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Looking for the best love potion Valentine’s Day cocktail recipe? This easy-to-make romantic cocktail is perfect for your Valentine’s Day celebrations.

pink sugar rimmed Valentines Day Cocktail Recipe in fluted glass with raspberry garnish

Valentine’s day is the perfect time to serve a pink drink like the famous Augusta Azalea Cocktail. This drink combines fruity sweetness with vodka to create a delicious, beautiful pink azalea-colored drink. Sprinkle dried rose petals across the top before serving for a special floral touch. If you are serving a romantic dinner, you will want to make Dark Chocolate Strawberry Tarts for dessert. The strawberry tarts have the perfect combination of fresh strawberries and rich dark chocolate in a gluten-free crust. They are also easy to make ahead for a romantic evening. 

😊 Why make this cocktail

  • This is an easy cocktail with simple ingredients that are typical to keep on hand.
  • The pink color makes this cocktail perfect for serving as a Valentine’s Day cocktail recipe.
  • This vodka cocktail has all the flavor profiles for a great drink. It’s sweet, with warm spices and a touch of sour from the cranberry and lime juice. 
  • Serving a Valentine theme cocktail is a great way to let someone know they are special to you. 

🍸 What type of cocktail glass should I use?

  • Rocks glass: Also knows as a old fashioned glass.This would be a good glass to use if you serve this to a man who is not really into cute and frilly.
  • Collins glass: Also know as a highball glass. The tall narrow shape will show off the pink cocktail
  • Chilled martini glass: This glass would be perfect for a Galentines party with the girls.
  • Coupe glass: Used for champagne. The shape of this cocktail glass would make a beautiful drink for the ladies.
  • Champagne flute: This long stem flute glass is perfect for toasting!

🍹 Cocktail glass deorations

  • A good cocktail not only tastes good but is pretty to look at. Make your cocktail fun and pretty with one of these festive drink embellishments.
  • Slice fruit such as oranges, pineapple, limes, or lemins into small wedges and place them on the rim of the glass.
  • Umbrella Cocktail Drink Picks: Umbrellas are a classic decoration for any cocktail.
  • Cupid’s arrow: slide a few pieces of fruit on Cupid’s arrow and place them in your glass.
  • Drop a few candy hearts into your cocktail just before you serve.
  • Let the sparks fly when you put one of these fireworks cocktail picks in your glass.
  • Add springs of fresh herbs such as mint or rosemary.

🛒 Ingredient notes

ingredients for Valentines day cocktail

Simple syrup

This cocktail recipe has a unique spiced infused simple syrup.

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Cinnamon sticks: You will need 2, four-inch long pieces
  • Ginger – peel and cut into slices the size of a quarter. You should have 4 quarter-size pieces of fresh ginger.

Sugar rim

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 drops red food coloring

Cocktail

  • Cranberry juice – No sugar added variety is best. You don’t want your cocktail too sweet.
  • Spiced simple syrup: This is the key to this delishious cocktail. Be sure to infuse your cinnamon and ginger for 30 minutes.
  • lime juice: Use fresh squeezed, not the green bottle kind.
  • Vodka: Use your favorite unflavored brand
  • Ginger ale: If you want a lower calorie cocktail you could use diet ginger ale
  • Lime: you will need one piecs for a wedge and the rest for lime juice

See the recipe card for a complete list and quantities.

🔪 Step by step instructions

Spiced simple syrup

  1. First, make your spiced simple syrup. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan.

2. Cook over medium-high heat, occasionally stirring until the sugar has dissolved. This will take about 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and add the cinnamon stick and fresh ginger slices. Allow them to steep in the sugar water for 30 minutes.

4. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick and pieces of ginger. Cool the spiced simple syrup entirely before using.

Simple syrup be made for a cocktail in a pan with fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks

Sugar rim

  1. Pour sugar into a sandwich-size zip lock bag.

2. Add a few drops of red food coloring. Do not use gel foodcoloring. The basic liquid kind work best.

3. Seal the bag well and shake to incorporate the food coloring throughout the sugar. If it is too light, add another drop and repeat until you get a nice pink color. If you want a red sugar rim, add a few more drops of the food coloring and shake.

4. Place sugar in a shallow rimmed plate or bowl.

5. Wet the edge of your cocktail glass with a wedge of lime. Hold the glass perpendicular to the sugar mixture. Dip the rim of the glass into the sugar mixture and then carefully set it aside.

Cocktail glass dipped upside down into a shallow plate with red sugar going on the rim

Cocktail

1. Add cranberry juice, spiced sugar syrup, lime juice, and vodka into a cocktail shaker. Shake ingredients well.

2. Carefully pour into your sugar-rimmed glass, being sure to not get the rim wet.

3. Add ginger ale, give it a slite, stir and serve.

Hint: If you do not have a Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker then a canning jar with a tight-fitting lid will work also.

