The best way to get in the mood for love this Valentine’s Day isn’t with boring old flowers and chocolate. Instead, treat your sweetheart to cocktails that double as love potions. Using all-natural aphrodisiacs as ingredients, each of these drinks will stimulate your mind and body to give you the extra oomph you need to make it the most memorable holiday of the year. Here, six aphrodisiac cocktails to sip together on V-Day.
6 Aphrodisiac Cocktails to Get You in the Mood for Valentine's Day
Originating in the Mediterranean region, arugula was prized by the Greeks for its “arousing” properties. Romans even paid homage to their god of fertility, Priapus, with gifts of the curly green leaf. The Roquette—a twist on a classic sour created by bartender Matthew Biancaniello—uses the leafy green for its vibrant hue and bitter herbaceousness. Like a boozy superfood drink, this cocktail is guaranteed to give your libido a stratospheric boost this V-Day.
Dim the lights and pull out the blender for this decadent take on green juice. Avocados have enjoyed a reputation for stimulation since the days of the Aztecs, who called avocado trees ahuacuatl in their native tongue, which translates roughly to “testicle tree.” Silky smooth and sumptuous, this avocado-tail gets an added sensual boost from a spritz of always-sexy Champagne.
While you’re familiar with celery as the garnish in your Bloody Mary, the vegetable also happens to be an ancient remedy in the bedroom. With high levels of androsterone (a natural hormone produced in males), eating or drinking celery can give men higher levels of the potent hormone—which in turn, is said to stimulate arousal in females (also, it supposedly stimulates the pituitary gland in both sexes). With ample amounts of fresh pressed celery juice, this vibrantly-hued spritz is likely to bubble up emotions between you and that special someone.
In the heyday of the Greeks, pomegranates were the sacred fruit of Aphrodite—the goddess of love (her name actually gave us the word aphrodisiac)—and they were associated with fertility, romance and virginity. Scientifically, pomegranates are said to increase testosterone and lower cortisol levels in both males and females. In layman's terms, they make people more aroused and less stressed out. The Jack Rose, a classic cocktail made with applejack and fresh lime juice, uses a hefty pour of grenadine syrup to give it a unique fruity flavor and lively red hue. If made from scratch, grenadine is mostly composed of freshly juiced pomegranate seeds, which lend a healthy dose of the fruit’s invigorating properties to the libation.
It’s rumoured that Casanova once enticed a lover to his bed by slipping an oyster with his tongue from his mouth to hers. The famed lover also allegedly consumed more than 50 oysters a day to keep his vigor between the sheets. With high levels of zinc and rare amino acids singular to the bivalve, oysters are commonly believed to trigger an awakening of sex hormones in both men and women. Accompanied with a shot of smoky, herbal mezcal, an intoxicating oyster will get you in the mood faster than Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together.
Pickled Shallot Mezcal
It’s no secret that chocolate has aphrodisiac qualities. The popular dessert contains high levels of tryptophan—which is a component of serotonin, a chemical produced in the brain that contributes to sexual arousal—and phenylethylamine, a stimulant related to amphetamine that is released in the brain when people fall in love. Roe Your Boat, an uber-glam cocktail created by bartender Anthony Bohlinger of Seamstress and Maison Premiere, uses two different chocolate liqueurs for a layered, chocolate-y explosion of decadence. With a garnish of salmon roe caviar, one of the most luxurious aphrodisiacs in the world (like oysters, it has high levels of zinc), this cocktail is destined to boost your mood for the evening to come.