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20 Love-Inspired Libations

Feb 14 2014 - 3:15pm

Set the mood this V-Day with these sip-worthy cocktails, inspired by the Feb. 14 holiday. From romantic red concoctions to blissful bubbly, we've rounded up 20 sweet, tart, and fruity drinks for you to toast to a romantic night in or to share with gal pals at a Valentine's Day singles soirée. Get the recipes now!

—Additional reporting by Nicole Perry and Lisette Mejia

Redhead in Bed

If you're feeling frisky, whip up this suggestively named strawberry and vodka sipper [1].

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Hibiscus Sparkling Wine

Instead of gifting your love flowers in bouquet form, why not try making a champagne cocktail that calls for wild hibiscus flowers [2]? It'll take sweetness to a whole new level.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Bee's Knees

If you think your sweetheart is the bee's knees, shake them up a honeyed cocktail by the same name [3].

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Ginger Salty Dog

V-Day is full of sweets, so how 'bout adding some tart with this gingery grapefruit and vodka drink [4]? For a festive touch, use Hawaiian pink sea salt to rim the glass.

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Salted Caramel Cocktail

Flying solo this Friday? Treat yourself to a decadent salted caramel concoction [5] that's both drink and dessert in one. (The chocolate shavings and marshmallow garnish are only somewhat optional.)

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Honeyed French 75

Oh là là! For a très magnifique concoction, make this honey-infused Champagne cocktail [6].

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Bramble

The perfectly pink bramble [7] makes a nice drink for an all-girls Valentine's Day soiree or as a prerequisite to a dinner for two.

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Grapefruit-Elderflower Sparkler

This blush cocktail [8] is a delightful blend of grapefruit juice, elderflower liqueur, and either rosé or Champagne.

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The Hummingbird

This Valentine's Day, put the flowers in your cocktail with a lavender collins [9], which is infused with not one but two floral flavors: lavender and violet.

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Sparkling Lillet and Grapefruit Cocktail

This bubbly recipe [10] takes celebratory Champagne and makes it V-Day appropriate with peach-hued Lillet Rosé.

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Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

This not-too-sweet, aptly named cocktail would be great to sip on this Feb. 14. Though the flavor combination is somewhat unusual, amaretto and cranberry juice [11] come together in a smooth, elegant way.

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Sparkling Bourbon

You might not think to combine bourbon and sparkling wine [12] but once you do, you'll wonder how you never tried it before.

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Tinto de Verano

This simple combination of red wine, citrus soda, and a lemon wheel [13] — think of it as the lazy lady's sangria — won't knock you off your feet, but it will warm you up and lift your mood.

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Bubbly Poinsettia

Some people might consider the Bubbly Poinsettia [14] only appropriate for Christmastime, but we beg to differ. When else will a red cocktail — made from pomegranate liqueur, rosé Champagne, and gin — fit perfectly with the theme of the day?

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Negroni

Make this strong, classic cocktail on Valentine's Day, and prepare to have a very, very good time. A negroni [15] is 100 percent liquor, after all.

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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

No Valentine's Day is complete without a Champagne toast. To jazz up the bubbly, try this ruby-hued Champagne cocktail [16].

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Gin New-Fashioned

Drink this slightly fruity libation that's a modern twist on a cocktail classic. Gin, cherry marmalade, and bitters are the base of a gin new-fashioned. [17]

Photo: Nancy Einhart

Limoncello Champagne Cocktails

Move over, mimosas — a new light and refreshing drink is on hand [18]. Try a limoncello cocktail made from mint, lemon juice, and sparkling wine for just that.

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Gingersnap

The gingersnap [19] is perfect for those of you who like a little kick in your cocktails. Made with a mere three ingredients — ginger beer, bitters, and amaretto — it's sophisticated and smooth with just the right dose of ginger heat.

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Cranberry Martini

Whether you're with your girlfriends or a hot date, raise a pinky when you sip on this vermouth-infused cranberry martini [20]. It's sophisticated with just a touch of sweetness and tang.

Photo: Sarah Lipoff


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