4 Valentine’s Day Cocktails You’ll Fall In Love With

by Anja Krimsky
Valentine's day cocktails

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air. When we think of food and drinks with an aphrodisiac effect, oysters, champagne, chocolate and red wine immediately come to mind. But today we’d like to introduce you to a novel way of surprising your sweetheart – Valentine’s Day cocktails that will make their hearts race.

Bay leaf is more than just a herb

Did you know that bay leaf has a stimulating effect and reduces stress? It’s clear that you need a relaxed atmosphere for a romantic evening for two. So why not surprise your better half with the following drink.

French 75 with a bay leaf and grapefruit twist

Ingredients for bay leaf syrup

  • 12.5 g sugar
  • 125 ml water
  • 1 Bay leaf

Ingredients for the cocktail

  • 1 tablespoon of grapefruit juice 
  • 50 ml gin
  • Sparkling wine
  • Ice
  • Grapefruit zest
  • 1 Bay leaf to garnish
French 75 with grapfruit and bay leaf

Method

For the syrup, boil water with the sugar and bay leaf in a pan until the sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture cool down well. Put the grapefruit juice, sugar syrup and gin in a shaker and fill it with ice. Shake everything well and pour it into a glass. Top up with some sparkling wine and stir gently. Finally, decorate it with a grapefruit peel and a bay leaf.

Of course, you could also make this cocktail alcohol-free by using alcohol-free gin and sparkling wine!

Honey: a sweet superfood?

Honey’s superpowers can be traced back all the way to Ancient Greece. A mixture of nectar and honey was believed to give you strength, immortality and beauty and was named ambrosia (ancient Greek for “food of the gods”).

Honey also plays an important role in Hindu wedding ceremonies. The expectant groom sweetens the waiting time with a drink of honey, yoghurt and clarified butter. According to Persian tradition, two newlyweds should each dip their little fingers in honey and feed it to each other. So this leaves us with no doubt: honey is a sensual superfood. There’s a reason we say newlyweds go on their honeymoon after all.

How about incorporating this powerful syrup with mood-lifting chamomile and fiery whisky to make a lovely Valentine’s day cocktail.

Aphrodite’s Love Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 15 ml honey and chamomile syrup
  • 50 ml Whisky
  • 2 dashes of Amaretto
  • Ice
  • Fresh chamomile petals

Method

Follow the same steps as for the bay leaf syrup. Instead of sugar, use honey and instead of bay leaf, use chamomile flowers. Pour whisky, chamomile syrup and ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and mix everything together well. Pour the mixture into a glass and give the cocktail the finishing touch with fresh chamomile flowers.

Aphrodite's Love Cocktail

The scent of lavender stirs the senses

The seductive smell of lavender flowers has always captured our attention, including the ancient Romans. Pliny the Elder (23-79 BC) wrote in his book “Naturalis historia” that the Romans perfumed their bathwater with lavender flowers. For this reason, the generic name of the medicinal plant Lavandula (lavender) is derived from the Latin word lavare (to wash). The aromas of these flowers were also used in rural cuisine to refine food and drink. Mixed with salt or sugar, or as a syrup, they added that certain something to hearty stews, soups, sauces or desserts.

What’s more, with its delicate green stems and violet-blue flowers, lavender is beautiful, graceful and very decorative, adding that gorgeous finishing touch to cocktails. So how about a sparkling gin fizz with blueberries and lavender as an unforgettable Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart?

Gin Fizz with blueberries and lavender

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of lavender syrup
  • 50 ml Gin
  • 100g of blueberries
  • Lemon juice
  • Tonic Water
  • Ice

Method

Proceed in the same way for the lavender syrup as for the bay leaf syrup. Purée the blueberries and put them in a cocktail glass together with the syrup, gin, tonic water and ice cubes. Season to taste with lemon juice. Mix the drink well and decorate it with lavender and fresh blueberries.

Gin Fizz with blueberries and lavender

Bananas lift your mood

The sweet, tropical fruit not only provides our bodies with vitamins, nutrients and energy, it also has a positive effect on our mood. Bananas are the ultimate mood lifters because the carbohydrates they contain promote the supply of tryptophan (a basic protein substance from which the happiness hormone serotonin is formed) to the brain.

And do you know which other fruits also have a stimulating effect? Oranges and the essential oils contained in their peel! The symphony of these two sensual fruits culminates in the following cocktail. If you don’t have a gift for Valentine’s Day yet, impress your sweetheart with your bartending skills and whip up a Banana Rum Old-Fashioned!

Banana Rum Old Fashioned

Ingredients

Method

Fill a mixing glass (or pitcher) with ice cubes and add bourbon, rum, crème de banana and a dash of Angostura. Stir for 5 seconds and pour into a whisky glass with a large ice cube. Squeeze the orange peel over the glass to release its essential oils into the drink and then add the peel to the glass to garnish. Cheers!

Banana Rum Old Fashioned

We hope you’ve been inspired by these Valentine’s Day cocktails. If you’re looking for more ways to treat your sweetheart (or yourself) this Valentine’s Day, don’t miss Unconventionally Original: Food Pairings with Champagne and Valentine’s Day Drinks Ideas to Make Anyone Swoon.

Translated by Chelsea Cummings from Anja Krimsky’s original German article Diese Cocktails machen Lust auf Liebe.

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