Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you’re not quite as prepared as you hoped, perhaps brushing up on your cocktail skills will give you that little extra somethign you need to make the day special. So whether it’s your husband’s gift, or you’re treating your lady who loves quality whiskey, Sip Dark has prepared some tasty whiskey cocktail recipes that make Valentine’s Day a day to remember.
The diamondback is a fiery red cocktail that’s amazing for after dinner. There’s no fancy rim decorations here, just a sophisticated and warming cocktail that looks the part for Valentine’s day. It combines apple brandy, rye whiskey and Yyellow Chartreuse, creating a unique flavor that you and your partner will love.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 60ml Rye Whiskey
- 15ml Yellow Chartreuse
- 15ml Apple Brandy
Combine the three ingredients, and shake in a cold shaker with ice. Strain into a glass and serve by itself, or with an olive. It looks super sophisticated in a tall glass with a stem, but you can serve it any way you like.
Manhattan Love Story
The Manhattan Love Story not only sounds romantic, but its orangey hues are warm and great looking. It’s a twist on a traditional Manhattan cocktail, that takes away the vermouth and replaces it with a ginger liqueur giving it more of a kick. The Manhattan Love Story is a blend of flavors, just like you and your partner are a blend of personalities!
What you’ll need:
- 2 Dash Peychaud Bitters
- 5 Ounces New York Whiskey
- 1 Ounce Dry Sake
- 5 Ounce Ginger Liqueur
Pour all of your ingredients into a mixing glass that contains ice, to ensure your cocktail is nice and cold. Stir it thoroughly, and then strain your Manhattan Love Story into a cocktail glass of your choice.
The Brogue is a cocktail that takes a good quality scotch, and infuses it with lavender for a refreshing and summery taste. It’s the perfect way to celebrate your relationship and welcome in the spring, which isn’t far away!
The use of lavender in The Brogue, works perfectly with the Drambui, and the refreshing taste is certainly different to most other whiskey cocktails.
You will need:
- 5 Ounce Honey-Infused Lavender Syrup
- Dried Lavender
- 75 Ounce Lemon Juice
- 5 Ounce Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
- 5 Ounce Drambuie
Simply combine all of your ingredients in a shake, with ice. Shake it up, ensure it’s thoroughly chilled and mixed, and then strain your cocktail into a rocks glass. To make the most of the flavor, garnish your cocktail with a little dried lavender, and present. You’ll be bound to impress.
The Pink Campari takes Valentine’s Day literally and instead of being just refreshing or warm, this is a bright pink cocktail that fits the bill perfectly. It contains lots of fresh fruity flavors, including raspberry, pear and cranberry, making it fresh and delicious.
To make this flavorful cocktail, you will need:
- Lime Twist
- Pinch of Sweet and Sour Mix
- Two Splashes of Pear and Cranberry Juice
- 5 Fresh Raspberries (plus any for garnish)
- 1 Ounce Rye Whiskey
- 1 Ounce Campari
You’ll need a martini shaker and plenty of ice to make this perfectly. Add all your ingredients, and shake it well. The raspberries are pulverized by the ice cubes as you shake, releasing all their amazing flavor. When finished, pour the cocktail into a martini glass, and take any extra raspberries you have, along with a lime twist, and garnish. It’ll look great and taste even better.
The Penicillin whiskey cocktail is more of an evening and romantic cocktail. The smoky and spicy flavors are ideal for people who love an earthier feel, and with just a few added ingredients, it completely changes the taste of your scotch whiskey. Combining lemon juice, honey and ginger with your scotch gives it a sharp taste, a smoky after taste and a consistent spice.
What you’ll need:
- 10ml Ginger Syrup
- 10ml Honey Syrup
- 20ml Lemon Juice
- 10ml Peated Scotch Whiskey
- 40ml Blended Scotch Whiskey
Take your ingredients, and shake them in a cocktail shaker with ice. Make sure it’s mixed up well to get that spiciness flowing through the entire thing, and strain out into your favorite cocktail glass. This is a modern classic that you’ll find yourself turning back to over and over again, and it’s perfect for a relaxing evening with your loved one.
Some Other Romantic Ideas for Whiskey Lovers
Nearly a third of whiskey drinkers in the United Kingdom are now female, and the trend appears to be the same in the United States. That means that this Valentine’s Day, you can treat him (or her!) to some great whiskey accessories that make your drinking experience that much better.
At SipDark.com, we offer a range of fantastic whiskey accessories, and we even provide custom engraving. Take for instance our custom, engraved whiskey bullet. These stainless steel, bullet-shaped whiskey chillers are designed to chill your beverage without diluting it. Just drop in one, two or three steel bullets into your glass, and you and your partner can enjoy a perfectly chilled whiskey without diluting all that amazing flavor.
We also have more traditional steel spheres, and even ice cube-shaped coolers that provide a much more original drinking experience. With our custom engraving, you can tell your partner how much you love him or her in 25 characters. The bullets are even presented in a beautiful wooden box, making them a fantastic gift this Valentine’s Day.
Make it Special
So this Valentine’s Day, make it special with a high quality scotch or bourbon, let your partner put his or her feet up, and crack out the cocktail shaker. With just a few special ingredients, a couple of bottles of your favorite whiskey, two cocktail glasses and a very special whiskey stones gift set, you’ll be relaxed in no time. Remember, SipDark.com brings you great ideas, and even better whiskey accessories!