6 Ways to Turn Your Valentine's Day Drink Pink
If you're planning to celebrate Valentine's Day with your significant other and a few cocktails this year, make sure you have all the ingredients you need to make a truly festive drink. The right mixers and garnishes can make your cocktail as red or pink as a cartoon heart.
1. Pink Lemonade
Pink lemonade is a refreshing summer drink for kids and adults alike. It's also a great ingredient if you're interested in turning a regular margarita into a Valentine's Day pink drink. Mix 1 part triple sec, 2 parts tequila, 3 parts pink lemonade, 1 part water and a splash of orange juice in your frozen concoction maker. Load up the ice hopper, turn your party machine on and then pour your cocktail into two salt-rimmed glasses. Garnish with maraschino cherries.
Grenadine is the red sweet syrup that gives a Shirley Temple its taste. It was originally flavored with pomegranate juice and sugar, but now is more generally made with artificial flavors. You can use grenadine to add a reddish hue to nearly any cocktail. Consider making a Dirty Shirley, with ginger ale, whiskey, grenadine, and cherries.
3. Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice actually has a variety of nutrients like vitamin C. You can also use grapefruit juice as the mixer in a variety of drinks, including salty dogs, tequila sunrises and champagne. A ruby red grapefruit wedge is also a vibrant garnish for any citrus cocktail.
4. Cranberry Juice
From Cape Codders to Manhattans, cranberry juice is a staple in hundreds of cocktails. While cranberry juice is usually a bitter, dry contrast to sweet drinks for the summer, you can also use this deep red mixer for whatever you're serving this Valentine's Day. But in addition to cranberry juice, use some fresh cranberries to float in your frozen drink.
Campari is an Italian apéritif, which is a akin to a pre-meal liqueur. Many people mix Campari with soda, wine or juice. It's also a main ingredient in a variety of cocktails. At about 20 percent alcohol, it's the perfect addition to a drink that won't water it down.
6. Frozen Sangria
Rather than adding one ingredient, why not just make a pitcher of a red cocktail to share? Pour red wine, lime juice. liqueur, chopped fruit, and white rum into your party machine. Then blend it for a pitcher full of tasty, fruity Valentine's Day fun.