11 Pink cocktails and mocktails to serve this Valentine's Day

Heat things up at home with these blushing pink cocktails and mocktails that are perfect for serving on Valentine's Day, at bachelorette parties or anytime you feel like being pretty in pink. 

Overhead of a pink cocktail surrounded by doughnuts and a bottle of rosé

We always love a great cocktail or mocktail. And although there are some excellent bars in Toronto, including exceptional cocktail bars, sometimes we just want to stir up a cocktail or mocktail recipe at home. When winter's chill is in full force or restaurants are crowded to capacity for Valentine's Day, we'd gladly opt to be cozied up in our pink jammies sipping on one of these pink cocktails or mocktails by the fireplace (channel). 

While we love whisky, vodka and tequila cocktails and mocktails, too — OK, all drinks — gin cocktails and sparkling wine or champagne cocktails have a special place in our hearts when we're celebrating, and many of these pink cocktails feature both ingredients.

Skip the hordes of people this Valentine's Day and stir up these sweet pink cocktails and mocktail recipes at home.

The Love Float

Save yourself a trip and make things easy with Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers Valentine’s Day cocktail kit. It comes with everything you need to make this sweet treat.

Makes 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Dillon’s Rose Gin
  • 1 oz Dillon’s Chocolate Liqueur
  • ½ oz Dillon’s Niagara Grenadine
  • 2 scoops vanilla or chocolate ice cream
  • 3 oz ginger beer

Method

  1. Fill a highball glass with your favourite vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
  2. Add the Dillon's Rose Gin and chocolate liqueur to the glass.
  3. Top your glass with ginger beer.
  4. Give a quick stir.
  5. Drizzle Dillon's Niagara Grenadine on top and enjoy!

Clockwork's Meet me At the Clock

Rosé cocktails | Clockwork's Meet Me at the Clock

Makes 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Hendricks Gin
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1½ oz Veuve Clicquot Champagne
  • 5 dashes peychaud bitters
  • 1 frosé ice ball

Method

  1. Add all ingredients except champagne and frosé ice ball to a shaker tin with ice and shake.
  2. Add a frosé ice ball to a large, chilled coupe glass.
  3. Strain the cocktail over the ice ball and top with 1½ oz of champagne.

The Rabbit Hole's Blushing Bunny

Makes 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Dillon’s Maison Selby Berry Bliss Liqueur
  • 1 oz apple juice
  • 2 oz Cave Spring Rosé
  • ½ oz honey ginger syrup
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • Lemon slice, to garnish

Method

  1. Add all liquid ingredients and three of the raspberries to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and dirty pour into a wine glass.
  3. Garnish with a fresh raspberry and a slice of lemon.

Gia's Aperol Spritz 3.0

Makes 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Aperol infused with Fragola Fabbri
  • ½ oz Lillet
  • 3 dashes rhubarb bitters
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • Sparkling rosé or rosé, to top
  • Dehydrated strawberry dust, to garnish

Method

  1. Add all ingredients except rosé to a shaker tin with ice and shake.
  2. Strain into a glass over fresh ice.
  3. Top with rosé or sparkling rosé and garnish with dehydrated strawberry dust.

The French Blonde

Billed as Taylor Swift's favourite cocktail, this refreshing and citrusy serve will make you want to dance with the one in New York with no shoes.

Makes 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • ¾ oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • ½ oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 ½ oz fresh strained grapefruit juice
  • 1 dash lemon bitters
  • Grapefruit twist, to garnish

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  2. Shake (it off) and strain into a coupe.
  3. Garnish with a grapefruit twist, if desired.

d|bar's Rhubarb Basil Gin Spritz

Rosé cocktails | d|bar's Rhubarb Basil Gin Spritz

Makes 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 pieces of soaked rhubarb
  • 1 bunch basil
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz rhubarb syrup
  • 1 oz Botanist Gin
  • 4 oz Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé Champagne

Method

  1. Add all ingredients, except the rosé champagne, to a mixing glass and muddle.
  2. Pour into a wine glass over ice.
  3. Top with the rosé champagne.

Dillon’s Rose Gin Negroni

This take on a classic negroni uses Dillon's Rose Gin to add floral notes to an otherwise strong and citrusy gin cocktail.

Gin cocktails and their recipes | Dillon's Rose Gin negroni cocktail recipe

Serves 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Dillon’s Rose Gin
  • 1 oz Dillon’s Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz Select Aperitivo
  • 2–3 dashes Dillon’s Ginger Bitters
  • Orange peel, to garnish
  • Dried rose petals, to garnish

Method

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 20 to 30 seconds.
  2. Place a large cube in a rocks glass and strain cocktail into the glass.
  3. Garnish with either a large orange peel or dried rose petals. Or both!

Hong Shing's Rosé Royale

Rosé cocktails | Hong Shing's Rosé Royale

Makes 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 oz rosé wine
  • ¾ oz Dillon's Rose Gin
  • ½ oz gin
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • ¼ oz fresh lime juice

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Shake.
  2. Fine strain with a Hawthorne strainer into a coupe glass.

Cranberry Crush

Fresh cranberries and whole black peppercorns combine for the perfect balance of spicy, sweet and tart notes in this cocktail.

Gin cocktails and their recipes | Dillon's Cranberry Crush gin cocktail recipe

Serves 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Cranberry and pepper shrub (makes 1 cup, enough for 8 cocktails)

  • ½ cup filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey

For the cocktail

  • 1 oz Dillon’s Dry Gin 7
  • 1 oz cranberry and pepper shrub
  • 2 dashes Dillon’s Cranberry Bitters
  • 2 oz soda water
  • Fresh cranberries, to garnish
  • Black pepper, to garnish

Method

  1. To make the cranberry and pepper shrub: Add the water and peppercorns to a medium pot, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to simmer. Add the cranberries and continue to simmer for 10 minutes, or until the cranberries are totally broken down, and the liquid is bright red.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat, and add the apple cider vinegar and maple syrup. Stir to combine all the ingredients and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into an airtight glass jar. The shrub will keep, covered in the refrigerator, for up to two weeks.
  5. To make the cocktail: Add the gin, shrub and bitters to a shaker tin with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds.
  6. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice and top with soda water. Garnish with fresh cranberries and black pepper.

Ceder's Pink Rose & Tonic mocktail recipe

The star of this mocktail recipe is Ceder's Pink Rose, a non-alcoholic spirit with a soft and sweet take on classic gin flavours.

Easy and delicious mocktail recipes | Ceder's Rose & Tonic mocktail recipe

Makes 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 part Ceder's Pink Rose
  • 2 parts tonic water
  • Raspberries, to garnish
  • Mint, to garnish

Method

  1. Combine Ceder's Pink Rose and tonic water in a highball or wine glass over ice. Stir.
  2. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint.

Rise's The Surfer mocktail recipe

Surf on a wave of juicy watermelon with a hit of fresh mint in this mocktail from Rise.

Makes 1

Preparation time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon slice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 7 oz (207ml) RISE 1g Watermelon & Mint
  • 3 fresh mint leaves

Method

  1. Blend the watermelon slice to make juice.
  2. Strain the watermelon juice and pour it into a glass.
  3. Add the kombucha and maple syrup. Stir with a bar spoon and serve. 
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