It’s Valentine’s Day! The most romantic day of the year…or not. Maybe it’s a big annoyance for you because you’re single or because you and your S.O. just don’t do the holiday thing. Or perhaps you’re ambivalent about the whole thing. Who cares? It’s a holiday and what’s a holiday without a freaking yummy cocktail? Cocktails, dear friends, need no special occasion…but since we have one, what better day than to get down with one of these delicious concoctions? If you’re still struggling with what to do for your boo this evening, check out this spirited roundup and head to the liquor store post haste!
SIP: Fonseca Bin 27 is a Ruby Reserve Porto and a great ending to a lavish meal. Fresh, rich, blackberry and cassis aromas blend with velvety, full-bodied, luscious black fruit and chocolate flavors. Its intense lingering finish pairs perfectly ripe berries and rich chocolate. Chocolate dipped strawberries anyone? Also consider Croft Pink, a new rose port that was made specially for cocktails.
MIX: Bubbles & Pink: If you and/or your sweetie dig sparkly, citrusy beverages, give Bubbles and Pink a shot. The port wine mixes deliciously with your fave sparkling wine and Cointreau for a world of flavor and it looks pretty to boot!
- 3 ounces chilled Croft Pink Port
- 4 ounces Champagne or Prosecco
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau (or triple sec)
- 2 dashes of bitters
- 1 Lemon twist, as garnish
Pour all the ingredients into a chilled Champagne flute. Stir briefly and add the garnish. Put your pinkies in the air and feel fancy!
MIX: Pink Blossom: Super trendy St. Germain Elderflower liquer sings in this aromatic and fresh-flavored cocktail created by renowned wine journalist, Leslie Sbrocco. One sip and you’ll be transported to the beach even in the dead of winter.
- 3 oz. Croft Pink Port
- 1 oz. St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
- 2 oz. sparkling wine
- Fresh raspberries or blueberries
Put 4-5 ice cubes in a highball glass, pour in St. Germain and add CROFT PINK Port then give a quick stir. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a skewer of fresh berries. Bust out a bathing suit and suntan in the living room…okay, maybe not…
MIX: Ruby Sparkler
The traditional Kir Royale recipe is enhanced by the spicy, red berry flavors of a port wine. This is a perfect blend for the drinker who doesn’t typically fancy super sweet cockails.
- 1 part Fonseca Bin 27 Ruby Port
- 2 parts sparkling wine (well-chilled)
Pour Bin 27 into a well-chilled Champagne flute glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a fresh blackberry or strawberry. Toast to love, no matter where you might find it!
SIP: Ron Abuelo 12Años If you want to give the dark booze drinker in your life something a little bit different than what he or she usually imbibes consider this rich, fullbodied rum. Its character, softness and complexity will delight the most sophisticated and challenging palate. Serve straight, on the rocks or in your fave rum punch recipe. This is a great choice for the gentleman (or lady) who’d prefer to keep the bright colors on a Valentine’s Day card and away from their glass.
SIP: Van Gogh Rich Dark Chocolate Vodka Skip the heart-shaped box and choose this super decadent chocolate vodka instead! Use it in to make a classic chocotini, splash over ice cream or whip up one of these delish cocktails.
MIX: Dessert Fizz Created by The Cocktail Guru, Jonathan Pogash, this sparkling delight blends strawberry, citrus and chocolate amazingly well.
- 1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
- 1 large strawberry, chopped
- Handful of mint leaves
- 1 tsp. agave nectar
- 1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 3 oz. sparkling wine or Champagne
Muddle the strawberry and mint with agave and lemon. Add Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate and strain into chilled Champagne flute. Top with the sparkling wine or Champagne. Garnish with a strawberry slice on the rim.
SIP: VnC Cocktails “The Kiss” Pomegranate Cosmo Not much of a mixologist? This tasty concoction is made with all natural ingredients and doesn’t have the palate displeasing artificial taste that accompany many pre-made spirit drinks. And with only 150 calories per serving, you can sip until your heart is content!