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Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipes

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and with it comes a slew of romantically-inclined drink recipes flooding our inbox. Some are sickeningly sweet, chocolate-fueled disasters, while others are quite drinkable. Here are a few in the latter set.

This first drink comes courtesy of Jason Littrell and Marshall Altier of JBird in New York. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, it serves two. “One drink, two straws, please.”

Sadie Hawkin’s Sling (pictured)

4 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz lemon juice
.5 oz apricot liqueur
.75 oz pear brandy
.75 oz Falernum
.5 oz cane syrup
2 dashes tiki bitters

Serve in a whole pineapple. Garnish with fresh fruit, flowers, herbs and intertwining bendy-straws.

Next up, a few Valentine’s Day cocktails from Hendrick’s Gin. The Primrose is a refreshing drink that ups the romance factor with rose syrup.

Primrose

1 ½ oz Hendrick’s Gin
½ oz Lillet Rouge
1 ½ oz apple juice
½ oz rose syrup
½ oz fresh lemon juice
2  dashes orange bitters

Shake and strain up into a chilled a martini glass. Garnish with a rose petal.

A take on the classic Floradora template, this tasty concoction is light and fresh, with a pink Valentine’s hue.

Floradora

1.5 oz Hendrick’s Gin
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz raspberry syrup
Ginger beer

In a long glass, combine first three ingredients with ice. Stir, then top with Ginger Beer. Garnish with a raspberry and a lime wheel.

Pink grapefruit juice and grenadine create a holiday-themed take on the Tom Collins.

Pink Victrola (by Jim Ryan)

1.5 oz Hendrick’s Gin
1.5 oz fresh pink grapefruit juice
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup
1 barspoon real grenadine

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express grapefruit peel oils on top of drink, and garnish with the peel.

Written by Kevin Gray

1 Comment

  1. Cognac J · February 15, 2012

    These cocktails sound great – but where are the ones with cognac as an ingredient? You can find some great cognac cocktail recipes here – http://cognac-expert.com/ – all fresh, inspired and totally 21st century

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