Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipes

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Go beyond the champagne, red wine or chardonnay and try something new and alluring for Valentine’s Day. When planning a Valentine’s Day romantic dinner or a fun evening for singles, cocktails can be fun to create and serve as a great conversation piece. Pair the perfect cocktail with classic chocolates and desserts associated with a romantic Valentine’s Day, or a complete Valentine’s Day dinner menu.

  • Cocktails can offer exotic and sensual flavors to create a mood. For cocktail creations at home, make sure you have all the essential tools for delicious and tasty concoctions.
  • Proper glassware such as martini glasses, champagne glasses, high and low ball glasses, shot glasses and measurers, shakers, mixers and tooth picks for garnishes are all important items to have on hand for cocktail creating on Valentine’s Day.
  • Olives, onions, lemons, limes, berries and other fruits should be part of cocktail creations too.
  • Presenting cocktails with decorative or funny napkins will also add to the cocktail hour.
  • Creative cocktails also require sophisticated liquors, juices, specific alcohols and other mixing items.
  • Sugar, salt and food coloring for rimming glasses are essential items for that extra special touch for a cocktail. Review recipes for the cocktails you would like to serve on Valentine’s Day, and bring the list with you when you shop for ingredients.

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Love Potion #9


  • 1 ounce strawberry, vanilla or clear vodka
  • 1/2 ounce white crème de cacao
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • Scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • Strawberry for garnish


Pour the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled margarita glass. Garnish with a strawberry. If the mix is too thick, add berries or milk. If the mix is too thin, add ice or ice cream.

Finished Product

Passionate Martini


  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part vermouth
  • 2 parts green tea
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Several drops of red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


In a small bowl, add sugar and a drop of red food coloring. Mix and let sit to dry for a few minutes. Rim a martini glass with the lemon and then rim the glass with the red sugar. In the glass, pour the alcohol ingredients and then add the ice. Then pour in a drop of the red food coloring. Garnish with chocolate covered hearts, flowers and what ever else strikes the moment.

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Shot


  • 1/2 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueuror white Creme de Cacao
  • 1/2 ounce cream
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine syrup


In a shot glass, layer grenadine, Godiva chocolate liqueurand cream.

Spicy Chocolate Cherry Bomb Cocktail


  • 1/2 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueuror white Creme de Cacao
  • 1/2 ounce red pepper vodka
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • Splash of grenadine


Fill a shaker with ice, add red pepper vodka, chocolate liqueur, grenadine and chocolate syrup and shake. Strain into glass.

Champagne Cocktail


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Champagne
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • Orange slice for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish


Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute. Use the dashes of Angostura bitters to saturate the sugar cube. Add the brandy. Fill with champagne.

Garnish with the orange slice and cherry.

Add some romance to your Valentine’s Day celebration with simple and delicious cocktails. Pick up the necessary ingredients at the grocery the day before to avoid forgetting any key items. Follow these simple instructions for the perfect drink to toast your Valentine’s Day company.

Last Updated: January 16, 2013
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About Sabina Dana Plasse Sabina Dana Plasse holds a bachelor's degree in history from Bucknell University, a master's in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University and a master's in film and video from American University. She is an award-winning writer and editor living in Sun Valley, Idaho. Besides writing on fine arts, lifestyle, home and garden, entertainment, philanthropy and business, she enjoys teaching film and writing screenplays. Sabina has served as the arts and events editor and living writer for the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper, a twice weekly national award-winning newspaper serving Idaho's Wood River Valley. Sabina adores mountain town living where she is an active snowboarding, skier, mountain biker, hiker, supporter of the arts and an avid seeker of practical living ideas.  

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