How to Make Valentines Day Cocktails at Home

by Matty ByloosFebruary 3, 2016

Spending the Valentines Holiday in the Quiet of Your Home

So you’ve decided that you’re spending this Valentine’s Day at home, enjoying the lovely company of your (perhaps) better half? Good call. Your home is a place that should be a source of comfort and fun, so there’s no need to go out to an over-priced restaurant to celebrate the holiday if you’d prefer a relaxing night in your own house, making another wonderful holiday memory together.

We love the idea of cooking dinner for two or ordering something in from an amazing restaurant, and then indulging in some decadent homemade Valentine’s cocktails while you eat and spend time loving up a special someone.

If you like the idea of making Valentine’s Day Cocktails at home, but aren’t quite sure how to go about it, you’re in luck. We have some incredible ideas for handcrafted spirits and champagne that you and your significant other are sure to enjoy.
champagne glasses

Cocktails to Make and Enjoy for Valentine’s Day 2016

Chocolate Cherry Martini
Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1-1/2 ounces non-dairy chocolate milk
  • dash of sour cherry cordial
  • Organic chocolate syrup for garnish
  • fresh organic cherry for garnish

Directions: Chill a cocktail glass before you make your martini. Pour vodka, chocolate milk, and cherry cordial into a shaker filled with ice. Shake until mixture is frothy. Dip the rim of a cocktail glass into chocolate syrup, and swirl a bit into the glass. Strain the drink over your glass and serve.

Cranberry Fizz
Ingredients:

  • Lime wedge for glass rim
  • Sugar for glass rim
  • 1/2 cup organic sparkling wine or champagne
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh cranberries

Directions: Gently push lime wedge around the rim of your glass to moisten it. Dip glass in a bowl of sugar to coat rim. Allow to dry for a few minutes. Pour sparkling wine or champagne, and juice, into your glass. Stir gently to combine. Drop in fresh cranberries and drink up.
Pomegranate drink in glasses with mint and slices of orange on color wooden planks background

Orange Pomegranate Cocktail
Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • dash orange bitters
  • ice
  • sugar for glass rim

Directions: Combine orange liqueur, vodka, pomegranate juice, lime juice, bitters, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until frothy. Dip rims of glasses into citrus juice, then into sugar, to coat. Pour cocktail into 2 sugar-coated glasses and enjoy.

5 Ingredient Hibiscus Margaritas

strawberry margarita at the edge of the pool with red hibiscus flower taken in MiamiCourtesy of MinimalistBaker.com

Ingredients:

  • Hibiscus Tea Concentrate
    • 3 cups filtered water
    • 3/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers (find here or at most tea shops)
    • 1/4 – 1/2 cup sweetener of choice, or to taste (I used 1/2 agave, 1/2 cane sugar)
  • For 2 Margaritas:
    • 5-6 ice cubes
    • 1/2 cup hibiscus tea concentrate
    • 1 large lime, juiced (3 tablespoons)
    • 2 ounces silver tequila (4 tablespoons)
    • 1 tablespoon agave nectar (optional)

Directions: To make the hibiscus tea concentrate, bring 3 cups water to a boil, add hibiscus tea, stir, remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain into a jar or glass container using a fine mesh strainer and add sweetener to taste. Generally speaking, 1/3 cup is just about the right amount, using 1/2 agave nectar, 1/2 cane sugar. Stir to dissolve and let cool.

To make two margaritas, add ice, cooled hibiscus tea concentrate, lime juice, tequila and 1 tablespoon agave nectar (optional) to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously to combine. Pour over two glasses with ice. Salt or sugar rim is optional. Garnish with lime wedge. If too strong, dilute with a splash of sparkling water.

Store hibiscus concentrate covered in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, though best when fresh.

Looking for Champagne on Valentine’s Day?

Of course, you can always go for straight up champagne to make a luscious Valentine’s Day cocktail at home. Make sure you chill your champagne, unopened, for at least 20 to 30 minutes before you want to drink it. Then, enjoy your sparkling bubbles and your company to the fullest! Here’s a few more tips on how to handle your bubbly:

  • Keep your champagne bottles away from artificial and or bright light
  • If storing champagne for extended periods of time, keep the temp down and consistent, and store bottles on their side
  • Store bottles upright for shorter-term periods, and preferably in the refrigerator
  • If your champagne starts off cold and remains cold, you’ll have a much better chance of keeping the bubbles active
  • While Prosecco and Cava can be great, if you buy real Champagne, you’ll likely get more bubbles that way, too!
  • And should your champagne go flat before you finish it — use it for cooking, just as you would a dry white wine.

Spending time in your home, on Valentine’s Day or any other day, should be special and rewarding. Homes.com wants to help you have a great time in your home, throughout the year, so check back with us frequently for more tips on home living, entertaining, decorating, and more.

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About The Author
Matty Byloos
Matty is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. He's a newly minted homeowner who currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife. When he's not working, he enjoys writing fiction, working on the house, and enjoying the amazing nature that the city has to offer. He is also the founder of NOVEL Creative Agency.