Valentine’s Day is almost here, and while some of you simply can’t stand the sight of all-red during this time of year, some people completely embrace Valentine’s Day and all its spending splendor and are always looking for the best way to add some variety to their special day with their significant others. Thankfully, in this information age, there’s so many helpful apps to help you enjoy your unique Valentine’s Day, stress-free.
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With these apps you can ensure you find a romantic dinner date spot, make it there on time and even keep yourself on track with your finances, without even disturbing your evening.
1. To Help Pick The Perfect Date Spot:
Forgot to make that dinner reservation? Open Table Mobile makes it easy for you to find open reservations at restaurants near you and also helps you avoid that argument about “always forgetting” to plan something.
What It Is: Open Table Mobile allows you to search your favorite restaurant or any restaurants near you to make reservations with the touch of your finger.
Why It’s Unique: All reservations are displayed in real-time, making every reservation easy without calling the restaurant. Users can also see the menu before making a reservation and can even refine their search by cuisine, pricing and availability.
2. Make It To Dinner On Time:
Don’t risk a great date by being late on the most romantic day of the year. This app has a number of “Waze” to make sure you’re on time to meet your date.
What It Is: The world’s fastest growing community based traffic and navigation app, dedicated to contributing to the ‘common good’ out there on the road; acquired by Google this past summer.
Why It’s Unique: Reports are user-generated, allowing you to alert and join other drivers in your area in sharing real time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their commute
3. To Decipher Your Love’s Conversation:
Often times, we’re engaged in a conversation that may not be as authentic as the person having the conversation with you wants you to believe that it is. Moodies can tell you what your mood is in 20 seconds. All you have to do is press a button and talk.
What It Is: Moodies has the ability to take a person’s raw vocal intonations to decode and measure a full spectrum of human emotions from a person’s speech.
Why It’s Unique: With the press of a button, and 20 seconds later, you can easily find out if the guy or gal spouting Love Quotes your way is genuine or completely full of it.
4. To Pick The Right Budget-Friendly Gift:
Kick it up a notch this Valentine’s Day by surprising your date with a thoughtful gift that’s not going to break the bank. GoBank is a bank account that lets you know just how much you can splurge.
What It Is: Award-winning new mobile bank [FDIC-insured] that enables account-holders to do all banking functions via their smartphone [send money instantly, pay bills, build a budget, withdraw cash from over 42,000 ATMs nationwide, etc.]
Why It’s Unique: No overdraft fees, pay-what-you-want monthly fee (users select fee within app from $0-9 which can be changed at any point in time), Fortune-Teller feature which compares incoming/outgoing expenditures to politely tell you whether you can afford a purchase.
5. To Keep The Romance Going After The Date:
Don’t get stuck with nothing to do after dinner. Gravy helps you find fun events going on around you!
What It Is: Gravy finds something exciting to do after that Valentine’s Day dinner or even to plan an upcoming trip based on how you’re feeling.
Why It’s Unique: Gravy lets the user choose what kind of mood they are in, and will match you up with something fun to do. Events are unique and you’d be surprised at how many things are going on around you that you weren’t even aware of! Fun might be right around the corner.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Check Out This Gallery Of VDay Drinks!
1. Warm & Fuzzy Feelings
If you’re celebrating with that special someone this Valentine’s Day, make it one to remember by snuggling together and sipping the night away with these delicious drinks! We've got all the bases covered--for those who love strong and those who love light--there's enough intoxication here for you all. Happy V Day! Now go drink with the one you're with!
2. GODIVA Chocolate Martini
1 1/2 oz GODIVA Chocolate, White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate Liqueur 3/4 oz CIROC Vodka GODIVA Chocolate Truffle for Garnish Combine your GODIVA Liqueur of choice with CIROC Vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with your favorite GODIVA chocolate truffle.
3. Hot Chocolate Love Affair
Created by NYC Mixologist Lauren Davis 1 1/4 oz GODIVA Dark Chocolate Liqueur 3/4 oz Zacapa Rum 1/3 oz Simple Syrup Hot Water to Top Whipped Cream for Garnish Pour GODIVA Dark Chocolate Liqueur, Zacapa Rum and simple syrup into a mug and stir. While stirring, top with hot water. Top with a dollop of homemade whipped cream.
1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila 2 parts JDK & Sons™ 03 Premium Orange Liqueur 5 cherries (pitted and stemmed) 1 tbsp agave nectar 1 part fresh lime juice 1 part club soda Muddle together cherries, lime juice and agave nectar. Strain into shaker. Add in orange liqueur, tequila, and ice and shake. Top with club soda and garnish with cherries.
5. Cupid’s Potion
2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila ½ part fresh lemon juice ¼ part agave nectar ¼ part ginger syrup 1 tsp. puréed canned chipotle in adobe ½ lime, quartered lengthwise 1 strip red bell pepper, for garnish 1 small piece beef jerky, for garnish Combine lemon juice, agave nectar, ginger syrup, chipotle purée, and lime wedges in a cocktail shaker and muddle together. Add ice, tequila & stir. Pour into glass.
6. Peppermint Martini
2 ounces rokz cranberry infused vodka 4 dashes of white creme de menthe 2.5 oz cranberry juice garnish: cocktail sugar rim, peppermint of course Infuse your favorite vodka with rokz cranberry infusion. Combine the vodka, creme de menthe and cranberry juice in a shaker. Add ice and shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with rokz peppermint sugar.
