11 Valentine’s Day Cocktails That Beat a Box of Chocolates
Extra-Large Rosé Sbagliato
A riff on sangria, this delicious drink comes together to create a beautiful dark red hue. An unconventional trio of ingredients—dry red wine, a splash of cola, and a hint of fresh lemon juice—ensures just the right combination of sweet and tart.
Get the recipe: Kalimotxo
Sparkling Rose Cocktail
Who says you can’t have your roses and… drink them too? This pretty pink beverage gets its seasonal shade from pink grapefruit juice, but a dash of rose water (an ingredient that can generally be found in health food stores) provides a distinctly floral flavor and aroma.
Get the recipe: Sparkling Rose Cocktail
A new twist on Samantha, Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte’s go-to cocktail. This version, which could be mistaken for dessert, is frozen and then broken up into loose—and extremely tasty (not to mention boozy)—ice crystals. Plan ahead, because the mixture will need at least four hours to freeze.
Get the recipe: Cosmopolitan Slushy
Mulled Wine With Cranberries
If Valentine’s Day turns out to be a frozen February day, curl up with this warm wine. Fruit, fruit juice, rich spices, and a bit of sugar are added to dry red wine (try Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon) to create a version of sangria that’s decidedly more appropriate for wintertime.
Get the recipe: Mulled Wine With Cranberries
Simple Punch Cocktail
When a cranberry vodka just doesn’t sound festive enough but you’d really rather not buy a handful of ingredients you’ll only use once, this drink will do the trick. You may have to pick up pomegranate juice, but the rest of the ingredients are definite pantry staples.
Get the recipe: Simple Punch Cocktail
A delicious blend of non-alcoholic ingredients—winter fruits (pears and oranges), black cherry soda, and pomegranate juice—combine with a trio of alcohol (fruity red wine, brandy, and triple sec) to create a memorable cold-weather sangria. This drink serves 20, so don’t be shy: Invite all of your friends.
Get the recipe: Winter Sangria
If Valentine’s Day really isn’t your thing, mix up this cocktail instead of braving the restaurant crowds. The red hue means you can still get in the spirit (subtly, of course) and, with a drink this strong, you may even forget it’s February 14.
Get the recipe: Raspberry Martini
Vodka Cranberry Cooler
For those who like sweet drinks, but want something just a little bit stronger than the average wine spritzer. Swap the white wine for vodka, sprinkle in some sugar, and add a hint of fizz with tonic water and cream soda.
Get the recipe: Vodka Cranberry Cooler
Rosemary, Grape, and Gin Cocktails
An easy homemade rosemary simple syrup adds savory depth to an otherwise sweet fruit cocktail. Your valentine will feel transported into a romantic and cozy craft cocktail bar, rather than your living room. Make the whole batch (which serves four), so you’ll have two rounds of drinks at the ready.
Get the recipe: Rosemary, Grape, and Gin Cocktails
A drink perfectly suited for a full night of romantic comedies. This cheery red cocktail gets its bite from a combination of vodka and Cointreau, though sugar and pomegranate juice make it go down a bit easier than your standard martini.
Get the recipe: Pomegranate Martinis