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36 Love-ly Cocktails for Valentine's Day

Set the mood for a romantic evening with one (or a few) of these tasty libations.
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Whether you're planning a date night or girls night this Valentine's Day, it's always a good idea to add a fun cocktail into the mix. In honor of the most romantic day of the year, here are 30 Valentine's Day cocktail recipes you'll fall in love with.

Love Struck


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Ingredients 
1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
1.5 oz Passoã Passion Fruit Liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
.75 oz La Marca Prosecco

Instructions
Combine all ingredients except prosecco with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe or Nick and Nora glass and top with prosecco.

From Morton's Steakhouse.

Flame of Love


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Ingredients:
2 oz Monkey 47 
.5 oz dry sherry
3 flamed grapefruit twists

Instructions:
Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir for 10-15 seconds. Pour into the glass of your choice and garnish with a flamed citrus twist.

Hibiscus Cocktail


Ingredients:
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
Whole hibiscus flowers, packed in syrup
8 tsps of hibiscus syrup, used to pack the flowers

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Instructions:
Place a whole hibiscus flower at the bottom of the glass. Fill the glass with Santa Margherita prosecco, almost to the rim. Carefully spoon 2 tsp of the hibiscus syrup into each glass.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita

Thus with a Kiss


Ingredients: 
75 oz Grey Goose vodka
.75 oz Chareau Aloe Liqueur
.75 oz Yellow Chartreuse
.75 oz lemon juice

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Instructions:
Mix all ingredients and serve over ice with a sidecar vial of butterfly pea flower water.

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Morse Code


Ingredients: 
1.5 oz Bacardi Superior 
.5 oz Plantation Pineapple Rum 
.1 oz lime juice
2 heaping bar spoons of sugar or .75 oz simple syrup
1 muddled strawberry

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Instructions: 
Mix ingredients and shake. Double strain over a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with a strawberry.

Recipe courtesy of Analog at the Hutton Hotel

Moonlighter


Ingredients:
1.5 oz Ketel One Family-Made Vodka
.75 oz chamomile-lavender syrup
.5 oz Cocchi Americano 
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz soda water
Lemon twist 
Lavender sprigs 
Chamomile tea
Lavender tea
Sugar

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Instructions:
Combine vodka, chamomile lavender syrup, lemon juice, and Cocchi American in a shaker. Add ice and shake lightly. Over shaking will cause the drink to water down. Be sure to not over dilute, as you'll add additional soda water. Roll in soda water. Strain over ice into a collins glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and fresh lavender sprigs.

Instructions for chamomile- lavender syrup:

Brew 1 cup of strong chamomile and lavender tea. Allow the tea to steep for 20 minutes, then remove tea bags or herbs. Measure remaining amount of brewed tea. Stir in equal volume of sugar until dissolved. Chill.

Recipe from Ketel One Vodka

Love Potion


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Ingredients:
3 oz gin 
1 oz lime juice 
1 oz elderflower liquor 
6 oz rosé champagne

Instructions:
In a cocktail shaker, combine the following: gin, elderflower liquor, and lime juice. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Add your rose petal ice cubes to an empty cocktail glass. Strain cocktail mixture onto the ice. Top with rose champagne and enjoy.

From HelloFresh

Hibiscus and Sage Highball


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Ingredients: 
2.5 dashes sage tincture
.75 oz house-made grenadine
.75 oz lime juice
1.5 oz Hibiscus-infused Absolut Vodka 
3 oz La Marca prosecco 
1 dehydrated lime wheel 
1 sage sprig

Instructions:
Add all ingredients to a mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously, strain over ice into a highball. Garnish with dehydrated lime wheel and sage sprig.

Recipe courtesy of Harold’s at Arlo Soho

Guilty in Rome


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Ingredients: 
1.5 oz Aperol 
.5 oz Gonzalez Byass 
.5 quartered lime

Instructions: 
Muddle the lime in sugar in a tin, add ingredients, shake vigorously and then strain over crushed ice in a rocks glass.

Created by Ivy Mix at DIEGO at PUBLIC Hotel

Pink Lady


Ingredients:
1.5 oz Monkey 47 Gin 
.5 oz apple brandy 
.5 oz fresh lemon juice 
.5 oz grenadine 
.25 oz egg white

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Instructions:
Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker, seal your shaker and shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Then add ice and shake again for another 5 seconds. Fine strain into a cocktail class and garnish with a brandied cherry.

