Valentine’s Day cocktails to enjoy with your sweetheart

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Whether you’re planning a date night or girls night this Valentine’s Day, it’s always a good idea to add a fun cocktail into the mix. In honor of the most romantic day of the year, here are some Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes and some champagnes that you’ll fall in love with!

Kim Crawford Cupid

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 oz Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • ¾ oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp simple syrup
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice
  • Crème de Cassis
  • Sage leaves and grapefruit for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Mix Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, simple syrup and grapefruit juice in a shaker or mixing glass with ice. Strain over ice into serving glass and fill with sparkling water. Top with a splash of crème de cassis and garnish with sage leaves and grapefruit twist. Makes 1 cocktail.

SVEDKA One Last Kiss Punch

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ parts SVEDKA Vanilla
  • 4 parts pink lemonade

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher with ice and stir. Garnish with lemon and lime slices.

RUFFINO Strawberry Sparkler

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ part sugar
  • ½ part water
  • 1 ripe strawberries
  • ½ part basil leaves, torn
  • 1/8 part lime juice
  • 1 part Ruffino Sparkling Rosé, chilled
  • Basil leaves and strawberries, to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a small saucepan bring the sugar and water to a boil, cook 2 minutes. Crush the strawberries well with the bottom of a jar or your hands. Add the basil and strawberries to the hot sugar syrup, cover and let cool at least 30 mins. Strain the syrup and add the lime juice. Add 1 ounce of strawberry syrup to a coupe or wine glass. Top with Ruffino Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with basil leaves and some sliced fresh strawberries if desired. TIPS: Strain and refrigerate the covered syrup up to 1 week. Try this breezy cocktail with raspberries or other seasonal soft fruit in place of the strawberries.

Casa Noble Noble Twist

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 oz Casa Noble Añejo Tequila
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • 0.25 oz green chartreuse
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • Lemon peel

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients, except lemon peel, in glass; add ice and swizzle. Squeeze lemon peel; rub around rim and drop into glass.

Baked Brie Bites with Cherry & Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Red Blend Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups frozen cherries
  • ¼ cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Red Blend
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 sprigs thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 1 package puff pastry dough
  • 4 ounces brie cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add cherries, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Red Blend, sugar, and thyme to a small pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cherries begin to break down and the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, use a 2-inch biscuit cutter to cut circles out of the puff pastry dough. Transfer dough circles to the baking sheets, spaced at least 1 inch apart. Use your thumb to press down and slightly indent the center of each circle.
  4. Cut brie into ½-inch pieces. Place 1 piece of brie over the indentation on each puff pastry circle.
  5. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, until puff pastry is golden brown and puffy.
  6. Transfer brie bites to a large serving platter. Use a small spoon to place about ½ teaspoon of sauce onto each brie bite. Garnish with a small thyme leaf or two and serve immediately.

Raspberry Lemon & Lime Ginger Beer Champagne

Ingredients:

· 1/3 oz Raspberry Puree

· 1.5 oz Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini, Lemon/Lime

· Splash of Limoncello

· 4 oz Champagne

· Squeeze of Lime Juice

· Fresh Raspberries

Directions: Stir raspberry puree, Brooklyn Crafted and Limoncello in a champagne flute. Top with champagne and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with raspberries.

A Rose By Any Other Name

Includes the aphrodisiacs cocoa, rose and almond to boost energy and elevate mood

35 mls Rose and Almond Infused Grey Goose Vodka*

10 mls Crème de Cacoa Blanc

10 mls Rose Liqueur

Rose Champagne or Prosecco

Infuse 1 bottle with 4 large tablespoons of dried rose pedals. Add in 8 drops of organic almond essence. Strain the rose pedals after 1–2 days or to taste. Stir the Vodka and the crème de cacoa, rose liqueur and vodka. Strain into a flute and top with champagne.

Spiced Pear Martini

Includes the aphrodisiacs ginger and cloves for increased blood flow and stamina

50 mls Grey Goose La Poire

15 mls Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

20 mls fresh lemon juice

Tsp. of fresh clove

10 mls Ginger syrup

Shake well and double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg and a pear slice.

Lovebird

Includes the aphrodisiacs white chocolate and raspberry for antioxidants to increase circulation

1.5 oz Santa Teresa 1796

.5 oz White Crème de Cacao

.75 oz Raspberry Syrup

.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1 oz egg white

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake without ice. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with dehydrated raspberry powder.

