Aphrodisiacs are foods thought to increase sexual drive or to enhance reproductive ability. Many centuries ago, philosophers attributed aphrodisiac properties to any food that represented “seed” or “semen,” such as eggs, bulbs and grains. Later foods were considered to have aphrodisiac properties if they had any resemblance to genitalia. Modern science looks at the composition of foods and believes that those with a high concentration of Zinc are beneficial to the libido, as Zinc controls progesterone levels.
Here is a list of foods commonly thought to have aphrodisiac properties:
Almond, Aniseed, Arugula, Asafetida, Asparagus, Avocado, Bananas, Basil, Broccoli Rabe, Chocolate, Carrots, Coffee, Coriander, Fennel, Figs, Garlic, Ginger, Honey, Liquorice, Mustard, Nutmeg, Oysters, Pine Nuts, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries, Truffles, Vanilla and Wine.
Rum Cocktails for Lovers
Between The Sheets
1 oz. White Rum
1 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Spanish-style Rum or Cognac
Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass or a coupe and garnish with a lemon twist.
The Superior Love Potion
50 ml White Rum
12.5 ml Crème de Cacao
1 Scoop Strawberry Ice Cream (or sorbet)
5 ml Parfait Amour Liqueur
25 ml Lime Juice
25 ml Champagne
Shake all of the ingredients together until the ice cream/sorbet dissolves. Pour the champagne into a flute and then single strain the gelato mix on top. Garnish with a single Maraschino cherry and grated dark chocolate.
Key to the Heart
(Developed by Al Nelson, head mixologist at the Sunset Pier at Ocean Key Resort in Key West)
In a pint glass filled with ice, add the following:
3/4 oz. Mount Gay Rum (or your favorite gold rum)
1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
1 oz. Orange Juice
3/4 oz. Pineapple Juice
3/4 oz. Cranberry Juice
A dash of Angostura Bitters
Shake well until very cold and then strain into a highball or Double Collins glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of your preferred champagne and garnish with a cherry.
1 oz. Cruzan Raspberry Rum
1 oz. Canadian Club Whisky
Fill highball glass with ice. Add rum and whisky, fill with juice and stir.