Love Potions: Latin Aphrodisiac Cocktails for V-Day
02/13/2013 - 11:33 | 0 Comments|
Looking to add some spark during a romantic dinner for two? Dimly lit candles may set the ideal mood, but the right dishes could add some fuego to your sheets. For thousands of years, various cultures throughout the world have relied on aphrodisiacs, or certain ingredients that can instantly stir up passion and desire. And while the idea of specific foods having the powerful to stimulate arousal is based on folklore, who doesn’t mind the idea of savoring oozing chocolate dipped in juicy strawberries for some added effect? In time for the day of amor, we’ve gathered up some “love potions,” or cocktails featuring aphrodisiacs with a Latin twist. Get ready to heat things up with a drink…or two!
A glass of tequila can get anyone in the mood, but there’s more to the prized spirit of Mexico than just being all alcohol and no substance. According to myth, Mayahuel, the Aztec goddess of the sacred nectar, also represented fertility. Chantal Martineau, a New York-based writer who is currently working on a book about tequila, states agave has more to offer in the aphrodisiac department. “Pulque, which is what gets distilled into tequila, has long been associated with virility and does, in fact, contain enzymes that help the body convert nutrients to energy,” she explains. “What you do with that energy is up to you.” For a taste of agave’s power, try One Thousand & One Nights from OralFix Bar at the Museum of Sex in New York City. It contains mezcal, which is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the manguey plant, a form of agave native to Mexico.
One Thousand & One Nights Cocktail Recipe
2 oz. Cardamom & Saffron Infused Mezcal
¾ oz. Cynar
¾ oz. Royal Combier
½ oz. Lime Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
Cardamom seed poods
Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain in rocks glass over ice. Garnish with green cardamom seed pods.