It’s that time of the year again; love is in the air and everyone is vying for a way to show their lovers just how much they care about them.
For some of us, that ‘lover’ is a real person… for others, it’s the bottle of champagne and the boxes of discounted chocolate you’re anticipating come 15th February.
For Valentine’s Day cocktails at home, you don’t have to spend a fortune or even leave the home to have a romantic night.
If you still have a gift to buy, there is still time to buy a romantic gift for your partner – or treat yourself to something if you’re not in love.
Whether you’re drunk on love, drunk on these amazing cocktails (or both!), we all can celebrate the holiday with one of these Valentine candy-themed drinks.
Chocolate seems to be the go-to for Valentine’s Day. This makes absolute sense, because there seems to be at least one chocolate that suits everyone.
This cocktail tastes like a chocolate bar with undertones of coconut. A sure hit for many!
- 1 oz of coconut rum
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 3 oz of chocolate milk
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a cocktail shaker
- Pour in a cocktail glass filled with ice
- If desired, garnish with chocolate sprinkles and a cherry
HEY YOU. I ? U. BE MINE. SOUL MATE… Don’t act like you’ve never tried to convey your innocent feelings to your crush via conversation hearts, back when you were 11 or 12.
It just so happened that your friends got the lame “HELLO” or “AWESOME” candies, while you-know-who got the more suggestive “LUV ME”.
Now that you’re an adult, you don’t have to be as awkward. Just invite them over for a conversation heart cocktail and cozy up.
- 2 oz of conversation heart infused vodka
- 1 bag of conversation hearts
- ½ a cup of your favourite brand of vodka (per ¼ cup of candy)
- 1 oz of fresh orange juice
- 1 oz of fresh lemon juice
- Lemon wedge
- Pink, red, and/or white sprinkles
Method for infused vodka
- Separate a bag of conversation hearts by colour
- Add ¼ cup of the hearts into a mason jar with ½ a cup vodka
- Shake in the jar, then let stand for at least one full day
Method for cocktail
- Rub a lemon wedge along the rim of a martini glass and garnish with sprinkles
- Mix all liquids well in a cocktail shaker and strain into the glass
Cinnamon hearts are a Valentine’s Day staple, so why shouldn’t a cocktail version be, too? This drink tastes exactly like the holiday favourite.
- 1½ oz of cinnamon whiskey or rye
- 3 oz of cranberry cocktail juice
- Pour both ingredients into a chilled rocks glass
- Stir thoroughly before serving
The fact that hazelnut liqueur exists proves that there are good things in this world. The fact that there’s a truffle cocktail that utilizes this liqueur as a main ingredient proves that there are amazing things in this world.
- 1 oz of hazelnut liqueur
- 1 oz of your favourite vodka
- ¾ oz of cold espresso
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
- Strain into a martini or cocktail glass
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Last, but certainly not least: this masterpiece. Anyone who says they don’t like chocolate covered strawberries is an absolute liar.
I could eat these all year round – quite possibly every single day. We can justify it by saying strawberry is a fruit, so we’re just trying to stay healthy…right?
- 1 oz of clear crème de cacao
- 1 oz of vanilla flavoured vodka
- 1 oz of cream
- 1 oz of strawberry purée
- Chocolate syrup
- Rim a frosted martini glass with chocolate syrup
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix thoroughly all the remaining ingredients
- Strain into the glass
Remember these five delicious cocktails that you can drink with a Valentine or with friends this Sunday!
Let us know in the comments how you drank one of these cocktails, and what your plans for the holiday are.
Drink up, and enjoy responsibly!