St. Valentine’s: A Day for Love and…..
One thing I have noticed in all the time I have been in the bar bizz is the amount of birthdays that are celebrated in late November. Years ago I asked the question aloud to a coworker, and as the words left my mouth, my mind began to count backwards 9 1/2 months……Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day: A day for lovers, a day for romance, and a day most hope to get a little play…..
I want to jump on this topic early on so you have some time. I am not going to provide a list of recipes for you and your lover to try. I am, however, going to give a list of ingredients that, throughout history, have been considered aphrodisiacs, and challenge you to come up with your own flavor combinations. Besides there are hundreds of ingredients out there, and who would know better about what would work for your Love other than you!
Basil–known to promote circulation and has been considered a strong aphrodisiac for men for centuries. Women would even sprinkle dried basil upon their breasts to drive their men wild. (Use the fresh herb)
Aniseed–Popular with the Greeks and Romans, who thought that sucking on aniseed increased desire. Some chemicals in aniseed mimic testosterone (Sambucca, Galliano, Anisette)
Chocolate— We all know this one. Chocolate contains Serotonin, which is a “feel good” hormone produced by the body naturally. (Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Crème De Cacao)
Cucumbers–besides the phallic shape, cucumber are reported to increase bloodflow in women. (Muddled in a drink or as a garnish)
Honey–At one time, a newly wed couple would drink honey mead daily from one full moon to the next….The Honeymoon! (Straight honey, honey syrup (1:1 with water in place of simple syrup), and of course Mead)
Bananas–Aside from the shape and creamy texture, Bananas contain potassium known to enhance energy and stamina (Crème De Banana)
Pomegranate–Believed by the Chinese to be a sign of fertility due to the amount of seeds inside. It is also rumored that this, not the apple, is what Eve gave to Adam (Pama, or a pomegranate infused vodka)
Alcohol–As we were warned by our parents and high school teachers, alcohol helps to lower inhibitions and give a sense of relaxation. Champagne, Proseco, and Sparkling Wine are the most popular for Valentine’s. Many wines can take on the flavors we have already discussed, which make it the perfect base spirit for you to start with in your creations.
There are many other food, herbs and spices that are wonderful flavors in a drink, and could help you out a little for “late night activities”. Others to consider? Ginseng, cherries, raspberries, figs, asparagus (don’t use this one if you get the funny smelling pee though), ginger, peaches, to name a few.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all you crazy lovers out there. I hope you find a little inspiration with these sweet treats, and hope you ………..well you know.