Uh oh. You did it again. It’s your turn to plan date night, and somehow it slipped your mind. Unfortunately for you, it’s not the first time. There’s no way you’ll get a pass on this one. What are you going to do?
Palms sweaty, you nervously type in your phone passcode. You get it on the second try. And then you see it. Like a black and white beacon of hope. The Saucey App.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Blow their mind with 10 dreamy date night drinks you can make at home. Combine it with delivery from their favorite restaurant and a new release, and they’ll think you were planning it all along.
Just click that black and white Saucey symbol, and like the alcohol delivering version of Batman*, we’ll be there in minutes to save date night.
*Actual delivery drivers do not fight crime, are not the night, and will not wear capes (no matter how many times we say please).
Whether you want to watch Netflix in your sweats, eat an elaborate meal, or just drink the night away, we’ve got a dreamy date night drink to match. As always, you can get the ingredients delivered to your door. No delivery fees, no hassle, and no more worrying about date night!
1. Winter Sangria
Summer date nights are easy. Head to a rooftop beer garden, pop a bottle on the beach, sip Sangria at sunset, the options are endless. But what about when that winter weather’s got you hesitant to leave the house?
We suggest planning a romantic date night from the comfort of home. Whether you cook together or order in, you should never ignore your date to mix drinks. Avoid the awkward shouting across the room by mixing up a batch cocktail in advance. Throw together some Winter Sangria before your date arrives and you’ll have drinks for the whole night. You’ll both appreciate the ease of premade cocktails, as you refill your glasses again and again, without ever missing a moment.
4 cups (1L) Campo Viejo
4 oz Korbel VSOP
4 oz. Cointreau
Juice of 1⁄2 a large lemon
1 tbsp sugar
2 oranges, thinly sliced into half-moons
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
1 pear, cored and diced
Seeds from 1⁄2 a pomegranate
3 to 4 cups cold soda water
Mix wine, brandy, Cointreau or triple sec, lemon juice, sugar and oranges in large pitcher. Stir with wooden spoon to dissolve sugar, then use spoon to press down on orange slices to release juices. Add remaining fruit and chill. Fill glasses with ice cubes, pour in sangria along with some fruit, and top with soda water. Stir and serve.
2. Pomegranate Rum Punch
Remember that bland red punch they served at every dance and after school activity when you were a kid? You’d awkwardly stand and sip your punch in the corner of the cafeteria (made to look like a winter wonderland), trying summon the strength to head out on that dance floor. You probably didn’t find much courage at the bottom of that punch glass. That’s because you weren’t old enough to have Rum.
If you’re looking for some courage during date night, we suggest whipping up a batch of Pomegranate Rum Punch. A much more mature version of the fruit punch from your very first date, this drink can definitely get you dancing.
1⁄4 cup simple syrup
6 tbsp fresh-squeezed lime juice
1⁄4 cup Campari
1⁄2 cup Bacardi Superior White
11⁄2 cups pomegranate juice, chilled
3 trays ice cubes
1 750-mL bottle Verdi Spumante Extra Dry
6 thin slices orange
1⁄4 cup pomegranate seeds
1⁄2 cup mint leaves
In punch bowl or other large glass bowl, stir together simple syrup, lime juice, Campari, rum and pomegranate juice. Add ice cubes. Slowly pour in sparkling wine. Add orange slices, pomegranate seeds and mint.
3. Orange Twist Champagne Cocktail
It’s not like you need an excuse to drink… but it doesn’t hurt. Date night is the perfect reason to pop open that bottle of bubbly and celebrate yourselves. Because if you don’t, who will? Whether you’re successfully surviving your first date or just celebrating the start of another weekend together, try toasting with a twist, with an Orange Champagne cocktail.
1 sugar cube
3 drops Angostura
5 oz. Cristalino Cava Brut, chilled
1 strip orange zest (no pith)
Soak sugar cube with bitters. Place in champagne flute. Tilt glass and slowly pour in sparkling wine. Garnish with orange zest.
4. Alcoholic Strawberry Limeade
This drink would be great for a summer night spent out on the patio or a chilly afternoon spent daydreaming of warmer days. Pretty much any time really. Whether you’re looking for a delicious red drink for your Valentine’s date night, or just want a refreshing adult beverage to share with your love, you can’t go wrong with this Strawberry Limeade.
