5 Valentine’s Cocktail Recipes

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone, friends, or raise a glass to Galentine’s Day, it’s always fun to mix it up with a different cocktail creation. Casamigos tequila is spreading the love with three specialty cocktails—Casamigos Hearts on Fire, Strawberry Smash, and Casa Rosé—to enjoy with your soulmate or amigos. If you prefer vodka-based drinks, Smirnoff is also spreading the joy with The Smirnoff Valentine’s Cosmo and The Secret Admirer. Of course, you can always toast love anytime of the year with these drinks. Cheers!

Sip on this fun fact: The term “wearing your heart on your sleeve” may have origins in picking a valentine. Smithsonian reports that during the Middle Ages, men would draw the names of women whom they would be coupled with for the upcoming year while attending a Roman festival honoring Juno. After choosing, the men wore the names on their sleeves to show their bond during the festivities.

Casamigos Hearts on Fire

Makes 1

2 ounces Casamigos Blanco Tequila
1 ounce blood orange juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup
2 dashes of firewater bitters OR 3 to 4 slices of a serrano pepper
rim of salt/sugar/tijan (equal parts) or chipotle mixture

Add all ingredients into a tin shaker, muddle the fruit, and add ice. Shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds and then fine strain into a rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with heart-shaped cutout of a blood orange peel and place on top of the cocktail.

 


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Strawberry Smash

Makes 1

2 ounces Casamigos Blanco Tequila
1 ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce sugar cane syrup
2 full strawberries
4 basil leaves
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitter

Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker, muddle herbs, and add ice. Shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds and then fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a large basil leaf and 3 heart-shaped strawberry slices through skewer.

 


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Casa Rosé

Makes 1

1 ounce Casamigos Blanco Tequila
¾ ounce Giffard Pamplemouse Rose Liqueur
3 ounces dry rosé wine (such as Jean-Luc Colombo Rosé from France)
large block ice with dried rose petals, for garnish

Combine all ingredients into tin shaker and add ice. Shake vigorously for 4 to 6 seconds and then strain into a large wine glass. Add a block of ice with dried rose petals as a garnish. As the ice block melts, the rose petals will fill the glass.

 


Photo courtesy Smirnoff

The Smirnoff Valentine’s Cosmo

Makes 1 

1 ounce Smirnoff No. 21
½ ounce orange liqueur
½ ounce lime juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
raspberries, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine Smirnoff No. 21, orange liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice with ice. Shake. Pour into glass and garnish with raspberries.

 


Photo courtesy Sylvia Fountaine of Feasting at Home

The Secret Admirer

Makes 2 • Recipe courtesy Sylvia Fountaine of Feasting at Home

3 ounces Smirnoff Raspberry
1½ ounces Chartreuse liqueur
raspberries, for garnish

Place all ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into two vintage martini glasses. Garnish with fresh raspberries. You could sugar the rim for extra sweetness.

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Mary Subialka
Mary Subialka is the editor of Real Food and Drinks magazines, covering the flavorful world of food, wine and spirits. She rarely meets a chicken she doesn’t like, and hopes that her school-age son, who used to eat beets and Indian food, will one day again think of real food as more than a means to a treat—and later share this with his younger brother.