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Valentine’s Day Cocktails


Feeling in the mood for love? Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your romantic side to your loved one or a new beau. Play your cards right and you might even get a second date out of it!

The holiday isn’t all about cards, chocolate and roses though. Restaurants can be a nice change from a norm, but why not head back to your place rather than the bars for some themed cocktails. Play bartender for the night and impress your date with your skills. These aptly named cocktails will put you and your special someone in the holiday spirits.

Names for Valentine’s cocktails may sound girly and too cutesy for your guy. Rather than emasculate your dude, play around with the drink names.  If your guy wants a “manly drink,” simply give it a name to suit his ego rather than a lovey-dovey one, which many of these have. Some suggestions are Love Potion or The Casanova. Just make sure he doesn’t go ordering drinks by these names next time you’re out at the bar, or things might get confusing!

Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka

What better what to celebrate Valentine’s Day then to offer your loved ones a bottle of chocolate rather than a box! I received a bottle of Godiva® Chocolate Infused Vodka to try out chocolatey cocktail recipes. This product is a perfect solution for combining two guilty pleasures of mixed drinks and chocolate!

Use the Godiva spirit in cocktails or serve on the rocks. Godiva offers a variety of chocolate liqueurs and vodkas. You can find more drink recipes as well as other spirits at drinkgodiva.com and Godiva Spirits on Facebook.

If you aren’t a bah-humbug about the holiday and don’t have a special someone to share the night with, chose one of the following drinks to cozy up on the couch with a romance novel or your favorite Rom-Com!

Lover’s Lane

Created by Lynn House, Mixologist, Chicago, IL

Ingredients

2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka

1/4 ounce orange liqueur

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Raspberries for garnish

Preparation

Combine Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka, orange liqueur and fresh lime juice into a martini glass and stir. Garnish with raspberries.

The Lovebirds

Created by Jonathan Pogash, Cocktail Guru

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Vodka

1/2 ounce orange-flavored liqueur

Champagne or sparkling wine for top

3/4 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice

Handful of mint leaves

Lemon peel for garnish

Orange peel for garnish

Preparation

Combine Godiva Chocolate Vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, freshly squeezed orange juice, and mint leaves into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with orange and lemon peel wrapped around each other.

Baileys Irish Cream

Mixing with Baileys might not be everyone’s “thing,”  but if the drinker is a fan of sweet, creamy drinks, these are sure to please. Think of these recipes as indulgent alcoholic milkshakes. Since you are using ice cream in your drink, leave the ice cream out a bit to soften to allow for easier and smoother mixing.

I received Baileys Irish Cream for the purpose of this article. You can substitute regular Baileys in the recipes, rather than the flavored versions. If you only have Baileys Irish Cream, you can add a caramel ice cream topping to the drink for “the hint of caramel”. This will, however, add to the thickness of the drink. Since the drink tends to be thick, consider adding a straw to the mix.

The Baileys cocktails recipes are strong, so don’t expect to kick back a number of drinks. Simply pour yourself a cocktail as well as one for your date and enjoy the company of your significant other. Perhaps light a fire or some candles to set a romantic mood.

Chocolate Caramel Classic

Ingredients

2 ounces Baileys with a hint of Caramel

2 ounces Vanilla Ice Cream

1 ounce Chocolate Syrup

Whipped Cream

Chocolate Shavings

Preparation

Blend Baileys with a hint of Caramel, vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup in a blender until smooth. Serve chilled in a martini glass garnished with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake in Mint Condition

Ingredients

2 ounces Baileys with a hint of Mint Chocolate

1/2 ounce Smirnoff Black Cherry Flavored Vodka

2 teaspoons Cheesecake Pudding Mix

1 Black Cherry

Whipped Cream

Dark Chocolate Shavings

Mint Sprig

Preparation

Shake together Baileys with a hint of Mint Chocolate, vodka and pudding mix in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with black cherry, whipped cream, dark chocolate shavings and mint sprig.

