Cocktails to set the stage for a hot night of romance, or a fun way to celebrate Galentine’s Day, we prepared a fun list to spark the night with imagination and a bit of giddy delight. Tell us your favorite boozy blend in comments.
Blushing Rose Cocktail (aka TyKu’s Blushing Geisha Cocktail)
A sexy little cocktail, the blushing rose is the perfect fit for a special occasion. Sweet and fruity, this cocktail features the aphrodisiac-filled Ty Ku liqueur, which includes pomegranate, honeydew, yuzu, and Asian pear. Adding pomegranate juice and rose nectar creates a beautiful pink drink, fit for a couple’s night.
Figgy Sparkler Cocktail
What would Valentine’s Day be without Champagne? For a truly unique and delightful drink, try the figgy sparkler. This simple recipe pairs figs and cranberries with vodka and Prosecco. If you like, infuse your vodka with fig to enhance the fruit’s flavor and ramp up this love potion’s intoxicating qualities.
The Brogue Scotch and Lavender Cocktail
The brogue is a fine choice for whiskey lovers. It focuses on the contrast between a smooth single malt scotch and the delicate floral flavor of lavender. The recipe is little more than an enhanced rusty nail, and the homemade lavender honey syrup is easy to make. A hint of citrus, and the classic combo of scotch and Drambuie, which is a whiskey liqueur infused with herbs and spices, make this cocktail a fantastic and unique option.
Red Lotus Cocktail With Lychee Liqueur
Lychee is a lesser-known aphrodisiac, though the small Asian fruit can make a real splash in romantic cocktails. The red lotus is a simple drink that shows lychee off, without any special bartending skills needed. If you love a vodka cranberry (also known as a cape codder), then this drink is right up your alley. All you need is vodka, lychee liqueur, and cranberry juice.
Floating on Cloud 9
When a sweet, dreamy drink is on your mind, few can rival this recipe. It is a dessert within itself and is sure to have you and your valentine floating on cloud nine. The only drawback is that you have to deal with the whirl of a blender. That’s only momentary, though, and the mix of whipped cream vodka in a creamy, strawberry smoothie is worth it. Think of it as a pre-meal cocktail, but also give it a chance as a post-dinner sweet drink.
Amarula & Eve Cocktail
For an unusual vodka martini, it’s hard to beat the Amarula & Eve. This beautiful blend of fruit flavors pairs amazingly with almost any cuisine and flavor profile. The highlight of this recipe is Amarula Cream Liqueur, made from the love-inducing African marula fruit, tart and strong flavored. It’s paired with citrus vodka, and lychee and grapefruit juices to create a most delightful drink.
The Kir is a timeless wine cocktail and enchanting addition to any lover’s celebration. The focus is on the taste of blackcurrant, another hidden gem in the aphrodisiac line up. You can make either a Kir or Kir Royale by pouring crème de cassis into a wine glass and topping it with your favorite white wine. If you choose to use Champagne, you have a Kir Royale.
Love Potion #9 Cocktail
Madame Ruth’s love potion has nothing on this blend. Think of a boozy strawberry smoothie with a hint of chocolate, and Love Potion #9 is what you’re going to get. Choose between clear, vanilla, or strawberry vodka, though the latter is the best choice for this occasion. Add some chocolate liqueur, strawberries, and vanilla ice cream and give it a whirl. Decorate with fresh and sweet strawberries.
The name says it all because “bésame” is Spanish for “kiss me.” Its star ingredient is Agavero, a tequila-based liqueur flavored with the essence of the Damiana flower. You’ll start with muddled raspberries and lime for this fruity drink, then top it with passion fruit juice, Agavero, and Chambord. It may just win you that kiss you desire.
Kentucky Kiss Strawberry Cocktail
Enjoy the taste of bourbon and fresh strawberries in the Kentucky kiss. This lovely drink pairs the fruit’s natural sweetness with 100% maple syrup and a hint of citrus for an exciting twist.
Affogato Italian Espresso Dessert
The affogato is dessert and after-dinner coffee in a single glass. In Italian, it is the word for “drowned” as you’re going to literally drown a scoop of ice cream in a shot of espresso. It’s a brilliant and simple recipe that requires nothing more than vanilla gelato or ice cream and hot espresso. Spike it with amaretto, hazelnut, or Irish cream liqueurs, or really do it up with a flavorful Italian amaro like Averna.
Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé
Our grapefruit frosé, blends rosé wine, grapefruit juice, and pomegranate vodka for a lovely pink slushy. It’s also a great drink to double up in a single glass and share with your sweetheart using two straws.
Cafe Amore Hot Coffee Cocktail
Warm and soothing, the café amore is a fantastic coffee drink. The recipe spikes freshly brewed coffee with Cognac and amaretto, then adorns the cup with whipped cream and shaved almonds. It’s a fabulous way to end a memorable meal with an extra dose of amore.