at the grocery store).
- oz. Crme de Violette liqueur
- liberal splash of fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients with ice and shaker in a shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass or serve on the rocks in a highball glass.
Valentines Day Tips for Couples
Finally, if you’re planning on going the ultra-romantic route and making a Valentine’s dinner at home for your honey, look no further. First, head to your local gourmet grocery store or seafood specialty shop and invest in some oysters…a natural aphrodisiac, perfect for this holiday. Next, check out your favorite wine store and ask for a recommendation for a Prosecco, which is typically a delicious and dry Italian sparkling wine. Crisp and flavorful, it tends to be a cheaper alternative to many champagnes and is the perfect romantic accompaniment to oysters.Make your Valentine a cocktail he or she will surely remember. Our Valentine’s Day Spice cocktail is a little sweet and a little spicy, just like we all like it. Bonus points if you serve it wearing nothing but an apron!
Valentine’s Day Spice
- 2 oz. Absolut Peppar vodka
- 1 oz. peach liqueur
- splash of orange juice (feel free to substitute any favorite juice, such as cranberry or pineapple)
- 3 pimento pepper pieces
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice (including two of the pimentos) and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the third pepper.