Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for scheduling a night in and serving up a few mixed drinks with the one you adore. Whether you’re more interested in non-alcoholic options, or you’re willing to pull out all the stops, we have the perfect assortment of cocktail recipes to help you celebrate Cupid’s special day in exquisite detail.
Easy Cocktail Recipes for Non-Alcoholics
Cherry bombs are a perfect, tasty treat for anyone who likes to drink but hates to get drunk. Our cherry bombs are shockingly good fun even without the alcohol. You’ll need grenadine, citrus soda, and maraschino cherries to make these fun and flavorful cocktails.
- Mix 1 cup of grenadine into 2 cups of boiling water and stir.
- Distribute the mixture evenly between two ice cube trays and freeze.
- Fill a half-dozen glasses with the frozen grenadine cubes and top with citrus soda.
- Garnish with maraschino cherries.
Or, if you long to mix your sweet and sours this Valentine’s Day, try our famous Pink Grapefruit Margarita. Large-grain pink sanding sugar is the star of the show with this tangy concoction that’s even suitable for kids. You’ll need pomegranate syrup, one sliced lime, 1 1/2 cup of pink grapefruit juice, ice cubes, and sanding sugar dyed pink.
- Coat the rims of six glasses by rubbing them with lime slices.
- Dip each glass into the pink sanding sugar.
- Dribble 1 tsp of pomegranate syrup into each glass.
- Blend grapefruit juice and ice together in a blender, pour into each glass and stir.
- Garnish with lime slices.
Classic Cocktail Recipe — Soft
Of course, if you like a little buzz with your beverage, there are any number of classic cocktail recipes out there that are classified as “soft,” meaning they contain low volumes of alcohol. The classic Americano is a perfect, tasty example. You’ll need 1 oz of Campari, 1 oz of vermouth, and some club soda. Add an orange slice for garnish:
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Add the Campari and vermouth.
- Add club soda to taste.
- Garnish with an orange slice.
High Octane Cocktail Recipe
What’s more fitting for a Valentine’s Day-themed cocktail than one named after that famous classic movie, Casablanca? You’ll need 2 oz white rum, 1/2 oz of coconut rum, 4 oz pineapple juice, 1 oz coconut cream, 1/2 oz grenadine and crushed ice.
- Combine all ingredients.
- Pour into a glass filled with crushed ice.
- Garnish with Pineapple.
Champagne is a suitable Valentine’s Day drink, and when you mix it with absinthe, it packs quite a punch. To make Death in the Afternoon, you’ll need only two ingredients — 1 1/2 oz of absinthe and 4 1/2 oz of champagne.
- Dribble the absinthe into a champagne flute.
- Add champagne.
Just remember to go slow on easy cocktail recipes like this one that use high-octane ingredients, or your Valentine’s Day might be over before you have a chance to enjoy it.
The fine art of mixing drinks is a satisfying skill to master, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show what you know. Be the life of the party this February 14th by mixing up a few easy cocktail recipes your friends and loved ones will adore.