Sparkling Cocktails For Valentine's Day

Photos by Danielle Macdonald.

 Silver Fleet Fiz

Silver Fleet Fiz

Do we really need an excuse to drink bubbly? Although on Valentine's Day, how can one (or, in the spirit of the holiday, two) truly resist? Call it commercial, cliché, but there is no denying that Hearts Day can put the fizz in one's bottle and the pop in one’s cork. Champagne may not be to everyone’s budget or taste, so why not try an Italian Prosecco , Spanish Cava, Crémant de Bourgogne, or even a California sparkler? These dazzling drinks made with alternative bubblies showcase ingredients that add a tantalizing twist for a romantic evening in.

Silver Fleet Fizz

  • 2 ounces dry gin, such or Larios Rosé gin from Spain, if available
  • 1 ounce wild strawberry liqueur, such as Fragola
  • 4 ounces dry Cava or other sparkling wine
  • 1 strawberry

Pour gin into a tall glass. Add strawberry liqueur. Top up glass with chilled Cava. Add half a strawberry into the glass.

Lavender Darling

  • 1 ½ ounces Citron Pressé (French for "lemonade": just mix lemon, water and sugar and adjust sweetness according to taste)
  • 1 ounce lavender or violette liqueur, such as Tempus Fugit Liqueur de Violettes
  • 4 ounces dry, sparkling wine of choice
  • Lemon peel

Pour Citron Pressé in a tall glass. Add lavender or violet liqueur. Fill the rest of the glass with chilled bubbly.  Garnish with either lemon peel or edible lavender flower.

Naranja Bubbles

Pour Chinotto into a flute or tall glass. Add Terra Di Limoni. Top off with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with orange peel.