Sparking Jungle Bird
Make your Valentine's Day into a romantic escape, even if you can't leave town. This tiki-inspired cocktail combines rum, lime, roasted pineapple and Campari, topped off with fizzy sparkling wine. It's a refreshing—and powerful—drink that adds a taste of tropical sweetness to the cold winter.
Get cozy and cuddle up with this cocktail, which evokes the scent of an Oregon forest. A twist on a French 75, it uses Clear Creek Distillery Douglas Fir Eau de Vie for a piney, woodsy character. Fresh lemon, gin, and sparkling rosé complement the subtle citrus notes found in the eau de vie.
The Paper Plane
This drink may be pink, but it's not kidding around. Made with serious bourbon shaken with Amaro Nonino and Aperol, plus a little lemon, it's boozy, bittersweet, and super-delicious.
Want something fizzy and fun? This delicate bourbon cocktail is one of our favorite uses of sparkling wine. It's made with just a touch of elderflower liqueur, whatever bourbon you have on hand, and a splash of lemon to keep things bright.
Red raspberries meet lemon, rum, and spicy ginger beer in this not-too-sweet fruity cocktail.
This drink says, "you're the apple of my eye." Hard cider (the pomme) and pomegranate juice (the pom) are mixed with apple brandy and ginger liqueur in this delicious red concoction.
This Valentine's day cocktail balances a few drops of Godiva chocolate liqueur with the complex flavor of citrusy, herbal Averna and a hit of reposado tequila. It's a seductively silky and balanced combination.
Roses in the Snow
Skip the florist this Valentine's Day and stop and smell the roses with this pretty bitters-topped cocktail. A variation of a Gin Fizz, this drink uses rosewater, combined with the tartness of lemon juice, to create a delicately intoxicating way to say, "I love you."
Barolo Chinato adds hints of chocolate to this Negroni variation, made with rich Old Tom gin and bitter Kina L'Avion D'Or.
Lavender French 75
Don't have the budget for fancy Champagne? Any decent Cava or Prosecco will work great in this floral cocktail, made with fresh lemon juice, herbal gin, and lavender simple syrup.
The Chocolate Rye
Chocolate drinks are often simple and sweet, without the complexity you've come to love if you're into boozy cocktails. This one's much more serious, made by infusing whiskey with cacao nibs and spices, then mixing the combination with a little sherry and Meyer lemon juice.
Drinks made with tons of bitters are all the rage these days. Try it at home with this recipe, featuring a heavy pour of spicy Angostura, balanced with fresh pineapple and sweet almond from orgeat. Genever adds a rich, malty flavor to this pretty drink.
Hard Cider and Crème Yvette Sparkler
Roses are red, violets are blue...and they also make delicious liqueur. Crème Yvette violet liqueur has hints of berries, vanilla, orange peel and spices that give complex flavor to classic cocktails like the Aviation and the Blue Moon. Here, it's mixed with effervescent hard cider, which cuts the fruity and floral Crème Yvette.
La Vie en Rose
No need for rose colored glasses here, folks: This drink is pink. Peychaud's bitters give the cocktail its romantic hue, elderflower liqueur gives it sweetness and floral flavors, and sparkling wine gives it a fun fizz. Garnish with a flower for your special someone.
Tart Cherry Cocktail
Pucker up for a ruby red sip of tart cherry and tangy lime in this simple cocktail. Use unsweetened, 100% tart cherry juice concentrate (found at most health food stores or organic markets) for that mouth-puckering effect, in combination with fresh lime juice and a splash of sweet Cointreau.
Etre en Verve
If you want your Valentine's night to last a good long while, you might want to keep it light on the booze. Start with this low-proof sparkling wine-based cocktail. Lillet Blanc adds fruity depth and a few dashes of grapefruit bitters cut through nicely.
This Sex and the City staple has a bad rap, but a thoughtful upgrade makes it worthy of your Valentine's Day. Re-imagined for today's tastes, cranberry juice is swapped out for cranberry sorbet and topped with a healthy pour of sparkling wine. The result is fizz with a finish of tart cranberry, bright vodka, and fresh lime.