15 Best Valentine's Day Cocktails and Mocktails

Dreamy Drinks for a Memorable Evening

Kir Royale

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Create the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable evening and include a great drink in your Valentine's Day dinner plans. Easy to mix up, the most romantic cocktails tend to have favorite aphrodisiacs like strawberries and other love-inducing fruits, occasionally with a bit of chocolate. Some of the recipes are ideal before or during the meal, while others offer delicious dessert options. You'll even discover a few nonalcoholic beverages that are equally suitable for romantic occasions.

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

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    Kir and Kir Royale

    Kir and Kir Royale

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    The Kir is an enchanting addition to any lover's celebration, and crème de cassis is the focus of this timeless wine cocktail. The liqueur is flavored with blackcurrants, a hidden gem in the aphrodisiac lineup. Top it with your favorite white wine, or go with Champagne for a Kir Royale.

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    Blushing Rose

    Blushing Rose Cocktail (aka TyKu's Blushing Geisha Cocktail)

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    The blushing rose is a sexy little cocktail. Sweet and fruity, it features Ty Ku liqueur, which is filled with aphrodisiacs like Asian pear, honeydew, pomegranate, and yuzu. Adding pomegranate juice and rose nectar creates a beautiful pink drink your valentine will love.

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    Figgy Sparkler

    Figgy Sparkler Cocktail

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    For a truly unique and delightful drink, try the figgy sparkler. The recipe pairs figs and cranberries with vodka and prosecco. If you like, infuse your vodka with fig to 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. Made with scotch and Drambuie, it's an enhanced rusty nail, and the lavender honey syrup is easy to make.

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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 beverages. The red lotus is a simple drink of vodka, lychee liqueur, and cranberry juice. If you love a vodka cranberry, then this one's right up your alley.

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    Floating on Cloud Nine

    Floating on Cloud 9
    Pinnacle Vodka

    When a sweet, dreamy drink is on your mind, few can rival the floating on cloud nine recipe. It's a creamy smoothie that's spiked with whipped cream vodka and strawberry liqueur. When served in a cocktail glass with a candied rim, it's a dessert within itself.

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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 the Love Potion #9 is what you'll get. Choose either vanilla or strawberry vodka, add some chocolate liqueur, strawberries, and vanilla ice cream, and give it a whirl in the blender.

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    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, then top it with passion fruit juice, Agavero, and Chambord.

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    Kentucky Kiss

    Kentucky Kiss Strawberry Cocktail

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    Enjoy the perfect pairing of bourbon and fresh strawberries in the Kentucky kiss. This lovely drink accents the fruit's natural sweetness with maple syrup and a hint of citrus for a compelling twist.

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    Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé

    Van Gogh Vodka's Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé - Blended Rose Wine Cocktail
    Van Gogh Vodka

    The pomegranate grapefruit frosé blends rosé wine, grapefruit juice, and pomegranate vodka for a lovely pink slushy. Double up on the drink, pour it into a single glass, add two straws, and share with your valentine.

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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.

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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.

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    Affogato Italian Espresso Dessert
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    The affogato is dessert and after-dinner coffee in a single glass. In Italian, the name means "drowned," and you will literally saturate a scoop of gelato or ice cream with a shot of hot espresso. If you like, spike it with amaretto, hazelnut, or Irish cream liqueurs, or go all out with a flavorful Italian amaro like Averna.

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    Sundowner Mocktail

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    A simple mocktail that requires nothing more than white grape juice and sparkling water, this nonalcoholic recipe mimics the taste of sparkling wine. A fresh sprig of mint dresses up the sundowner wonderfully.

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    Berry Sweetheart

    Berry Sweetheart Non-alcoholic Mixed Drink

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    So sweet and innocent, the berry sweetheart is a pleasing nonalcoholic drink that mixes up quickly. The combination of cranberry, apple, and honey is also a charming way to start the day if you're thinking of breakfast in bed.