These Valentine’s Day cocktails may actually be worth traveling for! I have a special treat for you for Valentine’s Day! These are not just any Valentine’s Day cocktails. These Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes were curated by mixologists at some of the top luxury hotels & resorts across the country! So, while you plan a visit to one of these luxury hotels, you can enjoy their delicious Valentine’s Day cocktails!
Lover’s Lagoon. McCoy’s Oceanfront at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa Fla.
Think of as a moonlit stroll on the beach — in a glass.
· 1 oz vodka
· 1 oz spiced rum
· 1 oz peach juice
· 1 oz pear juice
· 1 oz plum juice
· ½ oz blue curacao
· Stir all ingredients in a glass without ice.
· Pour mix into a chilled glass.
· Garnish with a mint sprig.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa is a boutique-style resort that caters to leisure and business travelers alike with the simple pleasures of Florida beach living. It is set on the oceanfront in Pompano Beach, a city ripe for discovery and recently named one of the top 10 “up-and-coming” U.S. destinations by TripAdvisor. Guests of Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach enjoy fresh local fare and speakeasy-style drinks at McCoy’s Oceanfront, sea-inspired treatments at SiSpa, poolside relaxation and beach access with water sports. Private balconies with Atlantic views are afforded to all of its generously appointed 194 guest rooms and 25 suites. For reservations or additional information, visit www.PompanoMarriott.com or call 954-782-0100.
Fiery Mandarin. Lead Mixologist Eddie Garcia, jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Guaranteed to add heat to any romance.
· 2 oz Absolut vodka
· 1 slice jalapeno
· 1/3 of an orange zest
· 1 oz cranberry juice
· ½ oz lemon juice
· ¾ oz simple syrup
· Muddle jalapeno, add zest and liquids.
· Add ice, shake and double strain.
· Serve up in chilled martini glass with jalapeno slice garnish.
One of the country’s most lauded luxury resorts, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa is a striking boutique property in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Under the direction of Westroc Hospitality, Sanctuary enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, and award-winning elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa. A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Sanctuary was named the number one resort in Arizona in Travel + Leisure’s “500 Best Hotels in the World” and the number one resort in the Southwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice Awards”. Sanctuary has been a Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” and “Reader’s Choice” winner since opening in 2001. For reservations or additional information, visit www.SanctuaryAZ.com or call 855-245-2051.
Deep Affection. Lead Mixologist Zachary Blair, The Whiteface Lodge Lake Placid, N.Y.
Red berries make this jewel-toned cocktail the perfect choice for an evening of romance.
· 3 whole strawberries (reserve an additional strawberry for garnish)
· 1 oz raspberry liquor (Merlet)
· Splash of lime juice and simple syrup
· Dash of orange bitters (Bittermens)
· Splash of brut champagne
· Muddle first four ingredients.
· Double strain in high ball.
· Add ice and top with brut champagne.
· Garnish with flared strawberry.
Whiteface Lodge is situated adjacent to the alpine village of Lake Placid, New York, home to two Winter Olympics games. Conceived by a former Olympian and modeled after the Adirondack Great Camp, this rustic resort was completed in 2005. Whiteface Lodge is an all-suite property boasting 94 guestrooms, a three-story great room, Kanu, a fine dining restaurant, Kanu Lounge, Spa Cafe, 24-hour room service, a grab-and-go retail outlet featuring regional specialties, Lake Placid’s only resort spa and two hand-crafted, luxury lean-tos, unique to the Adirondacks. For reservations or additional information, visit http://www.theWhitefaceLodge.com or call 518-523-0500.
The Wink. Henry’s Hotel Bar, Harbor View Hotel, Martha’s Vineyard
The name of this cocktail says it all.
· 1 2/3 oz. gin
· 2 tsp. triple sec
· 1/2 tsp. sugar syrup
· 3 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters
· 1/2 oz. absinthe, to coat the glass
· Orange twist
· Combine gin, triple sec, sugar syrup and bitters in a shaker over ice and shake.
· Strain into the absinthe-coated rocks glass.
· Finish with a spritz of orange zest and garnish with the orange peel.
A beloved fixture on the Vineyard since 1891, the Harbor View Hotel offers luxury guest rooms and suites in the heart of historic Edgartown. From its broad veranda, the hotel boasts spectacular views of Edgartown Harbor, the Vineyard’s premier sailing and yachting location. In 2014, Harbor View Hotel was one of the top ten “Best Hotels in the Northeast” in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice awards, and in 2012, it was listed among the “Top 50 U.S. Resorts” in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards” issue, “Best Hotel on the Vineyard” by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, and “Best Resort/Hotel” by Cape Cod Magazine’s Gold Awards. For more information call (800) 225-6005.
These Valentine’s Day cocktails both look and sound delicious! I also look forward to visiting these fabulous hotels and resorts! Have you visited any of the hotels listed above? If so, share your thoughts with us below. And, enjoy these cocktails with your special someone on Valentine’s Day!