10 Healthier Valentine's Day Cocktails
Whether you’re celebrating another year with your longtime lover or enjoying the single life with your friends, there are plenty of reasons to raise a glass on Valentine’s Day. And sure, you could order a drink that’s lower in calories and sugar (like white wine and tequila), but it’s a holiday! It’s time for some fun!
This Valentine’s Day, you and your sweetheart can meet your sweet tooth half way with these cocktail recipes that are healthier than most options out there. While they’re not exactly healthy — it’s still alcohol, after all! — these recipes are lighter on the calories and sugar than you would normally find.
Enjoy these healthier Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes in moderation as you celebrate the amazing relationships in your life. Cheers!
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1. The Divine Damiana Valentine Cocktail
Set the mood with this cocktail that only contains 17 calories per serving. It’s made by mixing sake with Moontime Tea Libido Blend — a mix of vanilla, cinnamon, and herbs, including an herb called damiana that’s believed to be an aphrodisiac in folk medicine.
Get the recipe at She Keeps a Lovely Home.
2. Nuts and Berries Cocktail
A perfect balance of nuttiness and sweetness, this dessert cocktail recipe contains only a few simple ingredients. Substitute almond milk for half-and-half, and you have the perfect dairy-free nightcap after a romantic night out.
Get the recipe at Become Betty.
3. Raspberry Rhubarb Margarita
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with this pretty-in-pink margarita recipe made with jalapeño and fresh raspberries. (It’s a bit high in sugar, so consider using less syrup than the recipe calls for.)
Get the recipe at The Forked Spoon.
4. Cupid’s Prosecco Rose Gold Cocktail
Give your glass of bubbly a festive twist! A splash of rose syrup gives this refreshing Prosecco cocktail its rosy hue — and each glass contains just 118 calories and 3 grams of sugar.
Get the recipe at Openfit.
5. Crimson Kiss
This Valentine’s Day cocktail consists of pomegranate juice, lemon juice, vodka, bitters, and amaretto. And it only takes 5 minutes to make, so you won’t have to waste too much of your romantic evening in the kitchen.
Get the recipe at Garlic & Zest.
6. Pomegranate Caipirinha
Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail, and this pomegranate version gives it a sweeter twist for Valentine’s Day (along with some vitamin C and vitamin K from the pomegranate seeds).
Get the recipe at Easy and Delish.
7. Lychee French 75 Cocktail
If “French” is in the title, it’s Valentine’s Day-approved, right? This sparkling and refreshing cocktail is made with lychees, rosewater, gin, and Prosecco. (Lighten up this drink by using a little less gin than the recipe calls for.)Get the recipe at Supergolden Bakes.
8. French Kiss
Keep the romantic French theme going with this cocktail made with bubbly champagne, raspberry chambord, and fresh raspberries. It looks (and tastes) like love in a glass!
Get the recipe at Served From Scratch.
9. Low-Carb Bloody Mary
This low-carb Bloody Mary is the perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail for breakfast in bed. It’s made with simple ingredients like unsweetened tomato juice, fresh lemon juice, and (of course!) vodka.
Get the recipe at Thyme and Joy.
10. Pink Lady Cocktail
Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your girls? Serve up this cocktail made with egg whites, gin, applejack, grenadine, and lemon juice. Garnish with a cherry for an extra festive pop of red.
Get the recipe at Amanda’s Cookin’.