Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Beverage Events has put together a list of some beautiful and refreshing mix drinks for your Valentine’s Day party or that special someone. When crafting drinks for this special holiday, you want to appeal to as many of the five senses as possible in order to create a cocktail that is original, delicious, and memorable. Getting your Valentine’s Day drink to appeal to the sense of hearing? Well that’s where having a clever name for your concoction comes into play so feel free to change any we have here if you are feeling creative!
1. Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini
Who, but Martha Stewart, would know more about how to make something spectacular for every holiday imaginable? This tasty kiss is a wonderful desert in a glass from the queen of cooking herself.
Yield Serves 1
- 1/4 cup Mint-Infused Simple Syrup, plus more for rim
- 3 chocolate cookies, finely crushed, such as Nabisco Famous Wafers
- 10 raspberries
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 2 tablespoons cranberry juice
- Ice cubes
- Fill a shallow dish with enough simple syrup to just cover the bottom. Place crushed cookies into another shallow dish. Invert a martini glass into simple syrup and then immediately into crushed cookies to coat the rim of the glass.
- Place raspberries in a cocktail shaker; crush with a muddler. Add simple syrup and muddle again. Add vodka and cranberry juice; fill shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled. Strain into prepared martini glass. Serve immediately.
2. Valentine’s Day Rasmopolitan
This fruity cocktail combines raspberry with the traditional flavors of a cosmopolitan. Made famous by the show Sex and the City, the Cosmo has become one of the most popular drinks around and a favorite of the ladies. Here’s how you can jazz it up for Valentine’s day.
- Yield Makes 1 cocktail
- 1 ounce citrus-flavored vodka
- 1 ounce raspberry-flavored vodka
- 1/2 ounce Chambord
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon Simple Syrup
- 2 tablespoons cranberry juice (splash)
- Raspberries for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add vodkas, Chambord, lime juice, simple syrup, and cranberry juice. Shake or stir until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with raspberries; serve
3. Cupid’s Kir Royale
Perhaps the most classic Valentine’s Day recipe for any party is Cupid’s Kir Royale. The combination of champagne and Chambord is a nice twist on the traditional toast cocktail of choice. Add a twist of lemon if you like or some rose petals to your serving tray for an added touch.
- 4 tablespoons Chambord
- 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 bottle moderately priced French Champagne, chilled
1. Place 4 Champagne flutes in the freezer for 15 minutes.
2. Remove and add 1 tablespoon of the Chambord to each flute and a few raspberries.
3. Fill each flute to the top with Champagne and serve immediately.
Another Valentine’s Day recipe Martha Stewart enjoys sipping on while cooking up a storm in the kitchen or perhaps filing her taxes. This one is very simple and great for entertaining large groups in a classy way. Believed to be one of the world’s first cultivated fruits beginning around 3500 BC, pomegranate juice is full of antioxidants to help your body fight disease and stay healthy. POM Wonderful Juice is our favorite brand and can be found in most grocery stores. This drink is a crowd pleaser!!
- 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 cup pear nectar
- 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
- 1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne
- In a large pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar, and orange-flavored liqueur. Slowly add Champagne. Serve over ice.
The lemon drop is a delicious favorite signature drink for many summer weddings and many other celebrations. Who says you can’t have a summer drink in February though? Add a gummy heart and serve this one up to your sweetheart or your fellow single friends!!
- 1 martini
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 4 -5 ice cubes
- superfine sugar, for the martini glass rim
- 1 large gummy heart on a bar stirrer
- lemon twist
1. Chill martini glasses in freezer for at least 10 minutes prior to serving.
2. Place Vodka, Triple Sec, lemon juice and sugar into a cocktail shaker with 4-5 ice cubes and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
3 Run the lemon twist around the edge of the chilled martini glass and dunk in a small amount of sugar for a coated rim.
4 Pour the strained martini into the chilled glasses add the gummy heart and serve.
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