13 Festive—and Pretty—Cocktails to Celebrate Galentine’s Day

raspberry sorbet rose floats

Joyful Healthy Eats

Galentine’s Day comes but once each year. And when it does, it’s an occasion for gifts, laughter, and truly exceptional cocktails. But what sets Galentine’s Day cocktails apart from their Valentine’s Day counterparts isn’t color, ingredients, or even theme. It’s size. Because while many of us only have one partner to celebrate on February 14, we have an array of girlfriends to recognize on February 13—and we need our Galentine’s Day cocktail recipes to be big enough to serve us all at once.

Now, some might argue that Galentine’s Day cocktails are overkill. Who needs liquors and liqueurs when you could, instead, consume an enormous amount of wine? That point is well-taken. But excuses to whip up exciting new cocktails are few and far between. Life is better with fun party punches in it, and it’s up to us to seize every opportunity we get to make, serve, and indulge in those big-batch libations.

Life is better with fun party punches in it, and it’s up to us to seize every opportunity we get to make, serve, and indulge in those big-batch libations.

So, this Galentine’s Day, shower your friends with gifts they’ll love. Treat yourself to that luxurious item that’s been on your wishlist forever. And of course, cherish the opportunity to make a brand new cocktail that’s decidedly fun, delicious, and pretty to look at. If things go swimmingly, you’ll have a new go-to party drink on your hands. And even if things go absolutely terribly, you’ll walk away with newfound knowledge—and a hilarious memory to toast the next time February 13 rolls around.

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Pretty Pink Gin and Cranberry Martini

pink martini

Sugar and Charm

The Hero Ingredient: Cranberry juice puts a fresh spin on this classic cocktail, lending it some seriously dynamic flavor—and of course, its delightful pink color. 

Pro Tip: Classic martinis can be served with either gin or vodka, and this one is no different. If your friends would prefer something a little less fragrant, swap the gin for vodka. Or even better: Offer both options. 

Why We Love It: If any drink has stood the test of time, it’s the martini. But the drink doesn’t feel (or really, look) on-theme. This recipe puts a Galentine’s Day-worthy twist on the classic, without sacrificing what made the drink good in the first place.

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Frozen Brunch Punch

frozen bunch punch

Half-Baked Harvest

The Recipe: Frozen Brunch Punch

The Hero Ingredient: Though Campari is a bartender must-have, it rarely makes its way into blogger-made cocktails. The liqueur promises to add sweet, bitter depth to this frozen cocktail, making the drink a good fit for winter and summer, alike.

Pro Tip: Don’t skimp on the lime juice. Freshly squeezed lime juice offers fresher, more dynamic flavor than the store-bought stuff. And as much as we love a time-saving work-around, this isn’t the place to do it.

Why We Love It: Brunch is a staple of many Galentine’s Day celebrations, and the meal deserves a cocktail that’s as fun as it is. Sure, mimosas are lovely (and we’ll drink them any time we can). But this Frozen Brunch Punch feels a little more special, a little more ceremonial, and a little more Galentine’s Day-worthy.

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Glossary of Macarons Cocktail

macaron cocktail

Sugar & Cloth

The Hero Ingredient: Macarons inspired every single one of these cocktails, which are equal parts fun, beautiful, and delightfully over-the-top. If you want to pay homage to Valentine’s Day candy without indulging in a ton of it, these macaron-themed cocktails are the perfect way to do it.

Pro Tip: If you’re not a lavender, rose, or passion fruit person, let Sugar & Cloth’s absolute inventiveness inspire you to create your own macaron-themed cocktail. Simply swap the ingredients in your homemade simple syrup accordingly, and you’ll be good to go.

Why We Love It: These cocktails are as extra as it gets, and we mean that in the best way possible. If you want to throw a Galentine’s Day gathering that’s unlike any other, give each of your friends a macaron-based cocktail designed specifically for them. (And please, don’t forget the garnish.)

