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Simple, sophisticated Valentine's Day cocktail recipes

Selena Dehne is a marketing and public relations manager for JIST Publishing, freelance writer and life-long Hoosier. She covers home, entertaining, and holiday topics for SheKnows.com and FabulousLiving.com. Selena has also published do...

A roundup of Valentine's Day cocktails

This Valentine's Day, skip the box of chocolates and treat yourself, your loved one or friends to fun, flirty cocktails. Here are eight romance-inspired cocktail recipes that are easy to follow and exciting to try.

Love potion

Love Potion

Recipe and image from Ocean Spray

Ingredients:

  • Splash sweetened lime juice
  • Splash grenadine
  • Raspberry, garnish
  • 2 ounces Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  • 1 ounce Absolut Raspberri

Directions:

  1. Shake all ingredients, except garnish, in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Drop raspberry into glass and serve.

Cupids arrow martini

Cupid's Arrow

Recipe and photo from Vikingfjord Vodka

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 ounces of Vikingfjord Vodka 80 Proof
  • 1/4 ounce of triple sec
  • 1 ounce of cranberry juice
  • Orange twist

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a shaker and add ice to cool the martini.
  2. Shake and strain drink into martini glass and garnish with orange twist.

French kiss

French kiss

Recipe and photo from Three Olives

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Three Olives Grape Vodka
  • 1 part Three Olives Vanilla Vodka
  • A splash of cranberry juice

Directions:

  1. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  2. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Love is margarita

Love is... margarita

Recipe and photo from Sauza Tequila

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Sauza Blue Silver Tequila
  • 3 parts chocolate milk (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 part strawberry puree or daiquiri mix
  • Chocolate-covered strawberry

Directions:

  1. Combine chilled chocolate milk, Sauza and strawberry puree in a tall glass.
  2. Stir vigorously to combine.
  3. Pour into a glass and garnish with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Pink slipper

Pink slipper

Recipe and photo from Courvoisier

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Courvoisier Rosé
  • 1 part Prosecco
  • Lemon twist garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine Courvoisier Rosé and Prosecco in a champagne flute.
  2. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

The Honeymoon

The honeymoon

Recipe and photo from Bärenjäger

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur
  • 1-1/2 parts sweet tea vodka
  • 1/2 part fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients over ice and shake well.
  2. Strain and garnish with lemon.

Hive love you

Hive love you

Recipe and photo from Bärenjäger

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur
  • 1 part pear vodka
  • 3/4 part triple sec
  • 1/2 part lemon juice
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • 10 small mint leaves

Directions:

  1. In a shaker combine all ingredients with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for at least 45 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass. The mint leaves should float to the top of the drink.

Sandeman chocolate passion

Sandeman chocolate passion

Recipe and photo from Sandeman and mixologist Jason Littrell

Ingredients:

  • 6 parts Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
  • 6 parts Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky
  • 2 parts demerara syrup
  • 1 part dry vermouth
  • 1 part white crème de cacao
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Dash of Angostura bitters

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients.
  2. Pour over ice in an old-fashioned glass and stir.

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