Pucker Up This Valentine’s Day With These Twists on Classic Cocktails

Raise a glass with the ones you love!

February 13, 2020
By: Katherine Lok

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Valentine's Day tends to be all about the sweet treats, but what better way to set the mood with those you love than a fun cocktail? Whether you're sipping with that special someone or toasting with a group of your nearest and dearest, there's a perfect cocktail (or mocktail) for everyone. These seven twists on classic cocktails (plus a unique concoction!) are sure to inspire love letters, with plenty of pink and red, bright citrus notes and chocolatey goodness to go around.

Champagne Cocktail (above)

Ree Drummond keeps it simple and classy with her Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail. She delivers double the pomegranate flavor: pomegranate juice gives this drink its rich red hue, and fresh pomegranate seeds add a pop of fun.

Cava is a great inexpensive alternative to Champagne, and the blood oranges in Alex Guarnaschelli's Cava Cocktail recipe make this as beautiful to behold as it is tart and refreshing to sip.

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael


Ina Garten's recipe for Pomegranate Cosmopolitans is a fan favorite, thanks to its four kinds of fruit and an ample amount of vodka. It's also the perfect shade of pink!

If you're looking for a fizzy twist on a classic, look no further than this Winter Cranberry Cocktail from Food Network Kitchen. The blush-pink drink gets topped with a bit of ginger ale, with a touch of honey to balance any sour notes.



Valerie Bertinelli's Grapefruitini puts a triple-threat twist on the classic martini, utilizing juice, zest and wedges of grapefruit. Her tart concoction also packs a punch with lemon-infused vodka.

Insistent that Valentine’s Day calls for chocolate? Sunny's Chocolate Whisky Martini is the perfect solution, using chocolate-flavored whisky and raspberry preserves.

For those who are spirits-free, Bobby Flay's Chocolate Martini Mocktail is a fun Valentine's alternative to alcohol. Don't skimp on the chocolate sprinkles!


Cozy up to your loved ones with Nancy Fuller's warm twist on a classic. Her Bourbon Cranberry Cocktail features plenty of fresh cranberries and cinnamon spice.

A Little Something Different

Give a smooch to the Chocolate Kiss Cocktail from Geoffrey Zakarian. The rich and boozy combination calls for cognac and sherry, with dark chocolate syrup, caramel sauce and chocolate bitters to capture the spirit of a sundae in a glass.

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