THE KING CUATRO

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 parts BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro
  • 0.75 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 part St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 0.25 part Honey
  • 2 Blackberries
  • Martini and Rossi Prosecco

Method: Muddle blackberries in a tin, and pour all cocktail ingredients in. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Top with Martini and Rossi Prosecco and garnish with a Blackberry-speared purple orchid.

The D’USSE Red Velvet

Recipe:

2 oz- D’USSE Cognac

1.5 oz- Crème de Cacao

.5 oz- Simple Syrup

3- Fresh raspberries

3 Dashes- Chocolate Molé Bitters

Glassware: Martini

Garnish: Fresh raspberries on a metal skewer

Method: Muddle Raspberries and Simple Syrup in a shaker. Add D’USSE Cognac, Crème de Cacao and Bitters. Shake vigorously with Ice. Double strain into a chilled Coup Glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries on a skewer

KNOCK OUT Created by Sonny Verdini, Bar Mangaer, TRADE (Boston, MA)

1.5oz Proper Twelve Whiskey

1 cinnamon syrup

.75oz house made ginger liquor

.5oz lemon

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake into a single rocks glass.

Method: Garnished with a dehydrated cinnamon sugar and lemon wheel

Strawberry Fields

2 parts Martini & Rossi Bitter Liqueur

1 part Bombay Sapphire Gun

¼ part Lemon Juice

4 strawberries

Orange soda or Lemon soda

Muddle strawberries and combine all ingredients (except soda) into a Boston shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass with fresh ice. Top with soda and garnish with sliced strawberries.

Martini & Rossi Negroni

1 part Bombay Sapphire Gin

1 part Martini & Rossi Bitter Liqueur

1 part Martini & Rossi Rubino Vermouth

Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, stir gently until ice cold. Pour into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Call Me, Honey

2 oz Deep Eddy Original Vodka

½ oz lemon juice

½ oz honey syrup (2 parts honey to 1 part boiling water)

1 oz orange juice

Green cardamom pod

Lemon wheel and cinnamon for garnish

Directions:

Muddle cardamom pod in a shaker tin and add remaining ingredients

Add two cubes of ice and shake.

Strain with fine mesh strainer into chilled rocks glass filled with ice.

Garnish with lemon wheel and dust with cinnamon.

Ancho Gimlet by Camille Austin

1 part Ancho Reyes Verde

1 part Hendricks Gin

1 part Lime

1/2 part Rich simple syrup (2:1 Sugar:Water)

Slice of cucumber

Add all ingredients to shaker, add ice and shake hard to chill and dilute. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a cocktail coupe, garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Hot Toddy

2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original

0.25 parts Lemon Juice

2 Tbsp Honey

Top with Boiling Water

Clove Studded Lemon

Method: First warm a mug with hot water,

then discard water and combine ingredients above.

Stir before serving, garnish with lemon.

Things might get steamy…in your mug at least.

The Cooper & Thief Hot Toddy Created by Elliott Clark, @apartment_bartender

Ingredients:

½ cup Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend

1–2 cinnamon sticks

1–2 star anise

Granulated Sugar

8–12 oz hot water

6 oz High West American Pairie Bourbon

2 oz lemon juice

Method:

For Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend Spiced Syrup: In a sauce pan, lightly simmer wine, broken cinnamon sticks, and star anise until warm. Add equal parts sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and strain.

For Hot Toddy: Combine bourbon, lemon juice, and spiced syrup in a mug. Top with hot water and stir. Garnish with a smoke cinnamon stick and lemon wedge.

Forbidden Fruit

1 ½ parts Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask

1 part Aperol

1 dash orange bitters

Method: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.

Stir and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an apple slice.

A secret romance deserves an equally flirtatious tipple.

The Portside

2 parts Glenfiddich Project XX

½ part sweet vermouth

¼ part olosoro sherry

¼ part tawny port

2 dashes whisky barrel aged bitters

Orange peel, to garnish

Method: Combine all ingredients except the orange peel in a mixing glass. Stir and strain into a coupe. Express the orange peel over the cocktail and discard.

Classic and refined with a touch of sweetness — just like your hubby.

New York Manhattan by David Powell

2 parts Hudson Manhattan Rye

.75 part sweet vermouth

1 dash each of Angostura aromatic bitters & orange bitters

Orange twist & cocktail cherries for garnish

In the mixing glass combine the vermouth, Manhattan rye, bitters, then ample ice. Stir for 30 seconds to mix and chill. Strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Express oils from an orange twist over drink and discard twist. Garnish with a high-quality cocktail cherry (or two).

