Anti-Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Just because you don’t have anyone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, doesn’t mean you have to spend it alone! If you are one of those individuals who abhor February 14th, then have we’ve got a list of drinks for you.

This time of year is tough for singles. Instead of crying by yourself on a couch eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s watching a sappy movie, spend some time with your girl friends who also have no one to call their own. Set up your place for the perfect girl’s night and create your very own bar complete with everything you need to forget about what everyone else is doing on this date.

The following cocktails are themed perfectly for those who have no interest in celebrating lovey-dovey things. These drinks are sure to set you and your gals in good moods, give you some girl power, and prepare you to have some quality fun with your best buds.

Fun & Fabulous

Created by Beate Kiser, Mixologist, New York City, NY


3/4 ounces Godiva Chocolate Vodka

1/4 ounce ginger liqueur

1/4 ounce sparkling wine

2 fresh mint sprigs



Combine Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka, ginger liqueur and a sprig of fresh mint into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain over ice into a champagne flute.Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Cupid’s Miss


5 oz. VOGA Sparkling

½ oz. Chambord

½ oz. Gran Marnier


Combine ingredients in a champagne flute, garnish with blackberries and an orange peel

Bitter and Bubbly


Cinnamon sugar

2 drops peach bitters

1 sugar cube

1 oz. Pama pomegranate liqueur

5 oz. VOGA Sparkling


Rim a champagne glass with cinnamon sugar. Add bitters directly to the sugar cube and drop the cube into the champagne flute. Pour the pomegranate liqueur and Grand Marnier on top of it. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling wine.

On the Rocks


VOGA Sparkling

0.25 oz Whiskey

0.5 TSP Sugar

Dash of Bitters


Mix whiskey, bitters and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Fill up the remainder of glass with VOGA sparkling wine.  Garnish with a cherry.

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