Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some drinks? Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day as a couple, with friends, or solo, there’s no better way to kick off the evening than with delicious cocktails (or mocktails). Whether you prefer a classic cocktail or want something a bit more unique, we’ve got the recipes for you. And if you don’t drink alcohol, no worries—we have some delicious mocktails that will make you feel like you’re joining in on the fun. And all of these drinks will look pretty on your decorated table for Valentine’s Day. So let’s get started!
- Something Sweet – Fruity Sangria
- A Bit Bold – Spicy Margarita
- Strawberry Sparkler
- The Classic – Gin & Tonic
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Something Sweet – Fruity Sangria
This fruity sangria recipe is perfect for any Valentine’s Day gathering! It only requires 5 ingredients: 750ml bottle of white wine (preferably Pinot Grigio), 1 cup fresh orange juice, 1/3 cup brandy, ½ cup sliced strawberries, ½ cup raspberries. You can also substitute strawberries and raspberries with any other fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes, watermelon, blueberries, peaches, or apples.
In a large pitcher combine all ingredients except fruit slices. Stir until combined then add in fruit slices. Let chill overnight before serving over ice. Garnish with mint leaves. To make this into a mocktail simply leave out the brandy and use sparkling water instead of wine.
A Bit Bold – Spicy Margarita
If you are looking for something bolder this Valentine’s Day then look no further than this Spicy Margarita recipe! You will need 2 ounces tequila (a good Reposado tequila works best), ¾ ounce orange liqueur (like Grand Marnier or Cointreau), 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 teaspoon agave nectar and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder.
Shake all ingredients together with plenty of ice until cold and strain into glass over fresh ice cubes. Finish by adding pinch ground cayenne pepper on top as garnish or rim glass if desired. To make this into a mocktail simply leave out the tequila and orange liqueur and double up on orange juice instead.
This delicious Strawberry Sparkler is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Combine 2 ounces of vodka with ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries, 2 teaspoons of sugar and ¼ cup sparkling white wine in a blender. Blend until the strawberries are completely broken down then strain into a glass. Add ice, garnish with a few fresh strawberries, and enjoy! For the mocktail version, swap out the sparkling white wine with non-alcoholic sparkling wine or champagne and omit the vodka by doubling up on the non-alcoholic sparkling wine or champagne.
The Classic – Gin & Tonic
Nothing says “Valentine’s Day” like a classic gin and tonic! All you need is 2 ounces of your favorite gin (we recommend Hendricks), 4 ounces of tonic water, 2 lime wedges, and ice cubes. Fill your glass with ice cubes, pour in the gin and top it off with tonic water. Squeeze in one of the lime wedges and give it a stir. Garnish with the other lime wedge and enjoy!
For a nonalcoholic version, simply swap out the gin for an additional 4 ounces of tonic water, although tonic water alone is not the best tasting, so you may want to try out a different mocktail recipe for the non-drinkers.
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To help you get even more creative with your Valentine’s Day celebration, we have gathered some unique cocktail and mocktail recipes from the best bloggers out there! From party punch to strawberry cocktails, these drinks are sure to impress. So take a look at our listicle below and start planning your own special Valentine’s Day menu!
No matter what type of drink you’re looking for this Valentine’s Day, these recipes are sure to hit the spot! Whether it be classic cocktails or creative mocktails—you can now be ready to toast to love on February 14th with ease! Enjoy responsibly everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day!!