4 Fun Valentine’s Day cocktails to try
Valentine’s Day is all about romance, for sure. But it’s also closely tied to great meals and tasty beverages, which explains why you have such a hard time making reservations so close to the date. Dining is not the main focus of the holiday, but having the right elements when you dine is a wonderful way to make the occasion more special, drinks included. Whether you manage to find a table somewhere special, or choose to have a cozy date night at home, check out these ideas for cocktails that are sure to help you get into a romantic spirit.
- Americano. The focal point of this classic drink isn’t espresso, but Campari, which is a bitter liqueur infused with herbs. It was a favorite of expatriates during Prohibition, and it can help give your date night more of a speakeasy vibe. Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add a shot (one and a half ounces) each of Campari and sweet vermouth. Stir thoroughly, then add club soda to the mixture for a bubbly and refreshing aperitif.
- Raspberry martini. When done properly, the martini is a cocktail that never fails to evoke elegance and sophistication. There are plenty of variants out there that just do not measure up to the original formula of dry vermouth and gin or vodka, instead using cloyingly sweet liqueur or flavored vodka to make a weak facsimile of the real deal. This variation, however, is not like the others. It uses real raspberries and lemon juice to create a fruity tang that makes it worthy of the martini name. Vodka is the spirit of choice here, because it works so well with both fruit flavors. A small splash of sweet grenadine goes a long way towards making this drink look the part for Valentine’s Day.
- Vesper. If you’re feeling a little lonely this V-Day, or just want to feel like a secret agent, opt for this one. It was James Bond’s imbibement of choice in the book Casino Royale, and was named after a lost lover. It combines two shots of gin with an ounce of vodka and a half ounce of an aromatized wine called Lillet. As you might have guessed, this one should be shaken, not stirred.
- French 75. Another classic, this concoction uses the sparkling wine of your choice as the base for a refreshingly citrus drink. Pour a shot of gin or cognac into a shaker filled with ice. Then add a half-ounce each of simple syrup and lemon juice and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into a glass, and add the wine as you please. The result is a cocktail that works perfectly with appetizers.
Choosing any of the cocktails above is a surefire way to help your lovely evening get off to the right start, or wind down in a romantic way. Pair these drinks accordingly; sweeter drinks go better with dessert, and drier drinks are best served before or between courses. As always, remember to drink responsibly!
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