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10 Valentine's Day Cocktails To Show Your Boo Just How Sweet They Are

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Nothing boosts romance like the perfect cocktail.

romantic Valentine's Day dinner with your partner is only complete when paired with the perfect drinks. The right combination of alcohol and aphrodisiacs can make your night all the more sensual and invigorating. All you need is some sugar, spice, and everything PINK! (Well, almost everything.)

Celebrate your love like Dionysus himself with any one of these Valentine's Day cocktails. 

1. Chocolate Raspberry Martini

By Mix That Drink

Valentine's Day and chocolate are absolutely inseparable. Chocolate is, of course, one of if not the most popular aphrodisiacs in the world. The chemical compounds in chocolate actually recreate the feeling of happiness and the sensation of falling in love.


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So basically, science wants you to drink this scrumptious chocolate raspberry martini. It's also super simple to make!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz raspberry vodka
  • 1 oz dark creme de cacao 
  • 1 oz cream
  • 1/2 oz Tia Maria

Directions:

  1. Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  2. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. 
  3. Strain into a martini glass.
  4. Garnish with raspberries. 

2. The Pink Lady

By Colleen Graham of The Spruce

The Pink Lady is a classic cocktail. It has been served in America even prior to the Prohibition, but it can still make for a dazzling drink for your 2018 V-Day date. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white (traditional, but not required)
  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1 or 2 dashes grenadine
  • 3/4 oz applejack

Directions:

  1. Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  2. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. 
  3. Strain into chilled glass.
  4. Garnish with Maraschino cherry. 

3. Espresso Martini

By Geoffrey Zakarian of Food Network

You may appreciate espresso for its magical ability to get you through your morning, but it is also a noted aphrodisiac. Espresso and coffee are thought to boost sex drive because of their caffeine levels; it could also just be the aroma.

Either way, an espresso martini is a delectable way to enjoy dessert with your lover. 

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz vodka
  • 4 oz coffee liqueur 
  • 4 oz brewed espresso
  • 2 oz white creme de cacao 

 Directions:

  1. Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  2. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. 
  3. Strain into martini glass.
  4. Garnish with coffee beans. 

​4. Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita

By What's Gabby Cooking

There's nothing like a little kick in your drink to spice up your sex life! This Valentine's Day cocktail combines two aphrodisiacs: Strawberries and jalapeños. This combination of heat and sweet is sure to rev up your engine. 

Ingredients:

  • 12 strawberries (no tops)
  • 1 thin slice of jalapeño
  • 2 juiced limes
  • 2 tbsps agave nectar
  • 4 oz silver tequila

Directions:

  1. Blend strawberries and jalapeño in blender until smooth.
  2. Combine with other ingredients in shaker with ice and shake well.
  3. Strain the mixture and serve over ice.
  4. Garnish with lime and/or strawberry.  

5. The Lady Killer

By Mix That Drink

If you didn't identify with The Pink Lady, you might identify more with The Lady Killer. The name of this Valentine's Day cocktail says it all. See if you can't make her swoon with this one

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz dry gin
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau 
  • 1/2 oz apricot brandy
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz passion fruit juice

Directions:

  1. Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  2. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. 
  3. Strain into champagne glass with ice.
  4. Garnish with Maraschino cherry.

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6. Spiked Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

By Matthew Kelly of Supercall

This cocktail definitely takes the cake (sorry, had to!) as far as dessert cocktails go. Hot chocolate is heartwarming on its own, but red velvet and red wine seal the deal. It's pretty much impossible not to feel giddy when drinking this one.   

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sweet/fruity red wine
  • 50g (or 2 oz or 1/3 cup) chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 
  • 1/2 tsp red food coloring
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Heat milk in saucepan until steaming (not boiling!).
  2. Whisk in pinch of salt, wine, and chocolate until melted.
  3. Turn off heat. Whisk in vanilla and food coloring.
  4. Top with whipped cream and red velvet cake crumbs.

7. The Aphrodite

By Christine Gallary of Chowhound

​It may not be bright or sparkly, but no Valentine's Day cocktail list is complete without a drink named after the goddess of love and beauty. Cheers to a divine night of romance between you and your other half!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz cream sherry
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Directions:

  1. Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  2. Pour all ingredients into shaker and stir well. 
  3. Strain into chilled glass.
  4. Garnish with orange peel.

8. Cupid's Arrow

By Mike Johnston of The Kitchen Magpie

We all know Cupid must pierce us with his arrows before we can feel the full effects of love. However, if you want to take the less painful route, he also offers up a wonderful Valentine's Day cocktail.

Part of what makes this such a beautiful drink is its vibrant color. Get ready to overdose on pink!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz blood orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • Splash of lemon 
  • 5 chopped strawberries or raspberries
  • 1 tsp sugar 
  • 1/2 can lemon lime soda

Directions:

  1. Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  2. Pour all ingredients (except soda) into shaker and shake well. 
  3. Rim cocktail glass with sugar (extra love points for pink sugar!).
  4. Pour mixture into glass with ice. 
  5. Stir in soda. 

9. Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

By Ellie Krieger of Food Network

Champagne is a Valentine's Day staple. Make your glass of bubbly even better by giving it a seductive pomegranate flavor. Don't worry, there's no way you can mess this up.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Champagne
  • 1/2 tsp pomegranate juice
  • 1 tsp cassis 

Directions:

  1. Place a few pomegranate arils in Champagne flute. 
  2. Pour Champagne into Champagne flute first, then add juice and cassis.  

10. Caramel Irish Coffee

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By Colleen Graham of The Spruce

A lot of people like to end their evening with a cup of coffee, so why not make it extra special for the holiday? Half of the fun of Valentine's Day is indulging with your significant other, after all. End your lovely night at the dinner table on a strong note with this caramel Irish coffee recipe. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Jameson
  • 1 oz Baileys
  • 1 oz butterscotch schnapps 
  • 2 1/2 oz coffee

Directions:

  1. STIR! That's it! 
  2. Add whipped cream and caramel drizzle on top. 

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Taylor Markarian graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Writing, Literature & Publishing. She is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys writing about about music, lifestyle, culture, the arts, entertainment, and literature. Check out her LinkedIn and her website.

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