Manly Libation of the Week: 4 Sexy Valentine’s Cocktails

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The month of February and its accompany freezing temperatures and over-the-top festivities for Valentine’s Day can seem like a bit much. But instead of a dozen roses and a parade of corny chocolates, why not ring in the holidays with these sturdy, satisfying elixirs? Here, we round up our favorite vodka-infused manly libations from Absolut Elyx and CÎROC, as they each share two seasonal recipes to kick off the month of February.

1. Copper Rose

copper-rose

Source: Absolut Elyx

Refreshing and mildly sweet, bet you can’t have just one of this delicious drink.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Elyx
  • ¾ ounce bitters
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce sugar syrup
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 to 8 raspberries

Directions: Lightly muddle raspberries and add other ingredients. Shake and fine strain into a highball over cubed ice. Garnish with raspberries. 

2. Crimson Vesper

crimson-vesper

Source: Absolut Elyx

As elegant and refined as it looks, this tasty cocktail requires only three ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ ounces Elyx
  • 1 ounce Lillet Rouge
  • 1 ounce Plymouth Sloe Gin

Directions: Stir over cubed ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with orange zest.

3. CÎROC Cran-Apple Splash

CIROC Cran Apple Splash

Source: CÎROC

Fruity and colorful with a hint of citrus to cut the sweetness, you’ll be lining up for another glass-full.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ ounces CÎROC Apple
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • ¼ ounce lime juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake and strain over a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with apples and fresh cranberries.

4. CÎROC Ruby Apple

CIROC Ruby Apple

Source: CÎROC

Apple fans? You’ll love this electrifying twist on an a standard apple cocktail with a hit of freshness from grapefruit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce CÎROC Apple
  • 1 ounce aperitif white wine
  • ¼ ounce fresh pink grapefruit juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in shaker. Shake and strain over a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit and apple.

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