Women Writers Suggest Top Cocktails & Mocktails for Valentine’s Day

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To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, writers from the Seal Press anthology Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up, suggest their favorite romance-inspiring cocktails and mocktails.

Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up (Seal Press/2012)

Valentine’s Day is nearly here, and depending on the mood you want to set this year, there’s a cocktail to fit. To celebrate love—for the self or a sweetie—contributing writers from Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up suggest their top ten favorite cocktails and mocktails, perfect for the occasion:

1. “Prosecco: Add a tot of raspberry liqueur and a couple of raspberries. It's bubbly and rosy, not too expensive, not too icky sweet, but with a little bit of zest—just like the best kinds of love.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard

2. “Pretty in Pink: San Pellegrino (2 parts), pomegranate-cherry juice (1 part), slice of Meyer lemon, and lots of ice in a tall tumbler. It’s pretty, pink, and comforting (in case Valentine’s Day sucks).” —Pam Houston

3. “A lime mint Rickey: I recently returned from Cartagena Colombia and fell hard for their local concoction of fresh lime juice, mint and simple syrup over crushed ice. Also very tasty with dark rum in it!” —Ann Hood

4. “An ice-cold dirty martini: Because everything—dancing, drinking, sex, sex, sex—is always more delicious when it's dirty.” —Jillian Medoff

5. “Manhattan: Straight up with a single Luxardo cherry in the middle. It's pretty, but strong and sweet—just like my honey.” —Helene Stapinski

6. “A caiprinha (Brazil’s national drink): Because it tastes tart and sweet at the same time and consistently spurs the mood for love. Mix 2 oz. cachaca, 1 fresh lime quartered, and 2 oz. superfine sugar.” —Caren Osten Gerszberg

7. “A champagne cocktail: Made with pomegranate juice or a single raspberry to get that pink color. Enjoyed because they are light and low alcohol, and also they look classy to hold! Plus champagne makes everything feel festive.” —Laura Jofre

8. “Moscow Mule: A Valentine's Day favorite. It’s made with one part vodka to two or three parts ginger beer (Goya is hands-down the best—don’t even bother with the fancy kinds), half a lime, and lots of ice, served in a copper mug.” —Kate Bolick

9. “A pint of Guinness: Well-poured, in a dark bar—because the Irish understand romance like no other!” —Megan Abbott

10. “The Kir Royale: Perfect with peach flavor because peaches are reminiscent of summer and romance, which is ideal in February. Mix 2T peach nectar, 2T peach liqueur (such as Mathilde Pêches), 1 cup chilled champagne.” —Liza Monroy

To learn more about Drinking Diaries, visit DrinkingDiaries.com and Seal Press.

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