We’ve got eight reasons you should stay in with your (not so) secret admirer this Valentine’s Day, cook up a fancy meal, and take a time-out. Each of these alcoholic drinks will have you puckering your lips for more than a kiss this year.
Love Potion Vodka Cocktail
Whether you’re hoping for a casual night in with your sweetheart or going to a fancy party, this love potion is a lovely drink. Often, simplicity wins the heart, and this recipe is a prime example of that.
You mix up this love potion with vodka, peach schnapps, and grapefruit juice. Each flavorful additive creates an alluring pink hue that’s fitting for Cupid’s favorite day of the year.
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Valentine’s Day Gin Fizz
If gin is your poison, you’ll surely be smitten after sipping this lovely strawberry-filled mixer. A few ounces of the pine-tasting spirit, along with some freshly squeezed orange juice and sliced strawberries, and you’ll be hooked.
You make a quick simple syrup with hot water and sugar to add a bit of sweetness. After that, be sure to add in the sparkling water to give it that flirty fizz.
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For all you lovebugs out there, we’ve found the mixed drink that will have you buzzing all night. Experience the tart, tangy essence of cranberry juice and lime combined with a smooth vodka of your choosing. To get the perfect color and sweet flavor, you can add grenadine and simple syrup.
For a final touch, pretty up that rim with pink or red granulated sugar sprinkles, and you’ll fall in love.
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Tropical Pink Cosmopolitan Martini
If you like an occasional Cosmo during a night out with friends, this V-Day drink might be calling your name. The pineapple-flavored vodka provides a tropical twist you won’t be able to resist, and the sugared rim adds some cute, crunchy decoration.
Enjoy this perfectly pink-hued beverage this Valentine’s Day. But, be careful—they’re highly addictive.
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Floating on Cloud 9 Cocktail
The author of this spirited strawberry drink claims you’ll truly be “floating on cloud 9” after you try it. Pinnacle whipped cream vodka, strawberry liqueur, and half-and-half all come together to create a creamy cocktail that will make your heart throb.
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Cupid’s Colada Cocktail
Here’s another beverage specially designed for the ever-romantic V-Day (even though piña coladas are usually enjoyed in the summer). Relish the frozen frosty flavors of cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and white rum.
Wondering how to get that light pink hue? A splash of grenadine certainly does the trick. Enjoy this with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top.
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Champagne lovers will undeniably admire this bubbly drink. It doesn’t get much simpler than a bit of pomegranate liqueur combined with your choice of prosecco, cava, or champagne.
Place your pomegranate arils (seeds) in the bottom of your flute, and then pour the liquor and your sparkling beverage of choice. Watch the arils dance in your glass as you enjoy the bursts of tart flavor from the fresh pomegranate.
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Mixed Berry Sangria
This berry sangria is blooming with fresh and juicy flavors you’ll grow genuinely fond of. Blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries create a charming trio in this vibrantly flavored drink.
Who says sangria is just for summer? Mix your wine, brandy, and juice, let them marry, and then enjoy this lovely drink with the one you love most.
Get the Recipe: Tasty