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Aaah, what’s not to love about February? Not only is it the shortest month of the year, but the much anticipated day of love, Valentine’s Day, lies at the very heart of it.
If you have a crush, are somebody’s crush, or just want to show your affection to the special people in your life, there is no better time of the year to celebrate love.
To get you in the mood, we mixed five different Valentine’s Day Cocktails to complement five special date occasions. Whether it’s your first date, a double date, a date with friends, a date with your long-term partner, or your very first Valentine’s date as a couple, Barsys has a cocktail just for you!
Barsys’ Smart Coaster system makes creating Valentine’s Day cocktails the perfect prelude to your romantic plans. But before we get started, let’s take a closer look at the story behind Valentine’s Day.
The History of Valentine's Day
You may already know that Valentine's Day was named after its patron saint, St. Valentine. Perhaps you heard some other unlovable or somewhat dubious facts about the day’s history.
But, did you know that it wasn't until the Middle Ages that the holiday became associated with love and romance?
The tradition started from the common belief in England and France that birds started their mating season on February 14. Regardless of how much or how little you already know about the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day, and the lesser-known Galentine’s Day, are great reasons to celebrate love.
Couple 1: The First Date
Cocktail Name: The Pink Squirrel
How to Make Pink Squirrel Recipe
The Pink Squirrel might remind you of the flavored milk left behind in your breakfast cereal bowl when you were little. Delicate flavors of almonds and vanilla chocolate liqueur combined with heavy cream make this the closest thing to drinking ice cream. It’s so good you might be tempted to drink it all in one sip!
- 1 oz Creme De Noyaux
- 1 oz White Creme De Cacao
- 1 oz Heavy Cream
Grated Nutmeg, Cocktail Cherry
- In a cocktail shaker with ice, add in Creme De Noyaux, White Creme De Cacao, and Heavy Cream.
- Shake well and strain into a Coupe Glass.
- Garnish with Grated Nutmeg and a Cocktail Cherry and serve.
Couple 2: The Double Date
Cocktail Name: Clover Club
How to Make Clover Club Recipe
Clover Club is a fun drink that will have couples relaxing in each other's company in no time at all. This fresh fruity cocktail is bursting with raspberry and lemon. The marriage of tastes leaves sweet and tart flavors mingling on the tongue, perfectly complementing the cocktail’s gin base. As the cocktail maker, take time to embellish the cocktail glass with a red sugar rim - the compliments will be worth the effort!
- 3 oz Gin
- 0.75 oz Raspberry Syrup
- 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Egg White
- In a cocktail shaker with ice, add in Gin, Raspberry Syrup, Lemon Juice and Egg White.
- Shake well and strain into a Cocktail Glass.
- Garnish with A Lemon Twist and Fresh Raspberries and serve.
Couple 3: The Friends Date
Cocktail Name: Cranberry Margarita
How to Make Cranberry Margarita Recipe
Red is the color of love… and cranberries! Celebrate and make a toast to friendship and the promise of good times ahead. Sip on a cocktail glass loaded with cranberry juice, tequila, and Cointreau. A fresh squeeze of lime and a dash of syrup will get your tastebuds singing for more. To make sure each cocktail looks good, use a coaster for drinks, and a sprig of rosemary as a swizzle stick. Now that your Valentine’s cocktail is picture-perfect, it’s time to capture the fun; remember to tag us on Insta!
- 1.5 oz Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
- 1.5 oz Tequila
- 1 oz Cointreau
- 0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
Sea Salt, Cranberries, Rosemary Sprig
- In a cocktail shaker with ice, add in Cranberry Juice, Tequila, Cointreau, Lime Juice and Simple Syrup.
- Shake well and strain into an ice-filled, salt-rimmed Old Fashioned Glass.
- Garnish with Cranberries and a Rosemary Sprig and serve.
Couple 4: The Married for 5+ Years Date
Cocktail Name: French Martini
How to Make French Martini Recipe
Pack the Barsys Coaster + Mixer Combo, and check into your favorite hideaway because the day of love is all about reigniting romance. And what better way to get started than with an elegant French Martini? This seductive vodka-based juice will remind you of why you first got together. It will also help inspire you to spend more time reconnecting with each other. For a cheeky twist on this classic favorite, replace the pineapple juice with three equal parts of strawberry, cranberry, and blueberry juice, for a triple-berry martini.
- 2 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Pineapple Juice
- 0.5 oz Chambord or Raspberry Liqueur
- In a cocktail shaker with ice, add in Vodka, Pineapple Juice and Raspberry Liqueur.
- Shake well and strain into a Cocktail Glass.
