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30 Best Valentine’s Day Cocktails to Get You Properly Buzzed and in the Mood

These will have you feeling some type of way…in a good way.

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Regardless of whether you just made things official on the main grid right before Valentine’s Day, are in a situationship that doesn’t seem like it’ll materialize into V-Day plans, or are legitimately relieved to be single and not have to shop around for heart-embellished gifts, you’re going to want to sip on (or chug, no judgment) a festive cocktail. That’s just a fact.

You already know that Valentine’s Day is the ultimate day to turn up in the name of love—and in 2022, it’s the perfect excuse to do so on a Monday (woo!). Maybe you have a sexy date night planned and wanna show off your bartending skills or you’re hosting a couple of your galentines for a cozy February 13th shindig. The common denominator is that you’re going to need to whip up some V-Day drinks. Leave the worries of Tuesday hangovers behind (but if you wanna skirt around that there's an amazing mocktail on this list!), and celebrate with a specialty drink that will sweep you off your feet whilst still making sure you make it to your morning Zoom meeting on time. Think of it as your own Valentine’s Day signature cocktail.

How can you figure out which drink to shake up, you ask? Well, we’ve got it all. From bubbly to tequila to all the wonderful love potions in between (being that Valentine’s Day 2022 is a Monday, we felt that espresso martinis were an essential addition to this list), we know you’ll find something in this *chef’s kiss* drinks menu that’ll get you in the lovey-dovey spirit. Plus, they’re suuuper easy to make! You know what that means…more glasses for you! Cheers, bb.

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1 Sparkling Strawberry
sparkling strawberry
YaVe Tequila

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add 1.5 ounces YaVe Tequila Reposado, ½ ounces lemon juice, and ½ ounce strawberry syrup. Shake and strain into a champagne flute and add 2.5 ounces champagne. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.

Recipe by YaVe Tequila/Sarah Gualtieri

2 Sweet as Honey
sweet as honey cocktail

First, make a honey simple syrup. In a small pot, combine ½ cup honey and ½ cup water. Bring to a simmer and stir until honey is dissolved. Cool and pour into a resealable glass container. Refrigerate any unused syrup.

Then, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 2 ounces gin, ¾ ounces honey simple syrup, and ¾ ounces lemon juice (plus lemon peel). Shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and serve with a lemon twist.

Recipe by HelloFresh

3 Glendalough Rose Spritz
glendalough  rose gin

In a glass filled with ice, pour 2 ounces Glendalough Rose Gin. Add 1 ounce fresh lime juice, and top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel and fresh sprig of mint.

Recipe by Glendalough

4 Old-Fashioned Love Song
old fashioned love song cocktail

In a rocks glass, add ice, 2 ounces Bourbon or rye whiskey, ¾ ounces crème de cacao, ½ ounces simple syrup, and some chocolate bitters. Stir with a bar spoon, until drink is chilled (about 20 times). Garnish with an orange twist and a cocktail cherry, and serve!

Recipe by HelloFresh

5 Passionate Souls Paloma
corralejo paloma

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1½ ounces Corralejo Reposado tequila, ¼ ounce simple syrup, ¾ ounces lemon juice, 1 ounce passion fruit puree, 5 dashes cayenne, and 3 drops Angostura bitters, and shake thoroughly. Rim a Collins glass with Tajín, then add ice. Strain the cocktail over rocks in the glass, then top off the cocktail with grapefruit soda or grapefruit beer. Garnish with a dried blood orange wheel.

Recipe by Corralejo

6 Electric Cosmopolitan
electric cosmopolitan
Three Spirit Livener

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add 2 ounces Three Spirit Livener, 2 ounces cranberry juice, 2 bar spoons of lime juice, and half a bar spoon of Seville orange marmalade, and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with candied cranberries and an orange wheel. If you don’t wanna make it a mocktail, drizzle in half an ounce of citrus vodka before you shake!

Recipe by Three Spirit Livener

7 Spicy Marg
spicy marg

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce lime juice, 1 or 2 slices jalapeño, and 1 teaspoon agave syrup. Muddle a few times. Fill shaker with ice. Pour in 2 ounces grapefruit juice and 2 ounces silver tequila. Shake until chilled. Rim a highball glass with pink Himalayan salt, then fill with ice. Strain chilled contents from shaker into the glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with another slice of jalapeño and a small wedge of grapefruit.

Recipe by HelloFresh

8 Be Mine Basil Smash
be mine basil smash
Doghouse Distillery

Add 50 mL Renegade gin to a tall glass, and then add 25 mL fresh lemon juice and 20 mL simple syrup. Next, add 4 blackberries and a couple of basil leaves and muddle, and then fill with ice and stir. Top with soda or prosecco, whatever you’re feeling!

Recipe by Doghouse Distillery

9 Cocoatini
cocoatini recipe

Rim a martini glass with chocolate syrup. Combine 1½ ounces chocolate liqueur, 1½ ounces Kahlua, 1½ ounces Baileys Irish cream, 2 ounces brewed espresso, 2 ounces half-and-half, and ¼ cup crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover and shake well. Strain into prepared glass. If desired, garnish with fresh raspberries.

Recipe by Hy-Vee

10 The Cointreau Cosmo
cointreau cosmopolitan

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce cointreau, 2 ounces vodka, 1 ounce cranberry juice, and 1 ounce fresh lime juice. Add ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Recipe by Cointreau

11 Rosé Aperol Spritz
rosé aperol spritz

Fill a wine glass with ice, then add 1 ounce Aperol, 2 ounces simple syrup, 2 ounces sparkling rosé, and then 1 ounce grapefruit juice. Feel free to garnish with a grapefruit peel “rose.”

