Have Plate Will Travel : Love is in the cocktail for Valentine’s Day


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Love is in the cocktail for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has been called the most romantic day of the year. From the flowers, chocolate and extravagant dinner, the celebration focuses on the romantic side of life. All the love in the air can transcend into Valentine’s Day cocktails as well.

While a luscious glass of red wine can get the hearts beating, a specially made cocktail can elevate the desires between the love birds. From a spicy cocktail to a sweet, bubbly libation, Valentine’s Day cocktails should appeal to the couple. To inspire this year’s Valentine’s Day celebration, a few spirits have created cocktails for the holiday. 

Which cocktail will you serve?

Tall, Dark and Stormy


  • 1 part Solerno
  • 1 part Flor de Caña 7
  • ½ part Averna Amarco
  • ½ part fresh lime juice
  • 3 parts spicy ginger beer
  • ¼ part simple syrup
  • Glass: Collins
  • Garnish: Lime Wheel

Shake ingredients except ginger beer with ice.  Strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass and top with ginger beer.  Stir to combine and garnish with a lime wheel. 

Tullamore D.E. W. ELEVENSES


  • 3 parts Tullamore D.E.W.
  • 2 bar spoons raspberry preserves
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 parts Irish breakfast tea

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Hard shake and strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
The Raspberry Rose Royal


  • 1 part Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1/5 part sugar syrup
  • 1 fresh raspberry
  • Top up with champagne.

Combine raspberry, sugar and gin in cocktail shaker and shake briskly.  After just three strong shakes, finely strain into base of flute before. Perfect for a Galentine’s Day celebration!

Sparkling Rose Margarita
1 ½ parts Milagro Silver
¼ parts simple syrup
½ parts fresh lemon juice
¾ parts watermelon juice
2 parts rosé sparkling wine
Garnish: 1 lemon twist
Combine all ingredients, except sparkling wine, in a cocktail shaker and add ice.  Shake, strain, and pour into a champagne flute.  Garnish with a lemon twist. 

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