1 oz Stoli Strawberry
1 oz Seagram’s Twisted Lime
Juice of 1 Key Lime
½ oz Grenadine
4 oz Strawberry Juice
Organic Cane Sugar and Strawberry for garnish (optional)
In a shaker, squeeze lime juice, then add all other ingredients. Shake until thoroughly mixed.
If you are sugar-rimming your glass, pour two tablespoons of cane sugar in a bowl and a thin layer of lime juice in another bowl. Dip the top of your glass in the bowl with lime juice, then immediately dip into the bowl of cane sugar until the rim is covered with the sugar.
Pour your cocktail into the glass, slice a strawberry, and garnish.
5. White Chocolate Martini
Prefer your date night shaken, not stirred? Then check out this delicious White Chocolate Martini. Made with Ketel One Vodka and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, it’s cram-packed with high-quality ingredients that are sure to impress.
1 oz Ketel One Vodka
1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1 oz DeKuyper White Créme De Cacao Liqueur
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Using a jigger, measure Ketel One Vodka, Godiva white chocolate liqueur and DeKuyper white crème de cacao liqueur into the shaker. Shake the mixture vigorously until the surface of the cocktail shaker feels chilled. Strain the mixture using a cocktail strainer, into a martini glass.
Impress your date by mixing them up a Negroni. A classic cocktail that has become increasingly popular in modern times, it’ simple enough to make that you won’t spend all night mixing drinks. Even though it’s simple to mix, the flavors are complex and delicious. The orange garnish gives it just the right citrus twist and visual appeal.
1 oz Campari
1 oz Beefeater Gin
1 oz Martini & Rossi
Sliced Orange for Garnish
Add all of the ingredients to a glass and fill with ice. Stir until cold. Garnish with an orange half-wheel.
7. Bubble Bouquet
Get her a bouquet of fresh… bubbles? It might sound crazy, but chances are good she’ll love this concoction even more than roses. Champagne poured over vodka, simple syrup, and rose water, garnished with rose petals, this drink looks a lot like love to us!
1.5 oz Absolut
.5 oz Simple Syrup
1-2 Drops Rose Water
Rose Petals for garnish
In a shaker filled with ice, add Absolut, ½ oz simple syrup, and 1 to 2 drops of rosewater. Shake and strain into a Champagne flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with rose petals.
8. Raspberry Kiss
This one’s got ‘kiss’ in the title, so you know it was designed with date night in mind. Spoilers, it’s basically a spiked raspberry lemonade. But, that doesn’t make it any less delicious! Garnish with a fresh raspberry and heart-shaped candy to really take date night over the top.
2 oz Tropicana Raspberry Lemonade
1 ½ oz Absolut
½ oz Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
½ oz simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Tropicana Raspberry Lemonade, vodka, raspberry liqueur, and simple syrup. Shake well and strain over crushed ice into a rocks glass rimmed with red sugar. Garnish with fresh raspberry and heart-shaped candy.
9. Strawberry Crush
Let them know you’re crushing on them without saying a word, with a Strawberry Crush Lemonade. Made from fresh strawberries and basil, with vodka and lemonade, this drink was designed for date night. Whether you’re just crushing or ready to crush the world together, this Strawberry Crush Lemonade will help you take it to the next level.
1 oz Stoli Strawberry
1 oz Lemonade
Crush 2 strawberries in a glass, and add 3 basil leaves. Add Stoli Strawberry Vodka and lemonade, stir, and add ice. Garnish with basil.
10. Kahlua Cookies and Cream Milkshake
A date night drink that doubles as a dessert, this Kahlua Cookies and Cream Milkshake it truly divine. If your favorite way to end any meal is with a milkshake, why should date night be any different? For an extra intimate date night experience, pour your adult milkshake into one glass, with two straws.
2 cups vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup crushed Oreos, plus more for serving
1 oz Kahlúa coffee liqueur
Whipped cream, for serving
Maraschino cherries, for serving
Combine vanilla ice cream, milk, Oreos and Kahlúa in blender until smooth.
Pour into glasses and serve, garnished with whipped cream, crushed Oreos and maraschino cherries, if desired.