Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. You try to avoid it, but the bears, candies, and flowers surround you wherever you go. Though this is traditionally a couple’s day, many singles celebrate their freedom or frustration surrounded by their single friends. Everyone has their own Valentine’s Day traditions. For many, this might include some festive drinks with a loved one or some cocktails during a girl’s night in. We are here to share some Valentine-themed drinks that are sure to offer something for everyone’s tastes.
The Creamy Drinks
These drinks are delicious, creamy, bubbly, and will remind you of your childhood. They are all sweet and though they may take a few extra steps to make, they are totally worth it!
Valentine’s Moscato Float
What it is: This drink is a twist on your old fashion favorite, the root beer float. This drink is bubbly, creamy, and fruity. It is romantic and the perfect dessert drink.
What you need to make it: This drink is really flexible. It allows you to use your favorite kind of sweet wine or moscato. Though pink moscato is recommended, the drink can be made pink by adding a bit of strawberry soda, juice, or any other pink tasty liquid. As for the cream, vanilla ice cream puts tops this romantic and sweet drink off.
Pink Lemonade Sherbet Party Punch
What it is: This is a quick and simple way to serve a bunch of people at a party or a get together. Like many of the drinks, this one can also be made either alcoholic or non-alcoholic with some wine or a bit of vodka or whatever suits your fancy. This is also relatively cost effective.
What you need to make it: To make this drink that’s sure to make your lips pucker you need raspberry sherbet, pink lemonade concentrate, 2 ½ cans of water (water not added for alcoholic version) a 2 liter of soda (or wine or some vodka), and 3 lemons. Serve it frozen or chilled.
Coconut Strawberry Daiquiri
What it is: An unlikely pairing and take on a classic. This will instantly remind you of warmer weather and a tropical paradise.
What you need to make it: This drink is a bit more complicated than the others to make. You need two ounces of coconut rum, an ounce or two of black spiced run, some fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and 6 ounces of frozen strawberries. Blend until smooth and creamy and top with whipped cream, sprinkles, or heart candies for a little festive flare.
The Simple Drinks
These drinks are wicked simple to make and wicked good. They can be made with everyday ingredients and can be made for a lot of people in a flash. These are for the no frill girls who don’t want to put in a ton of effort or don’t have time to make some complicated drink.
The Girls Night Out
What it is: This is the perfect, fruity, and girly drink. Great for a girls night boy bashing Valentine’s Day in or a pregame. Filled with all your favorite things and all the classics
What you need to make it: This is a relatively simple drink and requires very few ingredients. To make you will need a shot of vodka, a shot of peach schnapps, and cranberry juice. This is by far one of the simplest drinks out there and the yummiest for sure!
The Berry Sweetheart
What it is: This is a great option for those who want to create a “mocktail” or for those who do not drink alcohol. With that being said, this drink could also easily be made alcoholic and tastes great with alcohol as well. Who would have thought to pair honey and cranberry together? It’s a perfect mix of sweet and sour.
What you need to make it: The general nonalcoholic ingredients are cranberry juice, apple juice, and 1 ounce of honey. Vodka can be added to add some extra punch to the drink. Garnish with a maraschino cherry for a little extra hint of red.
Valentines Day On the Rocks
What it is: This is a simple drink that will put the cherry on top of your evening. It’s a grown up version of the classic Shirley Temples that you’ve been ordering since you were 4 years old. This drink is sweet and girly …and packs a mean punch.
What you need to make it: To make this drink you need some cherry vodka, some ginger ale some grenadine, and something to garnish. I used a maraschino cherry and some sugar on the rim with a heart shaped straw. Since I’m not a fan of flavored vodka, I decided to use regular vodka which worked and tasted delicious as well.
Red Berry Kamikaze
What it is: A delicious blend of vodka, lime, and orange liqueur. This is for those ladies who want something lighter yet stronger than many of the other drinks. Either plain or berry flavored vodka can be used for this recipe.
What you need to make it: Really any flavor of vodka that you like would work. I chose raspberry vodka but really whatever you pick up will work. Some orange liqueur and some lime juice add a fruity hint to the cocktail. I added some grenadine for color and because I really enjoy the combination of sweet and fruity. You can stir the grenadine if you wish but I liked keeping it at the bottom.
Easy with Extra Flare
Though these may not be drinks on their own, here are some VERY easy ways to really make any drink more festive and more fun. From pomegranate seeds in the shape of a heart to martinis drizzled in decadent chocolate, these extra touches are fun and look really cool.
What it is: Pom cubes are a cool and easy way to spice up ordinary water or a drink. To make the pom cubes you need to invest in some heart shaped iced cube trays. I bought mine on Amazon for around $7.00. You could really fill whatever you want in the trays.
What you need to make it: A heart ice cube tray and a pomegranate. It is literally that simple. You can fill the trays with soda or jello or even water.
What it is: Don’t let the kids get ahold of these fruit gummies! Eat these alone or use them to keep your favorite wine or champagne chilled. This is an ingenious idea really. I wish I invented it myself really. You will need those heart shaped iced cube trays again for this recipe.
What you need to make it: Not going to lie, these gummies took me a few times to perfect. They were more difficult than I thought they would be but I am very happy I finally perfected the recipe. You need a cup of wine, 4 tbs of gelatin ½ tsp of stevia, and 2-4 tbs of maple syrup. Taste the mixture as you go. Add more maple syrup to dry wine. Put the wine in a saucepan and warm on low heat. Make sure it does not boil. If it boils, the alcohol is burned off which is no fun and makes them nonalcoholic. Add one Tbsp of gelatin at a time and add the syrup. Lastly, fill the ice cube trays and set in the fridge.
Chocolate Drizzles and Berries
What they are: These are not drinks. These are simple ways to make really any drink a festive and flirty drink. Chocolate or strawberry sauce can be used to decorate a glass and add an extra swirl. Berries instantly jazz up a drink and make it more special.
What you need to make them: You can use whichever berries you want to either on the inside, as a garnish or crushed up. As for the chocolate sauce, drizzle the inside of a martini glass or a wine glass then place it in the freezer so it can chill down and set.