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If you are making dinner for two (or toasting the single life!) why not rustle up a sophisticated tipple to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style?

Rum, Campari and super-fragrant passion fruit. What’s not to love?

This gorgeous red Bellini uses strawberries instead of peaches.

Line up the sugar, bitters and Cognac and top with Prosecco for a truly elegant, traditional cocktail.

A simple twist on the party classic – blood orange gives this Prosecco cocktail a fantastic colour and deeper flavour.

Deep and bitter but sparkling, this is a lighter twist on the classic negroni… and it’s delicious.

A simple, smooth mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and cream, this is a great sipping drink.

Garnished with a few coffee beans, the espresso Martini is a sophisticated little devil – it’s dressed to kill!

Check out loads of other beautiful cocktails in Jamie’s collection, and take a look at our romantic recipes for a little extra Valentine’s inspiration.

7 Red Cocktails for Valentine's Day, Including the Ultimate Aphrodisiac Margarita

Sultry red cocktails are essential for Valentine&rsquos Day. Here, 7 red drinks with flavors that range from tangy to smoky.

Sultry red cocktails are essential for Valentine’s Day. Here, 7 red drinks with flavors that range from tangy to smoky.

1. Red Velvet
This riff on the Black Velvet replaces the Champagne with Prosecco and the Guinness with raspberry-flavored lambic.

2. The Savoy Daisy
This updated version of the classic Daisy cocktail uses muscovado, an unrefined brown sugar with a very moist texture and strong molasses flavor.

3. Manhattan Ice Cream Float
Here, creamy vanilla ice cream gets blended with bourbon and a high-quality black cherry soda.

4. Kentucky Special
This excellent riff on an old-fashioned incorporates cherry liqueur that has been infused with smoky Lapsang souchong tea.

5. Caprese Daiquiri
This ultra-savory daiquiri evokes the flavors of a caprese salad (tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella).

6. Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples
This strong but not overly sweet sangria is nicely spiced with cinnamon, anise and cloves, and it has just enough crushed red pepper to give it a tiny kick.

7. Aphrodisiac Margarita
Mixologist Adam Seger claims that the margarita is the cocktail world&aposs aphrodisiac. This version combines passion fruit and pomegranate, commonly associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

7 Seductive, Aphrodisiac Cocktails to Mix up This Valentine’s Day

From centuries-old herbal blends to the humble, modern-day oyster, aphrodisiacs have long been touted as remedies for a lackluster love life. And for just as long, men and women have been buying into them.

But while the science behind these all-natural, sex-boosting supplements is flimsy, a belief in the strength of aphrodisiacs has held on—particularly with incorporating them into boozy cocktails. So maybe there’s something to the love potion stuff.

“One could say alcohol in general is an aphrodisiac due to its loosening of inhibitions and stimulation of desire,” says Chris Marshall, head bartender at Apotheke, a sultry cocktail bar in New York City that specializes in apothecary-style libations. “That being said, we have a cocktail which has Horny Goat Weed tea, which is known to be the oldest aphrodisiac.”

According to legend, the aptly named plant earned its moniker in ancient China, after some goats chewed on the plants leaves—and the goat population drastically increased.

Whether the story is true, Marshall isn’t sure, and he admits they mostly refer to it as a joke. But when it comes to incorporating such ingredients into a cocktail, the process “has a lot to do with flavor balance and texture, rather than some alchemical barometer of libido”.

Still, “I personally don’t think any of them are aphrodisiacs,” he adds. “Alcohol does the trick just fine.”

So whether you believe in the power of aphrodisiacs or not—remember, it’s all in how you pitch it—here are seven enticing, sometimes spicy, cocktails. All take advantage of at least one rumored aphrodisiac ingredient, making them perfect for a Valentine’s Day at home—or in bed.

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31 Red and Pink Cocktail Recipes for Valentine’s Day

What's more romantic than mixing your sweetheart a cocktail on Valentine's Day?

