Our favourite Valentine’s Day cocktails to shake up with your S.O. in lockdown

Our favourite Valentine’s Day cocktails to shake up with your S.O. in lockdown

Don't let this five-day lockdown dampen your spirits.

In our opinion, nothing says Valentine’s Day like expertly made pink cocktails, and while you may not be able to take your significant other out to a swanky bar to celebrate this year, we all need a bit of love at the moment.

For those spending V-Day on the couch or on the deck, these cocktails will help lend a festive air to your iso date and taste pretty darn good too!

Raspberry Pink Champagne Floats

Raspberry Sorbet
Pink Champagne
Fresh raspberries

Place 1 or 2 scoops of raspberry sorbet in each glass.
Pour pink champagne directly over the sorbet (fill up those glasses).
Finish them off with some fresh raspberries and serve!

The Passionist, courtesy of The Botanist Gin

30ml The Botanist Gin
60ml Botanicus Herbal Tea
10 ml Licor 43 or 10 ml of vanilla syrup
Soda Water

Pour all ingredients into a tall glass over ice. Top with soda water and garnish with an edible flower.

Jitterbug, courtesy of The 18th Amendment Bar

30ml Gin (we recommend Hendricks Gin, but this cocktail is versatile and anything will work)
30ml Camorra Fairy Floss Liqueur (can substitute with Chambord)
30ml Lime Juice (fresh Squeezed)
10ml Sugar Syrup
2 Slices Cucumber
6 Mint Leaves.

Add Cucumber to your shaker and muddle. (at home, the end of a rolling pin works really well!)
Add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker.
Add ice
Close the shaker and shake hard for atleast 10 seconds, or when the shaker starts to frost over on the outside.
Open the shaker and double strain into a stemmed cocktail glass
Garnish with a Cucumber Ribbon

Strawberry Mimosas

1 cup chopped strawberries
1 tbsp. sugar
1 cup champagne, plus more for topping off flute
Sliced strawberries, for garnish

In a blender or food processor, blend strawberries, sugar, and champagne until fully combined
Pour into champagne flutes and top with more bubbly.
Garnish with a strawberry slice and serve.

The Botanist Club

30mL Lemon juice
15mL Sugar Syrup
Egg white
5 Raspberries
3 raspberries

Combine all ingredients into a shaker and add ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with raspberries.

Bartender’s Tip: Substitute the raspberries for any seasonal berry, such as strawberries, cherries or blueberries.

Mozart Strawberry Gin Kiss

30mL Mozart White Chocolate Strawberry Cream
30mL The Botanist Gin
15mL Lemon Juice
10mL Sugar syrup
1 egg white

Add Mozart strawberry, Botanist Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white and ice to a shaker and shake well. Strain the ingredients into a tall glass without ice. Top with soda and garnish with a fresh strawberry.

Bartender’s Tip: For a sweeter version, top with lemonade and add ice cream.

Or for a delicious dessert, pour Mozart straight over ice-cream.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Jelly Shots

3 (16-oz.) containers large strawberries
2 c. chocolate chips
2 tsp. coconut oil
1 (3-oz.) box strawberry Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1 cup vodka

To make shot glasses:
Slice off the tops and tips of strawberries, leveling them so they can stand up on a flat surface.
Using a small melon baller, gently scoop out inside of each strawberry, creating a “shot glass”, being careful not to scoop all the way through.
Discard insides.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a large bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted.
Dip hollowed-out strawberries in chocolate and place, cup side up, on baking sheet.
Place in refrigerator to harden, 10 minutes.

To make Jelly filling:
In a large bowl, whisk together Jell-O and boiling water until completely dissolved.
Add vodka and whisk to combine.
Carefully pour Jelly mixture into strawberries.
Refrigerate until firm, at least three hours.

Then, SHOTS.

Photo via Pinterest

The Botanist Gin & Jam

45mL The Botanist Gin
1 tsp Jam of your choice
Crushed ice
Soda Water

Add gin into a glass and place Jam of choice and mix well. Add crushed ice and top up with soda water. Garnish with raspberry or apricots.

Chocolate Martini

2 tbsp. chocolate syrup, plus more for drizzling
30ml Baileys
30ml chocolate liqueur
30ml Smirnoff vodka
shaved chocolate (optional)

Pour chocolate syrup onto a shallow plate.
Dip rim of martini glasses into chocolate syrup to coat rims.
Drizzle the inside of each glass with chocolate syrup.
Combine Baileys, chocolate liqueur, and vodka in a large cocktail shaker.
Fill with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 20 seconds. Divide evenly between glasses.
If using, top with shaved chocolate.