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Valentine’s Day Cocktails That Don’t Suck

Valentine’s Day, perhaps more than any other holiday, is the time when inboxes and monitors are flooded with cocktails that are often questionable at best and gag-inducing at worst. But if you sift through the clutter you can find Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes you’ll actually want to drink. Like this handful of recipes that result in flavorful, well-balanced drinks that still embrace the holiday, in all it’s red-hued, heart-shaped glory.

3 Chords and the Truth recipe

Three Chords and The Truth

1.5 oz Cognac Park Fins Bois Organic
.75 oz sweet vermouth
.75 oz dry vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with a flamed lemon twist.

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simply love recipe

SIMPLY LOVE

by Skylounge, Double Tree Tower of London

35 ml Beefeater gin
15 ml Byrrh
15 ml Aperol
20 ml Lemon juice
15 ml Raspberry syrup
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
1 Egg white

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and dry shake for 2-3 minutes. Add ice and shake harder, then strain into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with fresh grated cinnamon.

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lavender lady cocktail

LAVENDER LADY

by Richard Woods, Sushi Samba, NYC

1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire
.5 oz Creme de Peche
.5 oz lavender agave
1.5 oz peach purée
.75 oz lemon juice
Dash of egg white
1 kaffir leaf

Shake all ingredients together with cube ice and double strain into a coup glass, garnish with a sprig of lavender.

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Desert Rose cocktail

DESERT ROSE

by Artemio Vasquez, Añejo, NYC

1.5 oz Dried Rose Tea Infused-Siembra Valles Tequila Blanco
1.5 oz Parfait Amour Liqueur
.75 oz prickly pear purée
.5 oz fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients together with ice and double strain into a coup glass. Garnish with dried roses.

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belvedere strawberry kiss cocktail

STRAWBERRY KISS

1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
2 strawberries
6 basil leaves
sparkling wine

Muddle strawberries in a shaker, then add remaining ingredients (minus sparkling wine) and shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with sparkling wine.

Written by CE Staff

1 Comment

  1. jay b · February 11, 2016

    Nice to see drinks that aren’t just “chocolate and red!!!” The first one looks great and i already have the stuff to make it at home. thanks.

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