10 Perfect Date Night Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

    February 01, 2024 5 min read

    10 Perfect Date Night Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

    Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Dinner reservations, chocolates, and flowers are classic must-haves, but have you considered making a few homemadeValentine's Day cocktails for your date? 

    Romantic cocktailsare the perfect way to set the mood and impress your date for Valentine's Day. Whether you're enjoying a night in with your lover or want to make a nightcap after your dinner reservation, we're here to help. 

    We created a list of easy Valentine's Day alcoholic drinks you can make at home for the perfect date night and some tips to make the evening perfect. Each cocktail uses a different high-quality spirit and explores different flavor palettes.

    Here's everything you need to know:

    Choosing the Right Cocktail for Your Valentine

    When it comes to makingValentine’s Day cocktail recipes for date night, there are a few things you'll want to consider. Check them out below:

    • Understand Preferences and Occasion: Everyone has a different alcohol preference. If you aren't sure which spirit your date enjoys, vodka is always a safe bet. It's crisp and easy to use in many different Valentine's Day drink recipes

    • Embrace the Theme of Romance: Love is in the air! Don't be afraid to go the extra mile for Valentine's Day. While picking up spirits and ingredients for your romantic cocktails, don't forget to grab some flowers and chocolates. 

    • Invest in Quality Spirits:Don't buy the cheapest option at the store. Instead, invest in spirits that taste great and are made with quality ingredients you can taste, like our IGNITE Tequila and IGNITEVodka.

    • Balance with the Menu: Lastly, ensure you have a spread of snacks for you and your date to compliment the flavors in yourromantic cocktails!

    10 BestValentine's Day Cocktails

    Now, it's time for the real fun to begin. Ready to surprise your date with the bestValentine's Day cocktails? 

    Here are our top 10 recipes:

    1) Raspberry Margarita

    The perfect blend of sweet and sour. Any tequila lover would enjoy thisromantic cocktailon a date night. Adding raspberries or other berries is a great way to add a sweet and romantic touch to a classic cocktail. 

    • 3 oz of Tequila Blanco
    • 2 oz Lime Juice 
    • 1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Raspberries 
    • 3 oz Triple Sec
    • 1 oz Simple Syrup

    Blend all ingredients together in a blender and pour into your favorite glass. Voila! You have the perfect V-Day cocktail.

    2) Cosmopolitan

    Cosmopolitans are sweet yet tart. They are a great vodka-based aromatic cocktail that's sure to impress your valentine.

    • 2 oz Vodka 
    • 1 oz Cointreau
    • 1 oz Cranberry Juice 
    • 1 oz Lime Juice

    Shake well with ice and serve in a chilled glass. 

    3) Tequila Sunrise

    Want to explore the sweeter side of cocktails? Try a tequila sunrise. This cocktail is the perfect choice for anyone who doesn't love the taste of alcohol. The orange juice and grenadine mask the flavor perfectly.

    • 2 oz Tequila Blanco
    • 4 oz Orange Juice 
    • 1/4 oz Grenadine

    Mix all ingredients together and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

    4) Vodka Martini

    A timeless and classy go-to for the date with a refined flavor palette. Martinis are aValentine’s Day drink choice for any date night. The best part? They are easy to make at home!

    • 2 1/2 oz Vodka 
    • 1/2 oz Vermouth

    Serve in a vodka martini glass and garnish with green olives or lemon zest.

    5) Paloma

    A Paloma is a traditional Mexican cocktail that combines tequila with grapefruit. ThisValentine’s Day cocktail recipeis sweet and citrusy. The perfect way to start or end a night on your next date!

    • 2 oz Tequila Blanco
    • 2 oz Grapefruit Juice 
    • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
    • 1/4 oz Simple Syrup

    Add ice, top off with sparkling water, and enjoy!

    6) Chocolate Martini

    Skip the box of chocolates and go straight for the chocolate martini. A chocolate martini is the perfect sweet treat to enjoy at the end of a date.

    • 2 oz Vodka
    • 2 oz Irish Cream
    • 2 oz Chocolate Liqueur

    Option to add chocolate syrup to the martini glass for an extra chocolate taste!

    7) Mexican Mule

    A Mexican mule is made with tequila instead of vodka. The spiciness of the ginger beer complements the tequila, creating a smooth and refreshing cocktail for your next date night.

    • 2 oz Tequila
    • 1/2 oz Lime Juice 
    • 4 oz Ginger Beer

    Mix all three ingredients together and pour into a traditional copper mule mug with ice. Top it off with a fresh lime wedge for some extra garnish.

    8) Espresso Martini

    You can't go wrong with an espresso martini. This is aromantic cocktail that packs a punch.

    • 2 oz Vodka 
    • 1/2 oz Coffee Liqueur
    • 1 oz Espresso

    Add all three ingredients into a martini glass and garnish with fresh coffee beans. Option to add simple syrup for a sweeter taste. 

    9) Hibiscus Tequila Cocktail

    Hibiscus is sweet, tangy, and floral. The floral flavor profile complements tequila, creating a sweet and refreshing Valentine's Day cocktail. 

    • 1 oz Tequila Blanco
    • 1/2 oz Lime Juice 
    • 1 tbsp Agave
    • 1/2 cup of Hibiscus Tea

    Mix and pour over the glass with ice. Option to add sparkling water or sparkling rose for an extra refreshing touch.

    10) White Russian

    White Russians are known for their creamy texture and decadent flavor profile. Thisromantic cocktail only contains three ingredients and tastes more like a dessert than a cocktail!

    • 1 2/3 oz Vodka
    • 1 oz Cream
    • 2/3 oz Coffee Liqueur

    Mix all three ingredients together and serve over ice. 

    Find Balance with the Menu

    When impressing your date on Valentine's Day, you want to ensure you have the best food and snacks to pair with yourValentine's Day drinks. Some of the best options to consider for your upcoming date night include:

    • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
    • Chocolate Covered Pretzels
    • Chocolate 
    • Candy or Cookies
    • Strawberry Cheesecake 
    • Chips and Dip 
    • Cracks and Cheese

    Sweeter foods pair better with vodka-basedromantic cocktails,while salty snacks are better with tequila. With a spread of a few of your date's favorite snacks andeasy Valentine's Day alcoholic drinks,you're sure to have a date night you'll always remember.

    Take Your Date Night to the Next Level With IGNITE Spirits 

    While planning your next Valentine's Day date night, you'll want to ensure you have high-end spirits to make romantic cocktails. Our vodka and tequila are made with high-quality ingredients and are the perfect go-to to add to your bar cart. 

    Our IGNITE Vodka is a slightly sweet, full-strength spirit that will complement any of thevodka cocktails mentioned above. Our IGNITETequila is crisp, refreshing, and made with 100% blue Weber agave. 

    Ready to add a romantic touch to your date night with any of theseValentine’s Day cocktail recipes? Explore our selection of spirits today to get started.