10 Red Cocktails to Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine is best remembered as a priest who carried out secret marriage ceremonies for young couples who wished to be married during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Claudius was looking to increase his army with young recruits during that period and believed that marriage would distract young soldiers from their duties. When Claudius became aware that Valentine was conducting secret marriage ceremonies, he sent him to prison and ultimately had him executed.

Today, the feast of St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated with a romantic twist, by exchanging greeting cards, flowers and candy with loved ones. The Drink Kings’ many subjects enjoy sipping on cocktails to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day and, generally, do not order executions. Here are ten red cocktails to get in the spirit:


1. Love Potion

The Love Potion cocktail has a citron vodka base and is mixed with Chambord and cranberry juice.


2. Lombardia Rossa

The Lombardia Rossa is a vodka based drink mixed with amaretto, lime juice, and cranberry juice.


3. Lady Diana

The Lady Diana is a mix of gin, Campari, lime juice and simple syrup.


4. Scarlett O’Hara

The Scarlett O’Hara has a Southern Comfort base and is mixed with cranberry juice and lime juice.


5. Boulevardier

The Boulevardier is a blend of bourbon, Campari and sweet vermouth.


6. Dirty Shirley

The Dirty Shirley is a vodka based drink that is sweetened with cherry liqueur, lemon-lime soda and grenadine.


7. Red Menace

The Red Menace is a blend of coconut rum, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and lime juice.


8. Cranberry Gin & Tonic

This simple spin on a classic drink is a mix of gin, cranberry juice, lime juice and tonic water.


9. Wild Wild West Cocktail

The Wild Wild West is a whiskey based cocktail that is mixed with peach schnapps and cranberry juice.

10. Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling is a mix of gin, cherry liqueur, Cointreau, Drambuie, grenadine, pineapple juice, lime juice, and a dash of Angostura bitters.