Valentine's Cocktails Just Begging for the 'Heart Eyes' Emoji

On Valentine's weekend, maybe you're single and livin' it up; maybe you're ditching your kids and kicking back with your longtime partner; or perhaps you're on a date with a new person and trying to trick your brain into believing he or she is hot. But no matter your situation, one thing is already decided: On Valentine's Day, we drink.

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Since it's such a special occasion, you can't drink any old thing -- this is the time to get fancy with nice liquors and pretty red colors. If you're stumped for ideas, we've got your back: These two cocktails will impress whomever you choose to bring home on Valentine's, we swear. 

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To start, we have The Lady in Red, a sultry bourbon drink concocted by Pamela Wiznitzer, president of the New York Chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild, from Seamstress NY. She makes it with Maker's Mark Bourbon for an especially decadent experience. 

  • 1½ parts bourbon
  • 1 part pomegranate juice
  • ½ part lemon juice
  • Ginger beer (chilled) to fill

Directions: Combine lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and bourbon in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for a minute then pour over ice in a Collins glass and top off with ginger beer; garnish with lime wheels (optional).

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Drink #2 comes from Niccole Trzaska from The Liberty NYC in Manhattan. She calls it the Cruz Choco-Tini and makes it with yummy Cruz Reposado Tequila

  • 2 parts tequila
  • 3 parts chocolate wine

Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with chocolate sauce and cinnamon.

 

Drink up, ladies! And enjoy! 

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