Sultry red cocktails are essential for Valentine’s Day. Here, 7 red drinks with flavors that range from tangy to smoky.
Sultry red cocktails are essential for Valentine’s Day. Here, 7 red drinks with flavors that range from tangy to smoky.
- Red Velvet
This riff on the Black Velvet replaces the Champagne with Prosecco and the Guinness with raspberry-flavored lambic.
- The Savoy Daisy
This updated version of the classic Daisy cocktail uses muscovado, an unrefined brown sugar with a very moist texture and strong molasses flavor.
- Manhattan Ice Cream Float
Here, creamy vanilla ice cream gets blended with bourbon and a high-quality black cherry soda.
- Kentucky Special
This excellent riff on an old-fashionedincorporates cherry liqueur that has been infused with smoky Lapsang souchong tea.
- Caprese Daiquiri
This ultra-savory daiquiri evokes the flavors of a Caprese salad (tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella).
- Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples
This strong but not overly sweet sangria is nicely spiced with cinnamon, anise, and cloves, and it has just enough crushed red pepper to give it a tiny kick.
- Aphrodisiac Margarita
Mixologist Adam Seger claims that the margarita is the cocktail world’s aphrodisiac. This version combines passion fruit and pomegranate, commonly associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
22 Valentine’s Day Movies to Watch for a Cozy Holiday at Home
If you’re searching for a romantic Valentine’s Day movie, The Notebook is one of those films you can watch over and over again. It’s got passion, drama, a whirlwind romance, and an enduring love story — what more could you want?
It doesn’t get more on-the-nose than this film, which follows a group of people whose lives are intertwined (think Love Actually). The cast makes it even more impressive: Everyone from Jennifer Garner to Bradley Cooper to Taylor Swift makes an appearance
Love and Basketball’
This movie follows childhood sweethearts Monica and Quincy, who both dream of playing professional basketball. Of course, they eventually fall for each other and must find a way to balance their lofty athletic ambitions with their relationship.
‘When Harry Met Sally’
This Nora Ephron film explores that question. Come for the sweet tale of friendship and love, stay for the iconic “I’ll have what she’s having” scene.
‘Lady and the Tramp’
Disney’s Lady and the Tramp is the one. It’s about a dog from a refined, wealthy home that embarks on romantic adventures with a scruffy stray dog. There’s nothing cuter than that iconic spaghetti and meatballs scene.
‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’
Anyone who’s gone through a rough breakup will enjoy this raunchy comedy starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, and Mila Kunis. When Peter’s girlfriend, Sarah, abruptly breaks up with him, he heads to Hawaii to heal his broken heart — where he runs into Sarah and her new boyfriend.
This tragic story of star-crossed lovers from different worlds, who meet aboard the “unsinkable ship,” will have you crying and cuddling all night long. Talk about a romantic date night.
‘Pride and Prejudice’
If you’re in the mood for a period drama, look no further than this film about family and romance starring Keira Knightley. Based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name, the movie follows the Bennet family as Elizabeth and her sisters look toward marriage — and Elizabeth struggles with her feelings for handsome Mr. Darcy.
‘An Affair to Remember’
This enduring classic follows two lovers, who fall in love while on an ocean liner, and make plans to reunite in six months at the top of the Empire State Building. Tragedy strikes and the two are forced their separate ways until fate brings them back together.
There’s no better Galentine’s Day pick than this movie about a stripper who dreams of starting his own business but gets swept up in a hard-partying lifestyle. Grab your girls if watching Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey shirtless for a few hours sounds like the perfect V-day.
There’s plenty of passion and romance on-screen in this 1963 movie about the young queen of Egypt — but the true drama was happening offscreen between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The couple met and fell in love while filming in Italy, and created a scandal when they left their respective spouses in order to be together. Chemistry like that is something we’ve got to see for ourselves
This film follows students Celeste and Jesse, who decide to spend one magical night together wandering the streets of Vienna. It’ll have you and your Valentine wanting to buy plane tickets immediately so you can recreate the magic yourselves. Pro tip: If you want to make it a marathon, watch Before Sunset and Before Midnight, which follows the same characters later in life.
