6 V-Day Cocktails to Get You in the Mood

Ah, Valentine’s Day: the time when it’s acceptable to be as mushy as you want. Looking for a cocktail to start the night? Here are our picks -- plus, a guide to just how many it takes to get in the mood. (’Cause trust us, passing out by 10 p.m. kind of kills sexy time.)
  1. Strawberry Shag

    This yummy cocktail combines sugared strawberries, lemon juice and soda. And at 1.5 ounces of vodka, it’s one recommended serving. Translation: After one or two of these, you should be ready for some nooky -- as opposed to bedtime.

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  2. Gin and Sin

    This simple cocktail gets its sweet taste from grenadine -- and its sinfulness from gin.

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  3. Chocolate Pinky Valentini

    Caution: This mix of vodka, strawberry vodka and chocolate liqueur tastes so dessert-like, you might forget you’re drinking a cocktail. Garnish with chocolate shavings and a strawberry for a decadently dangerous treat.

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  4. Flirtini

    The name says it all. This saucy martini combines vodka, champagne, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and just a splash of apricot liqueur.

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  5. Currency Cocktail

    With Chambord (a liqueur), berry vodka and moscato wine, this delicious concoction should really be named Love Potion No. 9.

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  6. Rhode Island Red

    Tequila and Chambord liven up this raspberry drink. Keep to just one to keep things, well, lively.

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