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Valentine’s Day cocktails to impress your significant other

A dozen roses are fine, but wouldn’t you rather have an ice-cold cocktail this Valentine’s Day? We’ve put some love into this list of Valentine’s Day cocktails that are sure to impress your special someone.

valentines day cocktail with hendricks gin and lillet from first choice liquor market

Lillet Spritz

The French equivalent of Aperol, lillet is a liqueur made from wine that is set to be the next big aperitif. Be ahead of the trend this Valentine’s Day and woo your loved one with this chic French cocktail.



  • 60mL Lillet Blanc
  • 120mL tonic water
  • Mint leaves to garnish
  • Sliced cucumber to garnish



Pour the lillet into a tall glass filled with ice and top with tonic water. Place a slice of cucumber on the rim and sprinkle mint leaves on top.

Pink Gin and Tonic

What’s more romantic than roses on Valentine’s Day? For the gin lover that might just be this rose-inspired, pink G&T that features our good friend lillet.


  • 30mL Edgerton Pink Gin
  • 30mL Lillet Blanc
  • 120mL tonic water
  • Dried rose petals to garnish



Add the gin and lillet to a tall glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water and garnish with dried rose petals to complete the romantic look.

Pink Grapefruit Mojito

Pink is the unofficial colour of romance, so lean into it this year with a pink grapefruit mojito that adds a touch of glamour to the classic cocktail.



  • 30mL Bacardi white rum
  • 4 pink grapefruit wedges
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of caster sugar
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 30mL soda water



Muddle the grapefruit and sugar in a tall glass, add mint, ice and rum. Top with soda water and gently stir. Top with more mint leaves.

Sparkling Cherry Cocktail

Champagne is already the drink of choice when celebrating, but how do you jazz bubbles up to be Valentine appropriate? The answer is cherries. Adding a deep red colour to your champers, this sweet and fruity Valentine’s Day cocktail is a must.



  • 750mL Charles de Cazanove Champagne
  • 300g pitted cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup caster sugar



Place cherries, sugar and ¼ cup water in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat until syrupy. Cool and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve, discard solids and refrigerate syrup until ready to use. Place 1 tablespoon of syrup into a flute and top with champagne.

Creamy Mocha-tini

Espresso martinis may be the on-trend coffee cocktail at the moment, but this creamy chocolate variation is the ideal Valentine’s Day cocktail to sip on after dinner.



  • 45mL Baileys Irish Cream
  • 30mL Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 15mL cold espresso coffee
  • 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
  • Halved strawberries to garnish



Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add your Baileys, Kahlua, espresso and one teaspoon of chocolate syrup. Shake until frosty. Drizzle the remaining teaspoon of chocolate syrup around your cocktail glass. Pour contents into the glass through a strainer and garnish the rim with a strawberry half.

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