- Garnish with a Raspberry and serve.
Couple 5: The First Valentine’s Day Together Date
Cocktail Name: Pomegranate Gin Fizz
How to Make Pomegranate Gin Fizz Recipe
This is it! Your first Valentine’s Day together as a couple. Rose petals scattered on the bed, boxes of chocolates, and cute heart-shaped cards. Pull out all the stops and create the best romantic experience! That means serving a unique Valentine’s Day cocktail that will give you and your date loads of energy for things to come! A lot like sparkling wine, this gin cocktail packs a bit of a punch!
- 2 oz Gin
- 1.5 oz Pomegranate Juice
- 0.5 oz Lemon Juice
- 1 Egg White
- 1 oz Soda Water
- In a cocktail shaker with ice, add in Gin, Pomegranate Juice, Lemon Juice, Egg White and Soda Water.
- Shake well and strain into an Old Fashioned Glass.
- Garnish with a Rosemary Sprig and serve.
Tips On How To Make The Best Valentine’s Day Cocktails
When it comes to making good-looking cocktails, presentation is key. With this in mind, keep your eye on the prize and take time to prepare all your ingredients in advance, with care.
Whether it’s berry-laden ice cubes the size of mini-icebergs, homemade lemon-lime soda or luscious fresh strawberries dipped in dark chocolate, it’s all about attention to detail. This added effort will make your Valentine’s Day cocktail memorable.
And, if the apple of your eye prefers a zero-proof drink, Barsys’ Coaster + Mixer Combo and Smart Coasters are perfect for concocting mocktails.
Just mix freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or orange juice, flavored club soda, and a squeeze of lemon and lime. Then, shake and pour over crushed ice, and voilà, you now have an alcohol-free champagne cocktail!
Recommended Alcohol Brands For Your Valentine’s Day Cocktails
When it comes to deciding what liquor brands to use when making your Valentine’s Day cocktails, take a tip from professional mixologists. Use quality products that are known for robust flavor for the best results.
Although sourcing craft products will elevate you as a cocktail maker, here are a few of the classics:
- Gin - Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire London Dry, and Seagram’s Extra Dry
- White Creme de Cacao - Substitute with a good tequila-based liqueu
- Tequila - Jose Cuervo, Patrón, and Don Julio
- Vodka - Absolut, Smirnoff Triple Distilled, and Poliakov Silver
What Food To Pair With Your Barsy Valentine’s Day Cocktails
Lining the tummy with a canapé or three might be a good idea if ‘cocktail hour’ is the starting point for dinner or a night out on the town.
If you are wondering what finger food to serve with your Valentine’s Day cocktails, it’s all about enhancing flavors. To make things easier, we narrowed it down for you.
The Pink Squirrel
Starting with a desert-style snack for the sweet tooth reminds us to have a good time.
Pour your cocktail over a generous scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream for a fun twist. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, and pop a cherry on top! Now you have a grown-up take on an ice cream sundae.
Create an interactive experience perfect for double dates - get continental with Swiss-inspired Raclette.
Made using a traditional raclette warmer, melted cheese is served with a selection of cured meats, steamed new potatoes, homemade pickles, and just-out-of-the-oven baguettes! This fondue-like spread goes perfectly with the sweet and tart flavor of Clover Club.
Indulge in mini sweet-and-juicy shrimp tacos, served with all the trimmings.
They pair perfectly with margarita cocktails! Use the best tortillas you can find, and get creative with a little mango salsa to put foodie flare on the table.
Take old-fashioned bar snacks to a whole new level and save time on food preparation.
Splurge on a selection of spiced nuts, parmesan crisps, and smoked salmon slivers. Make a little hummus to spread on lightly toasted pita bread. Now, top with capers and grated red onion, and you have a winner!
Pomegranate Gin Fizz
Stock up on a dozen fresh oysters for your first Valentine’s Day date night.
Just like the conversation, keep it simple. All you need is a squeeze of lemon, a dash of Tabasco, and your pomegranate cocktail to wash it down.
We know that the first get-together with your crush might need a little boost to break the ice, but remember, what you drink on a date says a lot about you.
It might be wise to steer clear of red wine, which could stain your teeth. The same goes for tequila shots, or any other shots, for that matter!
Cupid tends to be a little overenthusiastic at this time of year and is rearing to shower you with a whole lot of courage if given half a chance. Instead, play it safe; whip out a cocktail glass and the Barsys Smart Coaster + Mixer Combo. Then, prepare one of our delicious cocktail drinks to make the right impression!
Happy Valentine’s Day!