Valentine's Day cocktails to woo your loved one

Win over your special someone with a cocktail featuring some of the finest vodka and gin around

red tempest cocktail

Crystal Head Vodka

It's been honoured with a gold medal for taste in Moscow – and if anyone knows good vodka, it's Russia. Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka is as pure as they come, distilled four times and filtered seven, three of which are through Herkimer diamonds. Artist John Alexander's beautiful skull-shaped bottles are inspired by the legendary crystal skulls believed to have been carved by the Aztecs thousands of years ago. You'll be on to a clear winner if you romance your loved one with this cocktail.

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Available with its own cocktail shaker on Amazon, £85

red tempest cocktail

Crystal Head Vodka Red Tempest


1.5oz Crystal Head Vodka

0.5oz amaretto

1oz fresh orange juice

2oz soda

0.5oz Monin Wildberry puree

0.25oz Monin Exotic Citrus syriup

Fresh rosemary sprigs


Stir in shaker with ice until all the ingredients have dissolved. Top with soda.


Blackberries and a sprig of rosemary.

Bulldog Gin

Wine Enthusiast magazine gave Bulldog Gin its highest rating ever for a gin when it launched. It is a multi-award-winning spirit and a delicious mix of British wheat and water with natural botanicals including Chinese lotus leaves, Turkish white poppy and Chinese dragon eye. Forget images of stuffy gin and tonics, this is a fresh, modern drink and its spicy taste and warm finish are guaranteed to add an exotic glow to your Valentine's Day.

Available on Amazon, priced £22.00

Bulldog Gin Clover Club


2 parts Bulldog Gin

0.75 parts lemon juice

0.25 parts grenadine syrup

1 egg white


Shake all ingredients without ice in a shaker. Add ice cubes and shake again. Double strain into a Michelangelo coupette.



Hoxton Gin

Dressed in a trendy new bottle following a revamp last summer, this is a fun gin with exotic tones of coconut and grapefruit, followed by juniper, tarragon and ginger. The natural and ethically sourced ingredients are macerated for five days before a single distillation in a 150-year-old copper sill to give a premier blend ready for mixing with grain spirit taken from French summer wheat. If you're significant other has to be stylish, then Hoxton Gin is your Valentine.

Available on Amazon, priced £29.00

Hoxton Gin English Daiquiri


50ml Hoxton Gin

20ml Creme de Cacao white chocolate liqueur

20ml lemond juice

Dash of sugar syrup


Shake together with ice and serve through a strainer.


Twist of lemon peel.

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