5 Valentine’s Day Cocktails Sweet Enough For Any Celebration

 

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Is it just me or did Valentine’s Day all of a sudden become a major party holiday? You’ve got your Galentine’s get-togethers and V-Day themed house parties. Personally, I love it. I mean, I love any excuse for a party, so turn up for Cupid. 

With so many fun happenings, Valentine’s Day serves as a perfect time to break out those awesome, themed cocktails. If you’re at a loss when it comes to ideas for your V-Day sips, I’ve compiled a list of five cocktails that are perfect for any V-Day celebration. Cheers!

Honey Berry Cosmo (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

0.75 oz Chambord® Liqueur
1.25 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Honey
1.5 oz Cranberry Juice
1 Splash Lemon Juice
1 Lemon Twist (Garnish)

DIRECTIONS

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

the-sparkling-roseSparkling Rose – (Created by Milagro Tequila Brand Ambassador, Jaime Salas)

INGREDIENTS

1.5 parts Milagro Silver
0.25 part Simple Syrup
0.5 part Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 part Watermelon Juice
2 parts Rosé Sparkling Wine
Garnish: 1 Lemon Twist

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients, except sparkling wine, in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake, strain and pour into a champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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V-Day With Bae: An Atlanta Dinner Guide For All Budgets

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Cypress Street – Photo via Caren West PR

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Wine and dine your boo or they’ll shade you.

Every year, couples flock to restaurants across Atlanta, looking to impress their significant other on Valentine’s Day. This particular feat can definitely prove costly, but it certainly doesn’t have to. In addition to their daily specials, a number of restaurants in the city will offer various, wallet-friendly promos for V-Day. 

And if you’re looking to ball out on Valentine’s Day, I’ve also got you covered on that end. 

Dinner & Drinks For Two Under $40

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Lure – Photo via Phase:3

Tin Lizzy’s – Indulge in margaritas and tacos at Tin Lizzy’s this V-Day, which also serves as a #TacoTuesday and #TequilaTuesday hybrid. And if you’re looking to save even more dough on V-Day dinner, sign up for Tin Lizzy’s Cinco Club to save $5 on your next meal. 

Calle Latina – If sangria and tacos are more your speed, Calle Latina offers an amazing special on both items on Tuesdays. You can indulge in sangria for $3 a glass and tacos for only $2 a pop. 

Lure – Alright, enough talk about tacos. If you’re looking for something a little more high-end yet still within budget, Lure is offering a dozen oysters and two glasses of Cava wine for only $20 on Valentine’s Day. Can’t go wrong with bougie on a budget.

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Valentine’s Day Cocktails To Sweeten Up The Weekend

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Margairta

You know what I love about Valentine’s Day? All-chocolate-everything and pink-and-red-for-the-win. Can’t go wrong with lots of chocolate and a dope color combo. So, when that translates to cocktails it’s even more of a win. Whether you’re rolling solo, rolling with the homies, or happen to be booed-up this Valentine’s Day weekend, I’ve got a handful of cocktail selections that are sure to sweeten the deal. Check ’em out below!

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Margarita (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS (Recipe Serves Two)

3 parts Sauza® Silver Tequila
1 parts DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
2 part Pucker® Strawberry Schnapps
6 parts sour mix
2 chocolate-covered strawberries
Chocolate shavings for rimming

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to a blender, puree until smooth. Serve in glasses rimmed with chocolate shavings and garnish each with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Soltado Hot ChocolateSoltado Molten Hot Chocolate (Created By Rob Bennett, Blu Wolf Bistro)

INGREDIENTS

1 oz Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila
1 oz Chocolate Vodka
4 oz hot drinking chocolate
2 oz brewed espresso
Drizzle chipotle chocolate syrup
Whipped cream and cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Stir first 4 ingredients into a mug or Irish coffee glass. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Drizzle chocolate syrup. Garnish cinnamon sticks.

