Life with Moxie: Valentine’s Day cocktails to make your day special

Valentine’s Day is upon us and regardless if you think it’s contrived or you believe it should be celebrated daily- we don’t. If this calendar designation gets us to pay a little more attention, do something extra special, give you the courage to do something you’ve been considering, then it’s good for us acknowledge. If you’re still not buying it, use it to remind yourself to do these things a different day.

For now, let’s look to add that extra special something to your Valentine’s Day plans. There’s nothing sexier or more fun than cooking at home while enjoying a few amazing cocktails. Here we are going to focus on the cocktails, but to get you started on your menu, here is a list of known libido enhancers to include in your menu.

Chili peppers
Olive oil
Pine nuts

We can easily spot a simple and beautiful salad, decadent entrée and ridiculous dessert in here! Now to the good bits, the cocktails. There’s nothing like a good cocktail to help take the edge off, lower our guard a bit and for those who need it, give us little shot of courage. But be cautious… as many of us have discovered, there’s a fine line between courage and naked.

Let’s start first with the fun and flirty editions:

Cotton Candy Champagne
(from Cosmopolitan)

In a glass, add a pouf of cotton candy. Pour in 4 ounce of Champagne. Garnish with a smaller pouf of cotton candy for a cloud-like effect.

Read more champagne hackshere.

Young Lust
(FromThe Electric Room at Dream Downtown)

In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 1/2 ounce Skyy Vodka, 1 ounce Pamma Pomegranate Liqueur, 3/4 ounce lime juice, and 1/2 ounce agave.

Cupid’s Hope
(from Reyka)

Pour 1 1/2 ounce Reyka Vodka, 1 ounce lemon juice, 3/4 ounce rosemary syrup*
and 2 ounce pear juice into a Hurricane glass over crushed ice and swizzle.

*Rosemary syrup: Combine equal parts water and sugar. Let cool. Blanch the rosemary for about 30 seconds. Pat dry and remove the leaves. Place the sugar, water and blanched rosemary leave into a blender. Blend to a consist texture. Fine strain and bottle.

Looking for something a little more in the sexy and passionate realm? Check these beauties out:

(From Logan Ronkainen atIl Mulino Prime)

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the following ingredients: 1 1/2 ounce Cranberry-Infused Russian Standard Vodka, 75 ounce Cointreau Triple Sec, 75 ounce lime juice, 1/2 ounce lime cordial. Double strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe. Garnish with a marinated cranberry and lime wheel.

Rose Pomegranate Martini
(From Elsie Larson ofA Beautiful Mess)

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the following ingredients: 1 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice, 1 1/2 ounce vodka infused with white rose tea (recipe follows), 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth, 1 dash each of cherry bitters and aromatic bitters, and 3-5 broken mint leaves. Shake, and pour into a cocktail glass garnished with rose petal confetti. To infuse the vodka, pour 1 cup vodka into a container, and add 1 bag Numi Organic White Rose Tea. Seal the container and let sit for a few hours or overnight in a cool dark place.

All The Pretty Things
(From Lady’s in Brooklyn)

Combine 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 3/4 ounce Cappelletti , 3/4 ounce Carpano Antica , 2 ounce Laird’s Apple Brandy and stir. Serve up and garnish with an orange twist.

Flame of Love
(From Reyka)

2 parts Reyka Vodka
1/4 part Fino Sherry

Rinse a chilled martini glass with sherry and discard the excess. Flame 2 orange peels over the glass to coat the inside with the oils. Chill the vodka and strain into glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

(From Freud, NYC)

Mix 1 1/2 ounce tequila, 3/4 ounce lime Juice, 3/4 ounce honey jalapeño syrup, 1/2 ounce turmeric juice in a shaker over ice, strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with Thai basil and a salt rim.

Feeling extra special? Needing a more formal flare? Go for all that glitters with these gold medal winners.

All That Glitters
(From Catch NYC & LA)

Pour 1 1/2 ounce vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/4 ounce each of St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount ofedible gold glitter. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Absolut Gold
(From Absolut)

In a mixing glass, stir 1 part Absolut Original, 1/2 ounce peach liqueur, and 1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc. Strain into a Champagne glass and top with 3 parts Champagne. Garnish with edible gold flakes.

Absolut Gold

Now the only thing missing is the music… NPR’s Bobby Carter put together this master Mix, Low and Slow Valentine Jams to get you started.

If the food and cocktails don’t have you in the mood… or there’s nobody to be in the mood with, here is a brilliant list of podcasts for those looking for love.

Whether married, dating or single, miserable, in love or indifferent to the whole thing- Valentine’s will come and go. We may as well enjoy it with a good drink in hand! *Cheers to love!


Have ideas you’d like to add? Need more suggestions? Let me know!

Julie Koester is CEO of Life with Moxie, a Lifestyle Revolution Company, CEO of Moxie Creed, skincare beyond chemistry. You can reach her at

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