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Blood Orange Mimosas

blood orange mimosa

Boulder Locavore

The Recipe: Blood Orange Mimosas

The Hero Ingredient: Freshly squeezed blood orange juice takes these mimosas from ordinary to extraordinary. And it gives the drinks their Galentine’s Day-worthy hot pink color.

Pro Tip: Instead of buying sparkling rosé or champagne, buy a bottle of each and try the drink both ways. Each bottle yields eight cocktails, and odds are, you’ll end up wanting more than one drink anyway. 

Why We Love It: Creativity’s fun, but it’s hard to top a classic. This twist on the mimosa is sure to delight, and it feels a little more exciting than the go-to orange juice and champagne combo.

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Lavender Gin and Tonic Punch

lavender gin and tonic

Sugar & Charm

The Hero Ingredient: Though lavender lends this cocktail its color and flavor, the clear punch bowl you serve this drink in is the real hero of this recipe. Why? You’re almost never drinking something this pretty (or massive!), so you should take full advantage of the opportunity to show it off. (Brownie points if you line it with sliced limes the way Sugar & Charm’s Eden did here.)

Pro Tip: Give yourself time to whip up this party punch. The longer the lavender sits in the drink, the stronger the cocktail’s smell and color become. Treat yourself to a seriously saturated purple—even if it means preparing the drink 24 hours in advance.

Why We Love It: Gin and tonics may not always scream “fun,” but once rendered in huge purple punch form, they absolutely do. This recipe is both fresh and photogenic, making it a showstopper at any get-together.

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Raspberry Rosé Tequila Kombucha

raspberry rose kombucha

Half Baked Harvest

The Hero Ingredient: This recipe combines a handful of magnificent ingredients, but it’s hard to call anything but kombucha the MVP. Raspberry, rosé, and tequila make for a pretty unstoppable combination, but the kombucha leaves this drink feeling next-level trendy. 

Pro Tip: If you want your cocktail to feel a little more festive, try freezing some raspberries ahead of time to use as absolutely adorable ice cubes.

Why We Love It: You can’t go wrong with raspberries, rosé, tequila, and kombucha—and the thought of combining all four of those delightful tastes is almost too much for us to bear. Galentine’s Day is about fun, love, and excitement, and it’s hard to imagine a better way to celebrate than to indulge in four incredible flavors all at once.

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Frozen Irish Cream Cappuccinos

frozen irish cream cappuccino

How Sweet Eats

The Hero Ingredient: No brunch is complete without a ton of freshly brewed coffee, and these drinks allow your friends to load up on energy while indulging in one of the tastiest liqueurs around. 

Pro Tip: The pinch of salt this recipe calls for may seem out of place, but it absolutely isn’t. Every sweet treat is better with a touch of salty texture.

Why We Love It: Irish Cream cappuccinos feel uniquely fit for Galentine’s Day. Though the holiday is filled with hot pink everything, the truth is, it’s still winter—and Irish Cream is a decidedly cold-weather ingredient. Plus, many Galentine’s Days celebrations are held over brunch, when coffee is an absolute priority.

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Watermelon Margarita

watermelon margarita

A Couple Cooks

The Recipe: Watermelon Margarita

The Hero Ingredient: A fine mesh strainer is key to keeping your freshly blended watermelon juice from adding unwanted texture to these margaritas. If you’d prefer to go the frozen route, you can do without it. But if you want a drink that’s on the rocks, do what you can to go pulp-free.

Pro Tip: When stocking up on ingredients for this cocktail, you’ll want to make sure the watermelon you buy is genuinely ripe. (Otherwise, you won’t get the color or flavor you’re looking for.) When selecting a watermelon, look for a lighter spot on the outside. Known as the “field spot,” this is the side the watermelon rested on when it was in the field. If the field spot is white, the fruit is unripe. But if it’s yellow, you’ve probably got a winner on your hands.

Why We Love It: We’ll never say no to margaritas—especially if they’re as stunningly saturated as these hot pink beauties. (Plus, we love the watermelon- and tequila-shopping advice that Sonja and Alex Overhiser of A Couple Cooks offer throughout this recipe.)