The Honey Bee

Ingredients: 
.75 oz Drambuie
3 dashes walnut bitters
Prosecco to top

Instructions:
In a champagne flute, add Drambuie and walnut bitters. Top with prosecco and garnish with an expressed orange peel.

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Recipe From Porter House NYC

What/When


Ingredients:
2 oz The Botanist Gin 
.5 oz blood orange puree
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
3 oz prosecco

Ingredients: 
Mix all ingredients and serve in a champagne flute

Recipe from W New York- Times Square

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Ginger and Jasmine Cocktail


Ingredients:
.75 cup simple syrup
8 slices fresh ginger
6 oz room temperature steeped jasmine tea
3 oz vodka 
1.5 oz fresh lemon juice
A splash of Santa Margherita sparkling rosé

Instructions:
Muddle the ginger and simple syrup together. Add the tea, lemon juice, and vodka. Strain over a glass and add a generous splash of sparkling rosé on top. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita

Raspberry Chocolate Martini


Ingredients:
1.5 oz Chambord
1.5 oz Kahlúa
1 oz Heavy cream
80 percent dark chocolate shavings (for garnish)
Raspberries (for garnish)

Instructions:
Add all ingredients except garnishes into a shaker tin and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe. Sprinkle dark chocolate shavings and add a raspberry on top for garnish.

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From Ayza's in New York

More: 9 Insanely Tasty Chocolate Cocktails to Make for Your Valentine

HER (Cosmic Love Valentinis)


Ingredients:
1.5 oz Cranberry-Infused Russian Standard Vodka
.75 oz Cointreau Triple Sec
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz lime cordial

Instructions:
Shake all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice. Double strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe. Garnish with a marinated cranberry and lime wheel.

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From Logan Ronkainen at Il Mulino Prime

All the Pretty Things


Ingredients:
2 dashes Angostura bitters
.75 oz Cappelletti 
.75 oz Carpano Antica 
2 oz Laird's Apple Brandy

Instructions:
Combine liquid ingredients and stir. Serve up and garnish with an orange twist.

From Lady's in Brooklyn

Cupid's Hope


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Ingredients:
1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
1 oz lemon juice
.75 oz rosemary syrup
2 oz pear juice

Instructions:
Pour all ingredients into a Hurricane glass over crushed ice and swizzle.

Instructions for rosemary syrup:Combine equal parts water and sugar. Let cool. Blanch the rosemary for about 30 seconds. Pat dry and remove the leaves. Place the sugar, water and blanched rosemary leave into a blender. Blend to a consist texture. Fine strain and bottle.

Be Mine


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Ingredients:
1.5 oz Encanto Pisco 
.75 oz Pineau des Charentes 
.5 oz Small Hand Foods pineapple syrup 
.25 oz one of the following: Framboise (pink), Mandarine Napoleon (orange), blue curaçao (blue) 
.75 oz lime juice 
.75 oz egg white 
.75 oz sparkling wine

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients except sparkling wine in a shaker without ice. Shake, then add ice and shake again. Strain into a large cocktail glass. Add sparkling wine.

For Garnish: Cut a stencil out of a sturdy plastic sheet and spray over cocktail with Angostura bitters.

From Trick Dog in San Francisco

Libido


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Ingredients:
1.5 oz tequila
.75 oz lime Juice
.75 oz honey jalapeño syrup
.5 oz turmeric juice

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients in a shaker over ice, strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with Thai basil and a salt rim.

From Freud, NYC

Kiss From a Rose


Ingredients:
1.5 oz Greenhook Gin
.25 oz Simple Syrup
.75 oz St Germain
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Marc Hebrart Champagne Rosé

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Instructions:
Add all ingredients minus the champagne rose into a shaking glass. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a wine glass with fresh ice. Fill to the top with rosé champagne.

From Seamore's in NYC

More: 14 Easy Champagne Cocktails to Try ASAP

Honey Jacked


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Ingredients:
1 oz Applejack liqueur 
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz honey syrup
1.5 oz Amber Mead
2 dashes apple bitters
Dried apple slice for garnish

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice, shake and strain over fresh ice in a double bourbon glass. Garnish with a dried apple slice.

From The Smith Restaurants

Aphrodite's Kiss


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Ingredients:
1.25 oz cacao-infused Solbeso 
.5 oz amaro ciociaro 
.5 oz honey syrup 
.5 oz lime juice
1 dash angostura bitters
1 dash maraschino liqueur 
Prosecco

Instructions:
Pour all ingredients except Maraschino liqueur and prosecco into a shaker fill with ice and shake. Strain into glass rinsed with Maraschino liqueur and top with prosecco. Serve with three broken pieces of 75-percent dark chocolate.

