Recipes for Date Night at HOME! - Champagne Tastes® (2024)

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Date Night doesn't have to be at a restaurant to be special and delicious! These Recipes for Date Night at Home will help you plan a gourmet meal without setting foot in a restaurant!

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Do you love Date Night?

Do you get excited about a chance to dress up, eat delicious food, and stare dreamily into each other's eyes?

I do!

Sometimes, however, date night also means making a reservation, parking blocks away from arestaurant, paying to park, and handing over a credit card for obscenely expensive meals.

If the chilly winter wind has you dreading the walk to your destination, if your credit card needs a break, or if yousimply want to impress your significant other with your mad-crazy cooking skills-- keep reading!

These 22 Recipes for Date Night at Home will have you romancing your way through the night with decadent, gorgeous food from the comfort of your own space.


This list of at-home date dinners starts with homemadeco*cktails.

Whether you try a spicyRosa Picante Margaritaor a sweeter Lychee French 75, these drinks willhelpyou look terribly impressive with your bartender moves!

How to Make a Mint Julep

Love bourbon? Learn how to make a mint julep from scratch! This classic Kentucky co*cktail is perfect for hot summer days and Derby day!

Make It

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Rhubarb Pink Gin

This sophisticated Pink Gin spring co*cktail is carefully crafted with a dash of bitters, a splash of rhubarb simple syrup, and of course-- gin.

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Kentucky Bourbon Coffee

This Kentucky Bourbon Coffee is a Southern take on an Irish coffee, and is the perfect drink to keep you warm on chilly days. This caffeinated co*cktail is made with freshly-brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, bourbon, and cream.

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Rhubarb Champagne

This Rhubarb Champagne is a springtime take on a mimosa, and is made with sparkling wine or champagne and rhubarb simple syrup.

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Bourbon Sour with Lavender

This Bourbon Sour with Lavender is a sweet spring co*cktail! Mix one up in no time with lavender simple syrup, lemon juice (or Meyer lemon juice), and bourbon.

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Rosemary Bee's Knees

This rosemary bee's knees drink is made with rosemary honey syrup, lemon juice, and gin. It's a sweet and sprightly botanical co*cktail!

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Dinner Recipes for Date Night

Next-- the main attraction-- dinner.

Start with a rainbow salad from Lauren Caris Cooks, or break out the fancy-schmancy seafood with seared ahi tuna, pan seared halibut, andthis king salmon recipe.

Want more even dinner ideas? Check out this recipe for sea bass, and this one for halibut cheeks!

Lemon Risotto with Roasted Cauliflower

This vegan Lemon Risotto is a creamy citrus rice dish that's served with spiced and roasted cauliflower. Serve this dish as a main course for Date Night, or as a fancy side dish at your next dinner party!

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Oven-Roasted Asparagus with Charred Lemon

This Oven-Roasted Asparagus with Charred Lemon is drizzled with olive oil, white vinegar, and fresh lemon juice. It's fast, easy, and delicious!

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Red Wine Pasta Sauce

This red wine pasta sauce is an easy twist on a classic Italian marinara, and is made with fresh or canned tomatoes, onion, garlic, herbs and wine.

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Ahi Tuna Steaks with Ginger Soy Sauce

These easy seared ahi tuna steaks are seasoned with sesame seeds and a ginger soy sauce marinade. This extra-quick main course is ready in 20 minutes!

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Salmon Wellington

This Salmon Wellington recipe features puff pastry packets filled with spring greens, mushrooms, goat cheese, and salmon, along with an easy mustard sauce.

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Halibut Salad with Bourbon Dressing

This warm halibut salad is made with pan-seared halibut, a bed of wilted spinach, and a quick bourbon dressing. Serve this decadent seafood salad for date night!

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Honey Bourbon Salmon

This honey bourbon salmon is marinated in an easy bourbon sauce, broiled until tender, and finished with the sweet honey bourbon glaze.

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Dessert Recipes for Date Night

Finish your meal with something sweet, and maybe even some dessert!

This is where I pause awkwardly for my joke to register.

Try making prosecco tiramisu from Sweet & Savory Meals, sticky toffee pudding from Krumpli, and adorable heart-shaped cookies from Meg is Well.

The sweet treats below are some of the favorites, and will be the finishing note to afabulously chic, and simultaneously cozy, stay-at-home date night!

