Valentine's Day Cocktail Recipes To Mix For The Ones You Love

Feb 11, 2013 | Updated Feb 10, 2015
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For those of us who enjoy sipping a cocktail or two on Valentine's Day, it can be rough sailing. More than any other holiday, this love-fest seems to inspire sickly sweet, conversation-heart laden, artificially colored cocktails that make us want to run away. It's even inspired normally well-balanced bartenders to rim a glass with sprinkles. Shudder.

That's why we prefer to make our own Valentine's Day cocktails with all of the naturally-occurring red and pink ingredients that make so many cocktails great. Think Campari, bitters, pomegranate juice, homemade grenadine, red wine, etc. Listen, if you think the idea of a sugar cookie Martini with a sparkler in it sounds great, we are super excited for you because drinking on Valentine's Day will be a snap. If that idea terrifies you to your core, however, we've rounded up some of the loveliest red, pink and just downright delicious Valentine's Day cocktail recipes we could find. They focus on classic recipes, seasonality (it's cold out there, baby) and have a bit of grown up swagger to them.

Whether you're mixing up these drinks for yourself, a significant other or your anti-Valentine's Day party, we think you'll fall in love with at least one. Happy imbibing, lovebirds!

  • 1 Valentine's Day Cocktail
    Todd Wagner/HonestlyYUM
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  • 2 Concord Grape Smash
    James Ransom/Food52
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  • 3 Pisco Apple Sour
    Todd Wagner/HonestlyYUM
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  • 4 Raspberry Rose Fizz
    Todd Wagner/HonestlyYUM
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  • 5 The Trinidad Sour
    The View From Great Island
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  • 6 Blood Orange Sangria
    How Sweet It Is
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  • 7 The Negroni
    James Ransom/Food52
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  • 8 Cherry Whiskey Smash
    How Sweet It Is
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  • 9 Martinez
    James Ransom/Food52
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  • 10 Pomegranate And Ginger Mulled Wine
    A Beautiful Mess
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  • 11 French 75 Cocktail
    Frances Janisch
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  • 12 The Clover Club
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  • 13 Gin Sling
    Octopus Publishing Group
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  • 14 Champagne Punch
    Flat Art Studios
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  • 15 Adrienne Forbes' Hot Toddy
    Kristin Perers
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  • 16 In My Solitude
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  • 17 Rich n’ Thick Adult Hot Chocolate And Whipped Dollops
    Pass The Sushi
  • 18 Negroni
    Get the Negroni recipe by Erika Kotite from Food52
  • 19 Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine
    James Ransom/Food52
  • 20 Paloma
    BS' In The Kitchen
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  • 21 Champagne Cocktai
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  • 22 St. Germain Pomegranate Spritzers
    Minimalist Baker
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  • 23 Kentucky Hot Toddy
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