Ditch the candy and roses, we want something to drink! Whether you’re toasting your friends or your Bumble date, it’s important to us that you spend your Valentine’s Day with a cocktail in hand… at all times. Need some inspiration? Here are some of our favorite cocktails and how to make them.
Güero’s Taco Bar: The Don
Strength, sweetness and a little bit of edge are three things you’d want in, not only a partner, but a damn good margarita. Whip yourself up The Don, one of Guero’s top-selling signature margaritas.
Recipe courtesy of Güero’s Taco Bar
1 part Key Lime Juice
1 part Cointreau
2 parts Don Julio Tequila
- Add all ingredients into a shaker.
- Shake and pour into a salted rim glass, over ice and lime to garnish.
- Drink a second one and sing Dan + Shay’s “Tequila” at the top of your lungs. If you missed the Grammy Awards, keep both eyes open for their performance. The last note was long… you may even be able to make a third drink while listening!
Salt Traders Coastal Cooking: Toby’s Tiki
Wish you were spending Valentine’s Day somewhere on a beach? Yeah, us too. Luckily, we’ve got the second best thing – Toby’s Tiki. Put yourself on island time this Valentine’s Day and pair this delight with “All The Time” by the Bahamas for the true experience. You can even tell your friends you did a pairing on Valentine’s Day for FREE. This signature cocktail is available at Salt Traders Coastal Cooking or at your own personal paradise.
Recipe courtesy of Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve Rum
¼ oz Luxardo Maraschino
¼ oz Campari
¾ oz Passion Fruit Purée
½ oz Pineapple Juice
¾ oz Lime Cordial
- In a shaker tin, add scoop of ice and all ingredients.
- Shake and strain into a Tiki glass with crushed ice.
- Add an umbrella, a pineapple frond and speared cherries for garnish.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen: Prickly Pear Mojito
Why feel prickly about Valentine’s Day when one sip of this Prickly Pear Mojito from Jack Allen’s Kitchen can get you out of your feels. Make yourself a batch, and you’ll understand why this is an office favorite. If you really think about it, prickly pear is essentially the Glossier of the cocktail world. Rest assured, any cocktail WILL be stunning... we promise. Natural beauty, of course!
Recipe courtesy of Jack Allen’s Kitchen
1 ½ oz Veev Açai Spirit
5 Mint Leaves
3 Lime Wedges
1 oz Prickly Pear Juice/Purée
1 oz Simple Syrup
- In a mixing glass add limes, mint, and syrup.
- Muddle ingredients well.
- Add scoop of ice, 1 ½ oz Veev Açai Spirit, prickly pear juice/purée and shake (use Boston Shaker/mixing glass & shaker tin.)
- Pour all ingredients into Collins glass and top with soda.
Péché: Red Light Lady
Spending the day of love with this Red Light Lady is as scandalous as it sounds. Meet her at Péché while indulging in some Pomme Frites or take her for a spin at home to mix things up.
Recipe courtesy of Péché
1 ½ oz Genever
½ oz Apfelkorn Apple Liqueur
½ oz Grenadine
½ oz Cinnamon Syrup
⅓ oz Lemon Juice
1 Egg White
4 Drops Salt Tincture (or dash of salt)
- Shake all ingredients (hard) with one ice cube until dissolved to emulsify egg white.
- Shake again with more ice for 20-30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with Peychaud’s bitters and a skewered cherry.
The Roosevelt Room: Florodora
Behold, the Florodora. A pretty ‘n pink love potion that will have you feeling all kinds of enamored. This simple recipe packs a punch, and trust us, one is never enough. Try out the recipe yourself, or make your way to The Roosevelt Room and let them work their magic for you.
Recipe courtesy of The Roosevelt Room
1 ½ oz Citadelle Dry Gin
½ oz Lime juice
½ oz Raspberry syrup
½ oz Ginger syrup
- In a shaker tin, short-shake the gin, lime juice and raspberry syrup.
- Top with a splash of soda water and single-strain over crushed ice in a glass.
- Top with crushed ice.
- Garnish with raspberry powder or raspberry skewered through dehydrated lime wheel with a metal pick and anchored in the crushed ice (if desired).
Traditional Cocktail Recipes
Sparkling Raspberry Lemon Mimosas
No brunch is complete without mimosas. *Especially* a Galentine’s brunch. Here’s a recipe with a tangy twist for you to try! We did, and we swear you won’t regret it. Oh, and make sure you leave those raspberries until the end so they have plenty of time to soak up all that booze. Think of it as an appetizer!
Recipe and photo courtesy of Aberdeen’s Kitchen
4 oz Chilled Brut Champagne or sparkling wine
2 oz Raspberry lemonade, pulp strained out if desired
Fresh raspberries, sprinkled with white granulated sugar
- Pour about 2 oz of champagne into a champagne flute (about 2/3 of the way up)
- Pour about 1 oz of raspberry lemonade into the flute (almost filling the flute)
- Top with fresh sugared raspberries. Enjoy!
Strawberry Lemonade Margarita
It’s time to dust off that margarita machine you never use and put it to work with this fresh Strawberry Lemonade Margarita recipe! We think Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to have another margarita, so may as well make it look festive!
Recipe and photo courtesy of Countryside Cravings
1 lb Fresh strawberries, stems removed
1 12 oz Can frozen lemonade, thawed
1 cup Water
1-1½ cups Tequila
½ – ¾ cup Triple sec
Juice of 1 lime
Coarse salt for salting rims + extra limes
- In a large blender combine the strawberries, lemonade, and water. Process until smooth.
- Pour into a large pitcher and stir in Tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice.
- Using a lime wedge moisten the rim of a glass and dip into salt.
- Fill glass with desired amount of ice and fill with strawberry lemonade margarita.
Coconut Strawberry Daiquiri
This classic strawberry daiquiri with a coconut twist is all you need by your side on Valentine’s Day. The recipe serves two glasses and we definitely recommend enjoying both.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Food Fanatic
2 oz Coconut rum
1 oz Black spiced rum
¼ cup Fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp Granulated sugar
6 oz Frozen strawberries, unsweetened
Valentine’s Day sprinkles
- In a high powered blender add coconut rum, spiced rum, lime juice, sugar and strawberries. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into serving glass and top with whipped cream and sprinkles (if desired).