Hoperatives Guide to Aphrodisiac Cocktails

Posted by Monika R-F on Feb 14, 2023 at 11:15 AM


The dictionary defines an aphrodisiac as “something (such as a food, drink, or drug) that causes or increases sexual desire.” They are aptly named for Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. According to ancient Greek legend, Aphrodite was born from the sea and arrived on land carried on either an oyster or scallop shell. This helps to explain why we hear that oysters and shellfish are thought to be aphrodisiacs. But what about drinks? Can cocktails be aphrodisiacs? In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, let’s find out!

Hearts in flute glasses

Legend goes that strawberries originated from the heart-shaped tears of Aphrodite after she learned of her lover Adonis’s death. Today, we/I think of strawberries as the quintessential Valentine treat best served dipped in chocolate, which makes it a delicious aphrodisiac. Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants that promote blood flow which are good for the libido and the sex drive.
Try: Cherub’s Cup Cocktail (thespruceeats.com/cherubs-cup-cocktail-recipe-761026)

Chili peppers are one of the strongest aphrodisiacs out there, thanks to their high amount of capsaicin, AKA the stuff that makes them spicy. Capsaicin stimulates nerves on your tongue, kicking in your adrenaline, which releases endorphins…your natural “feel good” hormones.
Try: Hot in Rio (liquor.com/recipes/hot-in-rio)

Rumored to be Cleopatra's favorite fruit, figs have long been considered an aphrodisiac in almost every culture. Figs are a true sensory experience with their fruity sweet smell, soft texture, and luscious flavor. Figs are high in amino acids, which can boost your sexual stamina and libido, hence their aphrodisiac status.
TRY: Sexy Fig & Lemon Fizz (mydiaryofus.com/blog/2014/7/31/sexy-fig-and-lemon-fizz)

The ancient Greeks believed that honey was the nectar of Aphrodite. As far back as 500 BC, Hippocrates (Greek physician and father of modern medicine) prescribed milk and honey for sexual activity – like a primitive Viagra. Honey contains boron, which can help regulate hormone levels, and nitric oxide, which can trigger arousal.
TRY: Wicked Behavior (imbibemagazine.com/recipe/wicked-behavior-bourbon-cocktail)

Keep in mind the science behind aphrodisiacs is inconclusive at best, and it’s entirely possible that they are nothing more than the power of suggestion at work. Regardless, if you find a certain aphrodisiac particularly inspiring - it can’t hurt to indulge!