I went on the hunt for easy-to-do, yummy drinks that would be perfect for any romantic Valentine’s night in. As a martini lover and one-time amateur bartender I can tell you that these recipes will not only be delish, but easy to make. Don’t see something that tickles your fancy? Visit the Cosmo site for other romantic do-it-yourself libations.
The French Cosmo
3 oz. pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. cassis
Garnish: pineapple slice or leaf
Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled stemmed glass. Garnish with pineapple slice or float a leaf from the fruit in the drink.
1 1/2 oz. tequila
1/4 oz. Campari
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. honey
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a tumbler. Serve on the rocks and garnish with a lemon slice and mint leaf.
1 oz. cherry vodka
1 oz. triple sec
Splash of Rose’s grenadine
Splash of cranberry juice
Shake together all ingredients but cranberry juice with ice. Pour into glass and top with cranberry juice. Garnish with a fresh cherry.
- 2 oz. peach vodka
- 1 oz. cherry puree (fresh pitted cherries)
- 1/2 oz. peach liqueur
- 1/2 oz. cherry brandy
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- Sparkling wine, like Cava
Shake all ingredients except Cava over ice, strain into flute. Top with Cava and cherry.
- 3 oz. Ketel One Citroen
- 1 oz. Watermelon Pucker
- 1/2 oz. Cointreau or triple sec
- Splash of lemonade
- Splash of 7-Up
Mix all ingredients together over ice, shake, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of watermelon.
Courtney Cox is a writer and editor at Destination I Do Magazine and recently graduated with a degree in Print Journalism from Arizona State University. Her passions include traveling and she’s looking forward to an upcoming trip to Australia as a representative of Destination I Do. For travel deets and the inside scoop on Destination I Do, follow Courtney on Twitter here.
Photos/Recipes courtesy of Cosmopolitan Magazine