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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.

A roundup of Valentine's Day cocktails

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.

A roundup of Valentine's Day cocktails

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.

A roundup of Valentine's Day cocktails

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.

A roundup of Valentine's Day cocktails

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.

A roundup of Valentine's Day cocktails

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.

A roundup of Valentine's Day cocktails

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.

A roundup of Valentine's Day cocktails

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.

A roundup of Valentine's Day cocktails

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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