From The Third Man in NYC

Rhubarb & Rose


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Ingredients:
2 slices cucumber
1 lime
Simple syrup to taste
2 dashes rhubarb bitters
2 oz Hendricks gin
1 dash Rose Water

Instructions:
Muddle cucumber with lime and simple syrup and bitters. Add Hendricks, shake and double strain into a coupe glass, spray with rose water, and garnish with cucumber slice.

From The Gander, NYC

Tie Me Up Tie Me Down


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Ingredients:
1.5 oz Hangar One Buddha's Hand Vodka
1 oz rosemary simple syrup*
.75 oz lemon juice

Instructions:
Shake ingredients in a cocktail for 15 seconds, strain over ice, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

*Rosemary Simple Syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Add several sprigs of rosemary and steep for one hour. Remove rosemary before use.

From Amada in NYC

My Funny Valentine


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Ingredients:
2 oz Koval Gin
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz champagne strawberry shrub
1 egg white
1 sprig thyme

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients and dry shake for 5 seconds. Add ice and shake 10 seconds then strain into a coup. Rub rim with thyme sprig, and strip thyme leaves into the center of the cocktail.

From Rebelle, NYC

Pink French


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Ingredients:
5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz pomegranate juice
2 drops rose water
.5 oz simple honey syrup 
1 oz gin
3 oz cava

Instructions:
Place in a highball glass with large ice cubes and stir to combine. Serve with preserved rose petals and an orange twist.

From at Blake Lane in NYC

Lady Capulet


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Ingredients:
1.5 oz Remy VS Cognac
.5 oz St.Elizabeth Allspice Dram
.5 oz Casoni 1814 Aperitivo 
.5 oz pomegranate juice
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
Egg whites

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients in a shaker; strain into a coupe glass

From Tavern on the Green, NYC

Saint Chamond


Ingredients:
1.5 oz Prairie Vodka or Broker's Gin
.5 oz Clear Creek Pear Brandy
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz hibiscus clove syrup
Sparkling wine

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Instructions:
Add first four ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a tulip glass on ice. Top with sparkling wine.

By Matt Tocco at Le Sel in Nashville, TN

Truffles & Bees


Ingredients:
1.5 oz Grey Goose La Poire vodka
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz truffle honey
2 oz Cava Saint Chamond

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Instructions:
Add vodka, lemon juice, and truffle honey in a shaker. Strain into a champagne glass. Float with cava.

By Miguel Lancha at Bazaar Meat in the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Potion D' Amour


Ingredients:
3 oz TYKU Black Sake
2 oz blackberry purée
1 oz Lillet Blanc

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Instructions:
Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a hibiscus-flower rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a red rose petal.

Courtesy of Wilfredo Briceno at Miss Paradis in NYC

Blushing Orchid


Instructions:
1.5 oz Stoli Vanil vodka
.5 oz Grand Marnier
.5 oz Master of Mixes Raspberry Reál

Ingredients:
Pour all ingredients in shaker or mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh berries and/or edible flowers.

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From Seviche in Louisville, KY

Love, Lust, and Wealth


Ingredients:
2 oz gin
1 oz ginger simple syrup
1 oz beet juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake and garnish with lemon.

From the Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Spicy Love Affair


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Ingredients:
1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz ginger syrup*
3 oz pink grapefruit juice

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients into shaker and shake.

Instructions for Ginger Syrup: Combine equal parts fresh ginger juice and sugar. Add heat to devolve the sugar. Allow to cool before use.

Starry Sonata


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Ingredients:
1.5 parts Drambuie
.5 part Hudson Baby Bourbon
.5 part Oloroso Sherry
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Star anise

Instructions:
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with star anise.

Lady Vixen


Ingredients:
2 oz Suntory Toki whiskey
1 oz lemon grass cordial
Fresh mint and lemons
.5 oz agave nectar
Crushed ice

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Instructions:
Muddle three mint sprigs, three lemon wedges, and agave. Add whiskey and lemongrass cordial (substitute fresh lemongrass roots muddled if desired). Shake and strain over crushed ice.

From the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City

It's a Match


Ingredients:
2 oz Ketel One Citroen vodka
2 muddled strawberries
2 torn leaves of basil
1 jalapeño disk
.5 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 basil leaf

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Instructions: 
Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into cocktail coupe. Garnish with basil leaf.

From Bedford & Co., New York City

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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