Sultry red cocktails are essential for Valentine’s Day. Here, 7 red drinks with flavors that range from tangy to smoky.
1. Red Velvet
This riff on the Black Velvet replaces the Champagne with Prosecco and the Guinness with raspberry-flavored lambic.
2. The Savoy Daisy
This updated version of the classic Daisy cocktail uses muscovado, an unrefined brown sugar with a very moist texture and strong molasses flavor.
3. Manhattan Ice Cream Float
Here, creamy vanilla ice cream gets blended with bourbon and a high-quality black cherry soda.
4. Kentucky Special
This excellent riff on an old-fashioned incorporates cherry liqueur that has been infused with smoky Lapsang souchong tea.
5. Caprese Daiquiri
This ultra-savory daiquiri evokes the flavors of a caprese salad (tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella).
6. Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples
This strong but not overly sweet sangria is nicely spiced with cinnamon, anise and cloves, and it has just enough crushed red pepper to give it a tiny kick.
7. Aphrodisiac Margarita
Mixologist Adam Seger claims that the margarita is the cocktail world's aphrodisiac. This version combines passion fruit and pomegranate, commonly associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love.