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Impress your date with 7 easy cocktails you can make at home, inspired by everything pop culture! These date night cocktail recipes are especially perfect if you’re planning a romantic anniversary celebration. Specialty cocktails put your dinner over the top and show you’ve put serious effort into the date. Each cocktail recipe has a pop-culture twist. Your date will swoon at your creativity and delight in the fun drink names! Make your next date night a blockbuster smash with these pop culture cocktail ideas.
7 Easy Cocktail Recipes for Date Night
I Love You 3000
This cocktail hits you with all the feels (if you’ve seen Avengers: Endgame, you know). Show your unending love with a sweet sipper that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion.
Combine 1 ounce ruby grapefruit juice, 3/4 oz. lime juice, 3/4 oz. grenadine, and 1 1/2 oz. orange liqueur. Add a glow cube to symbolize the arc reactor, or “proof that Tony Stark has a heart.”
Ocean Eyes Martini
Blue in color and sultry in taste, this cocktail will give your date serious ocean vibes. Fall in love even deeper as you sip on this smoky sweet margarita and set the mood: Alexa, play “Billie Eilish date playlist.”
In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine 1 1/2 oz. mezcal (for that smoky flavor), 3/4 oz. lime juice, 3/4 oz. blue Curaçao, a dash of bitters (orange bitters are best), and 1/4 oz. agave syrup.
Go with a bold cocktail that packs a punch—made with, of course, Ryan Reynolds’ Aviation Gin.
Rim a martini glass with red sugar. Mix 2 oz. gin with 2 oz. cranberry juice. Add a splash of bitters and a dash of simple syrup. Pour a thin layer of black vodka over the top. Garnish with dark cocktail cherries and enjoy!
This bold and deadly drink features the anti-superhero’s iconic colors, black and red. For a quirky, to-die-for date night, try out this delicious drink!
Themed after the infamous Amortentia™ love potion in the Harry Potter book series, this seductive drink will cast an irresistible spell over your loved one. Whether you’re a major Harry Potter fan or just “meh, saw the movies once. Draco is cool,” this strong, sparkling elixir turns your night into a magical one.
Combine 2 oz. sparkling rosé with 2 oz. strawberry lemonade and add a splash of cranberry juice. Mix in a few sliced strawberries. Serve in a goblet-style glass and drink in wizard-style!
Perfect for the video game lover, this Super Mario™-inspired cocktail displays a beautiful rainbow of colors and a fruity flavor combo!
Pour 1 oz. grenadine into a glass and slowly add ice cubes to the top. In a separate glass, combine 1/2 oz. peach schnapps and a 1 1/2 oz. can of pineapple juice. Then slowly pour over the grenadine. In another separate glass, combine 1 oz. vodka with 1/2 oz. blue Curaçao. Slowly pour this mixture to the top. This rainbow cocktail makes your date night take first place!
The Sexy Smuggler
Radiate confidence making this Han Solo-inspired Star Wars cocktail. Rich and creamy, this drink is just as smooth as our favorite roguish smuggler. Just one tip: When your partner says, “I love you,” don’t answer with “I know” or find yourself frozen by metaphoric carbonite–aka, the silent treatment.
Drizzle chocolate around the inside of the glass. Pour 3 oz. Irish cream over ice, followed by 1 oz. vanilla vodka. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top and chili powder for a wicked rebel kick!
I’m a Sucker for You
This caramel apple martini, garnished with a caramel apple sucker, packs a sweet and sour punch! Serve up a spectacular date night as hot as the Jonas Brothers comeback hit.
Combine 2 oz. apple cider, 2 oz. caramel vodka, and 1 oz. vanilla vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass and serve with the sucker. If you’re feeling fancy, pour caramel sauce into the bottom of your glass first.
Try out these creative cocktail recipes for your next date night! Inspired by pop culture, these drink ideas are sure to impress.