Updated 02:18 PM EST, Thu, Feb 25, 2021

How to Make your Valentine's Day Spicy Latina-Style 

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Valentine's Day is getting ever closer, which means that if you haven't reserved a restaurant or a hotel yet, you might get into a bit of trouble with your significant other.

However, it is never too late to plan a romantic evening in. And while a candle-lit, homemade dinner will be fine most nights, you have to step up the game on the day of hearts, so why not add a little Latin twist to it? After all, the Latin style is nothing, if not romantic.

Here are some ideas you may want to consider:

Romance her with lovely Latin love songs -- If you question your knowlege of Latin music, you may remember a certain beauty singing about her hips don't lie. Sure, Shakira is known for her faster beats, but if you look for the slower ones, they're still very distinctly Latin. However, there is a multitude of other music offerings out there. To start off, check out this list from Latina to get you started on your Latin music education.

Make a lovely Valentine drink to toast the evening with -- Reminisce your first kiss with a "The First Kiss" cocktail, which consists of champagne, Prevu, and raspberry garnish. It's easy to make but boasts of understated class. If cocktails aren't your thing, you could as easily give a Latin kick to your nightcap: the chocolate bonbon is really just hot chocolate to end your night, but with a splash of Tequila Don Julio Anejo and Grand Marnier. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, you can also try some of the recipes suggested by Cosmopolitan.

Shower her with with Latin-inspired gifts -- You can never go wrong with flowers and chocolates (unless she's allergic and diabetic), but for a Latin twist, give her orchids instead. Teleflora noted that in Peru, these flowers symbolize deep love, which says everything you could ever want to say on the day. With it, you may opt to get her sweet treats from Casa De Chocolates, which pioneers in artisan and uniquely designed chocolates bursting with Latin American culture and flavors. You can order a chocolate assortment here, but if you're looking for more options, check out the list from Pop Sugar.

Now that you have a few ideas on how to start your Valentine evening. If you're planning to go all out and serve a Latin American dinner as well, check out our take on spicy dishes and current food trends as well.

Or check out a Latino chef making his recipes in the videos below:

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