10 quick and easy Valentine’s Day cocktails

Whip up one of our delicious boozy blends and raise a toast to romance this 14th February...

10 quick and easy Valentine’s Day cocktails

Everyone has a different take on Valentine’s Day. Some will lay on a classic menu for an evening 'tête–à–tête'. Some will cater for a crowd, others will chuck everything together at the last minute, and the truly cynical at heart may be tempted to throw an anti-Valentine’s Day party. But the golden thread that runs throughout every take on Valentine’s Day? Booze. This is a time to celebrate friends, family and loved ones, and there’s no better way of doing that than with an extra-special tipple. So, it’s time to indulge in pink drinks and brash blends – our cookery team has created ten dreamy cocktails for Valentine’s Day – and we’re not going to apologise for the schmaltz factor… 

* All cocktails serve two unless otherwise stated.

1. Raspberry Martini fizz

Raspberry fizzReady in… 15 minutes
This classy number requires minimum mixing. Combine Martini and gin, then pour it into chilled Champagne glasses on top of ½ teaspoon of icing sugar. Give it a quick spin with a spoon, then add frozen raspberries to each glass and top with Prosecco. For exact measurements, follow this recipe.
*Serves eight

2. “Feeling hot hot hot”

Ready in... 15 minutes
We’re big fans of the spirit world’s Comeback Kid – Campari, and a splash of lurid rouge is exactly what’s needed on Valentine’s Day. Combine 50ml of the red stuff with 25ml of white rum, the juice of a lime, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and 200g of frozen mixed fruit – we used a strawberry & banana smoothie mix. Blitz it with ice, then pour into a Martini glass and top with freeze-dried strawberry pieces anda couple of Kaffir lime leaves.

3. Pink grapefruit margarita

Ready in... 10 minutes
A tangy margarita is guaranteed to send cheeks blushing, and the classic, tequila-based treat can be given romantic rosiness by adding pink grapefruit. Rim two margarita glasses with a combination of 2 teaspoons each of table salt and caster sugar – do this by scattering the mix onto a plate, wetting the rim of the glass and dipping it to create a sparkly edge. Add 75ml tequila, 25ml Cointreau, the juice of 1 grapefruit, 1 tablespoon agave and some ice to a shaker, mix well then strain into the glasses, adding a grapefruit peel curl if you’re feeling flash.

4. Flirtini

FlirtiniReady in... Five minutes
Turn up the passion – quite literally – with this elegant blend of 100ml vodka, 1 tablespoon of raspberry liqueur and 50ml passion fruit juice, shaken with a handful of ice, then strained into chilled Martini glasses. Pop half a passion fruit to float in each glass and enjoy a totally tropical tipple.

5. Espresso Martini

Ready in... 10 minutes
This potent blend consists of 100ml vodka, 50ml Kahlua, 50ml cold espresso and 25ml crème de cacoa, plus a handful of ice. Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, mix well for up to a minute then strain into Martini glasses. If you’re feeling crafty, create a cardboard template and dust a cocoa heart over the top.

6. Mojito mule

MojitoReady in... 15 minutes
Meld two cocktail classics – refreshing mojito (pictured here) and sparky Moscow mule – in this gingery muddle. Divide a chopped lime, a small handful of mint leaves and six slices of fresh, peeled ginger between two glasses and use the end of a rolling pin to mash together, being careful not to completely pulverise them. Add 100ml spiced rum, mash again and fill the glass with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a sprig of mint – très chic!

7. Vanilla & apricot fizz

Ready in... 15 minutes
If your love adores all things sweet, they’re sure to be a fan of vanilla vodka.  Measure out 50ml then mix it with 2 teaspoons of apricot jam until the mix is loose. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and pour into glasses rimmed with caster sugar - achieved using the margarita method, above – then top up with soda water and garnish with a physalis.

8. Old fashioned 

Old fashionedReady in... Five minutes
If all this talk of super-sweet cocktails is giving you a toothache, adopt your best Don Draper swagger and clutch a tumbler of something whisky-based. An old fashioned does contain 2 teaspoons of sugar per glass, but it’s leveled out with Angostura bitters and a cool double shot of musky whisky or bourbon, with added soda, maraschino cherry and orange slice.
*Serves one

9. Let's get it pom'

Ready in... 10 minutes
We did promise puns, and this fruity cocktail delivers on that front. It’s a combination of  50ml pomegranate juice, 1 tablespoon of rose cordial and 25ml vodka shaken with ice and poured into two Champagne flutes. Top with Prosecco and pomegranate seeds. We have more suggestions for quick Prosecco cocktails in this guide.

10. Herby G&T

Ready in... Five minutes
Give a quality gin a sniff and you should be greeted with a bouquet of botanicals, all of which can be amplified by your choice of garnish. Try adding two rosemary sprigs and three slices of cucumber to 50ml gin, plus a little lime juice, and muddle the mix with the back of a spoon before dividing into two glasses, adding an extra 25ml of gin, tonic to the top of the glass and two full rosemary sprigs as a garnish.

Visit our cocktails & drinks section for lots more liquid inspiration, and for all things romantic, visit our Valentine's Day page. For more quick and easy menus try our 10 Valentine's Day dishes you can make in minutes.

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