Love is in the air (and in the glass), thanks to a few of the top bartenders around Boston. Whether you need some liquid courage to get through a first date, have a night planned out with pals or want to cheers to your romance with a celebratory concoction, here are a bunch of Valentine’s Day cocktails for your sipping pleasure.
Bar Boulud: Love Affair & Berry Kiss
Whether you like tall & skinny or short & stout sips, you can have one of each at Bar Boulud. Their Love Affair mixes Maker’s Mark, pomegranate juice, ginger syrup and orange zest together in a Champagne flute and finishes off the concoction with a sugary rim and a white chocolate-drizzled strawberry. The evening doesn’t have to end after just one drink — try the Berry Kiss for your second cocktail, which features strawberry and vanilla-infused Hangar 1 vodka with grenadine and lemon juice before being topped off with rosé Champagne.
Davio’s Boston: Champagne Cocktail
Why not be a little bougie this February 14th? Davio’s Champagne Cocktail is just the right amount of extra. Sip on a blend of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, raspberry-peach Grand Marnier, elderflower St. Germain, splash of cranberry, heart-shaped strawberry and edible crystal rose-goldflakes.
Empire Boston: Shanghai Cupid & Raspberry Chocolate Dream
If you’re hoping to make a lasting impression this Valentine’s Day, treat your special someone to Empire’s Shanghai Cupid — a refreshing and citrusy drink combining Belvedere ginger zest, prickly pear, lime Prosecco and some oh-so-pretty orchid petals. Or try out their Raspberry Chocolate Dream, a chocolate raspberry martini topped with golden heart flakes.
Grafton Street Pub & Grill: Sparkling Rose & Moscato Floats
Harvard Square can be your hotspot for romance this Valentine’s Day — Grafton Street Pub & Grill has two boozy floats that are just as sweet as your budding relationship. Choose between the Sparkling Rose made with raspberry sorbet, or get a blast from the past with a fave from your childhood, rainbow sorbet, which is incorporated into the Moscato float.
il Molo: Pomegranate Passion
You don’t need lust, desire or adoration in your life necessarily to drink down this sipper at il Molo. Single gals and guys, groups of friends and couples alike can head over to the waterfront seafood spot for some excitement in a glass. The bar team is shaking up the Pomegranate Passion made with vodka, cointreau, pomegranate juice, splash of orange juice and lemon. It’s available through Sunday, February 17th, so you’ve got all weekend to try it out.
Little Donkey: Bird’s Eye Oasis for Two
Forgot the flowers for your date? Just order this stunner at Little Donkey, which comes with a mint bouquet (hey — it’s not as good as the real thing, but it’s better than nothing). In the Bird’s Eye Oasis for Two, you’ll also find a mix of Santa Teresa Solera Rum, Plantation OFTD Rum, pineapple juice, Martini & Rossi Bitter, fresh lime juice, cinnamon and demerara Syrup and banana liqueur. Cheers to remembering the floral arrangement next year.
Ocean Prime: Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini
Indulge your sweet-tooth this Valentine’s Day with Ocean Prime’s Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini. It’s made with vanilla vodka, Luxardo cherry liquor, Godiva White Liquor and chocolate sauce. To top it off, there’s a stemless cherry, which means you can save the tongue-tying (and other tricks) for later.
TAMO: Bestie Bowl
Whether you’re team Galentine’s or Valentine’s this year, don’t miss out on TAMO‘s Bestie Bowl, a shareable drink made of Bacardi Dragon Berry rum, Bacardi Oakheart Rum, guava juice, passion fruit, Orgeat, lavender bitters with a dragon fruit and mint garnish. It’s available from February 11th through the 16th, so round up your gang of friends or invite your crush to partake in this sipping adventure.
Temazcal: Besos & Tradicional Margaritas
Lean in for some Besos with your boo this V-Day at Temazcal (in drink form, of course)—a strawberry margarita made with Agavales Silver, St Germain, fresh lemon juice and basil puree. Think Valentine’s Day is sweet & sappy enough? Stick to the Tradicional—a citrusy margarita blending Exotico Reposado, 03 Premium Orange Liqueur, fresh lime juice, splash of OJ and agave nectar.
Temple Bar: Lady Stoneheart
Still mourning the loss of GOT’s Lady Stoneheart? It’s ok, so is Temple Bar. Pay a tribute to the character this Valentine’s Day with a blend of gin, pomegranate liquor and sparkling wine named after Catelyn Stark, herself.
Zephyr on the Charles: Love Potion Martini
Leave the candles, crystals and spells at home — Zephyr on the Charles is whipping up a Love Potion Martini, which is a fusion of citron vodka, Malibu rum, peach schnapps, lime and grapefruit juice and topped with a strawberry. Fair warning to anyone interested: there are no antidotes to this lovey-dovey cocktail.