Valentine’s Day is the time to celebrate love, whether that’s the romantic kind, the love between close friends and family, or simply love in general. So whether you’re celebrating a spouse, a friend, or a general feeling of gratitude, it’s a good time to hoist a deliciously fruity, pink cocktail in a toast on February 14. We’ve put some love into this list of Valentine’s Day cocktails that are sure to impress your special someone.
The French equivalent of Aperol, Lillet is a liqueur made from wine that is set to be the next big aperitif. Be ahead of the trend this Valentine’s Day and woo your loved one with this chic French cocktail.
- 60ml Lillet Blanc
- 120ml Tonic Water
- Mint leaves to garnish
- Sliced cucumber to garnish
Pour the Lillet into a tall glass filled with ice and top with tonic water. Place a slice of cucumber on the rim and sprinkle mint leaves on top.
Pink Gin and Tonic
What’s more romantic than roses on Valentine’s Day? For the gin lover that might just be this rose-inspired, pink G&T that features our good friend lillet.
- 30ml Pink Gin
- 30ml Lillet Blanc
- 120ml tonic water
- Dried rose petals to garnish
Add the gin and lillet to a tall glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water and garnish with dried rose petals to complete the romantic look.
Pink Grapefruit Mojito
Pink is the unofficial colour of romance, so lean into it this year with a pink grapefruit mojito that adds a touch of glamour to the classic cocktail.
- 30ml Bacardi white rum
- 4 pink grapefruit wedges
- 2 heaped teaspoons of caster sugar
- 10 mint leaves
- 30ml soda water
Muddle the grapefruit and sugar in a tall glass, add mint, ice and rum. Top with soda water and gently stir. Top with more mint leaves.
Sparkling Cherry Cocktail
Champagne is already the drink of choice when celebrating, but how do you jazz bubbles up to be Valentine appropriate? The answer is cherries. Adding a deep red colour to your champers, this sweet and fruity Valentine’s Day cocktail is a must.
- 750ml Champagne
- 300g pitted cherries (fresh or frozen)
- ½ cup caster sugar
Place cherries, sugar and ¼ cup water in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat until syrupy. Cool and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve, discard solids and refrigerate syrup until ready to use. Place 1 tablespoon of syrup into a flute and top with champagne.
Espresso martinis may be the on-trend coffee cocktail at the moment, but this creamy chocolate variation is the ideal Valentine’s Day cocktail to sip on after dinner.
- 45ml Baileys Irish Cream
- 30ml Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
- 15ml cold espresso coffee
- 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
- Halved strawberries to garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add your Baileys, Kahlua, espresso and one teaspoon of chocolate syrup. Shake until frosty. Drizzle the remaining teaspoon of chocolate syrup around your cocktail glass. Pour contents into the glass through a strainer and garnish the rim with a strawberry half.
This post was written by Adrian Emanoil from EMN Staffing Group. They are an exhibitor on the WeddingShow247 Other Services floor of the Planning Hall. You can visit their WeddingShow247 exhibition stand here.