7 Valentine’s Day Cocktails

by Melissa Dowling

With Valentine’s Day around the corner (make your dinner reservations now!) we present 7 fun and festive cocktail ideas to help you and your special date celebrate this romantic holiday.

Buy Me Flowers

Buy Me Flowers

1 ½ oz. Bombay Sapphire gin
½ oz. Honey
¾ oz. Lemon juice
2 dashes Rose water
1 ½ oz. Martini sparkling rosé

In a shaker, add the Bombay Sapphire, honey, lemon juice and rose water. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously to chill. Double strain into chilled flute or stemmed cocktail glass and top with Martini sparkling rose. Garnish with a rose petal.

The mixologists at Bombay Sapphire created this recipe.

Budding Rose

Budding Rose

1 oz. Suntory Toki whisky
½ oz. Rhine Hall La Normande
½ oz. Rhine Hall oaked apple brandy
¾ oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Rose green tea syrup

Combine ingredients and short shake. Strain over ice in Collins glass and top with Topo Chico. Garnish with flower.

Dylan Knox, head bartender at Vol. 39 in Chicago, created this recipe

Cupid’s Daiquiri

(pictured at top)
1 ½ oz. Uncle Nearest Whiskey
¾ oz. Lemon juice
¾ oz. Plum maceration
1 dash Tiki bitters 
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters 

Combine ingredients and shake. Strain into coupe glass.

Mixologist Kala Ellis at O-Ku in Nashville, TN, created this recipe.

Be Mine

Be Mine

¾ oz. Crème de cacao
¾ oz. Giffard Fraise des Bois
¾ oz. Coconut milk
¾ oz. Simple syrup
¼ oz. Fresh lemon juice

Combine ingredients and shake. Strain into a coup. Garnish with chocolate shavings and strawberry on rim.

Bartender Schyler Isham of Tre Rivali & The Outsider rooftop in Milwaukee, IL.

Honey Rose Margarita
Honey Rose Margarita

Honey Rose Margarita 

1 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. Blanco tequila
1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
½ oz. Honey water 
2 dashes Rose water 

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with rose petals (fresh or dried). 

The mixologists at Cointreau created this recipe.

Fruity Pebble Colada
Fruity Pebble Colada

Fruity Pebble Colada

1 ½ oz. Beefeater Gin
1 ½ oz. Coconut puree
½ oz. Lime juice 
2 dashes Orange flower water 
1 Strawberry

Combine ingredients and blend. Fine strain into Collins glass and top with a splash of club soda.

The mixologists at Beefeater created this recipe.

The Ginger Rose

Ginger Rose
Ginger Rose

1 ½ oz. Four Roses small batch bourbon
½ oz. Ginger liqueur
2 oz.  Red wine
4 oz. Ginger beer

Add all liquid ingredients to an ice filled Collins glass and stir. Garnish with candied ginger wheel and lime wedge.

The mixologists at Four Roses created this recipe.

Melissa Dowling is editor of Cheers magazine, our on-premise sister publication. Read her recent story, Rum Adventure: Everything You Need to Know About Mount Gay.

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