Chocolate Lava Cake

This easy chocolate lava cake is based on the French moelleux au chocolat, and is the perfect dessert for two! Plus, check out my secret for an extra chocolatey center!

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Apple Crostata (Galette)

This vegan apple crostata (or galette) is an easy alternative to apple pie, and is made with puff pastry, apples, pears, and a quick orange glaze.

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Chocolate Truffles with Chile Mocha

Yields about 30 1" truffles

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Poached Pears with Cardamom

These Poached Pears with Cardamom are a light, delicious dessert of ripe pears poached in a spice-infused white wine syrup.

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About Sarah Trenalone

Sarah is the primary creator at Champagne Tastes. She's a photographer, food writer and traveler, and is certified in Backcountry Kitchen and Backcountry Navigation from the Colorado Outward Bound School and Identifying Wild Plants from Backpacker.

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  1. Meg | Meg is Well

    Um, date night can be me, by myself, eating all of this right? Great gathering of recipes, and thanks for including me!


  2. Meg @ With Salt and Wit

    Well this gives me 22 reasons to stay home for a date now! I love all of them!


    • champagne-tastes

      Thanks!! Enjoy!


  3. Diana

    These recipes look AMAZING! I never cook for date nights, but it might be a good idea to try that!


    • champagne-tastes

      It's fun to do once in awhile!


  4. Lisa

    What a beautiful roundup of date night recipes! I have to laugh though because my husband and I have a "not so private joke" -- date night for us is when we buy a box of Just For Men -- and I color his hair!


    • champagne-tastes

      LOL... throw in a co*cktail and you'll have a party! Hehehe


  5. valentina

    What a great idea for a post! Now if only we had a night alone without the kids. 😉 All looks delicious!


  6. Debra C.

    So many beautiful meals and delicious drinks - I can do date night this way. GREAT ideas!!


  7. Sabrina | The Tomato Tart

    What a great collection! Looking forward to trying them out. Yum!!


  8. Dawn - Girl Heart Food

    I love date night! And I especially love date night spent at home with comfy clothes on! While going out every now and then is fun, nothing beats staying at home and enjoying a good meal all cozied up in the warm, especially this time of year. Great collection of recipes here. I would be more than happy with any of these!!


  9. Amanda | Chew Town

    So, I basically want all the co*cktails and desserts right now. Not discounting the dinner options - they look delicious too, my palate is just craving alcohol and sweets right now! 😉


    • champagne-tastes

      I want them toooo and I've sworn them off until February! (Sadness!!! Lol)


  10. Platter Talk

    Date Night, here we come! Thanks for all these beautiful pictures and recipes.


  11. Luci {Luci's Morsels}

    I love this recipe round up - what great inspiration for a date night! My sample menu from these choices would include the Rosa Picante Margarita, Tomato Soup to start, Crusted Sea Bass as the entree, and finished with those adorable heart-shaped Butter Cookies. Thanks for the fabulous ideas!


  12. Lisa | Garlic & Zest

    Ok, I think I want to date you. In our house, "date night" is a glass of wine and a package of "Just For Men" hair color - don't ask.


    • champagne-tastes

      Lolololol.. hey at least there's wine! ????


  13. [emailprotected]

    These look Perfect! Such lovely photography.


  14. valentina

    Such a beautiful collection! Everything is romantic, pretty, and oh-so-delicious looking!


  15. Stephanie@ApplesforCJ

    What a great collection of ideas Sarah! Basically we have date night every night though. Cause I'm always cooking 🙂


    • champagne-tastes

      Haha yes but I don't have co*cktails and desserts every night! ????


  16. Mindy Fewless

    These all look great!! Perfect date night!!


  17. Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    These all look like winners: I’ll have a hard time choosing!


  18. Elaine @ Dishes Delish

    Wow. I could eat and drink everything here, not in one sitting, mind you 😉 It's a great line up!


    • champagne-tastes

      I want to eat it all too!


  19. Christine

    There are some wonderful date night recipes here! Several caught my eye including the salmon and the caramel sauce over the delicious brownie!


  20. Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon

    I love having date night at home! No worrying about parking and we can stay all cozy in our house. This is a great roundup of ideas. I'm not sure what I'd want to eat first! Though all the those drinks do look very inviting. 🙂


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