Recipe by Bon Appeteach

12 Blackberry Hot Toddy
blackberry hot toddy

Run a lemon wedge along the rim of a mug or cocktail tumbler. Rim the glass in a bowl of 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Mash 3 ounces blackberries (half a package) in a colander over a bowl to capture juice. Add 2 ounces bourbon whiskey, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, remaining juice from the lemon wedge, and ½ cup hot water or tea to blackberry juice. Pour in the leftover brown sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Pour mixture into the sugar-rimmed glass and garnish with a blackberry and vanilla stick.

Recipe by Driscoll’s

13 Raspberry Paloma
yave blanco tequila
Yave Blanco tequila

Muddle 5 raspberries in a cup. Once muddled, add ½ ounce lime juice, 2 ounces grapefruit juice, and 3 ounces YaVe Blanco tequila. Shake for 10 seconds and then add ice. Strain the cocktail into a separate glass and top with 2 ounces club soda.

Recipe from YaVe Blanco Tequila and @CocktailsWithMeNYC

14 Dove Love Paloma
tanteo tequila dove love paloma cocktail recipe

Combine 2 ounces Tanteo® Jalapeño Tequila, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 2 ounces grapefruit juice, and ½ ounce agave nectar in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Finish off by garnishing with a lime slice or a jalapeño slice.

Recipe by Tanteo Tequila

15 Pomegranate Martini
the botanist pomegranate martini
The Botanist

Muddle 1 teaspoon pomegranate arils with 2½ ounces The Botanist Islay Dry Gin and allow to steep for 1 to 2 hours. Add the infused gin and ½ ounce vermouth to a mixing glass with ice and stir to chill. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

Recipe by The Botanist

16 Hanky Panky
hanky panky cocktail recipe
Liquor.com / Tim Nusog

Add 1½ ounces gin, 1½ ounces sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes Fernet-Branca into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Recipe by Liquor.com

17 Passion Daiquiri
Mount Gay Rum

Add 2 ounces Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, ½ ounce Cointreau, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, and ½ ounce passion syrup into a shaker. Before you shake and strain, add ice into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with lemon wheel or peel.

Recipe by Mount Gay Rum

18 Chambord Royale
Chambord Royale

Pour ⅓ ounce Chambord into a flute glass, top with sparkling wine, and garnish with a raspberry garnish.

Recipe by Chambord

19 Lillet Rosé Spritz
Lillet Rosé Spritz

Combine 3 ounces Lillet Rosé with 3 ounces tonic water, sparkling water, or club soda. Garnish with cucumber, mint, strawberry, and edible flowers.

Recipe by Lillet

20 Be My Galentine
Be My Gal-entine

Combine ½ ounce amaretto and 1½ ounces cherry cocktail juice in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with 3 ounces Barefoot Bubbly Red Moscato. Stir gently and garnish with cherries.

Recipe by Barefoot

21 Tanteo Tequila Red-Pepper-ita
Tanteo Tequila Red-Pepper-Ita

Puree a red pepper in a blender. For each cocktail: In a shaker with ice, combine 1¾ ounces Tanteo Chipotle Tequila (or the tequila of your choice), ¼ ounce mezcal, ¾ ounce red pepper puree, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, and ½ ounce simple syrup or light agave nectar. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a red pepper wedge.

Recipe by Tanteo

22 Goodnight Kiss
Abraham Rowe Photography

Add 1 dash angostura bitters onto 1 sugar cube and drop it into a champagne flute. Add 4 ounces champagne and top with 1 ounce Campari.

Recipe excerpted from Romantic Cocktails, by Clair McLafferty

23 Grapefruit Tequila Mojito
Tronki, LLC

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 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 1½ ounces tequila, and strain if desired. Add 1 cup ice and ⅓ cup seltzer water. Garnish the glass with a mint spring and a lime wedge.

Recipe courtesy of The Mojito Diet, by Dr. Juan Rivera, published by Simon & Schuster

24 Love Potion

In a cocktail shaker, combine 3 ounces gin, 1 ounce lime juice, and 1 ounce elderflower liquor. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain cocktail over ice in a cocktail glass and top with 5 ounces rosé champagne.

Recipe from HelloFresh

25 Bubble Bouquet

In a shaker filled with ice, add 1½ ounces Absolut Original, ½ ounce simple syrup, and 1 or 2 drops rose water. Shake and strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with rose petals.

26 Love Buzz

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1½ ounces Absolut Original, ½ ounce crème de cacao, 1 ounce raspberry puree, and 1 part room-temperature espresso. Shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cocoa shavings.

27 #AllThatGlitters

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, and ¼ ounce each St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Recipe from Catch NYC and L.A.

28 The Love Nest

In a highball glass filled with ice, add 2 ounces Absolut Mandarin and 4 ounces blood-orange soda. Garnish with chili threads and message hearts.

29 Tequila Sparkler

In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 ounce Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, ½ ounce lime juice, and ½ ounce simple syrup. Strain into a glass and top with champagne.

30 Absolut Gold

In a mixing glass, stir 1 part Absolut Original, ½ ounce peach liqueur, and ½ ounce Lillet Blanc. Strain into a champagne glass and top with 3 parts champagne. Garnish with edible gold flakes.

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