Of all the days set aside generally for us to express our love, Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap for feeling coerced, overpriced and overly schmaltzy. But even for those of us that agree with this, there’s a tiny part of that wants to be part of it all.

No matter what side you’re on, we can all agree it always feels great to open a bottle or mix a drink of something special on the day with each sip calling back to memory our first dates and care-free holidays with friends, or just helping us appreciate that the day is finally over and we can enjoy the quiet calm of the evening ahead.

Recognising this, the following are five amazing red, pink or violet cocktails with rich, delicious flavours and romantic names you can celebrate the occasion with.

Chocolate Cherry Cha-Cha

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When you put together a right mix of coconut rum with chocolate and cherry flavours, you get what tastes uncannily like chocolate-covered cherry. The coconut rum and mineral water add the required sweetness and bitterness, making this a truly refreshing cocktail. Note that all your ingredients should be chilled beforehand.

  • 1 oz. cherry liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 1/2 oz. chocolate vodka
  • 1/2 oz. club soda/sparkling water
How to make
  • Pour your cherry liqueur into a martini glass.
  • Follow up with your Malibu Coconut Rum, chocolate vodka then club soda/sparkling water
  • Stir lightly

The Soft Love

The Soft LoveChocolate Cherry Cha-Cha | www.drinks.ng

This intriguingly titled reddish-pink cocktail tastes like banana and cherry. It is perfect for drinking before dinner as it pairs well with salty treats like nuts and pretzels or creamy foods go well with fruits.

  • 3/4 oz. creme de bananes
  • 3/4 oz. cherry vodka
  • 3/4 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
How to make
  • Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice
  • Pour in all your ingredients
  • Shake well
  • Strain into a cordial glass

The Kiss on the Lips

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This aptly-named sweet and fruity cocktail is a blend of peach, mango and berry served on carnival cruise lines. The fantastic dessert drink will keep you going on a night of dancing.

  • 1 1/2 oz. peach schnapps
  • 5 oz. frozen mango mix
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • 2 cups crushed ice
How to make
  • Put your peach schnapps, frozen mango and crushed ice into a blender and blend in spurts until smooth.
  • Pour your grenadine into a cocktail glass
  • Pour the blended mixture in over your grenadine.
  • Garnish with a pineapple slice and cherry.

The Love Bite

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This mix of cherry, orange and cream is a delightful layered shooter. As its name suggests, it does carry a bit of a bite in the tart edge of the cherry and orange. The love Bite is ideal for that intimate date at your house. To pull this off, you have to learn how to layer cocktails.

  • 1 oz. cherry liqueur
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1 oz. cream (light or single)
How to make
  • Pour your cherry liqueur into a cocktail glass (not a shot glass).
  • Layer on your orange liqueur.
  • Top it with a layer of cream.

The Ruby Red

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The Ruby Red features grapefruit juice and grapefruit vodka with Campari and soda. Some recipes involve vodka, others use gin. Some recipes add brandy, others Campari, so feel free to try all recipes so you know which works best for you.

  • 2 oz. Absolut Ruby Red vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Campari
  • 3 oz. ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz. 7-Up
How to make
  • Build the ingredients into a highball glass.
  • Stir
  • Garnish with a cherry or two.



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