Making Valentine’s Day plans is never easy, and on one of the busiest days of the year, creating something truly unique and extraordinary can be the only right answer. Overpaying for food and drinks at a hotshot restaurant swarming with couples is utterly hackneyed and passé. This Valentine’s Day, whether you have a special someone, or are indulging your own independent self by being your own Valentine, make everything so much more special by bringing back the personal touch.
The appeal and magnitude of a romantic home-made meal, or a movie-marathon with your loved one, or simply a night of wholesome conversation is truly extraordinary. Dish out the aphrodisiacs, some seductive music and of course we saved the best for last, cocktails! And not just any cocktails, we’re bringing you some special Valentine’s Day themed cocktails to help you set the right mood for your special night.
With our list of the best Valentine’s Day themed cocktails, there are only two things you will be having on this day, a lot of fun, and a lot of whisky!
Whiskey Hot Chocolate
It is impossible no not utter Valentine’s Day and chocolate in the same breath. The delicious goodness of chocolate has been associated with this wonderful day for so long, it would be hard to imagine the day without it. Of course you don’t have to when you can combine love with whiskey and chocolate so easily!
Our first choice of the perfect Valentine’s Day themed cocktail ideas is the perpetual favourite, the Whiskey Hot Chocolate. What else could be better than to be curled up with your loved one in your favourite pajamas, streaming a romantic movie and sipping on Whiskey Hot Chocolate? Nothing, that’s the right answer. So what will you need to prepare this whiskey cocktail?
Jameson Irish whiskey – 100 ML
Powdered Sugar – 90 Grams
Chocolate Bar – 150 Grams
Milk – 1 L
Heavy Cream – 200 ML
Cardamom – 4 Pods
Cinnamon – 1 Stick
Chocolate – Grated for garnish
Preparation of Whiskey Hot Chocolate
Heat the milk, half the heavy cream, cardamom and cinnamon in a saucepan. Keep the heat low and make sure you do not boil the mixture.
Let cool and strain the liquid into another pan. Put it on low heat, add pieces of chocolate, and whisk slowly.
Remove from the heat and add Jameson Irish whiskey.
Serve into coffee mugs. Whisky remaining heavy cream and garnish with a dollop on top. Sprinkle grated chocolate on top and enjoy the boozy Whiskey Hot Chocolate!
Our next pick for the top Valentine’s Day is the Starry Sonata, a rich and immensely flavourful Bourbon whiskey cocktail that you will definitely fall in love with. After our previous Valentine’s Day themed cocktail that is served hot, here is a welcome change of pace for our readers.
he Starry Sonata is served chilled, and perhaps in the most glamorous and bodacious of stemware there is, the Champagne Coupe. It is the perfect accompaniment for a romantic homemade dinner with your loved one, dressed in your best outfit and raise a toast to your beautiful relationship. It is the perfect cocktail to celebrate Valentine’s Day with whisky lovers.
Bourbon whiskey – 15 ML
Drambuie – 45 ML
Oloroso Sherry - 15 ML
Angostura Bitters – 2 dashes
Star Anise for garnish
Preparation of Starry Sonata
Take a cocktail shaker and fill it with lots of ice.
Pour all the ingredients into the shaker over the ice, and stir gently for a minute with a
Once the drink has been thoroughly chilled, strain it out into a chilled Champagne Coupe. Add the Star Anise for garnish and the Starry Sonata is ready to be devoured.
Mint Chocolate Whiskey
There is nothing quite like going out for an ice-cream on a date. If you have been together for some time, returning to the days when you first started dating is an absolutely underrated experience. Now what if you could take that experience and make it even better?
How about you throw in whisky, pyjamas, your cutest socks, and hate-watching an awful movie into the mix? Sounds like a treat doesn’t it? Well here’s how you can make the perfect ice-cream date with your whisky loving Valentine and make the most of your special day.
Ballantine’s Finest – 30 ML
Crème de Cacao – 20 ML
Crème de Menthe – 20 ML
Vanilla Ice Cream – 2 Large scoops
Preparation of Mint Chocolate Whiskey
Add the Ballantine’s Finest Scotch, Crème de Cacao and Crème de Menthe to a blended and give it a whirl.
Now add one scoop of Vanilla ice cream, and blend until mixed well.
Add the next scoop of ice cream and blend well again.
Pour out the drink into a parfait glass, and serve with a straw. Your Mint Chocolate Whisky is ready to enjoy!
Sounds like an exciting name doesn’t it? The Kentucky Kiss is our fourth choice among the Valentine’s Day themed whisky cocktails, and it has been specially created for your Bourbon loving significant other.
Not to mention the fact that this Valentine’s Day themed cocktail not only looks the part, but also contains strawberries, a known aphrodisiac. Tangy, sweet and absolutely delicious, the Kentucky Kiss is rightly named so as it would be too difficult to separate your mouth from the glass once you start drinking.
Bourbon whiskey – 60 ML
Fresh Strawberries – 3 pcs
Fresh lemon juice – 15 ML
Honey/Maple Syrup – 15 ML
Club soda to top
Preparation of Kentucky Kiss
Take 2 fresh strawberries, and slice them well. Put them in a Lowball glass, add lemon juice and honey.
Muddle the strawberries and other ingredients until a fine pulp is created.
Now add a couple of ice cubes, and pour the Bourbon over the ice.
Top the glass with club soda, and gently stir the drink for a few seconds.
Cut the remaining strawberry in half to garnish the drink. That’s all it takes to make the lusciously sweet and tangy Kentucky Kiss.
This whiskey cocktail is often described as a cousin of the gin-based Negroni cocktail, but in our case, we believe the Boulevardier is a far more complex and satisfying drink. Not to knock on personal preferences too much but as whiskey lovers we can all agree, it just works.
Richness of flavours is abundant when it comes to this perfect Valentine’s Day themed cocktail, and do you know what gives the Boulevardier a far stronger connection with love? The cocktail recipe was conceived, published and popularized in the city of Paris by Erskine Gwynne in a magazine of the same name. And it never gets better than Paris does it?
Rye whiskey – 40 ML
Dark Rum – 40 ML
Sweet Vermouth – 40 ML
Orange peel for garnish
Preparation of Boulevardier
Add the Rye whiskey, dark Rum and Sweet Vermouth to a cocktail shaker filled with lots of ice.
Mix the ingredients gently, but thoroughly with a bar spoon.
Strain the drink into a Lowball glass.
Garnish with a thin slice of Orange peel. The deliciously boozy and satisfying Boulevardier can be mixed within minutes, leaving you a lot of time to enjoy the drink with your date and not be caught behind the bar too long.
That concludes our list of the perfect Valentine’s Day themed cocktails to serve on your perfect date night to make things even better. So what will you be preparing for your whisky-loving special someone? The Whiskey Hot Chocolate, the Starry Sonata or the Mint Chocolate Whiskey? The Kentucky Kiss or the Boulevardier?
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