Slideshow: 17 Cocktails for a Romantic Valentine's Day

Sparking Jungle Bird
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.

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[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

Portland 75
Portland 75

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.

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[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

The Paper Plane
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.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

My Sharona
My Sharona

Red raspberries meet lemon, rum, and spicy ginger beer in this not-too-sweet fruity cocktail.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Pom Pomme
Pom Pomme

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.

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[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

Averna Buena
Averna Buena

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.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Negroni D'Amore
Negroni D'Amore

Barolo Chinato adds hints of chocolate to this Negroni variation, made with rich Old Tom gin and bitter Kina L'Avion D'Or.

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[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Lavender French 75
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.

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[Photograph: Kelly Carámbula]

The Chocolate Rye
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.

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[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

Hard Cider and Crème Yvette Sparkler
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.

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[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

La Vie en Rose
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.

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[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

Tart Cherry Cocktail
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.

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[Photograph: Julianne Puckett]

Upgraded Cosmopolitan
Upgraded Cosmopolitan

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.

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[Photograph: JL Studios]