More so than any other holiday, Valentine’s Day is marked by chocolate, sugar and booze. Find them all in one place with these sweet cocktails. Whether you’re dateless or celebrating a golden anniversary, there’s no excuse not to hit the town and try one of these coy cocktails on Valentine’s Day.
11 Doyers St
New York, NY 10013
The Corazon Sangrante combines tequila, muddled beets and fresh blood orange juice in a glass with a cocoa-chili rim and heart shaped beet with a skewer through the middle. Find it at Chinatown’s Pulqueria, as they introduce “El Mes de los Corazones Sangrantes” (The Month of Bleeding Hearts) for all of February.
The Chocolate Kiss
The Empire Room
350 5th Ave
New York, NY 10001
Muddled strawberry, lemon, orange and chocolate vodka makes for a tangy take on the traditional Chocolate Martini at the Empire Room, the upscale cocktail lounge located on the ground floor of The Empire State Building. The “Chocolate Kiss” is available at the swanky lounge for $14.
Spiked Hot Chocolate
With their flagship store in New Hampshire and outposts in Cambridge and NYC, Burdick’s is infamous for warming up the Northeast. Burdick’s offers not one, but six hot chocolates with cacao beans from Granada (with hints of lychee, fruit, nutmeg and banana) to Bolivia (with a sweet floral finish). Each of these fancy cups can be spiked with your choice of kirsch, Poire William, Macallan Scotch whiskey or Ron Zacapa rum to make your childhood favorite a bit more grown-up.
Peppermint Chocolate Martini
Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar
Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar is a natural choice to get you chocolate fix. They have 5 signature chocolate martinis on their cocktail menu. One of them, the Peppermint Chocolate Martini, is served using Grand Cru chocolate.Bonus: Each of their chocolate martinis comes with a chocolate truffle from Jacques Torres.
Max Brenner, “Chocolate from the bald man,” is an NYC staple nowadays. But did you know that they served cocktails, too? Try the Satisfaction Guaranteed, a blend of Castries peanut cream liqueur, caramel liqueur, and milk chocolate. They also have several other chocolate-based cocktails on their menu. Go with friends and order one of each, because if it has Max Brenner’s chocolate in it, you know it’s good.