✔️Chilling tip


It is best to prechill your cocktail glass in the freezer for an hour before using it. Starting with a chilled cocktail glass will keep your drink cool longer. This is a plus, so you do not have to add ice and water down your cocktail’s flavors.


✔️Tip for party planning


If you are planning a party, you can make a large batch of the spiced simple syrup the day before. After making it, allow to cool and then place in a pitcher with a secure lid and refrigerate. It can be stored for several days in your refrigerator. ** Just change the servings number in the recipe card.

✔️Make it pretty


Make any cocktail a touch more romantic by sprinkling a few dried rose petals on top of your drink. These rose petals are food-grade, organically grown without GMO, and hand-picked daily before sunrise just as the flower blooms and the rose oil content is high. The petals are then left to dry in the sun before packing for distribution.

🔀 Variations

  • To make this cocktail lower in sugar, use diet cranberry juiceand diet ginger ale. This will trim off a few calories from the original recipe. 
  • If you do not like tart cranberry juice, use sweetened cranberry juice.
  • Add a few slices of fresh strawberries or fresh red raspberries to your glass.
  • Use lemon-lime soda in place of the ginge ale.
  • Switch out the vodka for coconut rum to give your drink a sweeter tropical taste.
  • If you want ice in your cocktail, purchase an ice cube tray that makes one large ice cube for your glass. It will melt slower, so your drink does not get water down as quickly.

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Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
steeping time for simple syrup: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 1
Whip up this sweet and spicy romantic cocktail for the one you love. The infused ginger and cinnamon in a sweet, simple syrup gives each sip a bit of heat. Then mix in a splash of tart cranberry, ginge ale, and vodka in your pink sugar-dusted rimmed glass, and you have the perfect love potion.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

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Ingredients
 

Spiced Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, four-inch long pieces
  • 1 piece ginger, – peeled and cut into slices the size of a quarter. You should have 4 quarter-size pieces of fresh ginger.

Sugar Rim

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 drops red food coloring, Do not use the gel kind, the basic liquid kind work best. You might need to add a few more drops if you want your sugar to be red vs pink.
  • 1 lime wedge

Cocktail

  • 2 ounces cranberry juice , The nutirion label is for regular but I like to use lite, 50% less added sugar variety is best. You don't want your cocktail too sweet.
  • 2 ounces spiced simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lime juice, Fresh, not from the green bottle
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 6 ounces ginger ale

Instructions
 

Simple syrup

  • First, make your spiced simple syrup. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  • Cook over medium-high heat, occasionally stirring until the sugar has dissolved. This will take about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add the cinnamon stick and fresh ginger slices. Allow them to steep in the sugar water for 30 minutes.
  • Remove and discard the cinnamon stick and pieces of ginger. Cool the spiced simple syrup entirely before using.

Sugar rim

  • Pour sugar into a sandwich-size zip lock bag.
  • Add a few drops of red food coloring.
  • Seal the bag well and shake to incorporate the food coloring throughout the sugar. If it is too light, add another drop and repeat until you get a nice pink color. If you want a red sugar rim, add a few more drops of the food coloring and shake.
  • Place sugar in a shallow rimmed plate or bowl.

Cocktail

  • Wet the edge of your cocktail glass with a wedge of lime. Hold the glass perpendicular to the sugar mixture. Dip the rim of the glass into the sugar mixture and then carefully set it aside.
  • Add cranberry juice, spiced sugar syrup, lime juice, and vodka into a cocktail shaker. Shake ingredients well.
  • Carefully pour into your sugar-rimmed glass, being sure to not get the rim wet.
  • Add ginger ale, give it a slite, stir and serve.

Notes

Tip: Make any cocktail a touch more romantic by sprinkling a few dried rose petals on top of your drink. These rose petals are food-grade, organically grown without GMO, and hand-picked daily before sunrise just as the flower blooms and the rose oil content is high. The petals are then left to dry in the sun before packing for distribution.
Tip: If you are planning a party, you can make a large batch of the spiced simple syrup the day before. After making it, allow to cool and then place in a pitcher with a secure lid and refrigerate. It can be stored for several days in your refrigerator.
Tip: It is best to prechill your cocktail glass in the freezer for an hour before using it. Starting with a chilled cocktail glass will keep your drink cool longer. This is a plus, so you do not have to add ice and water down your cocktail’s flavors.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 382kcal, Carbohydrates: 68g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 48mg, Potassium: 139mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 64g, Vitamin A: 52IU, Vitamin C: 21mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 3mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Drinks
Author: Gina Dickson

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