Saint's tipple. Picture: Supplied
Saint's tipple. Picture: Supplied

5 red cocktails to make on Valentine’s Day

By Lutho Pasiya Time of article published Feb 7, 2020

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Just like fresh flowers and heart-shaped chocolates, the colour red is as romantic and should be a part of your Valentine's Day plans.

Here are five cocktails that you can make to celebrate the special day. 

Anthurium. Picture: Supplied

Anthurium by Burdett Geiling – Vicious Virgin Bar Cape Town


50ml Bacardi Ocho 

20ml hibiscus syrup

20ml passionfruit pulp

20ml fresh lime

30ml pineapple juice

2 dashes of Angostura aromatic Bitters

Garnish: The Foraged flower of fynbos


Add all ingredients in a shaker, add ice, fine strain into glass.

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Raspberry and Cherry Collins – Jody Rahme, Vicious Virgin Bar 


50ml Tanqueray London Dry

30ml raspberry and cherry syrup

25ml fresh lemon juice

10ml dry vermouth (Optional) 

3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Topped with Soda Water

Garnish: Mint sprig 

Raspberry and cherry syrup 

Add 160g raspberries and 160g cherries to 500ml sugar syrup.

Blend fine strain and bottle. 

Simple syrup: Equal parts water to granulated sugar.


Combine and build all ingredients into a glass and serve.

Negroni Twist. Picture: Supplied

Negroni Twist – George Hunter, Marble Johannesburg


25ml Monkey 47

25ml Martini Rosso

25ml Campari

2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters


Build all ingredients into a tumbler glass and stir.

Cazador Twist. Picture: Alexi Portokallis

Cazador Twist - George Hunter, Marble Johannesburg


60ml Bacardi Ocho

30ml lime juice

15ml maple syrup

10ml Crème de Cassis

2 dashes of Angostura aromatic Bitters

Absinthe Rinse


Combine all ingredients in a shaker, strain into glass and serve.

Saint's tipple. Picture: Supplied

Saints’ Tipple Owen O’Reilly – SIP Exclusive, Cape Town


35ml Bulleit Bourbon 

25ml Boplaas Ruby Port 

15ml Bols white cacao 

4 dashes of Angostura aromatic Bitters 

Garnish: A twist of orange skin expressed over the top of the drink.


Add all ingredients to a glass beaker and fill with ice. Stir for about one minute until chilled and diluted to taste. Strain from beaker over fresh ice into glass and garnish. 

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