Anything starring Audrey Hepburn is bound to be good, and Roman Holiday is one of her best. Audrey plays a princess trying to break free of her confines and ends up swept up with a reporter, played by the incredibly handsome Gregory Peck.
‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’
Everyone fell in love with this sweet film when it debuted on Netflix last year, and it’s easy to see why: High school student Lara Jean has her world turned upside down when her secret love letters are mailed to their recipients without her knowledge. Long story, but she and one of the boys decide to pretend to date — and things don’t go according to plan.
Is there anything more iconic than the scene where John Cusack holds up a boombox playing “In Your Eyes”? Probably not. This movie follows a couple from different sides of the tracks as they navigate that tricky time between the end of high school and the beginning of college
Friends With Benefits’
Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake star as friends who go through rough breakups with their significant others, and then decide to have no-strings-attached sex. The surprisingly sweet film is full of humor — perfect for a lighthearted Valentine’s Day date.
‘Call Me By Your Name’
This coming-of-age romantic drama features a young man falling in love with a handsome graduate student who comes to stay with his family in Northern Italy. The tender love story is matched by the gorgeous setting — and it’ll have you and your Valentine booking tickets to Italy ASAP.
‘P.S. I Love You’
Grab the tissues for this one, which is about a young widow who finds out that her late husband left a series of letters for her to help her move on after his death. It’ll make you want to hug your sweetheart just a little tighter.
‘The Big Sick’
This comedy is based on the real-life romance between comedian (and star of the film) Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily Gordon. Very early into their on-and-off relationship, Emily is struck by a mysterious illness. Kumail must figure out where he fits into her life, and whether he can reconcile his conservative family’s wishes with his own feelings.
If you and your honey like classic films, there’s no better choice. A handsome nightclub owner and his old flame become entangled when she goes to the nightclub in search of documents to help her escape to America — with her husband. Plus, it features one of American cinema’s most famous lines ever: “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”
‘Crazy Rich Asians’
If you didn’t get a chance to catch this one in theaters, remedy the situation this Valentine’s Day. It’s about a woman named Rachel Chu who goes with her boyfriend, Nick, to Singapore, where she finds out he’s from one of the wealthiest families in the country.
La La Land (2016)
Director: Damien Chazelle
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: A big red Valentine to Los Angeles, and the dreamers who inhabit it, La La Land has gorgeous costumes, dizzying choreography and a singing, dancing Ryan Gosling. What’s not to love?
Favorite Quote: “You could just write your own rules. You know, write something that’s as interesting as you are.” —Sebastian
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Shakespeare’s greatest love story, rendered in Baz Luhrmann’s inimitably pop-culture pastiche style—with teen heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio no less.
Favorite Quote: “And when I shall die, take him and cut him up in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will fall in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” —Juliet
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Sophie considered herself plain before a curse turned her into an old woman; but Howl, a notoriously superficial wizard, falls for her all the same. For the viewer, though, it’s Miyazaki’s dreamlike animation that you’ll be head-over-heels in love with.
Favorite Quote: “He’s calling the spirits of darkness… I saw him do this once before when a girl dumped him.” —Markl
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Director: Wes Anderson
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Wes Anderson turns his stylized lens to a forbidden childhood romance and the results are just as endearing, picturesque, and hilarious as you’d hope.
Favorite Quote: “We’re in love. We just want to be together. What’s wrong with that?“ —Suz
Valentine Day Flowers
Sure, roses are the flower of love, but they’re not the only variety that is romantic. Show your valentine how much you really care with a bouquet of peonies, sunflowers, or tulips this year, which symbolize happiness, prosperity, and romance.
