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14 Valentine's Day Cocktails You'll Fall For...

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14 Valentine's Day Cocktails You'll Love

Dim the lights. Snuggle up with the one you love. And sip on one of these 14 Valentine's Day Cocktails to guarantee a delicious night in a deux:

1. The Rosé Royale

Ingredients:

35ml Belsazar rosé vermouth15ml fresh grapefruit juice
15ml sugar syrup
1 egg white
100ml Champagne

Method:

Pour the rosé vermouth, grapefruit juice, sugar syrup, and egg white into a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously for a good 10-15 seconds until it’s fully iced. Strain and pour into a coupe glass top with Champagne. Decorate with edible florals or a slice of fresh grapefruit.

2. Grapefruit Tequila Mojito

Ingredients:

40ml Gran Centenario Tequila
35ml Grapefruit juice
35ml Simple syrup
Soda water
Mint leaves

Method:

Place 6 to 10 fresh mint leaves in a sturdy glass. Squeeze in juice from 1 lime, and use a muddler to gently crush the mint. Stir in the grapefruit juice, simple syrup and tequila - strain if desired. Add a cube of ice and top up with soda. Garnish the glass with a mint spring and a lime wedge.

3. Love Buzz

Ingredients:

40ml Absolut Vodka
20ml Mozart Chocolate Liqueur
30ml Raspberry Puree
30ml Espresso coffee
Garnish: 3 fresh raspberries on a cocktail pick

Method:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Absolut, Mozart, raspberry puree, and room-temperature espresso. Shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with some fresh raspberries.

4. Between the Sheets

Ingredients:

25ml  Cognac
25ml Cointreau
25ml white rum
15ml (1tbsp) lemon juice
Lemon peel twist, to serve

Method:

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a citrus twist.

5. Romeo & Juliet

Ingredients:

50ml Ocho Blanco Tequila
15ml Grand Marnier
10ml Chambord
75ml chilled peach juice
maraschino cherries and an orange spiral to garnish

Method:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add the tequila, Grand Marnier, Chambord and peach juice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour into a chilled fluted glass or large martini glass. Skewer three cherries on a swizzle stick and lay across the lip. Place orange spiral on the lip of the glass so it drapes down beside it.

6. The Palmetto

Ingredients:

45ml Neptune Rum
35ml Belsazar Red vermouth
Dash of Bitters
Orange peel to garnish

Method:
Brown, bitter and served with a twist, this is a beautifully simple yet sophisticated drink — a rum-based Manhattan, if you will. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the rum, red vermouth and a dash of orange bitters. Stir, stir, stir. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

7. White Sand

Ingredients:

75ml Prosecco
30ml Cachaca
1 scoop lemon sorbet
1 fresh mint leaf to garnish

Method:
Add lemon sorbet to a tall chilled fluted glass and pour in Cachaca and Prosecco. Stir gently and garnish with fresh mint.

8. La Vie en Rose

Ingredients:

1 Sugar cube
2 dashes Bitters
20ml elderflower liqueur
Brut sparkling wine
Orchid blossom to garnish

Method:

Place sugar cube in a cocktail glass. Add bitters (for the red hue) and elderflower liqueur (for floral sweetness). Top with sparkling wine for a crisp, tickling finish and garnish with orchid flower if desired.

9. Berry Milkshake

Ingredients:

40ml Milk
1 scoop Strawberry Ice Cream
40ml Vodka
20ml Baileys

Method:

In a blender, add a cup of whole milk, a generous scoop of strawberry ice cream, Vodka, and Baileys Irish Cream. Blend and serve, topped with 1 additional scoop of ice cream (because why not?!). Garnish with chocolate dipped strawberries.

10. Love 75

Ingredients:

50ml gin
15ml honey brandy liqueur
15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
10ml simple syrup (see note below to make your own)
Sparkling rosé wine to top
Lemon peel for garnish

Method:

Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add gin, brandy liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and lemon bitters. Stir until chilled, for about 20 seconds. Strain into a Champagne flute and top with chilled sparkling rosé. Zest lemon peel over the drink and add peel to the glass as a garnish.

To make your own simple syrup, combine 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

11. The Bees Knees

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Ingredients:

50ml gin
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
1 lemon twist, for garnish

Method:

Combine the honey, gin, and citrus juices in a cocktail shaker. Whilst dry, stir well to incorporate the thick honey with the other liquids. Add ice and then shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe, garnish with a lemon twist, and enjoy!

12. French Kiss

Ingredients:

30ml Gin
20ml St. Germain
10ml Aperol
10ml Fresh lemon juice
Top with sparkling rosé
Garnish with orange twist

Method:

Shake first four ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Top with Martini sparkling rosé and garnish with an orange twist.

13.  Cupid's Cup

Ingredients:

50ml Vodka
25ml St. Germain
10ml Fresh lemon juice
5ml Simple syrup
3 muddled strawberries
Top with arnish with a strawberry

Method:

Shake first 5 ingredients with ice and strain into a mason or highball glass filled with ice.  Top with Martini sparkling rosé and garnish.

14.  The Naked Champagne

Ingredients:

125ml of the finest Champagne

Method:

Blonde, sassy, seductive. Sip as she comes... nothing else needed.