Monday, February 2, 2015

Spice Up Your Valentine's Day with Aphrodisiac Cocktails

Looking to add a bit of sizzle to your Valentine’s Day?   What better than to use a high-quality spirit and shake up some delicious cocktails with that someone special?   Below are some exciting and delicious cocktails sure to delight you and your Valentine. 

 The word aphrodisiac comes from the name of the Greek Goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. Honey is also known as the nectar of Aphrodite. Sticky, runny, viscous, butter-texture, deliciously sweet, honey it is as much a sensual experience as it is a delicious indulgence. This cocktail mixes up honey with Russian Standard Vodka, the number one premium vodka in Russia, and the one that has Hollywood’s hottest stars, like Halle Berry and Stanley Tucci reaching for it!

Russian Aphrodite
1 ounce Russian Standard Vodka
½ ounce Acacia Honey

4 ounces chilled Cremant d’ Alsace
dash of Reagan’s Orange bitters
1 Orange twist, for garnish
Directions: Pour honey and vodka into a mixing glass and stir until honey has dissolved. Then pour into a champagne flute and carefully top off with Prossecco. Finish with a dash of orange bitters and garnish with an orange twist.

As an aphrodisiac, spices are known not only for their heady scent but also for their ability to boost sexual drive. This punch is a perfect cocktail for couples to make at home to get them in the mood. A great social activity, making punch is simple and fun, and the final result is absolutely delicious!

                Latin Fling
2 oz Flor de Caña 18 Year Rum
1 1/2 oz fresh pineapple puree juice
1 oz five spice syrup
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 slice jalapeño chili

Combine ingredients and shake. Serve on rocks in Collins glass, float 18 yr, splash soda. Garnish with pineapple leaf and floating whole star anise. To make five spice syrup: bring 2 cups water, 2 1/2 cups demerera sugar and 4 tablespoons of five spice powder to boil. Cover, let cool and strain.  Recipe can be multiplied to fill a traditional punch bowl.

Back in the 1800’s absinthe was a widely used aphrodisiac by Europeans, especially French artists and intellectuals at the end of the 19th century. This is largely due to the fact that absinthe is made from a unique recipe of herbs – including wormwood, fennel and anise – and this recipe is said to be rich in special compounds and oils that when consumed can increase your sex drive. This cocktail uses Lucid absinthe, the category leader and brand responsible for bringing absinthe back to the US back in 2007 – along with Russian Standard Vodka and a bit of spice to stimulate your senses.

Sexy Mary
1.5 oz Lucid Absinthe
1 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
4 oz. Spicy Bloody Mary Mix
4 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
Horseradish, ground pepper, garlic salt, celery salt

Directions: In a pint glass add ice, Lucid Absinthe, Russian Standard Vodka, Bloody Mary Mix, Worcestershire Sauce, and other spices.
Shake and serve with an olive, pepperoncini, and lime wedge.

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