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9 Cupid Approved Cocktails You Should Consider This Valentine’s Day

The D'USSE Devotion

Cupid must have had a serious affinity for cocktails because Valentine’s Day is easily one of the most Lushworthy of holidays. Whether you and your boo plan on having an at home date night this Valentine’s Day, or if you plan on turning up at a V-Day house party (*slowly raises hand*), the cocktails are sure to be flowing. Stumped on ideas for V-Day inspired dranks? Fret not, I’ve compiled a list of nine Valentine’s Day cocktails for both the sweethearts and the love-haters. Check ’em out below!

D’USSE Devotion (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1.5oz D’USSE VSOP Cognac
¾ oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
¾ oz House made Cinnamon Simple Syrup*
1 oz Hard Cider
Dash Angostura Bitters

DIRECTIONS

Combine the D’USSE, Lemon Juice, Cinnamon Syrup, and Angostura Bitters in Shaker. Shake and serve up in a coupe glass. Finish with Hard Cider and a little stir.

The Cinnamon syrup is made by adding cinnamon sticks to boiling water until the water begins to take on a brownish hue, then adding equal parts sugar to the water to create a 1 to 1 syrup.

The Hotel Lobby

The Hotel LobbyINGREDIENTS

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon Vodka
2 parts club soda
Muddled raspberries
Fresh lemon twist to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Muddle raspberries in a glass and add ice. Pour ingredients and stir. Garnish with a fresh lemon twist.

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Boozing With Willie: “The Velvet Kiss” (Made Using Baileys & Tequila Rose)

The Velvet Kiss

Well gentlemen, it’s that time of year again. Cupid is on the prowl, love is in the air and that special someone in your life is awaiting to see just how romantic of a night you have planned. Yeah, it’s the special day we call Valentine’s Day, the day we all express our love to our significant other and smother each other with kisses and hugs. Flowers, dinner, maybe a small, sentimental gift, it’s all well and good, but it’s been done over and over and over again. Your lady wants to see you get creative and unless you were born with a singing voice like yours truly (not true, but it sounds good) you might be in a bit of a bind. However, Ol’ Willie boy here has got you covered.

Her tastes buds will melt when she tastes The Velvet Kiss. This red velvet cake inspired cocktail will have you looking cooler than Clark Gable back in 1939 on the silver screen. Before things heat up, keep her cool with this blend of Tequila Rose liqueur, Baileys Irish Creme and last, but certainly not least red velvet Oreo cookies. Scroll down, get the recipe and thank me in the comments. Happy Valentine’s Day everybody, cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Tequila Rose Strawberry Liqueur
0.5 oz Baileys Irish Creme
Splash of Strawberry Liqueur
4-6 Red Velvet Oreo Cookies
1 Cup of Ice
Strawberry Syrup
Whipped Cream

DIRECTIONS

In a blender, add Tequila Rose, Bailey’s Irish Creme, strawberry liqueur, 4-5 red velvet Oreo cookies and ice. Blend until smooth and pour into a hurricane glass lined with strawberry syrup. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of strawberry syrup. Garnish with a red velvet Oreo cookie and serve with a straw.

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Lushworthy Creations: “My Salty Valentine” (Made Using Baileys Salted Caramel & Ketel One Vodka)

My Salty Valentine

Now that we’re well into the month of February, the countdown to find a boo, bae, sweetheart, etc. by Valentine’s Day is officially on and popping. If it appears that cupid’s letting you down, no need to worry. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to link up with friends and swoon over Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, and other boos-in-your-head while enjoying a V-Day-inspired cocktail. In fact, save any saltiness for that cocktail. Wait, what? Bear with me here, people…

As a member of The Bar Insiders, I was recently challenged with creating a Valentine’s Day cocktail using Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Crème. My cocktail creation is the “My Salty Valentine,” a decadent combination of Baileys Salted Caramel, Ketel One Vodka, and Caramel Frappuccino (the bottled kind). And to add some extra V-Day vibes, I topped the cocktail off with a dash of maraschino cherry juice.

You can find the “My Salty Valentine” recipe below. And for added cocktail inspiration this Valentine’s Day check out my Pinterest board for the special occasion. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Crème

0.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka

1 oz. Bottled Caramel Frappuccino

Maraschino Cherry Juice & Cherries

DIRECTIONS

Add Baileys, Ketel One Vodka, and caramel frappuccino to a glass with ice. Stir and add a dash of maraschino cherry juice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or two.

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