We’ve been picking up RTD cocktails or cocktail kits from our favorite bars all year long in lieu of sitting at the bar for a few heavenly cocktails. And in that time some of us have been honing our cocktail-making skills at home.
Time to put those shaking and stirring and maybe bottle-twirling skills to play! This Valentine’s Day picks up any of these award-winning spirits and you know you have the best backing to your perfectionist cocktail-making chutzpah to impress your partner!
1. The Dye House
Recipe by Caledonia Spirits
The Dye House. Source: Website
• 1.5 oz Barr Hill Gin
• 0.75 oz Fino Sherry
• 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
• 0.75 oz blueberry syrup
• 1 egg white
• Fresh skewered blueberries for garnish.
Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, dry shake without ice, then shake with ice, and double strain into a coupe. Garnish with skewered fresh blueberries. Crafted from USA Spirits Ratings’ Gin of the Year, The Dye House cocktail, getting its sweetness from Sherry, is the perfect way to start a Galentines evening.
2. Palma Negroni
Recipe by Mallorca Distillery
Palma Negroni. Source: Instagram
• 25ml Palma Gin
• 25ml Campari
• 25ml Sweet vermouth (Try Rockwell - Extra Dry Vermouth)
• Cinnamon stick (optional)
In a mixing glass, add all three ingredients and stir over very cold ice until blended. Strain into a rock glass over a large ice cube and garnish with an orange twist or slice and a cinnamon stick. The taste of cinnamon combined with USA Spirits Ratings gold-medalist Palma Gin is a great way to add a tinge of spice to your evening.
3. Strawberry Moscow Mule
Recipe by South Fork Vodka
Strawberry Moscow Mule, Source: Website
We all know strawberries are a great aphrodisiac, and combining them with South Fork Vodka, a Double Gold winner at the Bartender’s Spirits Awards, the Strawberry Moscow Mule, with its red color surely sets the mood right.
• 3 oz South Fork Vodka
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup water
• 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
• 2 tbsp lime juice
• 1 bottle ginger beer
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add strawberries. Mash strawberries with a fork and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour mixture through a fine-meshed sieve into a bowl and press on the mixture with a rubber spatula to get all liquid out. Add 1/2 cup strawberry mixture to a pitcher along with lime juice and vodka. Stir well. Add ginger beer and stir. Pour into glasses or copper cups with ice.
4. Aguamiel Rosa
Recipe by Aguamiel Tequila
Aguamiel Rosa. Source: Instagram
• 1.5oz Aguamiel Tequila
• 1.5oz Grapefruit Juice
• 0.5oz Lime Juice
• 0.5oz Agave Syrup
Add grapefruit juices and lime juice into a shaker. Pour in agave Syrup, then add the award-winning Bartender’s Spirits Awards gold-medalist Aguamiel Tequila and shake well. Fill the cup with ice and strain. Top off with soda.
5. Massey Cocktail
Recipe by The Spruce Eats
Massey Cocktail. Source: Website
• 1-ounce Irish whiskey (Try the USA Spirits Ratings gold-medalist Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whisky)
• 1-ounce Gin (Try Highclere Castle Gin, a gold medal winner at Bartender’s Spirits Awards)
• 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth (Try Rockwell Sweet Vermouth)
• 1/4 ounce Green Chartreuse
• 1/8 ounce Campari
• Garnish: orange twist
In a mixing glass, combine all the ingredients. Add ice and stir vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
6. Pomegranate Mimosas
Recipe by Delish
Pomegranate Mimosas. Source: Website
• 1 c. sweetened pomegranate juice
• 1 bottle champagne (Try Champagne Henriot Brut Millésime)
• Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
In champagne flutes, fill with 1/4 cup sweetened pomegranate juice and top off with the gold medal-winning champagne. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.
7. Red room Sangria
Recipe by Delish
Red Room Sangria. Source: Website
• 1 bottle dry red wine (Try USA Spirits Ratings’ 92 points Yerevan 782 BC Red Dry)
• 1/3 c. pomegranate juice
• 1/3 c. bourbon (Try USA Spirits Ratings’ 95 points Devil’s Share Bourbon Whiskey)
• 1 tbsp. honey
• 1 apple, sliced
• 1 peach, diced
• 1/2 lb. cherries, pitted and halved
In a pitcher, combine wine, pomegranate juice, whiskey, and honey, stirring until the honey has dissolved. Add fruit. Chill for at least one hour, letting the fruit absorb the sangria a bit.
Pour into glasses and serve.
8. The Jam
Recipe by Silvergrin Vodka
The Jam. Source: Instagram
• 2 oz Silvergrin Vodka
• 3/4 ounces fresh lemon juice
• 1 tbsp of your favorite jam or preserve
• Optional: 1 dash Angostura bitters
Mix all the ingredients in a shaker, shake vigorously a few times, and double strain. Garnish with a lemon twist to enjoy the splendid USA Spirits Ratings 90 point gold medal vodka.
9. Billionaire Cocktail (Saveur)
Recipe by Saveur
Billionaire Cocktail. Source: Website
• 2 ounces high-proof bourbon (Try Treaty Oak Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon, a gold medalist at USA Spirits Ratings)
• 1-ounce fresh lemon juice
• 1⁄2 ounces simple syrup
• 1⁄4 ounces absinthe (Try the Bartender Spirits Awards’ 89 points La Fée Parisienne Absinthe Superieure)
• 1⁄2 ounces grenadine syrup made from pomegranate
• Lemon wheel, for garnish
Combine bourbon, lemon juice, absinthe bitters or absinthe, and grenadine in a shaker over ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
10. Lovebug Cocktail
Recipe by Cosmopolitan
Lovebug Cocktail. Source: Website
• 1-ounce vodka (Try Hall of Fame Vodka)
• 3 ounces white cranberry juice
• 2 ounces lemon-lime soda
• 1-ounce grenadine
First, pour simple syrup onto a flat plate. On another plate, place some red sprinkles. Now grab a glass and place the rim of it onto the simple syrup, then in the sprinkles. Fill your cup with ice and add all the ingredients including the 93 point scoring vodka from the 2020 Bartender’s Spirits Awards to add an impeccable touch. Stir and serve chilled.
11. Be My Galentine
Recipe by Barefoot
Be My Galentine. Source: Cosmopolitan
Combine the no-abv 2020 Bartender’s Spirits Awards silver medal-winning Amaretto with cherry cocktail juice in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with the Red Moscato. Stir gently and garnish with cherries.
12. Hot Buttered Rum
Recipe by The Spruce Eats
Hot Buttered Rum. Source: Website
• 2 teaspoons brown sugar
• 1 tablespoon butter (soft)
• 1 dash ground cinnamon
• 1 dash ground nutmeg
• 1 dash ground allspice
• 1 splash vanilla extract
• 2 ounces rum (Try Bumbu The Original)
• 4 ounces water (hot)
Place the sugar, butter, spices, and vanilla extract into the bottom of an Irish coffee glass or mug and mix well or muddle. Pour in the rum and top it with hot water. Stir. Serve and enjoy. Paired with USA Spirits Ratings’ 95 point rum, the Hot Buttered Rum cocktail is a great way to end a chilly night with your partner.