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Frozen Rosé

frozen rose

A Couple Cooks

The Recipe: Frozen Rosé

The Hero Ingredient: Honey adds depth and sweetness to this cocktail in equal measure. Though many drinks call for sugary simple syrups, this frosé relies on honey for its sweetness, and the result is a cocktail that’s as well-rounded as it is delicious.

Pro Tip: Since you can store this frosé in your freezer for several days at a time, feel free to whip up a batch during your weekly meal prep session. (Efficiency is a beautiful thing.)

Why We Love It: Frosé is a quintessential girls’ night in drink, and it’s still novel enough to feel trendy. Plus, it’s not terribly strong, so you can drink a ton of it without ruining your chances of showing up to work on Friday. 

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Lavender Sangria

lavender sangria

How Sweet Eats

The Recipe: Lavender Sangria

The Hero Ingredient: Frozen peaches leave this sangria feeling seasonally appropriate. Plus, they keep the drink cool without watering it down (we’re looking at you, ice cubes!).

Pro Tip: Let your sangria marinate for a couple hours before serving. This will give the fruity and floral notes some time to seep into your drink, leaving you with a seriously dynamic libation once you finally get around to tasting it.

Why We Love It: Sangria is a big-batch cocktail worthy of any celebration, and this one—with its homemade lavender simple syrup and seasonally fruity notes—feels a little more ceremonial than more traditional go-tos.

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Raspberry Sorbet Rosé Floats

raspberry sorbet rose floats

Joyful Healthy Eats

The Hero Ingredient: Raspberry sorbet leaves these fruity cocktails feeling incredibly special. Though it’s not the kind of thing you’d want to include in every cocktail you consume, it adds a dose of fun to these cocktails that’s totally Galentine’s Day-appropriate. 

Pro Tip: For a dryer cocktail, opt for a brut rosé. And for a sweeter one, try a rosé moscato, instead.

Why We Love It: A dessert and a drink in one, these raspberry sorbet rosé floats are the perfect way to treat yourself this Galentine’s Day. And really, how could you possibly go wrong with some combination of fruity wine and fruity sorbet?

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Strawberry Champagne Cocktail

strawberry champagne cocktail

Darling Down South

The Hero Ingredient: Elderflower and rose lemonade make these cocktails feel next-level special. Not only do the floral notes blend beautifully with the fruity ones, but rose and elderflower are the kinds of sophisticated flavors you’d expect from a cocktail bar—not your friend’s Galentine’s Day party.

Pro Tip: This recipe calls for edible flowers to be used as a garnish, but these drinks are special enough to stand on their own. If you want an excuse to shop the trendy ingredient, go for it. But don’t feel the need to if you’re not in the mood.

Why We Love It: Strawberry and champagne is a delightful combination that feels fresh, lovely, and unintimidating all at once. While fancy ingredients like elderflower and rose lemonade elevate this cocktail to luxe status, at its core, it’s really just a simple (and absolutely delightful) drink.

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Sparkling Ice Cream Cocktails

sparkling ice cream cocktail

Sugar & Cloth

The Hero Ingredient: Vanilla ice cream is too rarely used in cocktail recipes—a tragic fact Sugar & Cloth’s Ashley Rose is rectifying with these ice cream cocktail recipes. Sweet, surprising, and versatile enough to combine with just about anything, vanilla ice cream is easily the MVP of these recipes.

Pro Tip: These recipes call for three kinds of sparkling soda—blood orange, prickly pear, and lemon—but if you’d prefer a different flavor, sub it in. These recipes would work just as well with root beer, ginger ale, or any other carbonated beverage of your choice.  

Why We Love It: This recipe combines two of our favorite things: alcohol and ice cream. If there were ever an occasion to indulge in both of those at once, it would definitely be Galentine’s Day. Plus, Ashley Rose offers the recipe in three different varieties—so each of your friends can definitely find a version they’ll love.

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