5 easy romantic cocktails for two for Valentine’s Day or romantic date night
We always want Valentine’s Day or a romantic date night to be something different and interesting, predisposing us to share a wonderful time with the person we love. As Paint and Sip in Style event planners, we care about all the details when it comes to a fantastic experience. One of the most important elements for any party or intimate date is a selection of good drinks, to complement the theme of the fete.
When we mention romantic drinks for Valentine’s Day, most people will say something with bubbles, like Champagne or Prosecco. That’s right, those are perfect for special occasions, but the truth is, not all guys like bubbly drinks. They tend to be the girls’ choice. What else can you serve on 14th February that both partners will enjoy equally? Maybe wine? Why not cocktails? Yay!
This is a fabulous choice and a great alternative to the classic Champagne or Prosecco. There are so many wonderful cocktails, and many of them can be a good match for a romantic date night or a Valentine’s Day painting party at home. I know some will say that not all guys like sweet cocktails either. It’s true. That’s why we selected cocktails where you can use the same main ingredients to prepare them, and then give it a twist for her. You can add flowery or fruity flavours for a feminine style of cocktail, or fix them up a bit more sour and smoky for a masculine flair.
To make it easier for you, we have selected cocktails which you can make right in the glass, so you won’t need a shaker. However, we recommend you use the same types of glasses and garnish for both cocktails.
Traditional Tom Collins is made with Old Tom gin, however, any gin works just fine.
- Lemon juice
- Sugar syrup or honey
- Club soda
- Ice cubes
- Pink lemonade
- Strawberry essence
Other fruity flavours or elderflower will go quite well as well.
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes, pour in 4 parts gin, 2 teaspoons of syrup or honey and two parts lemon juice. Stir and top up with soda. For the twist – add 2-3 drops of strawberry essence and top up with pink lemonade.
Garnish with a slice of lemon and strawberry.
Black & White Russian
There are two versions of Black Russian, the classic one and White Russian which is considered milder and easier to drink.
- Ice cubes
- Heavy cream
In a low-ball glass add some ice, pour four parts vodka, two parts Kahlua and stir.
Add cream for a less intense taste and you will have a White Russian.
If you’d like to have a lighter version- the Black Russian- you can top up the glass with some Coca-Cola.
Serve with a short straw.
Tequila Sunrise & Sunset
This cocktail looks beautiful and tastes great.
- 1 shot of Tequila
- 120 ml Orange juice (from a box or fresh squeezed)
- Splash Rose’s Grenadine Syrup
- Ice cubes
- Creme de cacao
You will need high-ball glasses for these cocktails.
For the Sunrise fill the glass with ice. Start with pouring tequila, then orange juice, finally adding grenadine. Don’t stir as the grenadine has to drop to the bottom to create those beautiful sunrise colours.
Start the Sunset version with the tequila, then add ice (preferably crushed), pour orange juice and dazzle with cream and cacao.
Garnish both cocktails with a slice of orange and cherry. Serve with a straw.
If you like something hot, Irish Coffee is a perfect choice. Super easy to make and super delusions.
- Irish whiskey
- Heavy cream
- Brown sugar
- Freshly brewed coffee (if you like to have a few of those, you may use caffeine-free coffee)
- Baileys instead of whiskey
For original Irish coffee you can use traditional Irish glasses, however, for Valentines Day you can go for a wine glass. The cocktail will look more sophisticated and special.
First, put 1 or 2 teaspoons of brown sugar on the bottom of the glass. Then pour the coffee and add the whiskey or Bailey’s. Top with lightly whipped heavy cream. Sprinkle some cacao on top. Don’t stir.
If you don’t like the taste of coffee you can try the same cocktail with cacao or hot chocolate.
Non alcoholic Sangria
If you prefer to have a non-alcoholic drink, there are many mocktail options. We really like the non-alcoholic sangria punch because of the lovely light burgundy colour and wonderful fruity flavour.
- 1 750 mL bottle of nonalcoholic red wine
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1/4 cup orgeat syrup
- 1 cup orange juice, chilled
- 1 cup of soda water, chilled
Combine all ingredients without the soda and ice into a big jug, stir it and leave it in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
Before serving add the soda and the ice. Serve in a red wine glass with a short straw.
Back in the days, Valentine’s Day wasn’t that a romantic and exciting day to celebrate, until Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized it in their work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. During the Middle Ages, homemade paper cards became the token- du-jour as part of the declaration of love.
That’s why next time we will give you some ideas of how to make Valentine’s cards and how to decorate the table and set the mood for your special romantic paint & sip at-home experience.
If you still wondering what to do at home for Valentine’s Day, have a look at our fun ideas –
We’d love to know what are you planning for this year Valentine’s Day. Share with us your plans in the comments below.
Lots of love,
Mariella & Ania 💖