Lillet Sparkler from a Crimson Kiss
I don’t need an excuse to enjoy Champagne! But Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to dress up your bubbly for an elegant cocktail. Here are some champagne cocktails that are just right for romance.
The Little Kiss ~ Here’s another take on a chocolate and strawberry cocktail that uses sparkling wine, strawberry shrub, and creme de cacao. I’m imagining sipping this one in front of a cozy fire.
Lillet Sparkler ~ I love Lillet Rosé! Add Champagne and grapefruit bitters, and you have a simple yet special aperitif.
Shrinking Violet Cocktail ~ Champagne and flowers are a proven Valentine’s one-two punch, so here’s a fun way to combine them. Garnish with a violet, viola, or pansy for maximum gorgeousness.
Rosé French 75 ~ Rosé sparkling wine and blood oranges add a lovely twist and pink hue to the classic French 75.
From Russia With Love ~ Chocolate, raspberries, and Champagne. Romantic, no? Yes!
More Valentine’s Day Cocktails
It’s almost Valentines Day! This calls for a cocktail. Savvy Housekeeping and I have you covered with this delicious drink that has the delightful flavors of chocolate and fresh strawberries without being syrupy sweet. It’s actually light and refreshing!
The secret to chocolatey flavor without the heaviness of chocolate is chocolate-flavored vodka. Combine that with fresh strawberries and wow! I’m usually not a fan of commercial flavored vodkas because they taste fake to me. But 360 Double Chocolate vodka tastes like real chocolate and is made with natural ingredients. (You could make this with another chocolate vodka. I haven’t tried others, so I can’t tell you whether or not they taste like chemicals.)
This drink is pleasantly sweet with a full flavor that fills your mouth and gets better as it goes. The bitters is a must-have ingredient, because it tempers the sweetness to make it a more complex drink. Cointreau adds another layer that makes this a cocktail experience and not a dessert experience.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces chocolate vodka
1/2 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
2 ounces fresh strawberry juice (about 4-5 strawberries)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Make the strawberry juice with a juicer or blender. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Photo by Savvy Housekeeping
It can be a challenge to find the right Valentine’s Day cocktail, so Savvy Housekeeping and I got together to make a drink that wasn’t your usual chocolatey sugar affair. Because of their gorgeous deep red color, beet juice was the main ingredient of choice. Not only was it pretty, but it gave the drink a lightly sweet, bright flavor with an earthiness that matched well with the agave notes of tequila. To romance! Happy Valentine’s Day!
The Heartbeet Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces tequila
2 ounces beet juice
1/4 ounce pomegranate liqueur
1/4 ounce lemon juice
Lemon twist to garnish
Juice a beet, either with a juicer or a blender, or buy beet juice from the store. If you’re using the blender method, chop the beet, run on the finest setting, and push through a sieve. Be careful with the juice—it stains.
In a cocktail shaker, combine all liquids over ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Photo by Savvy Housekeeping
Pink Lady from the Kitchn
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! In the cocktail world, it is also known as “Day of the Really Gross Sugar Bomb Cocktails,” or DotRGSBC. (OK, so I made that up. But the sentiment is true.) There’s nothing wrong with a sweet cocktail if that’s your thing. But on Valentine’s Day it’s hard to find anything that isn’t oozing with chocolate and whipped cream. So I’ve done a little legwork (such a sacrifice, right?) to find tasty Valentine’s cocktails to please a wide variety of tastes.
Here are some cocktails to please your sweetie (and you).
Pink Lady ~ Don’t let the name fool you! This isn’t some frilly number for dames who don’t like booze. It’s gin, applejack, lemon, and a little grenadine plus egg whites and bitters for a nice foamy top … a classic.
French 125 ~ This Champagne cocktail by 12 Bottle Bar is a variation on the French 75 using brandy instead of gin, which is a great substitution for a cozy evening in. (Psst … I also recommend a French 75.)
Midnight Ride ~ Blood oranges are in season (as well as being a romantic shade of red). The White on Rice Couple came up with a tasty variation on the classic Sidecar that uses blood orange juice, along with of course the traditional Cognac.
Averna Buena ~ This is a dry and sophisticated cocktail from Serious Eats “balances a few drops of Godiva chocolate liqueur with the amaro Averna and a hit of reposado tequila.” The result is a hint of delicious chocolate in a smooth and not-at-all-sugary cocktail.
Brandy Alexander ~ If you do want a dessert cocktail, go for this one. It’s creamy and chocolatey but doesn’t venture into the too-much-chocolate overkill zone.