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Tasty cocktails for a single girl's Valentine's Day

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

All the single ladies

Single? So what! Instead of sitting at home alone sulking this Feb. 14, invite your unattached gal pals over and whip up some delicious anti-Valentine’s Day drinks.
Woman drinking red cocktail

We’ve also picked out several pretty (and totally appropriate) lip glosses to go along with each. Because after all, what’s better than makeup and booze on a holiday like this?

The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth

Cocktail created by David Nepove, National President of the U.S. Bartender’s Guild

Pair with Beauty Addicts' SweetLIPS in Twilight

Offset the bitterness of your drink with a high-shine gloss that has a hint of vanilla and just a touch of sweetness to make sipping even more pleasurable. Featuring vitamin E and jojoba butter, your lips will be so soft that if you do wind up with a Valentine’s kiss, he’ll be more than pleased (trust us)!

(Beautyaddicts.com, $17)

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 parts EFFEN Vodka
  • 2 dashes Jerry Thomas' The Bitter Truth™ Bitters (or similar bitters such as Angostura Bitters)
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1-12 parts tonic water

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients (except tonic) to a cocktail shaker over ice and shake.
  2. Strain and pour your drink into a cocktail glass with ice.
  3. Top with tonic water, and garnish with a lemon wheel in the glass. Finito!

The Flirtini

The Flirtini

Pair with Napoleon Perdis’ Luminous Lip Veil in Caramel Kiss

The best part about being single? Having the license to flirt, of course! Whether you’re simply kicking it at home or plan on going out with your girls after cocktails, Napoleon Perdis’ Luminous Lip Veil in Caramel Kiss is the perfect gloss to play up your pout in a naturally stunning way. Plus, it’s scented with lychee, the fruit of romance and passion!

(Napoleonperdis.com, $23)

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Three Olives Whipped Cream Vodka
  • 1 ounce chocolate syrup
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce dark creme de cacao liqueur
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions:

  1. Drizzle chocolate syrup into a martini glass.
  2. Combine vodka, dark creme de cacao and coffee liqueur in a shaker filled with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously. Strain your cocktail into a martini glass.
  4. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Now, drink up!

The Cucumber Stiletto Martini

The Cucumber Stiletto Martini

Photo and recipe courtesy of Imperia Sushi & Lounge in Austin, Texas

Makes 2 servings

Pair with NARS' Orgasm Lip Gloss

No date? No problem! This pretty peachy pink shimmer gloss pairs perfectly with the refreshing Cucumber Stiletto cocktail and will have you feeling like a total girl. So sit back, relax, unwind and release all that tension this Valentine’s Day. We have to admit, the name of this product alone is enough to make us want to go out and buy it…

(Sephora.com, $29)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh cucumber (peeled, seeded and diced)
  • 2 ounces Ty Ku Soju
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce St. Germain
  • Lime juice to taste

Directions:

  1. Muddle cucumber in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add vodka, sake, St. Germain and lime juice.
  3. Shake and serve in a martini glass garnished with a cucumber slice, and then enjoy!

Pucker’s Crimson Pout

Pucker’s Crimson Pout

Photo and recipe courtesy of Pucker Vodka

Pair with Sephora’s Love at First Sight Glossy Gloss Duo

Pucker up ladies, and let your lips do the talking! Now, normally, two is always better than one (except when it comes to your relationship status, duh). That’s why we just couldn’t resist including Sephora’s Love at First Sight Glossy Gloss Duo, consisting of two heartbreaking shades: Think Pink and Confectionary. Choose your favorite or mix both together for a funky, fun Valentine’s Day pout. You’re bound to fall hard.

(Sephora.com, $17)

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 parts Pucker Vodka Cherry Tease
  • 4 fresh cherries (pitted)
  • 1 part lemon Juice
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 2 basil leaves (torn) 

Directions:

  1. Add fresh cherries to a cocktail shaker; muddle.
  2. Next, add all remaining ingredients to the cocktail shaker. Shake and double strain.
  3. Now pour into a coupe glass, and savor the taste.

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