According to FTD Flowers, these fluffy blooms are most commonly associated with romance, prosperity, and bashfulness. Some even believe they’re a good luck charm of sorts, bringing good fortune to whoever receives them. Peonies also have some roots in Greek mythology: as one myth states, Apollo used to turn beautiful nymphs into peonies if Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, knew he was flirting with them.
Unsurprisingly, this classic bud is “the most popular choice for Valentine’s Day,” says Kate Law, Product Design Manager at ProFlowers.com. It could be because red roses symbolize love, romance, beauty and perfection. The iconic flower is also known for being pricey — according to Michael Gaffney, Director of the New York School of Flower Design, “flower growers hold back their rose bushes for months in order to have them bloom in time for February 14— and then they raise the prices, giving roses that sought-after reputation.”
The spicy cinnamon and clove scent of this delicate bouquet will be a pleasant surprise to your valentine. Once you tell her they symbolize beauty that doesn’t fade with age and a lifetime of happiness, they’re sure to become her favorite flower.
According to FTD by Design, these fiery red flowers are all about love and passion — so gift these to your lovely lady if you’re feeling romantic.
These colorful, swirly flowers, also called “buttercups,” symbolize charm, attraction, and radiance. Give a bouquet of these beauties and you’ll be letting the recipient know, “I am dazzled by your charms,” according to Teleflora.
Named for their star-shaped flower head, asters represent love, charm, and sensitivity. According to FTD by Design, these pink blossoms are the emblem of Venus, the goddess of love.
Though this variety is technically the 10-year anniversary flower, gifting your special someone this lucky flower on Valentine’s Day will bring 12 months of good luck and happiness, according to Teleflora.
Daisies are known for symbolizing beauty, innocence, and purity, Law says. The Gerbera variety, recognizable by their large flowering heads, is available in an assortment of peppy hues, which gives them the additional meaning of cheerfulness. The happy buds are “always a favorite to receive,” she says.
“Tulips stand for perfect love,” Gaffney says. The elegant and easily identifiable blooms are one of the most popular flowers in the world but are most often associated with the Netherlands, where they flourished in the 17th century. They convey comfort and warmth, says Law, and are a good Valentine’s Day pick since they’re classic and affordable.
Otherwise known as Peruvian lilies, these long-lasting, attention-grabbing petals represent friendship and devotion, Law says. According to the Flower Expert, they’re native to South America and feature multiple blooms per stem, which make for voluptuous arrangements. Perhaps best of all, they’re easy to find in most neighborhood supermarkets!
11CASA BLANCA LILIES
These white Oriental lilies typically stand for “beauty, class, and style,” Gaffney says. “A man who creates a bouquet with these dramatic — and expensive — lilies is sophisticated and knows his partner well.” And, Law notes, people love these stunning blooms’ heady fragrance.
According to Gaffney, these rare blossoms symbolize love, beauty, luxury, and strength. Plus, they send the message of exotic seduction. “If someone gives you orchids, they’re a little wilder than the person who goes for a dozen roses.” Orchids also hold up well over time, says Law, both in bouquets and pots.
These ruffled blooms stand for fascination and new love. “For some reason, carnations get a bad rap,” says Gaffney. “But I love them; they’re marvelous flowers.” Even better, these cheerful blooms are hearty and very affordable.
Like the sun they’re named for, these blossoms represent warmth and happiness, Law says. They also stand for loyalty, according to Gaffney. Though the bright yellow blooms scream summertime, these spirit-lifting flowers are available all year round.
In some parts of the world, dark blue or purple irises indicate royalty, according to Law. No matter their color (they’re most commonly seen in blue, white and yellow), they stand for faith and hope, says Gaffney. Mix them up with red tulips or daisies for a “striking combination,” Law suggests.
Loaded with fragrance, these elegant flowers signify purity and joy, and connote deep, old-fashioned love, according to Gaffney. “The man who buys these likely has a history with the woman he’s buying them for, Gaffney says.” Because they’re pricey and are sold as single blooms, they’ll definitely make a statement on the holiday.
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