Ancho Verde Margarita by Camille Austin

1 part Milagro Silver Tequila

1 part Ancho Reyes Verde

1 part Fresh Lime Juice

1/3 part Agave Nectar

Add all ingredients to a shaker, add ice, shake hard and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass with half its rim salted. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Croft Pink

Valentine’s may or may not be the right time to pour your heart out, but it absolutely the right time to “Port Your Heart Out” with the Croft Pink! The first ever rosé Port, it is the perfect shade of pink for the holiday. Below are two simple cocktails that you will fall head over heels for!

  1. Croft Pink Frosé — Croft Pink is the only ingredient in this labor-less cocktail of love! You only need to place the bottle of Port in the freezer for 12–24 hours before combining it with ice cubes in a blender until smooth and ready to drink. Also, great for Galentine’s Day celebrations!
  2. Pretty in Pink — All celebrations are made better with sparkling, so this Valentine’s day pour out a glass of prosecco and top it off with Croft Pink for a pretty, simple, and delicious cocktail.

Siberian Select Boulevardier

Ingredients

1.5 oz Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old

1 oz Campari

1 oz Cinzano 1757 Sweet Vermouth

Absinthe

Pearl Street Caviar’s Siberian Select

Orange peel

Mini toast

Method: Rinse a rocks glass with absinthe and burn. In a mixing glass, pour Russell’s Reserve, Campari and Cinzano 1757. Stir until chilled and strain into rocks glass over a large ice cube. Express the orange peel over the cocktail and discard. Garnish with a mini toast topped with caviar.

The Sweetheart — Chandon California Sweet Star

Sweet Star is a sophisticated and vibrant sparkling wine that enlivens all occasions. The nose pops with aromas of bright peach, nectarine, grapefruit and tropical fruits complemented by floral notes. For your girlfriends, attach a Valentine to one of our adorable Chandon Aluminum Sweet Star Minis — the same delicious taste in the cutest, most giftable packaging.

The Classic Romance — Chandon California Brut

For the quintessential Valentine’s Day date that’s both romantic and refined, look no further than Chandon Brut. This golden bubbly expresses a signature flavor profile of apple, pear and citrus flavors and aromas with a hint of spice that leads to a soft, dry finish.

For an elegant aperitif, treat your loved one to a Chandon Fizz. Add elderflower liqueur to the glassware and slowly pour in Chandon at an angle. Garnish with an orange twist.

Chandon Fizz

· 3 oz. Chandon California Brut

· 1 oz. elderflower liqueur

· Garnish: Orange twist

· Glass: Coupe glass

RUFFINO Prosecco

Toast off Valentine’s Day with a classic Prosecco! It’s easy-to-drink style makes it a versatile food companion and is also fantastic when mixed into cocktails for extra bubbles!

RUFFINO Sparkling Rosé

Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is enjoyable on its own as an aperitif, making it perfect for a before dinner drink or paired with dinner. The light flavors pair great with grilled fish, roasted chicken, or mixed greens salads.

Mod Sélection Reserve Champagne

The purest expression of “House Style,” the elegance, balance, and purity of this champagne is a remarkable achievement. For the valentine who loves all things luxury, this is the perfect champagne.

Mod Sélection Rosé

This Rosé de Saignée undergoes a proprietary cold-soak maceration at harvest maximizing freshness and vitality. For the wine connoisseur in your life, this will blow them away!

Krug Grande Cuvée 166th Edition

The archetype of Krug’s philosophy of craftsmanship and savoir faire, Krug Grande Cuvée is recreated every year from a blend of around 120 wines from ten or more different vintages and three grape varietals. It’s the perfect gift for the Champagne lover.

Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé Living Ties Limited Edition

Valentine’s Day, the unofficial kick off of rosé season, means one thing: pop the pink bubbly to celebrate the love around you! Brand new for the season, the Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé Living Ties Limited Edition bottlings have arrived just in time for you to enjoy during this year’s V-Day.

Moët’s iconic non-vintage rosé is a spontaneous, radiant pink bubbly that will seduce your senses. With a rich burst of exotic fruits and roundness of stone fruits, this captivating champagne complements and elevates any gathering this February.

Rosé Colorama Collection

The perfect gift for the artist and champagne enthusiast in your life. The Veuve Clicquot Colorama Collection is a unique case offering for Veuve Clicquot Non-Vintage Rosé, inspired by Veuve Clicquot’s iconic pink hues that have long been synonymous with the brand.

Shaped as a traditional paint tube, Veuve Clicquot Colorama Collection pays homage to the aesthetic of Veuve Clicquot champagne and keeps your 750mL bottle of Non-Vintage Rosé chilled for up to two hours.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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