What do you look for in the best Valentine’s Day cocktails? All that really matters is that the person drinking it likes it. But a romantic name or a red, pink or even violet color can add novelty to your drink. So can rich, delicious flavors like coffee and chocolate.
The trick to making a drink seem extra special romantic is setting the right mood. The drinks in this list range from super cute to very sophisticated, and you should try to pick a drink that goes with the personality of the person you’re making it for.
Beyond that, think about presentation. Putting a simple-looking drink on a beautiful serving tray transforms it into a thing of elegance. You can also present a drink along with a Valentine’s Day gift.
What about music? A favorite album is great to have playing in the background. But if you don’t know his or her favorite album yet, check out the easygoing and romantic St. Valentine Lounge Chillout compilation.
This is another old classic with an orange-spice-mint taste that's hard to pin down, but addictive. It's one of those drinks you can't quite explain to anyone, but each sip leaves you wanting another one.
Named for the Prince song, "Raspberry Beret", this drink blends the delicious raspberry flavor of Chambord with Irish Cream. Plus vodka. It's decadent, over the top, and out of this world, just as any cocktail named for a Prince song should be.
The Soft Love is a reddish-pink cordial that tastes like banana and cherry. It's a delicious little drink that's a little like a strawberry Banana starburst. It makes a great aperitif right before a romantic dinner.
This stunningly gorgeous cocktail tastes just like the name makes you think it would, with a red sugar rim to make it festive. Serve it with a piece of cheesecake with raspberry sauce, chocolate syrup or both drizzled lightly.
The Lady Killer certainly deserves a place among Valentine's Day cocktails, and not just because of the name. The top notes are pineapple and passion fruit, but then you get hints of orange, apricot and the bright citrus and herb notes from the gin.
This beautiful little shot tastes like cherry and orange with cream. It's stunning to look at and even tastier to drink. It's light on the alcohol, which is great if you want to enjoy more than one.
Think you can't pour a layered cocktail? There's a video at the bottom of this post to show you just how easy it is. Or you can skip to our full cocktail layering tutorial (video, text, and step by step pictures).
This delicious sweet drink blends two berry flavored vodkas with white creme de cacao. The resulting taste is exactly what you'd expect from the name. It's perfect for serving with chocolates or chocolate dipped fruit on a romantic Valentine's Day evening.
This pink cocktail is seriously vintage with a long history in the cocktail world. It features applejack, which is a brandy made from apples. Along with that, you get just enough grenadine to make it pink and some egg to give it some body and silkiness.
This gorgeous black and white layered shooter blends Tia Maria with Baileys. Because it's just two layers, it's very easy to pour and looks fantastic. It tastes even better - sweet and rich, with a straong coffee flavor and hints of chocolate.
The Strawberry Blonde has been around a long time, and there are a couple of main variations on it. One version has cola in it and the other has champagne. We would never tell you how to live your life, but you probably want to go with the champagne for Valentine's Day.
The Kir Royale blends delicious creme de cassis with the champagne of your choice. Creme de cassis has a flavor somewhere between blackcurrant and raisin. It's intense and deep and sweet, and a nice dry champagne or prosecco contrasts nicely with it.
The Blood Orange Margarita is all about the flavor of blood oranges, which is slightly sweeter or slightly more bitter than your typical orange, depending on the varieties we’re comparing. It has a beautiful deep pinkish color that's perfect for a romantic holiday.