The pluses of having that romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in your own humble abode? Curating a heart-felt cocktail menu for your man with a few of these decadent drinks.
Strawberry Steel from 121 Fulton Street in New York City Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. Ketel One 1/2 oz. Cointreau 3/4 oz. Fresh guava juice 1/2 oz. Sake
Enduro Restaurant's Hot Tottie Recipe Ingredients: 2 oz. Maker's Mark 1 oz. Grand Marnier 3/4 oz. Clove Syrup 3/4 oz. Honey Syrup 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice 1/2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice 3 dash orange bitters Hot Water Garnish: Flamed Orange Peel Sugar and Ground Clove Rim Glass
The Hot and Sweet Cocktail Ingredients: 1 part UV Sriracha Vodka 1 splash agave nectar 1 handful strawberries Directions: Blend with ice and pour into sugar-rimmed margarita glass
The Rose Runner, Using Christina Milian's Viva Diva Wines Ingredients: 2 parts Viva Diva Wines Rose Moscato 1 Part Peach CIROC 1 part Minute Maid Orangeade 1/2 cup tropical fruits 1 cup shredded ice Directions: Blend and pour in a frosted glass.
The Heartbreaker Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. Avión Reposado ¾ oz. Black Peach Tea ¼ oz. White Peach Puree ¼ oz. Lemon Juice ¾ oz. Brown Sugar ¼ oz. Cranberry Juice 3 Blackberries 1 Blackberry and Lemon Wheel for garnish Directions: Muddle blackberries and brown sugar in shaker. Add all the ingredients and shake. Double strain and pour into a glass over ice. Garnish with one blackberry and a lemon wheel.
Te Amo Ingredients: 2 parts Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila 1 part DeKuyper Razzmatazz 6 parts chocolate milk 2 dashes of Taza Chocolate Mexicano Extract Chocolate shavings for garnish Raspberries for garnish Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into two martini glasses rimmed with chocolate shavings. Garnish with raspberries.
Cherry Kiss Ingredients: 6 parts Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila 2 parts JDK & Sons O3 Premium Orange Liqueur 40 bing cherries, pitted and stemmed 3 tbsp. agave nectar 4 parts fresh lime juice 8 parts club soda Directions: The above recipe serves six. Muddle together cherries, lime juice, and agave nectar. Strain into shaker and reserve the pulp in the bowl. Add the Sauza Blue Silver, JDK & Sons O3 Premium Orange Liqueur, and ice and shake to chill. Spoon 1 tablespoon of reserved cherry pulp into each glasses and fill 3/4 of the way full with cocktail mixture. Top with club soda and garnish with a cherry.
Red Velvet Icing Cocktail Ingredients: 1.5 oz. ZING Red Velvet .75 oz. White Crème de Cacao .75 oz. Chocolate Syrup Directions: Shake and strain. Served up. Garnish with a Brandied Cherry
The Pavan Rouge, Recipe courtesy of Christian Sanders at Evelyn Drinkery Ingredients: 1 part pavan 1 part vodka or gin 1 part lemon juice 1 part sparkling rosé 1/2 part thyme honey syrup 5 raspberries Thyme Honey Syrup, to add in small sauce pan: 3-4 grams of thyme 1 cup honey 1 cup water Directions: Add all ingredients, excluding the sparkling rose, to a blender. Blend for 30 seconds. Strain through tea strainer into a double rocks glass that already has the sparkling rose. Garnish with 2 raspberries and 2 small thyme sprigs.
Frangelico Truffle Ingredients: 1 part Frangelico 1 part SKYY Vodka 3/4oz Cold Espresso Directions: Shake with ice and serve up in a cocktail or martini glass. Dust with dark chocolate shavings.
And to make things super simple after dinner? A glass of the ultimate dessert wine! Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon, $17, Available at wine and liquor stores nationwide