Valentine's Day Cocktails

Dreamy Drinks for a Memorable Evening

Kir Royale

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If you're planning to cook a romantic dinner for Valentine's Day, you also have to think about how pre-meal drinks can create the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable evening. Our easy-to-follow recipes include favorite aphrodisiacs like chocolate and strawberries and fruity flavors that are also a great preamble for a delicious meal. We've included a non-alcoholic beverage as well, so there's something for everyone.

Have fun by embellishing your drinks with garnishes that fit the mood. Carve fruit into heart shapes, dip strawberries in chocolate, adorn the glasses with candies, or add a single flower.

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    Blushing Geisha

    TyKu's Blushing Geisha Cocktail
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    A sexy little cocktail, the blushing geisha is the perfect fit for a special occasion. Sweet and fruity, this cocktail features the aphrodisiac-filled Ty Ku liqueur, which includes pomegranate, honeydew, yuzu, and Asian pear. Adding pomegranate juice and rose nectar creates a beautiful pink drink, fit for a couple's night.

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    Figgy Sparkler

    Figgy Sparkler Cocktail

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    What would Valentine's Day be without Champagne? For a truly unique and delightful drink, try the figgy sparkler. This simple recipe pairs figs and cranberries with vodka and Prosecco. If you like, infuse your vodka with fig to enhance the fruit's flavor and ramp up this love potion's intoxicating qualities.

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    The Brogue

    The Brogue Scotch and Lavender Cocktail

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    The brogue is a fine choice for whiskey lovers. It focuses on the contrast between a smooth single malt scotch and the delicate floral flavor of lavender. The recipe is little more than an enhanced rusty nail, and the homemade lavender honey syrup is easy to make. A hint of citrus, and the classic combo of scotch and Drambuie, which is a whiskey liqueur infused with herbs and spices, make this cocktail a fantastic and unique option.

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    Red Lotus

    Red Lotus Cocktail With Lychee Liqueur

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    Lychee is a lesser-known aphrodisiac, though the small Asian fruit can make a real splash in romantic cocktails. The red lotus is a simple drink that shows lychee off, without any special bartending skills needed. If you love a vodka cranberry (also known as a cape codder), then this drink is right up your alley. All you need is vodka, lychee liqueur, and cranberry juice.

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    Floating on Cloud Nine

    Floating on Cloud 9
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    When a sweet, dreamy drink is on your mind, few can rival this recipe. It is a dessert within itself and is sure to have you and your valentine floating on cloud nine. The only drawback is that you have to deal with the whirl of a blender. That's only momentary, though, and the mix of whipped cream vodka in a creamy, strawberry smoothie is worth it. Think of it as a pre-meal cocktail, but also give it a chance as a post-dinner sweet drink.

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    Amarula & Eve

    Amarula & Eve Cocktail

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    For an unusual vodka martini, it's hard to beat the Amarula & Eve. This beautiful blend of fruit flavors pairs amazingly with almost any cuisine and flavor profile. The highlight of this recipe is Amarula Cream Liqueur, made from the love-inducing African marula fruit, tart and strong flavored. It's paired with citrus vodka, and lychee and grapefruit juices to create a most delightful drink.​

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    Berry Sweetheart

    Berry Sweetheart Non-alcoholic Mixed Drink

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    So sweet and innocent, this is a pleasing non-alcoholic drink that mixes up quickly. The berry sweetheart offers a delightful combination of cranberry, apple, and honey. It would also be a charming way to start the day if you're thinking of breakfast in bed, or if you're special someone isn't into alcoholic beverages.

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    Kir and Kir Royale

    Kir Royale

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    The Kir is a timeless wine cocktail and enchanting addition to any lover's celebration. The focus is on the taste of blackcurrant, another hidden gem in the aphrodisiac line up. You can make either a Kir or Kir Royale by pouring crème de cassis into a wine glass and topping it with your favorite white wine. If you choose to use Champagne, you have a Kir Royale.

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    Love Potion #9

    Love Potion #9 Cocktail
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    Madame Ruth's love potion has nothing on this blend. Think of a boozy strawberry smoothie with a hint of chocolate, and Love Potion #9 is what you're going to get. Choose between clear, vanilla, or strawberry vodka, though the latter is the best choice for this occasion. Add some chocolate liqueur, strawberries, and vanilla ice cream and give it a whirl. Decorate with fresh and sweet strawberries.

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    Bésame

    Besame Cocktail

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    The name says it all because "bésame" is Spanish for "kiss me." Its star ingredient is Agavero, a tequila-based liqueur flavored with the essence of the Damiana flower. You'll start with muddled raspberries and lime for this fruity drink, then top it with passion fruit juice, Agavero, and Chambord. It may just win you that kiss you desire.

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    Kentucky Kiss

    Kentucky Kiss Strawberry Cocktail
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    Enjoy the taste of bourbon and fresh strawberries in the Kentucky kiss. This lovely drink pairs the fruit's natural sweetness with 100% maple syrup and a hint of citrus for an exciting twist.

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    Affogato

    Affogato Italian Espresso Dessert
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    The affogato is dessert and after-dinner coffee in a single glass. In Italian, it is the word for "drowned" as you're going to literally drown a scoop of ice cream in a shot of espresso. It's a brilliant and simple recipe that requires nothing more than vanilla gelato or ice cream and hot espresso. Spike it with amaretto, hazelnut, or Irish cream liqueurs, or really do it up with a flavorful Italian amaro like Averna.

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    Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé

    Van Gogh Vodka's Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé - Blended Rose Wine Cocktail
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    Our grapefruit frosé, blends rosé wine, grapefruit juice, and pomegranate vodka for a lovely pink slushy. It's also a great drink to double up in a single glass and share with your sweetheart using two straws.

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    Café Amore

    Cafe Amore Hot Coffee Cocktail
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    Warm and soothing, the café amore is a fantastic coffee drink. The recipe spikes freshly brewed coffee with Cognac and amaretto, then adorns the cup with whipped cream and shaved almonds. It's a fabulous way to end a memorable meal with an extra dose of amore.

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    Hanky Panky

    Hanky Panky Cocktail With Fernet-Branca

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    A classic from the 1930s, the hanky panky cocktail is a perfect fit for Valentine's Day. It's a sophisticated gin martini with a dash of Fernet-Branca, a style of amaro that is an absolute delight. A fantastic dinner companion, you can have fun with the name as the night moves along, too.