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10 Cocktails That Should Be Your Valentine

Let's skip the Valen-wine and go straight for the real thing.

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1. Let's Make It Interesting:

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A cocktail that gives you roses? We WILL marry you.

Recipe:

* 1 oz Strawberry-Sencha Tea Infused Vodka

* .5 oz Aperol

* .5 oz Lemon

* .25 oz Simple Syrup

* Fill to the Top With Sparkling Wine

Full instructions here.

2. The Fireside Chat:

Instagram: @apartment_bartender

The two of us, a warm fire, another one of you, then another, then another... Pretty much the fantasy V Day tbh.

Recipe:

* 2 oz Bourbon

* .5 oz Coffee Liqueur

* .25 oz Vanilla Syrup

* Dash of Black Walnut Bitters

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3. The Valentine's Day Massacre:

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Cherries. Bourbon. Chocolate. Take us, we're yours.

Recipe:

* 2 oz Bourbon

* 2 tsp Cherry Heering

* 4 Dashes of Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters

* .5 oz Simple Syrup

* Luxardo Cherries to Garnish

Full instructions and recipe here.

4. The Pier Angeli:

Gary Hayward / Instagram: @Haywardgary

Named after the love of James Dean's life. *SWOON*

Recipe:

* 2 oz Bombay Sapphire East Gin

* .75 oz Martini Bianco Vermouth

* 2 Dashes of Orange Bitters

* Orange Peel

Directions:
Stir for 45 seconds and served into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel spiraled into a rose shape (orange roses symbolize love stemming from friendship-- pun intended).

5. The Haitian Divorce:

Instagram: @holycityhandcraft / Via instagram.com

We think we can make it work.

Recipe:

* 1.5 oz Aged Rum

* .75 oz Mezcal .50 oz Sherry

* 2 Dashes of Angostura

* Cherry + Lemon Twist

6. Blood Orange Garibaldi:

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If you want to commiserate with fellow bitter company on V-Day.

Recipe:

* 1.5 oz Blood Orange Infused Luxardo Bitter or Campari

* 4 oz Fresh Blood Orange Juice

7. Passion Is The Elixir That Renews:

Instagram: @heidi_robb / Via @heidi_robb

The passion is REAL.

Recipe:

* 2 oz Silver Tequila

* 1 oz Grapefruit

* 1 oz Meyer Lemon

* Pulp/Seeds From 1/2 Ripe Passion Fruit

* Float of Hibiscus Syrup

* Vanilla, Blood Orange, and Hibiscus-Infused Sea Salt

Directions:

Place ingredients in ice-filled shaker - shake until cold, float hibiscus syrup, and rim the glass with salt blend.

8. The Vanilla Hot Chocolate Martini:

Instagram: @speckledpalate / Via thespeckledpalate.com

Swiping right so hard RN.

Recipe:

* 4 oz Unsweetened Cashew Milk

* 1.5 tsps Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

* 1.5 tsps Granulated Sugar

* Pinch of Ground Cinnamon

* 2 oz Vodka

* 1.5 oz White Creme De Cocoa

* 1 oz Vanilla Simple Syrup

Full instructions here.

9. The Pink Lady:

Instagram: @sasha_bartenderone

You're making us blush.

Recipe:

* 1.5 oz Gin

* .5 oz Applejack

* .5 oz Lemon Juice

* 1 Egg White

* .2 oz Grenadine

Full instructions here.

10. The Galentine Mimosa:

Instagram: @maxymixalot

Share with your girls, or, you know... Keep them to yourself. Your call.

Recipe:

* 2 tsp Limoncello

* 1 tsp Pomelo Shrub

* Top Off With Prosecco

* Garnish With Lime Heart

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