With Valentine’s Day approaching, it seems like the color red is popping up everywhere: on decorations up and down the street, on TV commercials, and in food and drink! Restaurants serve up signature red and pink cocktails for you and your date to enjoy on Valentine’s Day, because red is the color you think of when you think of hearts and love and roses and all that fun stuff. But let’s not forget the other Valentine’s Day staple: chocolate. I mean, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate appear in stores the day after Christmas. Red roses and chocolates are like the peanut butter and jelly of Valentine’s Day, so why are all the fancy cocktails focused on the color crimson? Let’s show chocolate some love when we make drinks this Valentine’s Day! You and your S.O. will love getting together to make these chocolatey cocktails, but you’ll love sipping on them even more.
A spiked hot chocolate is such a classic and comforting drink during the winter months, but there’s something about drinking a spiked hot chocolate with your favorite person on Valentine’s Day that will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside for more reasons than one. The hazelnut liqueur and the tiniest bit of Nutella inside this hot chocolate provides a rich, delicious flavor. Who wouldn’t want to basically drink a cup of melted Nutella? Get our Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate recipe.
I love everything about a White Russian, but there’s only one ingredient that could make it even more perfect: you guessed it, chocolate. This recipe (via basilandbubbly.com) adds a bit of chocolate syrup and a chocolate bar garnish to a classic White Russian for a twist you’ll absolutely love on Valentine’s Day! Get the Chocolate White Russian recipe.
This is just another way to spice it up this Valentine’s Day. I tried a cayenne chocolate bar once in my life, and it was so amazing that it’s the only thing I can talk about. I can only assume a little booze would make it a thousand times better. This original recipe for spicy Mexican chocolate liqueur (via shekeepsalovelyhome.com) is creamy, boozy, flavorful, and can be enjoyed hot or cold! Get the Spicy Mexican Chocolate Liqueur recipe.
Anyone who knows me knows I can’t resist a s’more. Even in the dead of winter, my sister and I will toast marshmallows in the oven for a midnight snack. To add a little variety to your chocolate martini, why not add some marshmallow and call it a s’more you can drink? This recipe (via delightfulemade.com) is sweet and extra chocolatey–perfect for Valentine’s Day! Get the Double Chocolate S’mores Martini recipe.
Sometimes you just want to have your dessert and drink it too! There’s nothing better than a chocolate milkshake, but add a little whiskey and make it your Valentine’s Day chocolate cocktail. While this recipe (via jessicagavin.com) calls for whiskey, you can get creative. Chocolate is also often combined with vodka, and did you know chocolate and tequila is actually an amazing combination? Make boozy milkshakes your own, just don’t you dare forget the chocolate. Get the Boozy Chocolate Milkshake recipe.
This is probably the most romantic cocktail on this list. I love chocolate covered fruit, and raspberries are definitely one of my favorites (plus they go along with the whole “everything is red” thing for Valentine’s Day). Served in champagne flutes, this cocktail (via creative-culinary.com) is bubbly, chocolatey, and sophisticated. Get the Raspberry and Chocolate Sparkling Rose Cocktail recipe.
I promise, this is the only pink drink on this list! But just because it’s pink in color doesn’t mean it lacks in chocolatey flavor. I have to give some love to white chocolate too; it’s sweet, delicious, and goes great with strawberries and raspberries. This creamy cocktail (via wildflourskitchen.com) is the perfect blend of chocolate and strawberry (the ultimate Valentine’s Day flavors), and the amaretto gives it an extra kick. Get the Strawberry-Almond White Chocolate Cocktail recipe.
Maybe a standard chocolate martini isn’t the right fit for you. If you’re craving a sweeter drink, try this white chocolate martini (via bobbiesbakingblog.com). The tiniest bit of vanilla vodka further satisfies your sweet tooth. Don’t forget to decorate the inside of your glass with chocolate syrup! Get the White Chocolate Martini recipe.
There’s usually caramel inside those boxed chocolates you get for Valentine’s Day, so why not make that into a drink? I love salted caramel anything, so this salted caramel chocolate martini (via 3yummytummies.com) would be a great Valentine’s Day gift for me. Get the Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini recipe.
Keep an open mind; this drink is much more delicious than it sounds. I wanted to complete the list with a cocktail for all my mint chocolate chip lovers out there. Perfect as a cocktail or a dessert, this mint chocolate chip “grasshopper” cocktail (via thekitchenmagpie.com) is a cool and refreshing way to drink to your Valentine’s Day. Get the Grasshopper Cocktail recipe.
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