Want to get your love one something sweet to kick start their Valentine's morning? You don't need to be in a relationship to enjoy a sip of a romantic drink; these Valentine's day coffee recipes are great for anyone with a sweet tooth and a taste for love.
If you’re interested in some Valentine’s Day coffee drink ideas, this guide will explore different drinks and coffee recipes or where to get them on the most romantic day of the year.
8 Valentine’s Day Coffee Drinks (Special Ideas For You & Your Loved One)
Some of these Valentine's day coffee recipes will require you to have an espresso maker, but you can easily make the coffee drink with instant and have the same great taste!
Make at home
1. Chocolate Strawberry Mocha
A real decadent treat to start your Valentine’s day right, the chocolate strawberry mocha is easy to make and combines perfect flavors for love! It's fairly similar to a red velvet latte, but with more of a chocolate flavor.
You’ll need a double shot of espresso for this coffee drink, which you will stir in two tablespoons of chocolate syrup or chocolate sauce.
To make steamed textured milk, you can warm enough whole milk in a pan and whisk it until it’s at a desired frothy texture. Add steamed milk on top, and finish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. You can even pour some more chocolate syrup on top of the whipped cream to make it even more of a treat!
This is undoubtedly a wonderfully sweet treat to give your partner on Valentine’s morning!
2. Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino
If you want a colder coffee drink to start your day, then Starbucks will have you covered here! This is one of secret menu Valentine's day coffee recipes and can be made by ordering the following:
Order a Venti white mocha frappuccino with coffee, and ask for two pumps of strawberry puree, two mocha pumps, and two pumps of toffee nut syrup. Once finished, top with whipped cream and caramel crunch pieces, and you can even put a dusting of cocoa powder on top. The result is a delicate and creamy mix of those romantic flavors we love.
Order this coffee drink on the Starbucks app to have it ready for you to go and get back to your partner (if you can convince them to share!) or just to enjoy in bed as the morning goes by.
3. Strawberry Cold Brew
This is another one of the Starbucks secret menu Valentine's day coffee recipes that will be sure to keep you cool while the day heats up. Starbucks cold brew can be made with many different syrups and still retain its bold and intense palette of flavors.
To order this Valentine's day coffee drink, ask for two strawberry puree and mocha pumps in the cold brew. Finally, ask for a cold foam topping, but make the cold foam with strawberry puree pumps to make pink cold foam. Top with chocolate shavings (or even whipped cream) to create a perfect drink to wake up to on Valentine’s Day.
Strawberries and chocolate are the most sensual mix, and creating a cold brew blend will simply give you an excellent combination for your day.
4. Dunkin Cocoa Mocha Iced Signature Latte
Added to the menu just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Cocoa Mocha Iced Signature Latte is one of the best Valentine's day coffee recipes for those Dunkin fans who want to wake their partners up to a treat! The title might be a mouthful, but it will leave you with a sweet taste and craving more!
The cocoa mocha iced signature latte is available in most Dunkin branches and can be customized with raspberry syrup or strawberry syrup to provide a more seasonal kick to your drink. This drink is almost like ordering from a Starbucks and gives you a really special drink with each sip.
5. Raspberry Mocha
It's like chocolate and berries were meant to be together. This raspberry mocha coffee drink will remind you of eating one of those chocolate-covered berries.
This is one of the easiest Valentine's day coffee recipes, simply use a double shot of espresso, and mix in two tablespoons of raspberry and chocolate syrup. Top off with steamed milk or frothed milk ( made by either by warming on the stove or heating in the microwave for a minute), which can be textured either by using an electric/hand whisk or by purchasing a milk frother. Top it with whipped cream for an extra special treat and you can even add some more chocolate syrup on top of the whipped cream.
This mocha is so simple to make and will just hit the spot on that romantic Valentine’s morning. To go even further, top it with fresh raspberries to share between you.
6. Neapolitan Coffee
We’ve all had Neapolitan ice cream; it's ⅓ vanilla, ⅓ chocolate, and ⅓ strawberry ice cream. Now, you can make yourself and your partner a deliciously sweet Neapolitan coffee for that special day!
It’s not too complicated to make, either. For this recipe, the measurements are all in cups.
Start with ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk. The sweetened condensed milk is heavy, and must be the bottom layer. Add one or two tablespoons of chocolate syrup or chocolate sauce to half a cup of coffee, making sure to mix them together before adding. You can add some more chocolate syrup if you prefer the chocolate flavor.
Finally, you’ll want to mix strawberry syrup/powder with steamed milk, which can be done by whisking or frothing them together on the stove. Add the strawberry milk mixture to the top, and add steamed milk with vanilla extract to complete the drink. You can then top the milk mixture with whipped cream if you like.
