Set the Mood This V-Day with Something Other Than Champagne

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t already considered what’s going to be on the drinks menu, you’d better act fast.

Forever single? In a relationship? Married? Whatever your relationship status happens to be, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to chill-out with a sip-worthy drink (or three). February 14 may be reserved for plenty of things, especially clichés, but that’s doesn’t mean you have to go through the entire day sober. I mean, you could, but where’s the fun in that?

To help you plan the perfect V-Day, whether you’re dodging Cupid’s arrows or snuggling up to your sweetheart, we’ve rounded up a few shareworthy drinks we think you’ll enjoy. And please remember: drink responsibly.

For the Scotch Lover + Their ‘Peatheart’

laphroaig whisky imageThe reason Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is such a beloved classic is its capacity to transport the drinker to Islay, a remote island in Scotland that few people will ever actually travel to. In 2015, Laphroaig (pronounced La-froyg), celebrated its 200th anniversary.

With notes of seawater, stone, charcoal, smoke and driftwood, it’s a bottle to always keep on hand if you’re in need of an escape. Pour yourself a glass and enjoy, $49.99.

Laphroaig also has something special for all the beginner scotch drinkers out there — Select Scotch Whisky. Need an introduction to scotch? This is it.

Created by Tyson Buhler (New York, NY) 

  • 1 1/2 parts Laphroaig 10 Year Old
  • 3/4 parts Cantaloupe Juice
  • 3/4 parts Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 part Ginger Syrup

Method: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into coup glass.

Rum & Vodka Cocktails

Red Rum

  • 2 parts BACARDÍ Superior Rum
  • ½ part Slow Gin
  • 2 parts Red Currants
  • ½ part Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • ½ part Vanilla Syrup

Method: Using a muddler (or bar spoon) roughly crush the redcurrants in the base of a cocktail shaker then pour in the other ingredients. Give it all a good, hard shake then fine strain the mixture into a chilled glass.

Amour Rouge

  • 1 part Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1 part Pineau des Charentes
  • ½ part Crème de Cassis
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
  • 1 small Cluster Red Currants
  • Lemon Twist

Method: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with zest of lemon and cluster of red currants.

For the Tequila Drinker

Sweet Señorita

  • 2 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila
  • 1 part Lemon Juice
  • ½ part Agave Syrup
  • 5 Rasberries
  • 5 Basil Leaves
  • Splash Club Soda
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Method: Muddle raspberries and basil in mixing glass. Add Sauza® 901® Tequila, agave syrup and lemon juice. Shake vigorously over ice. Strain into ice filled highball glass. Top with club soda and a drop or two of balsamic vinegar. Garnish with basil sprig.


  • 2 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila
  • 1 part Vanilla Liqueur
  • ½  part Agave Syrup
  • Stout Beer

Method: Shake Sauza ®901® Tequila, vanilla liqueur and agave syrup over ice in cocktail glass. Strain into chilled highball glass and top with stout beer.

If you just can’t seem to skip buying chocolates this year? Why not try some handcrafted dark chocolate truffles infused with extra añejo Reserva de la Familia? The truffles were made by award-winning Los Angeles-based chocolatier, Compartes. There’s nothing better than satisfying your sweet tooth while also catching a nice buzz, $17.95.

compartes tequila truffles