Matt Taylor-Gross

What’s more romantic than mixing your sweetheart an elegant cocktail on Valentine’s Day? To turn up the saccharine sentimentality to 11, try a holiday-colored drink. We’ve collected 50 great red and pink cocktails to woo your partner on Valentine’s Day.

Nothing says romance like champagne. Our Sicilian 75 is a riff on the French 75 made with blood orange juice, gin, and campari. Or try the Volstead, with vodka, St. Germain, and fresh berries. For something sweet-tart, the Rhubarb Fizz pairs champagne with a ginger-rhubarb syrup.

Hopefully your relationship isn’t bitter, but your drink can be. The negroni is a classic, with equal parts gin, campari, and sweet vermouth creating a bitter, refreshing sipper. Replacing the vermouth with light, citrusy Lillet Blanc gives you our floral pink negroni.

Gin Campari Sour

Sometimes we like cocktails to have a bit of an aggressive bite other times, we’re looking to round them out a bit. Gin, Campari, and lemon are three ingredients that pair beautifully, but all have their sharp edges. Adding an egg white helps mellow and integrate these flavors without muting them, while also contributing a silky texture and an opacity that’s quite elegant in a vividly colored drink. Get the recipe for Gin-Campari Sour »

Easy Fermented Soda

Cookbook author Amy Thielen likes to add a splash of this tart, naturally fizzy juice to grown-up, not-too-sweet ice cream floats for a bright swath of flavor. We also like mixing it into cocktails and even vinaigrettes. You can start with any fruit, but the smaller and juicier the better. Get the recipe for Fermented Raspberry Soda »

Evening Shade

Heaven Hill Distillery‘s brand abassador, Lynn House, enjoyed nothing more as a child than picking peaches and other fresh produce on her grandparents’ farm in Tennessee. She continues the tradition as an adult, incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into her cocktails whenever she can—hence her nickname, “The Garden Girl.” This summery drink combines peach purée, cucumber, and whiskey. Get the recipe for Evening Shade »

The Merchant’s Wife

A bright mix of watermelon, gin, Aperol, lemon juice, and a splash of club soda, this cocktail from Stella Rosa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica sidesteps the normal pitfalls of watermelon-based cocktails, which tend to veer to the overly sweet. Well-balanced and pleasantly effervescent, the mild astringency of the Aperol tugs back at the melon’s sweetness and reignites the gin, elevating this brightly-hued cocktail to the heights of sophistication. Get the recipe for The Merchant’s Wife »


A snack-sized negroni with a savory agave twist from bartender Tristan Willey of Long Island Bar. Get the recipe for Half-Sized Negroni Cocktail (TiNegroni) »

Beth Dixon, bartender at Pasture in Richmond, Virginia, describes this fun cocktail as the lovechild of a Mai Tai and a Negroni. Get the recipe for Bermuda Hundred »

Beth Dixon, bartender at Pasture in Richmond, Virginia, describes this fun cocktail as the lovechild of a Mai Tai and a Negroni. Get the recipe for Bermuda Hundred »

Shaker Vodka Cranberry

We asked Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta, bartenders at The Broken Shaker in Miami, to create a cocktail for SAVEUR’s 21st birthday. They obliged with an elevated twist on a classic vodka-cranberry using housemade cranberry vinegar—because nothing screams 21 like vodka and cranberry juice. Get the recipe for Shaker Vodka Cranberry »

Lose Your Shoes Cocktail

Sometimes, the only creative direction you hear as a photographer is “Make it sexy.” So here you go: a sexy, ruby-red cocktail to drink tonight. Get the recipe for Lose Your Shoes Cocktail »


A jalapeño-infused, blood-colored tequila and beet cocktail, the Moradita (“Little Death”), is a fresh, nearly healthy-tasting drink with some real body and a balancing hint of elegant richness. Get the recipe for Moradita »

