Aphrodisiac Cocktails for Your Valentine’s Day
Aphrodisiacs, also known as “love drugs” are any food or beverage that arouses sexual desire. The origin of the word comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty. For many years, aphrodisiacs have been known to come in all different shapes and sizes. Ranging from Casu marzu (rotting cheese filled with maggots), to oysters, to sexual organs of animals – aphrodisiacs can be pleasant tasting, or, not so much.
This Valentine’s Day, let’s get in the mood. I’m talking about your libido! Try making one of these cocktails this Valentine’s Day for a steamy celebration!
Gin and Honey Lemon Cordial
Aphrodisiac – Honey
- 3/4 cup fynbos honey
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup muscavado dark brown sugar
- Juice and zest of 4 lemons approximately 1 cup fresh lemon juice
Directions: Bring all ingredients to a boil and allow to continue cooking until the liquid thickens to become syrup-like. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain the lemon zest out and pour into bottles. Keep refrigerated up to 3 months.
Aphrodisiac – Chili
- 1 Serrano or Thai chili (or adjust amount to your heat preference)
- 1/2 ounce (15ml) simple syrup
- 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) Gin or Vodka
- 2 ounces (60ml) peach, nectarine, or pineapple juice
Directions: Take seeds out of pepper and add to shaker. Muddle the pepper with the simple syrup. Add the gin or vodka and juice of choice. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass and garnish with a pepper.
Ginseng Ginger Spritz
Aphrodisiac – Ginseng
- 45ml Ginseng Vodka
- 15ml dry vermouth
- ½ stalk lemongrass, roughly chopped
- 3 slices of fresh ginger
- 10ml ginger syrup
- Ginger beer
- Crushed ice
- Garnish: slice of ginger and ½ stalk lemongrass
Directions: Shake the vodka, vermouth, lemongrass, ginger, and ginger syrup with ice until well mixed. Strain into tall glass and top with crushed ice and ginger beer.
Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned
Aphrodisiac – Cinnamon
Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 sprigs rosemary
- 3 cinnamon sticks
For the Cocktail
- 4 teaspoons cinnamon rosemary simple syrup
- 3 dashes angostura bitters
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 orange peel
- rosemary sprig for garnish optional
Directions: To make the syrup combine the honey, water, rosemary, and cinnamon sticks in a pot and place over medium heat. Simmer until the honey is dissolved in the water. Remove from heat and when cool take out the cinnamon sticks and rosemary.
To make cocktail, add 4 tsp. of simple syrup and 3 dashes of bitters to old fashioned glass. Stir. Add bourbon, ice, and an orange peel, and stir.
Cheers and Happy Valentine’s Day!