Whether you've been struck by cupid's arrow and are creating a romantic meal or are blissful solo and hosting an Anti-Valentine's Day bash, here are five cocktails to celebrate Saint Valentine.
1. Cruzan Rose Kiss:
This floral drink utilizes one of the most popular Valentine's Day gifts.
• 2 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum
• .5 parts Hibiscus Liqueur
• 1 part Fresh Lime Juice
• 3 Drops Rose Water
• Splash of Soda Water
Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake for 15 seconds. Pour over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Top with soda water.
2. Box O' Chocolates:
Hamptons love birds should stop by Nick & Toni's
(36 North Main Street, East Hampton, 631-324-3550, www.nickandtonis.com
) to try this sweet cocktail.
• .75 oz. Cherry Liqueur
• 5 oz. Prosecco or Champagne
• Large Orange Twist
Box O' Chocolates. (Courtesy Photo)
Add cherry liqueur then prosecco to your chocolate rimmed champagne glass. Hang the orange twist on the edge of the glass and voila.
3. The Closer:
If you're in NYC for Valentine's Day, finish your meal with this chocolatey concoction from NYY Steak (7 West 51st Street, New York, 646-307-7910, www.nyysteak.com
• 1.5 oz. Godiva
• 1 oz. Absolute Vanilla
• .25 oz. Kahlua
• .25 oz. Frangelico
• Splash Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Juice
• Splash Grand Marnier
• 1 Egg White
• Chocolate Covered Strawberry
• Dark Chocolate shavings
Fill a shaker with ice and add Godiva Chocolate, Absolute Vanilla, Frangelico, and Kahlua. Pour into a glass. Top with Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Juice, Grand Marnier and egg white infused foam. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings and a chocolate covered strawberry.
4. Cupid's Arrow:
Even if the son of the love goddess hasn't hit you with his arrow, this libation is still worth mixing up.
• 1 oz. Lucid Absinthe
• 1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
• 1 oz. Lemonade or Sour Mix
• 2 oz. Ginger Ale
• 1 Lemon wedge
Fill a shaker with ice and add raspberry liqueur, Lucid Absinthe and lemonade. Shake vigorously. Pour into a glass and top with ginger ale, add a lemon wedge and serve.
The Closer, Cupid's Arrow, and Cruzan Rose Kiss. (Courtesy Photos)
5. Strawberry Kiss:
The festive cocktail is available at the 21 Club (21 West 52nd Street, New York, 212-582-7200, www.21club.com
• 2 oz. Grey Goose Vodka
• 1.5 oz. Lillet
• 1 oz. Strawberry Simple Syrup
• .75 oz. Crème de Cacao White
• .5 oz. Perrier
• 2 Strawberries
Muddle one strawberry at the bottom of a mixing glass. Add vodka, lillet, simple syrup and crème de cacao white to the mixing glass with ice and shake. Double strain (to remove pulp) into a chilled Martini glass. Top with Perrier. Garnish with a strawberry.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com