Alluring Aphrodisiac Cocktails

Certain fruits and herbs are known for their love-inducing and seductive properties, and many have become basic ingredients in creating aphrodisiac cocktails. While some ambrosial beverages are sweet, others can be slightly tart, but all are likely to inspire insatiable cravings.

Fragrant herbs and delicious fruits have been combined to create the following aphrodisiac cocktails. The recipes allow for 2 servings, but should your lover yearn for more, they can be easily doubled.

Lychee-Apricot Martini
Lychees and apricots are traditional aphrodisiac fruits. Lychees are small and round with either a brown peel or spiky red peel that must be removed to reveal the snow-white, tender flesh of rose-like essence. Lychees have long been recognized as an aphrodisiac in China, and are typically pressed and fermented into wine; thereby, they also make a wonderful aphrodisiac cocktail.

Europeans deemed apricots to have aphrodisiac properties, while Australian aboriginals believed these fruits could excite the senses; the pit was infused as a tea and the flesh was rubbed on erogenous zones. Apricots are the lychees of the western world, having the power to increase desire and lust.

3 oz gin
2 oz lychee juice
2 oz apricot nectar
1 oz dry vermouth

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of apricot or a freshly peeled and pitted lychee nut. You can substitute with candied rose or jasmine petals.

Basil-Mint Mojito
Traditional mojitos are made with fresh, fragrant mint and sweet basil leaves, two herbs known for their ability to awaken desire.

Basil, like many aphrodisiacs, increases circulation, and alerts the senses with its stimulating aroma. It is said to have inspired passion in Roman men, whose women would perfume their breasts with basil leaves. This herb acquired a reputation for increasing fertility while stimulating the male libido. Ancient Greeks believed that mint increased sexual activity, and therefore would chew the leaves of wild mint as a sexual stimulant.

3 oz rum
1-1/2 oz lime juice
1-1/2 oz simple syrup
2 crushed fresh basil leaves
8 crushed fresh mint leaves
Seltzer or soda water

Shake all the ingredients (except seltzer) with ice and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Top with seltzer or soda and stir. Garnish the glass with a mint sprig.

Mango-Ginger Rum Fizz
Mango is known as the “King of Fruits”, “Food of the Gods”, or “The Love Fruit” throughout various parts of the world. In some regions, men prize the luscious mangos for their ability to increase virility, sex drive, and stamina. Some find the flowers of the mango tree to represent Cupid’s arrow.

In India, the mango tree is a symbol of love. In Hindu culture, mango leaves are hung at weddings because they are said to bring the newlyweds a lot of children. However, be well-aware that mango leaves are poisonous if eaten.

The spiciness of ginger, also an aphrodisiac, pairs well with the sweetness of mango. For an aphrodisiac cocktail, a blend of ginger beer and a little rum will give you some heat and a bit of fizz.

3 oz mango puree
2 oz dark rum
½ ounce lime juice
3 oz natural ginger beer soda

Shake all the ingredients together (except the ginger beer) and pour into an ice-filled rocks glass. Fill the remainder of the glass with ginger beer soda and stir. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Note: If ginger beer is unavailable, ginger ale may be used, but add a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper for spiciness; it quickens the pulse and stimulates desire.

Cinnamon-Pomegranate Vodka

The pomegranate is a symbol of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love, and the Ancient Greeks knew it to be the fruit of lovers.

The Queen of Sheba perfumed her skin with cinnamon to entice King Solomon, and Cleopatra is said to have used this spice as a fragrance to attract lovers.

2 oz vodka
1/2 oz simple syrup infused with 1 cinnamon stick
3 ounce pomegranate juice
1 oz soda water or seltzer

Make the simple syrup by combining equal amounts of sugar and water. Simmer the syrup with a cinnamon stick until the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove the cinnamon stick and let cool. Shake all the ingredients (except soda water) with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with soda and garnish with the cinnamon stick.

Note: You can use a small pinch of cinnamon instead of the cinnamon stick.