Wine might be the conventional way to win over your sweetheart — and it certainly accompanies most Valentine's Day meals — but sometimes you want to order something red, hot, and romantic. These six drinks are guaranteed to send sparks flying this February.
Passion-Chile Margarita, Stampede 66
The flashy Modern Star Canyon margarita gets all the press, but this spicy sibling is no slouch. A combination of passion fruit and jalapeño is added to Jose Cuervo and lime, giving the traditional fruit margarita some heat.
Scarlet Letter Punch, Ida Claire
Whether you're imbibing on your own or with several friends, this illicit-sounding cocktail can help you get in the mood — mainly because its list of ingredients begins with "Bonnie's bathtub gin." Add in hibiscus tea, honey, grapefruit, lemon, and seltzer, and you've got an elegant drink.
Boozy Red Velvet Cake Milkshake, Hopdoddy Burger Bar
It's pretty much impossible to still have room for dessert after one of Hopdoddy's meaty creations, so try visiting for dessert and drinks alone. Or, more specifically, dessert and drinks in one. Diners are encouraged to pair any of the restaurant's decadent milkshakes with an alcohol of their choice, and you can't go wrong around Valentine's Day with red velvet cake.
Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout, Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Can't leave out the beer lovers! This seasonal release takes brown stout up a few notches with the addition of Red Tart and Dark Sweet cherries at the beginning of fermentation and cocoa nibs at the end of conditioning.
Yosemite, The Theodore
This dainty drink is on the menu year-round, but its mix of pink peppercorns, blueberries, basil, Reyka vodka, and crème de viollette makes it seem especially suited to wooing this month.
First Kiss, Madrina
Hot newcomer Madrina is packing 'em in for its food, but the Mexican- and French-inspired drink menu deserves a closer look. There are several cocktails that sound like they'll get you hot and bothered (Lips Are Moving and Love Stuff, for example), but the First Kiss — pisco, Potstill rum, honey cream, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters — conjures up visions of tropical beaches and romantic sunsets. Who wouldn't be put in the mood by that?