And voila! You have yourself a sweet and nostalgic drink to give to your partner.
7. Mocha Macchiato
You’ll have seen on various social media the Dunkin mocha macchiato, which is wildly available during the month of love. It’s not hard to replicate, and you can make it from the comfort of your own home!
Latte macchiatos are essentially a reverse latte; the milk is poured first with the espresso shot on top. So to make this, the recipe will be a little different. First, add 1tbsp of chocolate sauce (or a mocha drizzle) to a cup, then fill it with roughly ¾ milk. You're going to want to add the ice first to make sure the coffee sits on top of the milk. Then, add your shots, and you have a mocha macchiato!
You can spice up this drink too with some raspberry or strawberry syrup, or even chocolate syrup if you want to make it more chocolatey. Top with some whipped cream to give it a sweet finish.
8. Honey Rose Espresso
This espresso isn't only a kickstart to your day; it's filled with sweet and romantic flavors that swirl together to create a great surprise for your partner.
Simply prepare espresso as you would. Before you pour the espresso shot into a cup, add 12tsp of honey and rose syrup. Once the shot of espresso is in the cup, top it off with a bit of half-and-half milk. If you have access to edible rose petals, it makes a nice little topper for your drink!
Present this to your partner in the morning, or simply enjoy it for yourself. Valentine’s day just got a whole lot sweeter.
How To Make Valentine’s Day Coffee Drinks At Home? (Romantic Tips)
Making romantic drinks for Valentine’s morning is a really sweet way to begin the day. And they’re so easy to make, provided you have the tools.
There are a few key ingredients which can make any coffee more of a Valentine's day coffee drink:
- Red food coloring - despite the ingredients, not even coffee will go pink or red. Red food coloring is a useful hack, and can turn your latte into a much more romantic red velvet latte
- Chocolate shavings - Valentine's day is about hearts and chocolates, and these shavings make your drink more indulgent. You can use dark, milk, or white chocolate shavings, or use cocoa powder to dust the top
- Syrups - raspberry and strawberry syrups are great, but black cherry syrup is amazing. Black cherry syrup is hard to find but it's worth it to create a Valentine's black forest latte
- Sugar - white and brown sugar help to sweeten your regular coffee and make it suitable for the occasion
- Whipped cream - Valentine's day is about sweet treats, so what's better than a thick layer of whipped cream on top?
As for the coffee itself, an espresso machine is the best tool to use. Espresso provides sweeter flavors with chocolatey undertones and is quicker than other methods.
If you don’t have one, a Moka pot would be the next best step. It provides a stronger brew but it will mix nicely together with the sweeter flavors in the coffee recipes. French presses can also provide the same palette for your Valentine’s day coffee.
The obvious question here is - what if I don't have access to an espresso maker? Well, we've created a simple espresso recipe to make with instant coffee:
Making An Instant Espresso
You will only need roughly 30ml of hot water to make the shot of espresso strong and full of flavor. You can use this as a base for espresso drinks.
Once you have the base, indulge yourself by mixing chocolate with raspberry or strawberry flavors. Whipped cream adds a great layer that sinks in as you go on, providing a creamy layer to your sweet treat. You can even just add white or brown sugar to make your coffee sweeter!
Most importantly - don’t worry! Making these drinks shouldn't be stressful, just take your time and you'll be fine.
Valentine’s Day Coffee Drinks FAQs
What is the Starbucks Valentine’s Day Drink?
Most of the Valentine's Day drinks at Starbucks are secret menu items, but that doesn't make them any less accessible! They don't have many Valentine-themed drinks per se but keep an eye out for mid-January. They usually update their menu for the romantic season then!
Does Dunkin have a Valentine’s Day drink?
Dunkin has two Valentine-themed drinks in 2022; the Cocoa Mocha Iced Signature Latte (listed above) and the Pink Strawberry Coconut Refresher. Both drinks combine velvety milk with berry and chocolate flavors to get you in the mood for Valentine’s day.
Are Valentine’s Day coffee drinks all sweet?
Most of the drinks you find in coffee stores will be sweet-flavored during February. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use herbal flavors in your coffee for the special day. Adding cinnamon syrups can spice things up, as well as a chai tea latte, which is a soothing mix of different herbal flavors.
Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be stressful, and setting it up right with a special coffee can really kick start a great day. Remember, you don’t have to be in a relationship to enjoy Valentine’s Day!
These drinks can be made to enjoy just for yourself if you feel like indulging. There’s no pressure, either. Make Valentine’s day about treating yourself and/or your partner, and tell them you love them!