7. Spring Breeze Cocktail
1.5 ounces cranberry infused vodka 3 ounces cranberry juice 1.5 ounces grapefruit juice lime garnish: citrus petals sugar rim, slice of lime Infuse your favorite vodka with rokz cranberry infusion. Combine the vodka, cranberry & grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Rim a tall glass with rokz citrus petals sugar & fill with ice. Strain the mixture into glass.
8. Winter Cosmo
2 ounces rokz cranberry infused spiced rum 1 oz triple sec 1.5 oz cranberry juice .25 oz lime juice Garnish: rokz sweet heat cocktail sugar rim Infuse your favorite-spiced rum with rokz cranberry infusion. Rim a chilled glass with rokz sweet heat cocktail sugar. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain over a couple of large ice cubes. Enjoy
9. Dark Icy Heart
1 oz. Stoli Razz 1 oz. Café Patron XO Dark Splash of Peppermint Schnapps Shake and strain into a Martini Glass.
10. Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach Cosmo
Created by mixologist George Carney 2 oz Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach 1 oz cranberry juice 1/2 oz fresh lime juice Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a twist.
11. Devil's Spiked Tea
4 oz. Tea & Honey Strawberry Acai Tea 1 oz. Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila Prosecco Mint Strawberries Muddle mint and strawberries in a shaker. Add the Lipton Tea & Honey Iced Tea, tequila and ice in a shaker. Strain into a glass. Top with Prosecco and serve
12. Cascade Ice Love Potion Pizzazz
Mix 2oz of Cascade Ice’s Pomegranate Berry with 1oz of vodka. Add a garnish of fresh cherries and you’re ready to go!
13. Cascade Ice Blushing Sparkler
Mix 1oz of whipped vodka, 4oz of Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit, the juice of a lemon wedge and a handful of ice in a mixer. Pour the cocktail into a chilled glass and garnish with lemon wedges.
14. Cascade Ice Passion Pucker
Pour 1.5oz of tequila and 3oz of Cascade Ice Black Raspberry over crushed ice into your mixer. Next, add the juice of a lime wedge and a handful of raspberries. Garnish the cocktail with an orange wedge and you’re ready to serve!
15. Pomegranate Kiss
Ingredients: 4 ounces of VOGA Italia Premium Sparkling 1 ounce of vanilla flavored vodka A splash of pomegranate juice Strawberries for garnish Directions: Add VOGA Italia, vodka, and pomegranate juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake gently. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with strawberries.
16. Valentine’s Night Romance
Ingredients: 1oz Pineapple rum 1 oz Vodka 1oz Pineapple Juice ½ bottle of Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE Directions: Stir gently rum, vodka and pineapple juice and garnish with mint. Finish with Grapefruit ICE
1 oz gin 1/2 oz. simple syrup (or 2 tsp. superfine sugar) 1/2 oz. lemon juice Brut Champagne or other dry sparkling wine Combine gin, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Fill with Champagne. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
18. Camus Passion
1 ½ oz. CAMUS VS Elegance Cognac ¾ oz. sweetened condensed milk ¾ oz. passion fruit concentrate Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker and shake. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with an edible flower.
19. Karamel Kiss
1 oz. Sobieski Karamel Vodka ½ oz. crème de cocoa dark ¾ oz. rum ½ oz. whipped cream ½ oz. vanilla syrup Chocolate syrup Caramel syrup Swirl chocolate and caramel syrup in a martini glass. In a shaker with ice, add Sobieski Karamel Vodka, crème de Cocoa dark, whipped cream, rum and vanilla syrup. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cocoa sprinkle.
20. Cupid's Arrow
1 oz. Lucid Absinthe 1 oz. raspberry liqueur 1 oz. lemonade or sour mix 2 oz. ginger ale 1 lemon wedge for garnish Fill a shaker with ice and add raspberry liqueur, Lucid Absinthe and lemonade. Shake vigorously. Pour into a glass and top with ginger ale. Add a lemon wedge and serve.
21. Love, Laphroaig®
2 parts Laphroaig® Quarter Cask 1/2 part Cynar 1/2 part Apricot Brandy 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters Place all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain into a tall highball glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.
22. Laphroaig® The Perfect Gentleman
1 1⁄2 parts Laphroaig® 10-Year-Old Scotch Whisky 3⁄4 part DeKuyper® Crème de Cacao Dark 1 1⁄2 parts Heavy Cream 2-3 dashes Orange Bitters Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled stemless cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh shaved chocolate.
23. A Hopeless Romantic
1.5 oz. Tequila 1.5 oz. Amoretti Premium Strawberry Martini Mix 1/4 oz. Amoretti Premium Aged Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar 1/4 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice 1/4 oz. Triple sec Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice. Alternatively, blend 6 ounces of ice and blend on high for 15 seconds. Run a slice of lime around the rim of your glass and dip in salt. Pour.
24. A Buzzin' Roses
1 oz. Vodka 1.5 oz. Amoretti Premium Pomegranate Martini Mix 1/2 teaspoon (or 1/2 pump) Amoretti Premium Rose Syrup Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice. Garnish with pomegranate arils and a rose petal.