This Valentine’s Day, many of us will choose to skip the restaurant reservation for a cozy night at home. We’re here to help you feel festive while honoring your honey or that special crew of gal pals in the comfort and safety of home. Try out these pink drink recipes to bring your at-home love fest to the next level of flirty fun.
Pink is the New Red for Valentine’s Day Fun
There is nothing wrong with the color red. It is powerful, bold, and striking. But this year it feels a bit intense for a lighthearted love celebration at home. That’s why we are trading in red for its softer, flirtier, more fluffy relation: pink.
Pink conjures images of cotton candy and tutus, carefree and delightful at every turn. Romance and innocence twirl in our head like the airy pink dress Baby wore in that iconic final dirty dance with Johnny to close out the summer of love at Kellerman’s.
When Baby came out of the corner, she epitomized young, innocent love. She was not wrapped in a hot red rose mini dress. Nope. The first-love nature of her romance was punctuated with that soft, flowy pink carnation of a dress. If you’re looking to recreate that light, new-love feeling this Valentine’s Day, check out these pink drink recipes that can help set the perfect mood.
Three Pink Drink Recipes to Make at Home This Valentine’s Day
We have three delicious pink drink recipes you can easily make at home using natural ingredients that your taste buds and your body will love in equal measure. Taking a break from alcohol? We got you covered. We will share loaded and dry versions of each pink drink recipe for you to enjoy your way.
Kiss My Hibiscus
This super simple cocktail delivers a delicious and refreshing flavor with the added health benefits of hibiscus tea, such as powerful antioxidants.
- Hibiscus tea
- Sparkling water
- Fresh basil for garnish, optional
Boil water and steep a pitcher of hibiscus tea. Let cool. Mix one shot of vodka with one shot of hibiscus tea. Pour over a tall glass of ice. Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water. Stir and enjoy. Add a sprig of fresh basil to the top for extra style and flavor points.
Turn this cocktail into a mocktail by simply eliminating the vodka and using more bubbly water.
If you want your friends, lover, or just that loving feeling to stay just a little bit longer, set the scene with this frozen rose that you can make ahead of the big day.
- One bottle of rose
- Fresh or frozen strawberries, 8 ounces
- Fresh lemons
- Sugar, ½ cup
- Fresh basil for garnish, optional
The first thing you need to do is pour the entire bottle of rose into a cake pan to freeze. It takes about six hours to reach a slushy consistency. Note that your rose won’t freeze completely due to the alcohol.
The rose will already have a beautiful pinkish hue but you’re going to make it even prettier with a homemade strawberry syrup. It’s super easy. Boil a ½ cup of water with the ½ cup of sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Now add strawberries and remove from heat. After at least 30 minutes, strain the mixture. What remains is a strawberry-infused syrup.
Take the slushy rose, strawberry syrup, and lemon juice to blender with ice. Puree until smooth. If you want to make these a few days ahead of time, go on right ahead! You just need to re-blend the drink again before serving to make it smooth.
Going dry? Substitute cherry soda or ginger ale for the rose.
Pink Tulle Smoothie
This fruit and coconut milk drink will have your straw and your smile begging for one more soft, smooth sip.
- Raspberries, strawberries or both, fresh
- Coconut milk, canned
- Hibiscus or peach tea
- Honey or sugar
Heat coconut milk so that the fat and water can be combined until smooth. Steep tea with boiled water and sweeten with honey or sugar while still hot. Allow tea to cool. Fill a large glass with ice. Pour equal parts coconut milk and sweetened tea into the glass of ice and stir.
If you prefer a blended drink, pour everything into the blender and puree it up! Toss a handful of sliced strawberries and whole raspberries on top. Want to turn this into an adults-only beverage? Add a shot of whipped vodka to each serving.
Enjoy Pink Drinks!
Valentine’s Day may look a little different this year than it has in years past. Up your at-home celebration game with these inspired pink drink recipes that bring out the softer side of anyone.