Grab your mixology set and impress your loved ones with these recipes.

the camellia cocktail
Erin Kunkel
Feast- hosted by Amanda Robson, Maui

You may be inclined to skip restaurants and bars this Valentine’s Day and and opt for a romantic night in. Pros: No need to make reservations, and plenty of social distance. Cons: But what will you drink?

We’re here to help. Snag some cute glasses and let the pros teach you how to create interactive, delicious drinks that are perfect for two or a Galentine’s Day group. Bonus points if you learn how to make fancy garnishes to become a cocktail master in your own kitchen.

Robert Collier, founder and maker of the California-based Ortolan Rosolio, uses his rose apéritif to showcase fun visual tricks. Collier describes Ortolan as “floral but surprising”—about 30 varieties of heirloom garden roses go into the rosolio—in that the apéritif can be used to make a variety of cocktails.

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“Ortolan changes colors when it meets citrus, so a fun party trick is squeezing some lime or lemon in it and watching it change colors as you swirl,” Collier says.

To make your Valentine’s Day drink-making more of an experience, set up a station with a bottle of the light pink Ortolan, slices of lemon, and cute cans of sparkling water for a fun experience of making rosolio cocktails together—or all the ingredients to make another kind of drink. (We’ve got plenty of ideas below.)

Planning an intimate gathering with a bunch of gals? We created our own cocktail (dubbed it The Galentine’s Day), designed for enjoying with your friends. A balanced, tart flavor profile comes from a tangy mix of pomegranate, lemon, and rosé. To make one serving, combine 2 oz. pomegranate juice, 1.5 oz. gin, and 0.5 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon in a mixer. Pour the mixture into a glass, add 3 oz. chilled sparkling rosé, top with club soda, and garnish with a lemon peel. To turn The Galentine’s Day into a punch, adjust the measurements by the number of guests and prepare in your favorite serving bowl.

Valentine’s Day is known for romance and spending time with loved ones. Bring out your bar cart and grab your mixology set to make these drinks that sure to impress your partner, or group of friends. 

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