The POM Pink Angel

Ingredients

1 oz. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

1 1/2 oz. kurant vodka

1 oz. triple sec liqueur

1/4 oz. fresh lime juice (or squeeze 2 lime wedges into the shaker and drop them in)

Orange peel for garnish

NUVO Kiss

Ingredients

4 oz NUVO Sparkling Liqueur

1 1/2 oz Frangelico

*Serve in a Champagne flute

Midnight Pink

Ingredients

4 oz NUVO Sparkling Liqueur

1 1/2 oz Kahlua

*Serve in a Highball glass

Keep Reading for More V-Day Cocktails…

POM Eskimo Kiss

Ingredients

1 quart POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

2 quarts of fresh apple cider

8 cinnamon sticks

6 star anise

12 cloves

12 allspice berries, cracked

Camarena Kiss

I had the pleasure of trying this drink out with my sample of Camarena Silver Tequila. Make your or your date this cocktail to put yourselves in the Valentine spirits. Celebrate your relationship together with this is a sweet pink drink. This delicious drink is sure to please.

 

Ingredients

1/2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila

1/2 oz Blackberry Brandy

1/2 oz Lime Juice

1/2 oz Grenadine

2 1/2 oz Brut Champagne

Preparation

Combine all liquids, except Champagne in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled champagne flute. Top with Brut Champagne.

Margarita de Amore


Ingredients

2 oz Oro Azul Blanco Tequila

1 oz Gabriel Boudier Mixologist Range Parfait Armour

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 fresh lime juice

1 tsp agave nectar

Preparation

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an edible flower.

Voli Light Vodkas

I received Voli Light Vodka to experiment with these cocktail recipes. This product comes in many fine flavors such as the smooth Lyte, zesty Lemon, sweet Raspberry Cocoa, delightful Espresso Vanilla, and delicious Orange Vanilla. Natural ingredients create a delicious blend of fruit flavors and vodka.

In addition to creating mixed drinks, consider enjoying a smooth drink on the rocks with any of these flavors.  Voli Light Vodkas are a great way to enjoy a drink, but avoid the calories that come along with many sweet and consequently sugary drinks. The brand is co-owned by singer-songwriter Fergie and features products with 25 to 40 percent less calories than other brands. These cocktails will set the mood for you and your loved one to kick back and enjoy each other’s company.

Red Lips

Ingredients

1.5 oz Raspberry Cocoa

2 oz diet cranberry juice

4 raspberries

1/4 oz fresh lime juice

1/2 packet natural sweetener

Splash of club soda

Preparation

Muddle raspberries, add ingredients, shake and strain. Top with a splash of club soda. Sere in a martini glass and garnish with lime and raspberry. (Roughly 86 calories)

Voli Crush

Ingredients

1.5  oz Orange Vanilla

1 oz fresh orange juice

Splash of diet sprite

Preparation

Shake and strain Voli and orange juice. Top with a splash of diet sprite. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with an orange twist. (Roughly 94 calories)

Cocoa Kiss

Ingredients

1.5 oz Raspberry Cocoa or Espresso Vanilla

3/4 oz Irish cream liqueur

Preparation

Serve over ice and stir. Garnish with fresh raspberries or espresso beans. (Roughly 110 calories)

VnC Cocktails “The Kiss”

If you don’t have time (or the talent!) to make your own cocktails, try your luck with a pre-made one like VnC Cocktails “The Kiss” in Pomegranate Cosmo. I received this product to review, and it was simple and easy to make.

Using a ready-made drink reduces any mess you may make by using a cocktail shaker, and cuts down on the time to make a drink if you are a newbie to the trade. If you want to impress someone with a sweet sippable cocktail, but don’t have the confidence to make your own, this is the perfect drink for you!

This bright red drink from New Zealand is only 150 calories and requires no prep. Simply shake and pour your beverage into a margarita glass for a classic cosmo. VnC cocktails are always made with 100% fruit juices and contain no artificial preservatives, additives, or colors.

For more info and to find where you can buy this sweet drink, visittheir website for more information (http://www.vnccocktails.com). Don’t worry if you don’t drink it all on Valentine’s Day, its sleek bottle will fit nicely in your refrigerator. Drink the leftovers with your girl friends on a later date!

 

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