Il Palio

Campari ice cubes morph this drink from a Manhattan into a Boulevardier as they slowly melt. Get the recipe for Il Palio »

Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria

This version of a Spanish sangria is ripe with summer fruit its light, crisp flavors complement seafood and poultry. Get the recipe for Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria »

French Monaco

This fruity beer-based cocktail is an ideal outdoor sipper—mix the pomegranate lemonade ahead of time and bring a six-pack to top each glass individually. Get the recipe for French Monaco »

Venetian Cup

A mix of Campari, Pimm’s No. 1, and ginger beer, this drink makes an excellent warm weather apéritif. Get the recipe for Venetian Cup

Rhubarb Fizz

This bubbly cocktail makes the most of rhubarb season. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Fizz »

The Charleston Fizz

The floral flavor of gin is a natural match for bright grapefruit and elderflower liqueur in a refreshing cocktail. Fresh tarragon adds an aromatic, peppery anise note. Get the recipe for The Charleston Fizz »

The Soul Train

Tequila and cardamom is an unexpected combination, but it works beautifully with the help of lime and grapefruit juice. Get the recipe for The Soul Train »

Surviving recipes for this once-forgotten cocktail call for a curious ingredient called “red Hembarig.” We have it on good authority that a raspberry shrub works well to replace this mystery ingredient.

Surviving recipes for this once-forgotten cocktail call for a curious ingredient called “red Hembarig.” We have it on good authority that a raspberry shrub works well to replace this mystery ingredient. Get the recipe for Roffignac »


This classic cocktail couldn’t be simpler—it’s simply even parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Get the recipe for Negroni »

Strawberry-Lillet Crush

Muddled strawberries and mint star in this refreshing, lightly sweet cocktail that packs a punch. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Lillet Crush »

The Pink Baby

This refreshing frozen drink from Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right gets its baby pink color and pleasant bitterness from a combination of Campari and fresh grapefruit juice, while a pinch of finely ground yerba maté adds subtle herbal flavor and a gentle caffeine kick—the perfect fuel for a night of revelry. Get the recipe for The Pink Baby »

Strawberry Cachaça Shake

Use an aged cachaça like Avuà Amburana to add warm depth to this fruity drink. Get the recipe for Strawberry Cachaça Shake »

Sicilian 75

Campari and blood orange juice give this twist on the French 75 a beautiful color. Get the recipe for Sicilian 75 »

Bourbon Smash Jelly Shots

This jelly shot is a mix of fresh raspberries and mint with just a touch of bourbon. Get the recipe for Bourbon Smash Jelly Shots »

Raspberry-Rose Collins

The best and most surprising part of this tall, refreshing drink is the taste of rose on the finish. It comes not from any floral ingredient but from the gin—Nolet’s Silver, a brand with a pronounced rosy finish. Get the recipe for Raspberry-Rose Collins »

Plum-Basil Gin Fizz

Deep and sweet, this cocktail is an ideal vehicle for summer’s juicy red plums. Get the recipe for Plum-Basil Gin Fizz »

Cranberry Crush

Spiced rum and fiery ginger beer combine with tart cranberry juice in this flavorful cool-weather cocktail. Get the recipe for Cranberry Crush »

Blackberry Rum Shrub

Shrub, the sweet-tart syrup favored by colonial Americans, is simply made by macerating fruit in sugar until the fruit exudes its juice, straining, then adding vinegar. Mixed with rum and soda it makes a bracing drink ideal for summer afternoons. Get the recipe for Blackberry Rum Shrub »

Rose Cocktail

A popular cocktail in 1920s Paris, this delicate concoction gets its soft pink color from the addition of raspberry syrup and its floral notes from vermouth and kirsch, a dry cherry brandy. Get the recipe for Rose Cocktail »

Rock & Rye & Rum Punch

This throat-warming punch is a sophisticated take on the old-timey cold-season cure of tea dosed with Rock and Rye cordial. Get the recipe for Rock & Rye & Rum Punch »

Red Nose Punch

This sweet and tangy cranberry–beer–bourbon punch, delicately spiced with cinnamon-infused simple syrup, is perfect for a festive gathering. Get the recipe for Red Nose Punch »

Sweet and tangy, with the mild smokiness of pink peppercorns and the salty edge of black cured olives, this elaboration of a vodka martini is as grand and glamorous as the wide avenues of Paris.

