20 Romantic Red Cocktails for Valentine's Day

Crimson-Colored Drinks for Two

Dubonnet Cocktail

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A stunning red cocktail is a fitting complement to any occasion. Whether it's Valentine's Day, an anniversary, or just because, these recipes will create stunning drinks. From simple sips that are easy to mix up to those with complex flavors that show off your bartending skills, you're sure to find the perfect crimson-colored cocktail to impress.

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    Jolly Rancher

    Easy Jolly Rancher Cocktail - Vodka Mixed Drink Recipe

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    When you want to drop all formality and simply have some fun, mix up the Jolly Rancher. This easy drink is filled with fruity flavors and all you need is green apple vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice.

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    Apricot Pie Cocktail

    Apricot Pie Cocktail (aka Naked Lady Cocktail)

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    The sweet, sophisticated taste of this dinner cocktail is appropriate for the occasion. With a rum base, the apricot pie cocktail gets its ruby color from a combination of sweet vermouth, apricot brandy, and grenadine. It has a balanced flavor and is sure to set the right mood for your evening together.

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    The Classic Negroni Cocktail

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    Campari is one of the reddest ingredients in the bar and it's essential for many famous dinner drinks, including the Negroni. This recipe is beyond simple because the gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth are poured in equal proportions, so you can't mess it up!

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    Belmont Jewel

    Woodford Reserve's Belmont Jewel Cocktail

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    If your tastes lean toward fruity drinks, the Belmont Jewel is a fantastic choice. Essentially, this recipe is a pomegranate lemonade spiked with bourbon. It can be mixed up in minutes and is sure to please.

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    Bishop Cocktail

    Bishop Cocktail

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    Dress up that bottle of red wine and mix up a Bishop Cocktail. This classic recipe pairs your favorite rum with a dry wine and balances out the flavor with simple syrup and a hint of lime. It's incredibly simple and an elegant addition to any dinner.

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    Crantini Cocktail
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    The Cosmopolitan is a very popular cocktail and the Crantini is a simplified version of it. Anyone can mix up this beautiful red drink because all you need is vodka and cranberry liqueur. In a pinch, you can even use cranberry juice, so it's a perfect last-minute choice.

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    Red Lotus

    Red Lotus Cocktail With Lychee Liqueur

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    Lychees are delicate Asian fruits that are thought to be an aphrodisiac. They come to life in a lychee-flavored liqueur which is poured into the Red Lotus. The Asian-inspired recipe is an enhanced vodka-cranberry and a lovely complement to any meal.

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    Mulled Spice Cherry Punch

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    Cozy up on the sofa and enjoy a warm mulled punch. This bourbon drink is filled with the flavors of cherry, cinnamon, and other spices, as well as a hint of root beer. The cherry punch will also fill your home with a lovely aroma, so it's a perfect way to surprise someone when they walk in the door.

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    Singapore Sling

    Singapore Sling

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    When you really want to impress your sweetheart, show off your skills the Singapore Sling. It combines the tastes of Benedictine and cherry brandy into a fascinating gin cocktail. Having dazzled drinkers for over a century, it still has that magic touch.

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    Pama Ginger-Tini

    PAMA Ginger-tini - Easy Vodka Pomegranate Martini

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    Red is a common color in fruity vodka martinis and pomegranate is a favorite flavor. For a drink with a little more dimension than most, try the Pama Ginger-Tini. It accents sweet pomegranate with grapefruit and ginger to create a cocktail with a tasty zing.

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    Red Velvet Shortcake

    Zing Vodka's Red Velvet Shortcake Cocktail

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    Sweetly seductive, the Red Velvet Shortcake is a whole lot of fun! It features the unique flavor of a vodka designed to taste like its namesake cake and builds on the indulgent taste. The only other ingredients you need are lemon juice, cream soda, and strawberries, so it's easy too.

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    Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

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    Toast the night with a dressed up glass of Champagne. The Poinsettia is essentially a cranberry-flavored mimosa and it's as lovely for breakfast in bed as it is with a full-course dinner.

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    Cranberry Margarita

    Cranberry Margarita With Apple-Cinnamon Tequila
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    No ordinary margarita, this recipe requires a homemade tequila infusion that makes the cranberry version a cold weather delight. In it, you'll enjoy the warm flavors of apple-cinnamon tequila against the sweet taste of cranberry juice. It's fun and lively and simple.

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    Dubonnet Cocktail

    Dubonnet Cocktail

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    A classy addition to your celebration, the Dubonnet is an ideal aperitif. The classic cocktail is a gin martini that uses Dubonnet Rouge rather than vermouth. It's slightly richer and sweeter, though it retains an elegant style perfect for Valentine's Day.

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    Vermouth Cassis

    Vermouth Cassis Cocktail
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    Whether you're cooking up steak or seafood, the Vermouth Cassis is a perfect dinner companion. The taste outshines its simplicity as you will sweeten dry vermouth with the black currant flavor of crème de cassis. It's also refreshingly effervescent thanks to the club soda.

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    Classic Commodore Cocktail
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    Grenadine is one of the most often used red ingredients in the bar. It's one of two syrups used to create the deliciously fruity Commodore. For this classic recipe, you'll mix rum, lemon, grenadine, and raspberry syrup. The additional egg white gives it a lovely foam that's equally seductive.

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    Saratoga Cocktail

    Classic Saratoga Cocktail

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    For a sophisticated dinner drink, try the Saratoga. It's a brandy and whiskey mix that simply adds sweet vermouth, so it's like a mashup of the Manhattan and Metropolitan drinks in one glass.

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    Cherry Cobbler

    Cherry Cobbler Cocktail with Red Stag by Jim Beam
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    A funky cocktail with a lot of pizzazz, the Cherry Cobbler is an intriguing recipe. It begins with a cherry-flavored bourbon and fruit puree, then adds coconut amaretto, pineapple juice, and cinnamon liqueur. The graham cracker rim completes it, and you'll be surprised at the flavor when it all comes together.

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    Union Square

    New Amsterdam Gin's Union Square Cocktail
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    The Union Square features the perfect pairing of strawberries and basil against a sweet and sour gin base. The flavor is intriguing, the presentation is eye-catching, and the night is sure to be memorable when this drink's around.

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    Blackberry Sidecar

    Blackberry Sidecar Cocktail Recipe from Brockman's Gin

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    A modern cocktail with classic style, the Blackberry Sidecar is a drink you won't want to pass up. Featuring a gin with a hint of berries, this recipe takes classic sour drinks to a new level by adding fresh blackberries and plum bitters to the mix.