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Some people think a Valentine’s Day cocktail should be rose red. Others think it should be chocolate. Still others want to drink pink.
Here, we offer chocolate, coffee, red and pink Valentine cocktails for your consideration. If you’re having a party, choose several.
Mocktail options follow.
VALENTINE COCKTAIL DRINKS
Amore Espresso Cocktail Recipe
Bright Red Cocktail Recipes (including the Lovecicle)
Chocolate Basil Martini Recipe
Five Chocolate Cocktail Recipes (including the Hot Lips Chocolatini)
Love Nectar Recipe (red, with tequila, cider, red grapes)
Love Potion Recipe (bright red)
Passionfruit Tequila “Besame” (Kiss Me) Recipe (bright red)
Pink Cocktail Recipes (including Cupid’s Cosmo)
Pomegranate Martini Recipe (deep pink with red arils)
Pomegranate Refresher Recipe (pale pink with red arils)
The Right Kiss Gin Cocktail Recipe (deep red)
Rose Cocktail Recipes (pink, with rose simple syrup)
Secret Crush Champagne Cocktail Recipe (red)
Rosy and delicious: the Secret Crush “Champagne” cocktail made with Prosecco and grenadine. Photo courtesy Macao Trading Co.
VALENTINE MOCKTAIL INGREDIENTS
To make a Valentine-red mocktail, you need to use either a red base (blood orange juice, cranberry juice, cherry or raspberry soda) or a red-colored flavor such as grenadine or strawberry purée)—or both.
Blend the juice and soda in proportions you prefer. If it isn’t red enough, add one of the red-colored flavors. Taste, add some citrus juice to pick up the flavor, and select a garnish.
The Pomegranate Refresher can be made
with tequila, or as a mocktail with regular or
diet 7-UP or Sprite.
Blood orange juice
Ginger ale or ginger beer
Strawberry or raspberry purée
Citrus juice: grapefruit lemon, lime
Fruit: blood orange wheel, notched strawberry, pomegranate arils, raspberry pick
Herbs: fresh mint, opal (purple) basil
Optional: red straws
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