Valentines' Day is right around the corner, and there's no better way to celebrate than making a pair (or a few pairs..) of delightful cocktails!

We recommend these martini variations to play up the sweet, cloying nature of the holiday while still retaining the sophistication and grace of the martini. These are not 'chocotinis' or anything that claims to be a martini but is in fact like fifty grams of sugar in a martini glass: this is the good stuff.

French Martini

The French Martini is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a particularly romantic twist on the drink. It's also the farthest from the classic martini palette: the raspberry (generally Chambord) is the base of the drink, with vodka providing the bite and Pineapple juice livening the affair. I recommend this is you or your partner is looking for something on the sweeter end of the spectrum.

(Check out the French Martini recipe here.)

Black Martini #1

The black martini gets a lot of hype for being a Halloween cocktail but it's flavor profile serves nicely as a Valentines' Day one, too. (Especially if you're, you know, a little pessimistic.)

The color and the taste of note comes from Black Sambuca, a rare and wonderful liqueur. To quote Pub of Delicious:

Right when the drink hits the tongue are you going to feel a very crisp, strong, and sweet taste. Where Amaretto is sweet like a Dr. Pepper, Sambuca is like throwing an entire extra cane of sugar in there. That is the magic of the star anise flavoring at work. I guarantee you that just one shot of this will fill up any hardcore sweet-tooth's quota for the after dinner dessert.

Check out the recipe for a Black Martini #1.

Dry Martini.

The original martini. It's the undisputed classic, and sometimes you don't need to mess with perfection. (Hell, sometimes you don't even want to mess with perfection.)

(Check out the Dry Martini recipe here.

(Happy Valentines', y'all!)

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