Sweet and tangy, with the mild smokiness of pink peppercorns and the salty edge of black cured olives, this elaboration of a vodka martini is as grand and glamorous as the wide avenues of Paris. Get the recipe for La Grande Parade de Paris »

20+ Valentine's Day Drinks to Sip With Your Sweetheart

Raise a glass to love (and these delicious cocktail recipes)!

Every holiday comes with its own set of treats &mdash be it festive sweets, elaborate dinners, or themed drinks. Some special occasions, however, feature all of the above, like Valentine's Day. The most romantic night of the year is known for its chocolate-centric treats, elegant various-course meals (if you're going all out), and, of course, a delicious Valentine's Day drink. These Valentine's Day cocktails will make put the perfect finishing touch on your über romantic plans for Feb. 14 (and are just as great solo, if you plan on boycotting the holiday altogether). Sure, you can just pop a bottle of Champagne and call it a night, but why not add a hint of pink or red to your libations and make Valentine's Day even more festive? (Or you can really switch things up and transform your valentine's favorite dessert into a cocktail.)

There's bound to be at least one cocktail recipe on this list that everyone will love. Whether you and your valentine prefer alcoholic to non-alcoholic drinks, or something sweet over something tart, you're bound to find a Valentine's Day cocktail that you'll want to drink all year long. No matter how you're planning on celebrating the day of love, if at all, a themed cocktail can set Valentine's Day apart from every other day of the year. And with their gorgeous presentations, these Valentine's Day drinks will dress up the V-Day dinner table to the nines.

Combine mint, cinnamon, lemon juice, and apple brandy to make this aesthetically pleasing and incredibly tasty cocktail.

Put a more unique spin on your go-to cranberry cocktail with this spiced, holiday-friendly whiskey drink.

Make this versatile drink with or without alcohol, hot or cold. No matter what you and your valentine are craving, this drink will hit the spot.

Marry your favorite sweet combination with this Tiffany Blue cocktail &mdash a gorgeous addition to any Valentine's Day table.

Turn your Valentine's Day into a hot summer evening on the beach, a book in one hand and a fruity cocktail in the other, with this recipe. All you need are strawberries, basil, lemon juice, and some bourbon.

Sweets are a big part of Valentine's Day, so why not liquify your go-to dessert with this to-die-for cocktail? It's the perfect beverage for a cold night in.

To keep things light and refreshing this Valentine's Day, cheers to love with this pinky-red honey-lime iced tea.

Add an elegant touch to your Valentine's Day with this fruity pomegranate royale.

Sangria isn't just for the summer! This winter sangria is perfectly spiced (and perfectly red) for the most romantic day of the year.

The perfect drink for the whole family to enjoy. Your kids will love getting to have one of these sweet red slushies that only require three ingredients.

Take the classic cosmo and add a little pomegranate to make it the perfect Valentine's Day cocktail. These are great to make if you're spending the night with a few of your closest girlfriends.

Step up your Valentine's Day breakfast in bed with one of these orange-cranberry mimosas.

If you want to go all out for your Valentine's Day drink, make this sugar plum dreams cocktail and coat the glass with pink and red rimming sugar.

This fruity drink is both tart and sweet, and is the perfect Valentine's Day treat for all ages.

If you're looking for a strong, yet subtle, cocktail to enjoy this Valentine's Day, you've found it. Packed with two bottles of wine, a cup of orange-flavored vodka, strawberries, and grapes, you won't want to put it down.

Go for a smoky taste this Feb. 14 with this mezcal and blood orange cocktail (with a hint of Chili powder). This drink is bound to become your new go-to drink all year long.

