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6 Valentine’s Cocktails Sexier Than A Fuzzy Navel

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February is all about the three L’s: Love, Lust, and Libations. With Valentine’s Day celebrating love in all its various forms, it’s a great excuse to spend some quality time with friends, family, or that particular special someone. To help set the mood, Dear Darkling has rounded up a few recipes for some sexy, boozy concoctions that are a step up from your average Sex On The Beach. Pick your poison:

Bloody Valentine

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A beverage with a beautifully sensual red color, and bittersweet like love itself.

This recipe calls for 1 ½ ounces each of amaro, vermouth, and blood orange juice in an icy shaker, then strained into a glass. A small heart-shaped cookie cutter or some deft knife skills can turn the flesh of a blood orange into a festive garnish.

Death in the Afternoon

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The green fairy meets luxe bubbles in a simple, elegant drink – sexy in a refined way.

In a champagne flute, add ¼ to ½ ounces of absinthe, and a splash of simple syrup to taste. Then, add that chilled bubbly to wherever it is you say “when.”

Blackberry Coulis Cocktail

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A dark take on a Havana Bramble, the warmth of rum mixes with the deep, sticky sweetness of blackberries.

In a shaker, add 125 ml of homemade blackberry coulis (recipe here), 250 ml of dark rum, 60 ml of blackberry liqueur, and 30 ml of lime juice. Shake and strain over ice, add a splash of ginger ale or soda water for fizz, and garnish with blackberries.

Espresso Chocolate Martini

Dip the rims of your martini glasses in melted chocolate prior to preparing these drinks, let them chill, and then allow them to slowly melt again as you sip your drink. If that’s not sensual, what is?

Into an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add 100 ml of chilled espresso, 100 ml of coffee liqueur, and 150 ml of vodka. Shake, and pour into your decadent, dipped glassware.

Cherry-Chocolate Bourbon Soda

Sweet, indulgent, with a bit of bite – which, coincidentally, also sounds like the perfect Valentine’s evening.

The main ingredient of this drink is a homemade cherry vanilla soda (the recipe for which can be found here). Combine ¾ cups of the soda with 15 drops of Taza Mexican chocolate extract and 1 ounce of bourbon over ice, then stir gently.

The Aviation

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If Valentine’s Day has you feeling a little adventurous, this purple-tinged drink is uncommonly floral and uniquely alluring.

Add 2 ounces of gin, ½ ounce of maraschino liqueur, ¼ ounce of crème de violette, and ¾ ounce of lemon juice to a cocktail shaker and strain into a glass. Add a cherry for a garnish, if you please.


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