Slideshow: Hate Valentine's Day? 8 Bitter Cocktails to Make at Home

Bitter and Bold Sangria
Bitter and Bold Sangria

Fresh cranberry syrup creates a tannic fruity component that's a versatile tool in your cocktail cabinet. In this bold and complex cocktail, it's mixed with bittersweet Campari and a generous dose of bourbon.

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[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

Eeyore’s Requiem
Eeyore’s Requiem

If you can’t find love in the air, perhaps you can find it in a glass. Campari-lovers will appreciate this cocktail’s impressive balance of Campari, Cynar, gin, vermouth, and potent Fernet Branca. A few twists of orange finish it off for the perfect toast to bitter hearts everywhere.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Search for Delicious
Search for Delicious

A little bitter, a little sweet, a little salty: this lower-proof drink is one of our favorites, especially when we plan to have more than just one cocktail. (And isn't Valentine's Day that kind of night?) It's made with Cynar and slightly bitter Punt e Mes, mixed with lemon juice and orange bitters and topped with sprinkling of salt.

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[Photograph:Maggie Hoffman]

Black Honey
Black Honey

If you're a fan of Cynar, this bitter drink is a must-try, spiked with funky Smith & Cross rum, sweetened with a little cinnamon syrup, and brightened with lemon.

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[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

Bitter Mimosa
Bitter Mimosa

Start your Valentine's hate-fest with a bitter mimosa. Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice with a healthy dose of Cynar is topped with sparkling wine for a bit of morning (or anytime!) bubbly.

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[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

The Maloney No. 2
The Maloney No. 2

This seriously strong drink mixes bitter Cynar with high-proof bourbon to cut through the sweetness of vermouth and maraschino liqueur. It's rich, boozy, and beautiful: just drink slowly.

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[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]