This festive drink will make your night feel super fancy, while requiring very minimal effort or time. So, grab your St. Germain, ginger syrup, and Champagne. You won't regret it.

A few strategically cut strawberries takes this mimosa to higher loved-filled levels.

Everyone wants chocolate on Valentine's Day. So who says you can't drink it, too?

The fresh mint in this pink drink, combined with delicious blackberries, makes for a tasty cocktail you won't want to put down.

Made with lemon-blueberry syrup, these mimosas are sure to be almost as sweet as your valentine.

You can have your dessert and drink it too with these sinfully delicious strawberry shortcake mimosas.

These ruby red mimosas are a necessity at your next Valentine's Day celebration.

Everyone's favorite pink candy is the key ingredient in these perfectly sweet cosmos.


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Romancing the Stone

Bartenders Christy Pope and Chad Solomon created this Valentine’s Day spin on a French 75. The unexpected flavors of apricot eau-de-vie, honey syrup, lemon juice and Peychaud’s bitters take sparkling wine into a new stratosphere of sophistication.

The French 75, a classic Champagne-gin cocktail, will never go out of style. But that doesn't mean you can't make it special for Valentine's Day. The base in this version comes from blood oranges and bitters, which make for a colorfully arranged and flavorful cocktail.

Is it getting warm in here? This hisbiscus-based tequila cocktail turns up the heat a little bit with allspice, cinnamon, and rosemary.

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(Photo: La Quintinye Vermouth Royal)

1 oz. G’Vine Nouaison
1 oz. La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge
.5 oz. Cherry Heering iqueur
1 Dash of lavender bitters
Orange twist
Garnish with a marashino cherry

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Serve in a chilled coupe glass, press the orange twist and discard. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

Singapore Sling

When you really want to impress your sweetheart, show off your skills the Singapore Sling. It combines the tastes of Benedictine and cherry brandy into a fascinating gin cocktail. Having dazzled drinkers for over a century, it still has that magic touch.

Sweetie Martini &ndash Valentine&rsquos Day Cocktail

Today I thought it would be fun to share a sweet and creamy cocktail for Valentine&rsquos Day. (Oh, and if you&rsquore looking for more sweet Valentine&rsquos Day treat ideas, be sure to visit this post HERE.)

It&rsquos somewhat inspired by a cake batter martini, but kissed with color to make it perfectly appropriate for the upcoming holiday.

Plus, I had these really cute heart sprinkles that I wanted to use on something.

The result is this creamy, sweet, and soft martini, similar to a melted milkshake. I was having a hard time coming up with a name (because of my creative standstill) so I asked my BFF.

Without hesitation, she said, &ldquoSweetie Martini&rdquo. It was perfect! (Thanks, Krista.)

Valentine's Day Cocktail Ideas: 7 Easy Recipes For Delicious Red & Pink Drinks

While this Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day won’t be spent in crowded bars, there’s nothing stopping you from making an Instagram-worthy drink at home. These easy cocktail recipes are pretty in pink and ravishing in red, and—more importantly—they’re delicious Valentine’s Day treats.

1. The Heartbreaker Highball from Q Mixers couldn’t be simpler.

  • 5 oz Q Mixers Hibiscus Ginger Beer
  • 1.5 oz Irish whiskey
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1 lime wheel (garnish)

Just build the cocktail in a highball glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

The Heartbreaker Highball is an easy cocktail to make on Valentine's Day Photo: Q Mixers

2. The Gimme Some Sugar Cocktail from Pink House Alchemy requires a few specialty items, but they make it easy with their cocktail kit ($20).

  • 1.5 oz gin or vodka
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .5 oz pH Hibiscus Rose syrup
  • Sparkling rosé
  • Lavender sugar
  • Dehydrated pineapple syrup

Rim a coupe glass or champagne flute with pH hibiscus lavender sugar. Stir ingredients on ice in a mixing glass, then strain into the prepared glass. Top with sparkling rosé and garnish with a pineapple flower.

