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6 Romantic Cocktails to whip up today

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 13, 2012
First Published: 18:21 IST(13/2/2012) | Last Updated: 00:46 IST(14/2/2012)

The quest for all things aphrodisiacal reaches a crescendo on Valentine’s Day. While we’re aware of aphrodisiac food, cocktails too can stir up passion. But that doesn’t mean that every alcoholic concoction passed off the counter gives a passionate high.

In fact, Aphrodite would turn in her grave if she were to know how often bartenders serve mundane drinks with her name tag. The truth is that alcohol itself doesn’t have a sexual reputation worth raving about, but when clubbed with other aphrodisiac ingredients, it becomes a potent tool to make things steamy.

We asked city’s top bartenders to tell us which are their best aphrodisiac picks for the day of love. Whip up these love potions, serve them by candlelight, and see the magic happen. Even if you don’t believe in the passion inducing powers of aphrodisiacs, these gorgeous drinks will leave you slurping. And if things do get too hot to handle, don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Strawberry Daiquiri

Ingredients

60ml white rum         
10ml lime juice          
5gm sugar
2 fresh strawberry 
15ml strawberry syrup 

Method
Puree 1 strawberry, mix rum, lime juice, powdered sugar, strawberry syrup, shake well and serve over crushed ice in a margarita glass.
Garnish with the second strawberry.

You can make this drink in no time. It’s made with strawberry that’s considered a top aphrodisiac fruit. Shaped like a perfect little red heart, it’s a symbol of love across cultures. In the French countryside, there was a tradition of serving newlyweds cold strawberry soup to perk up their honeymoon.

Cointreaupolitan Stars
Ingredients

50ml Cointreau
30ml Cranberry Juice
20ml Lemon Juice
A pinch of gold glitter

Method 
Shake. Serve in a cocktail glass and add a sprinkle of glitter as a finishing touch.
With its sexy red colour and erotic shape, cranberry has been touted as an aphrodisiac for over centuries.
Aphrodite’s Punch

Ingredients

60ml Cognac; 45ml peach syrup 30ml Orgeat syrup 3 dashes Angostura bitters
15ml Juice of Italian lemon
180ml Prosecco

Method
Place a single large piece of ice into a punch bowl and add all ingredients except the Prosecco. Stir the contents on the ice until chilled; then, slowly add  Prosecco to the mixture. Place a few red rose petals on top of the punch, and then serve with a ladle into a ladle into a small wine glass.

Peaches have always been connected with the sensuality of woman. Almond dominates the  flavour of both Orgeat syrup and Amaretto liqueur. The ancient Greeks and Romans used almonds as an aphrodisiac. Angostura bitters is an extract of South American roots, herbs, and spices, which are considered aphrodisiacs.
 
French Kiss
 
Ingredients

37.5ml Cointreau
Flesh from 1 ripe large fresh passion fruit
15ml fresh lemon juice
5ml sugar syrup

Method 
Scoop flesh from the passion fruit.
Add all  other ingredients into a shaker.
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with orange penny.
As even the name suggests, passion fruit is  believed to have aphrodisiac powers.

Spicy Kiss

Ingredients

40ml fresh
pomegranate juice
20ml chocolate syrup
10ml Benedictine
30ml Absolut
Hint of cinnamon

Method
Take one Boston shaker.
Pour pomegranate juice.
Add chocolate syrup in to it.
Add all the other ingredients. Stir well to make sure chocolate syrup mixes well.
Top up the glass with ice and pour the drink in to it. Garnish with cinnamon stick and chocolate flakes.

Ancient Greeks considered pomegranate as the symbol of Aphrodite. Chocolate releases phenylethylamine and serotonin, producing a euphoric effect.

Fire Me Up

45ml Absolute Peppar
40ml pineapple juice
2 dashes Tabasco sauce garnished with chilli flakes

Method
Mix the ingredients, shake and serve in a martini glass.
Spices such as pepper and chilli mimic sexual response and this characteristic qualify them as aphrodisiac.
Aphrodite’s Punch

Ingredients

60ml Cognac; 45ml peach syrup 30ml Orgeat syrup 3 dashes Angostura bitters
15ml Juice of Italian lemon
180ml Prosecco

Method
Place a single large piece of ice into a punch bowl and add all ingredients except the Prosecco. Stir the contents on the ice until chilled; then, slowly add  Prosecco to the mixture. Place a few red rose petals on top of the punch, and then serve with a ladle into a ladle into a small wine glass.

Peaches have always been connected with the sensuality of woman. Almond dominates the  flavour of both Orgeat syrup and Amaretto liqueur. The ancient Greeks and Romans used almonds as an aphrodisiac. Angostura bitters is an extract of South American roots, herbs, and spices, which are considered aphrodisiacs.

Talk to us n Want to share your favourite love cocktail recipe for Valentine’s? Write to us at talktous@hindustantimes.com

 


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