This weekend—all in the name of love—people across the country will be slurping oysters, feeding each other strawberries and draining bottles of bubbly. While these supposed aphrodisiacs won’t hurt your chances for a romantic evening, they’re not really the culinary equivalent of Love Potion No. 9. And there’s actually little scientific evidence that they’re anything more than tasty. What’s a lover to do?
Well, scientists have discovered that certain foods can have a real…stimulating effect on the libido and your blood flow, which is what an aphrodisiac is supposed to do in the first place. Fresh watermelon, pomegranate, blueberries, honey, chocolate and red wine have all been documented to offer a boost in the bedroom. These all-natural stimulants are not only widely-available, they can also be turned into very good and simple cocktails. Here are a couple of drink recipes from James Moreland, master mixologist for Bombay Sapphire Gin, and Joel Baker, head mixologist at Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco, that will help set the mood. We’re sure your valentine will find ways to thank you.
Contributed by: James Moreland
- 1 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
- 2-3 oz Pomegranate juice
- 2 oz Brut champagne
- Glass: Flute or coupe
Add the gin and the pomegranate juice to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled flute or small coupe. Top with the champagne.
The Blue Bonnet
Contributed by: Joel Baker
- 10 Blueberries
- 2 Tarragon sprigs
- .5 oz Honey syrup (equal parts honey and water)
- 2 oz Gin, tequila or cachaça
- .75 oz Lemon juice
- Garnish: Blueberries and a tarragon sprig
- Glass: Rocks
In a shaker muddle the blueberries and tarragon with the honey syrup. Add gin, tequila or cachaça and lemon juice. Shake and fine strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with blueberries and a sprig of tarragon.
Maria C. Hunt is hostess of the champagne appreciation and entertaining web site The Bubbly Girl and author of The Bubbly Bar: Champagne & Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion.