Last Updated on February 10, 2024 by David Michael

Valentine’s Cocktails

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Show how much you care for your valentine by offering them one of these classic cocktails instead of an overly sweet drink. Or make yourself a drink. Valentine’s is a day to celebrate love, and what better way to show yourself some love than with a delicious cocktail. These cocktails are all classics, and aren’t loaded down with sugar.

The Cosmopolitan makes a perfect Valentine’s drink with vodka. The cranberry turns this a beautiful red – perfect for a Valentine’s theme.

The Hanky Panky is a classic gin based drink, and it has the perfect Valentine’s cocktail name.

Champagne is always an appropriate drink, and we dress it up for the occasion in the Kir Royale.

The Manhattan is a rye whiskey based drink that makes a perfect Valentine’s cocktail. Whiskey is mellowed with a little sweet vermouth and garnished with brandied cherries. Often served in a cocktail glass, here we pour it into an old fashioned glass for understated sipping.

Whether you like vodka, gin, whiskey, or champagne; one of these cocktails are sure to please your palate.

Cosmopolitan cocktail garnished with a lime wheel


Refreshingly clean and tart with just a touch of sweetness. A cosmopolitan has the perfect color for Valentine’s too.


Hanky Panky cocktail in antique carved coupe glass.

Hanky Panky

A classic gin and sweet vermouth cocktail with the addition of Fernet Branca for a balanced and complex flavor. A Hanky Panky is a classic refresher.


Kir Royale in a champagne flute garnished with lemon twist.

Kir Royale

1/2 ounce crème de cassis
Chilled Champagne
Garnish: lemon twist.

Pour the crème de cassis into a flute.
Top with Champagne.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

Manhattan cocktail garnished with brandied cherries.


A classic whiskey and sweet vermouth cocktail.

For those with a sweet tooth, try our Chocolate Martini.

We hope these Valentine’s cocktails help you to set the mood. Feel free to substitute Prosecco for the Champagne, use a dry brut for the best results. We like using a larger cocktail mixing glass. The larger size makes it easy to double the quantities if you would like to make cocktails for two. A quiet night in or a Valentine’s party, serve up some cocktails with style.

We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
Be sure to check out our other Valentine posts for more ideas:

Valentines Ideas for entertaining and gift giving.
Valentines Candy for our favorite treats to share.

Browse all of our cocktail recipes in our Cocktail Recipe Index.

Recommended Products for Valentine’s Cocktails

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Valentine’s Cocktail Napkins

Tiny gold hearts are perfect for Valentine’s cocktails.

Valentine's Cocktail Napkins

Cocktail Mixing Glass

Perfect for the Hanky Panky and Manhattan, this mixing glass is sturdy and heavy bottomed for stability. It’s the one that I use myself.

Hiware Professional 24 Oz Cocktail Mixing Glass

Cocktail Shaker Set

Shake up a Cosmopolitan with style using A Bar Above’s 4 piece set. Boston shaker with a Hawthorne strainer and a double sided jigger for nearly all your cocktail needs.

A Bar Above Boston Cocktail Shaker Set – 4-Piece Stainless Steel Bartender Kit for Business or Home Bar – Includes Hawthorne Strainer & Japanese Jigger – Professional Bar Accessories

Brandied Cherries

The perfect garnish for a Manhattan, these brandied cherries are delicious on their own too.

Brandied Cherries

Ruby Red Old Fashioned Glass

A beautiful red glass works with just about any drink on Valentine’s day. I love these red glasses with a bit of heft and embellishments that work in modern and traditional settings.

Red Old Fashioned Glass

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