By now, you probably know that we love leaning into a theme, which is why we’ve got MAJOR heart-eyes for this Love Potion Number 9 drink. What could be more perfect for Valentine’s Day?! Sure, you could pop a bottle of bubbly, but would you (and your partner) get your cheesy kicks in that way? No, you would not. That’s just a fact. You need this cocktail in your life this V-Day, trust us.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with this Love Potion #9 Recipe
PREP TIME 2 min
Don’t like cranberry? Try cherry or red grape juice instead.
Sub SKYY Infusions® Pineapple Vodka for a fruity kick.
Go lower ABV by using soda water instead of Prosecco.
Combine the bourbon, Grand Marnier, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until frosty, and strain into a chilled serving glass
Charge with Prosecco, and top off with a bit of crushed ice
Why is it called Love Potion Number 9 though?
Excellent question! The Love Potion Number 9 recipe has a great back story, which is awesome if you need a conversation icebreaker during your hot V-Day date. That way you sound clever and interesting while looking amazing because you’ve just whipped up a really gorgeous drink. #WINNING
So, here’s the deal. There are actually a variety of Love Potion Number 9 alcoholic drink recipes doing the rounds. However, this is the one that we like best, and we’ve found that the reason it’s such a popular name for a Valentine’s Day drink is a bit of a pop-culture layer cake…
See, first there was the song, Love Potion #9, performed by an R&B band called The Clovers in 1959. It was then also recorded by The Searchers in 1964, and covered by a whole bunch of other bands after that. Suffice it to say, there has been quite the ruckus about who it actually ‘belongs’ to.
Then, in 1992, a movie by the same name came out, starring Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan. It tanked hard but left a lasting impression on the zeitgeist nonetheless, thanks in no small part, to the catchy title. With all this free-floating ‘potion’ talk in the air, it quickly became an inspiration for amateur and professional mixologists alike.
The next drink you should try if Love Potion Number 9 is your vibe
Once you’ve learned how to make Love Potion Number 9 drink and find that you adore it, there are a few other cocktails you should definitely shake up. This includes:
Fruity Martinis are always fun and festive. Featuring vodka, Grand Marnier, 100% cranberry juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup as ingredients, the pretty Cranberry Martini is a photogenic showstopper drink that’s simple to shake up. Talk about a win-win!
Virgin Strawberry Mojito
Keen to serve up something non-alcoholic this Valentine’s Day? Stay on theme with our lovely Virgin Strawberry Mojito mocktail. This sweet cocktail is easy to pour and beautifully refreshing.
Adult Strawberry Ice Cream Party
Ice cream cocktails are a delicious indulgence, and the Adult Strawberry Ice Cream Party is a ton of fun. This deeply indulgent drink combines cake-infused vodka, strawberry vodka, strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, and all the sprinkles.
When to serve a Love Potion Number 9 cocktail
Well, by now you know we’ve got this drink pegged as one of our top Valentine Day’s Cocktails, but we also like to serve it on other loved-up occasions. This includes:
- Romantic picnics (you don’t always need a reason!)
- Wedding cocktail hour (in the name of love…)
- Global Love Day, celebrated on May 1st (created by The Love Foundation to encourage unity and celebrate humanity through unconditional love)