Pink House Alchemy released a kit to create their luxurious Gimme Some Sugar cocktail. Photo: Kat Wilson/Pink House Alchemy

3. The Spiked Blood Orange Margarita from Sparkling Ice is a great way to dress up your average hard seltzer for a special occasion.

  • 8 oz Sparkling Ice Spiked Strawberry Citrus Smash
  • 1 oz Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Sour Mix
  • 1 oz Tequila
  • garnish: Strawberry and Blood Orange

Rim glass with a lime wedge and dip into salt. Fill glass with ice and add tequila, blood orange juice, and sour mix. Fill with Sparkling Ice Spiked Strawberry Citrus Smash and garnish with strawberries.

The Sparkling Ice Spiked Blood Orange Margarita makes the hard seltzer stronger than usual. Photo: Sparkling Ice Spiked

4. The Pink French 75 is a Valentine’s twist on a classic cocktail from Beefeater Gin.

  • 1 parts Beefeater Pink
  • 1/2 parts Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 parts Simple Syrup
  • 3 parts Sparkling Rosé

Build in a shaker and add ice. Shake and strain into a flute glass. For an Instagram-worthy look, garnish with heart lemon peels and a heart strawberry.

Take a sip of Beefeater Gin's Pink French 75. Photo: Beefeater Gin

5. The Negroni Sbagliato from Cinzano Sparkling gets the red color from the Campari, an Italian liqueur that complements the vermouth and prosecco.

  • 1 oz Cinzano Rosso Vermouth
  • 1 oz Campari
  • Top with Cinzano Prosecco
  • Slice of orange (for garnish)

Pour the ingredients directly in a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Stir and garnish with a half-wheel of orange.

The Negroni Sbagliato from Cinzano Sparkling is the perfect way to toast to Valentine's Day. Photo: Cinzano

6. The Bulleit Be-Dazzle features Campari as well. However, this Bulleit recipe also brings in strawberry and grapefruit flavors.

  • 2 parts Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1 part Grapefruit Juice
  • Half part Campari/Italian bitter aperitif
  • Top with the 2 parts Strawberry soda

Shake the boubon, juice and Campari and pour into a highball glass. Top with strawberry soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey's Bulleit Be-Dazzle cocktail is tasty and simple. Photo: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey

7. Virgil’s Raspberry Cream Lovers Cocktail is perfect for anyone who loves a sugar rush on Valentine’s Day. The soda brand, Virgil’s, notes that this can also be a tasty mocktail for the kids when the vodka is withheld.

  • Homemade raspberry simple syrup (1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 cup raspberries)
  • ​2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)
  • 1.5 oz vanilla vodka (skip for mocktail)
  • Virgil's Vanilla Cream Handcrafted Soda
  • Whipped Cream
  • Confection Hearts

For the simple syrup: Mix the sugar and water in a pot large enough to comfortably hold all of the ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then stir until all of the sugar dissolves. Add the raspberries and continue to simmer until the berries break down (5 to 7 minutes). Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature, then strain.

For the drink: Pour a tall glass of Virgil's Vanilla Cream Handcrafted Soda. Add raspberry simple syrup (to taste), lemon juice and vodka. Top with whipped cream and confection hearts.

Virgil's Raspberry Cream Lovers recipe can be a cocktail or a mocktail. Photo: Virgil's

For the anti-mixologist: Not in the mood to mix a cocktail? Avaline is probably the perfect wine to go with Valentine's or Galentine's Day. After all, the organic vino brand was co-founded by Cameron Diaz, a rom-com queen ("The Holiday," "My Best Friend's Wedding"), along with business partner and bestie Katherine Power. Her favorite is the red with its "light to medium body with hints of cherry and a touch of spice."

Avaline is Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power’s new line of clean wines made with organic grapes. Diaz cites the red as her favorite. Photo: Avaline