Jon Taffer is one of my favorite TV personalities, thanks to Spike TV's "Bar Rescue". He knows his drinks, and gives you tasty Valentine's Day drink recipes to make for your sweetheart.

I love making different tasty cocktails for my wife and friends, it's always a blast to try it out and see what sticks. There's nothing better than hearing "oh yumm! I'll take another!!". These easy to make cocktails on Valentine's Day should make her say just that - YUM!

Plan ahead and be sure to get the ingredients you'll need, or you'll be a bust on Sunday. Don't try this one last minute (like you do with other Valentine's Day gifts), in Minnesota liquor stores are closed on Sunday and you'll be out of luck Mr. Last Minute Ned! Follow the instructions to a "T" and you'll make it a great Valentine's Day to remember.

Here are 2 of my favorites from the list, and will certainly be made for my wife on Sunday:


Redhead in Bed


  • 3 pounds strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons citrus vodka
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chilled Riesling
  • Ice


In a bowl, toss the strawberries with the sugar and let stand, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices, about 10 minutes.

In a blender, combine half each of the strawberries and their juices, the vodka, and lime juice with 1 cup of ice and puree. Pour into a pitcher. Repeat with the remaining strawberries and juices, vodka, and lime juice and 1 more cup of ice. Fill 10 Collins glasses halfway with ice. Pour the cocktail into the glasses, top each with about 1/2 tablespoon of Riesling and serve.


Salted Caramel Cocktail


  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Effen Salted Caramel Vodka
  • 1/4 ounce DeKuyper Crème de Cacao Dark Liqueur
  • 1 ounce half and half
  • Splash of simple syrup
  • Salted caramel marshmallows, for garnish
  • Milk chocolate shavings, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, vodka, crème de cacao, half and half, and simple syrup, and shake until frothy and chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with marshmallows and milk chocolate shavings.