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5 Super Simple Cocktails You Can Make For Valentine’s Day, Whether It’s Date Night Or Girls’ Night

Happy (early) Valentine's Day, everybody! This year, whether you're having a romantic evening in, partying with the girls, or sitting at home alone watching Hugh Grant movies, I have the perfect cocktail for you.

So, if you're looking to make your Valentine's celebrations a little special, here are five great (and pretty simple) recipes for you to try.

1.The French Blonde

cocktail in a coupe glass

What you'll need:

- 2 ounces Lillet Blanc- 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice- 1 ounce dry gin - 1/2 ounce St. Germain (or other elderflower liqueur)- 3 dashes lemon bitters (but I used orange)

- 2 ounces Lillet Blanc

- 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice

- 1 ounce dry gin

- 1/2 ounce St. Germain (or other elderflower liqueur)

- 3 dashes lemon bitters (but I used orange)

Julia Corrigan

How to make it:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, and strain into a glass. That's it!

2.The Espresso Martini

A classic. Sweet, strong, and tasty, this is sure to keep you up past your bedtime! Difficulty rating: easy — and you can honestly use any kind of coffee.

A classic. Sweet, strong, and tasty, this is sure to keep you up past your bedtime!

Difficulty rating: easy — and you can honestly use any kind of coffee.

Julia Corrigan

What you'll need:

- 2 ounces vodka- 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur (usually Kahlua, but I already had this Mr. Black)- 1 ounce espresso - 1/4 ounce simple syrup - garnish (optional) coffee beans or chocolate shavings

- 2 ounces vodka

- 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur (usually Kahlua, but I already had this Mr. Black)

- 1 ounce espresso

- 1/4 ounce simple syrup

- garnish (optional) coffee beans or chocolate shavings

Julia Corrigan

How to make it:

Combine all ingredients (minus your garnish) in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, and strain into a glass. I added a chocolate-shaving heart as a garnish because I'm a little extra, but it's not necessary!

3.The Clover Club

cocktail in a coupe with raspberry garnish

What you'll need:

For the cocktail- 2 ounces gin- 1/2 ounce lemon juice-1/2 ounce raspberry syrup- 1 egg white (optional) For the raspberry syrup (You can just buy syrup, but again, I'm extra, so I made my own.)- 1 cup sugar- 1/2 cup water- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries

How to make it:

To make the syrup, dissolve the sugar in water in a pot over medium heat. Reduce heat and add the raspberries, muddling them to make a pulp. Strain the syrup, so you don't get any berry mush or seeds.

For the drink, shake all ingredients together in a shaker with ice. The egg white is optional; it makes it nice and frothy. Strain into a chilled glass, and serve!

4.The Rosé Spritz

cocktail in a wine glass with a lemon and rosemary garnish

What you'll need:

- 4 ounces rosé- 1 ounce St. Germain (or other elderflower liqueur)- 2 ounces tonic water (or measure to taste)- optional: lemon slice, to garnish

- 4 ounces rosé

- 1 ounce St. Germain (or other elderflower liqueur)

- 2 ounces tonic water (or measure to taste)

- optional: lemon slice, to garnish

Julia Corrigan

What to do:

Stir together rosé and St. Germain. Pour into a coupe glass and top off with tonic water, to taste. Garnish with a lemon slice, if you like!

5.The Dirty Shirley

cocktail and cherry in a whiskey glass

What you'll need:

- 2 ounces vodka - 1 ounce grenadine- 8 ounces lemon-lime soda- maraschino cherry for garnish 

- 2 ounces vodka

- 1 ounce grenadine

- 8 ounces lemon-lime soda

- maraschino cherry for garnish

Julia Corrigan

What to do:

Pour vodka, grenadine, and soda into a glass over ice. Top with a maraschino cherry. That's it!

6.And finally, as a bonus: A glass of red wine.

If you've read through to the end and none of these seem right for you, or you are perhaps thinking of commenting about how these are all too hard to make, take pause. I've still got your back. Go pick up a bottle of red wine from Trader Joe's. You can still have the Valentine's Day of your dreams. ��

If you enjoyed these or have any suggestions for tweaks, let me know in the comments! Orrrrrr, if you have other cocktail recommendations, please drop them below. I'm always looking for more to try!