Last-Minute Love Potions

OK. It’s time to be honest. Your (hopefully) romantic Valentine’s Day plans start in a few hours, and you still haven’t found the perfect gift…or any gift at all. Let’s forget the last-minute bouquet of long-stemmed roses or the box of drugstore chocolates. Your love deserves something less clichéd, something that’s actually from the heart.

First, calm down. Deep breaths. With the help of Allen Katz, a advisor and director of mixology and spirits education for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, we found some old-timey cocktails that are not only the perfect amorous treat but are also fairly simple to make.

So skip the florist and instead fix the aptly named Rose (pictured above), which combines dry vermouth, cherry brandy and raspberry syrup. If you’re feeling a bit more daring, try shaking up the rich Stolen Kiss. Our recipe, which calls for gin, Green Chartreuse and egg white, actually makes enough for you and a loved one to share.

And to get in the mood, whip up the provocative Between the Sheets. The delicious mix of rum, cognac, triple sec and lemon juice will have you both swooning.

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The Rose

Contributed by Allen Katz


  • 2 oz French dry vermouth
  • 1 oz Kirschwasser (cherry brandy)
  • 1 tsp Natural raspberry syrup
  • Garnish: Brandied cherry
  • Glass: Cocktail


Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

Stolen Kiss

Contributed by Allen Katz


  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 1.5 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 1 tsp Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • 1 Egg white
  • Glass: Cocktail


Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into two chilled cocktail glasses.

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Discussion (3)

  • Terry Bovey posted 5 years ago

    Love potions?! Wow times are changing!!Haven't been to one of my favorite sites for quite awhile now.Did you all miss me?!Valentine's Day is what? A time to what? Maybe I'm missing something here?! I don't get it?! My girlfriend will drink with me anytime!!!Anyway,you all be safe,and don't indulge beyond your limits.TRB

  • Statii Radio posted 5 years ago

    They both sound amazingly good, even if I didn’t find out about your love potions on time. But I guess I can prepare them any time, right? Thanks for the “recipe”.

  • Brent Evans posted 5 years ago

    You might also try the Cupid's Revenge Cocktail. Yummy...

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