Show your tastebuds you love them with these Valentine's Day cocktails

Show your tastebuds you love them with these Valentine's Day cocktails

VicesFebruary 14, 2014

Even if love isn’t in the air, these decadent drinks should make something happen — love or not. Stanley Usinowicz of Japango Sushi in Boulder, CO gave us four of his sexiest cockail recipes to ignite the Valentine’s flame. For your reading pleasure, we even included a poetic write up of each drink that's as flowery as each sip, because it's V-Day and we're feeling all romantic-like.

Love At First Sight

You'll need equal parts of:

  • Juniper Green Organic Gin
  • Tozai Snow Maiden Nigori Sake
  • Creme De Violette
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Demerara Simple Syrup
  • Egg White
  • Edible Snapdragon garnish

This creamy, lushious tsunami of scintillating wonderment knocks you off of your unassuming...cozy perch. Feast with your eyes as Venus flytraps. Sensory overload promptly follows. Scents, tastes, clairvoyant visons and spinal-tap tickles ensue therein after. You're caught up in their nets as the warm steely blade of affection invades your gut. Fuck yeah, adjectives.

Love Potion #69

You'll need equal parts of:

  • Papagayo Silver Rum
  • Aged Dark Rum
  • Fresh Lime
  • Homemade Orgeat (Pressed Almond Milk, Dates, Orange Blossom)
  • Demerara Simple Syrup
  • Orange Curacao
  • Crystallized Edible Rose Petals

A harmonious juxtaposition of wallflowers adore the fresh canvas of serendipitous "Que Sera, Sera." This melding of opposites brings an awkward stumble to the center of exchange--yet it works delightfully! A pubescent (!) squeak and a bashful twist of the hair becomes accented with a date drawing in the sea breeze glanc-ed stars from across the room.


You'll need equal parts of:

  • Vodka 14
  • Liquore Strega
  • Cardamom-Ginger Beer
  • Strawberry-Shiso Shrub
  • Fresh Lime
  • Pink Peppercorns
  • Crystallized Edible Orchid Flower

Traction: be a lady on a runaway train of thought tonight. Spices, notes of flavorful primal existence hover, linger like lead blankets of urgency for closeness. Everything about you draws them near, renders them incapacitated by your cornucopia of splendors. La Dolce Vita! A blissful naivity cocoons you. Each subtle intricacy compels the confirmed affirmation of such spellbound throes.

Waiting in Vain

You'll need equal parts of:

  • ChocoLove Dark chocolate infused Bourbon
  • Ramazotti Amaro
  • Bing Cherry-Chipotle pepper Puree
  • Maple Molasses Simple syrup
  • Seltzer Water
  • Rose water infused ice cube
  • Crystallized Edible Rose Petals

Suspended in time, you're neither here nor there. The chemistry, the spice, the zest, the bittersweet vivacity, the complexity, the preservation of innocence: all there, intact. Tapped of every patient reserve, overtures of anticipation in dynamic amorous suprise still await around the corner--hopefully.