Yes, you can make a feeble attempt at creating romantic atmosphere with cut-out Cupids and Mylar balloons, but a properly mixed drink is absolutely essential for lowering inhibitions and casting aside discretion. Why, Valentine-themed cocktails even double as tear catchers, and are just as effective when guzzled with friends or alone with your pet! Whether you’re toasting to independence, codependence, or true romance, every sip of these lovely libations d’amour will leave your taste buds luxuriating in ecstasy!
The Secret Society
Mixologist Matt Johnson presents "the perfect lover in a glass" that’s plentiful with libido loosening bubbles. The Origin of Love is subtly sweet and earthy, with a surprising tarty side. Some say it all started with an apple and snake, but thanks to Hedwig we all know better about the Origin of Love.
The Origin of Love
1 oz St. Germaine elderflower liqueur
¼ oz grenadine
Pour St. Germaine into a champagne flute, and top with champagne. Add grenadine slowly and carefully into the center of the glass. The grenadine will sink, creating a hidden nipple at the bottom of the glass. Top with lime twist.
The Gold Dust Meridian
"The Bleeding Heart cocktail is the perfect elixir and is guaranteed to impress that special friend," swear the folks at the Gold Dust Meridian. "The blood orange vodka and hibiscus nectar complement one another just like your partner only can." And just so you know, that gorgeous wild hibiscus flower waiting at the bottom of your glass is more than a garnish—it’s edible! Perfect for you and your honey and better than the teddy gram you were thinking about getting!
Bleeding Heart Cocktail
Muddled Ice and Limes
1½ oz Indio Blood Orange Vodka
¼ oz Luxardo Cherry Liquor
2 dashes Hibiscus Nectar
1 wild hibiscus flower
Start with a pint glass filled with ice and limes. Muddle and add the Blood Orange Vodka and Luxardo Cherry Liquor. Shake, shake, shake! Strain in chilled martini glass. Drop edible hibiscus flower into bottom of glass and drizzle hibiscus nectar. Serve straight up in chilled martini glass
Gilt mixologist Jenna Wazny loves this drink for its originality. The recipe calls for verjus, pressed juice from unripened wine grapes. It’s nonalcoholic but it has a sweet, vinegar taste sensation. This drink is savory, floral and well balanced.
La Vie En Rose
¾ oz Our house made beet vodka
¾ oz Lillet
½ oz Fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ oz Verjus
Shake and strain, garnish with a rose petal. All ingredients are shaken together and served up in an antique martini glass with a rose petal garnish.
Tea Zone and Camellia Lounge
A Camilla Tea Lounge bartender tells it like it is: "I don’t think there’s a woman alive who would say no to this drink. It’s fruity and floral without being overpowering. It will get you in the mood for love."
Be My #1 Fun
1 oz white plum berry tea
1 oz black currant vodka tea
Fresh muddled lemon
Shaken with ice, served up!
Looking for something a little less … pink? Try the Handsome Ransom, a cocktail recipe that came from Vino Paradiso (now Coppia), featured in Best Bars 2010.
1 ½ oz Ransom Old Tom gin
½ oz Luli vino chinato (aromatized wine)
¼ oz Dolin sweet vermouth
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, shake well, and serve on the rocks in a tumbler. Garnish with an orange twist.
Red Red Wine
Nothing says classic romance more perfectly than sharing a bottle of red wine. Serious winos should consider a romanic vineyard getaway! After all, Oregon has a lot to offer, even if you’re on a budget! Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or a curious newbie, there is a bottle out there that’s perfect for you and your lover. Or just for you. What’s one more glass? It’s good for your heart…