We’ve all heard of foods and dishes that contain sexually stimulating properties, but did you know that cocktails can also work as aphrodisiacs?
Drinking a cocktail may seem counter-intuitive for arousal given that alcohol is a depressant, and there are a plethora of beverages–ones typically used to make alcoholic drinks–that also suppress your libido, such as soda, according to YourTango.com. But mixologists have found a way to combine common sexually boosting ingredients into delicious, and some rather out-of-the ordinary cocktails. And despite science pretty much proving that alcohol inhibits performance in the bedroom, a study conducted by Adameve.com showed that 79 percent of the participants actually enjoy sex when they drink beforehand.
Without further ado, here are some of the sexy concoctions that you should sample with your partner:
Chai-Infused Sweet Vermouth
In Eastern medicine, ginger is widely known as a libido booster that can literally heat you up. Like ginger, cinnamon also has both medicinal and sensual powers. Together with cloves, black tea, and cardamom, they make the flavor profile of chai, which will be used to elevate the taste of the sweet vermouth. Expert mixologist Dushan Zaric explains that, “The resulting flavor is so sexy that you will feel like you have been kissed by a beautiful belly dancer,” and is a key ingredient for one of his other stimulating cocktails called the Matahari.
1 in-long piece of ginger, coarsely chopped
8 green cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp chai
2 L Cinzano sweet vermouth
Heat the first four ingredients in a pan. Add the tea and then 2 cups of vermouth to begin with, and then boil for 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and after letting it cool completely, mix the rest of the vermouth in. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth, then pour it into a bottle and store at room temperature.
If you skipped out on watching tonight’s (September 9) episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” you missed quite a lot. Fallon and crooner Justin Timberlake got down to a few Hip Hop classics, Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres engaged in an epic lip sync battle, and most importantly, a pretty awesome cocktail was made.
With Timberlake representing Sauza 901 tequila, the pair teamed up with mixologist Eddy Buckingham to make “The Fallon,” a tequila-twist on the classic Old Fashioned. I took note of the ingredients while watching, so be sure to check out the recipe for “The Fallon,” below.
2 parts Jalapeno-Infused Sauza® 901® Tequila (see below for directions)
1 part maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura® Orange Bitters
Stir all ingredients and jalapeño-infused Sauza 901 Tequila in a rocks glass. Top rocks glass with ice. Stir. Garnish with a Small Skewered red Jalapeno
Jalapeño-Infused Sauza® 901® Tequila
1 bottle of Sauza® 901® Tequila
1 tsp. agave syrup
Four jalapeño peppers
Pinch of salt
Rough chop four jalapeño peppers. Combine the chopped jalapeño peppers with one bottle of Sauza 901 Tequila, teaspoon of agave syrup and a pinch of salt. Stir and allow to sit for up to one hour. Fine strain back into the Sauza 901 Tequila bottle.
I know I’ve probably made one too many Beyonce analogies on here, but let’s be real, boozy lemonade is to Labor Day as fancy leotards are to Beyonce. The two practically thrive off of one another. You guys know I love my Simply Lemonade as a mixer, but sometimes it’s nice to get a little creative with your drink options. Thankfully, Snow Leopard Vodka has got you covered. Just in time for the Labor Day weekend, they’ve crafted two boozy lemonade options that are sure to be a welcome treat for this weekend’s festivities.
Sparrow Swizzle – Created by Garrett Mikell at Eveleigh in Los Angeles, CA (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz Snow Leopard
1.5 oz Lavender Lemonade
Build in a collins glass, add crushed ice, swizzle and a lemon twist.
Summer’s coming to an end, and I couldn’t be more excited because…BOOTS and spiked hot chocolate. But seriously, I will truly miss you fruity, fizzy, captivatingly colorful, and oh-so-Lushworthy drinks of summer. You were a true and dear friend throughout these sweltering, summer months. With Labor Day serving as the unofficial end to summer, it’s time to gather the freshest of fruits, some worthy mixers, and a few bottles for some end of summer libations. Check out a few Labor Day-inspired cocktails, below!
Shimmer Citrus Punch – Created By Cali Mixers (Pictured Above)
¾ part Ruby Viniq
½ part Amsterdam Pineapple vodka
1 part Sweet N sour
½ part Pineapple juice
Combine ingredients in punch server. Garnish glass with pineapple, orange wheels. Garnish with pineapple orange wheels and cherries.
Before I go on a mass texting spree in the hopes of figuring out what “the move” is this Fourth of July weekend, I figured it seemed only right to share a handful of Independence Day inspired cocktails with you guys. Below, you’ll find my personal Fourth of July picks from brands including from Belvedere Vodka, Basil Hayden’s, Courvoisier, and more.
Cheers! And be sure to keep safe this weekend. (Remember to keep a bucket of water on hand if you plan on celebrating with your own fireworks. I heard that on the news yesterday and for some odd reason felt compelled to share.)
Oh! One last thing. I plan (emphasis on “plan”) to take part in my first Periscope (live-streaming app) on July 4th (7 to 10 P.M.) at the Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White & Brew event. So, be sure to follow me! Username is @Lushworthy.
Himalaya Blues (Pictured Above)
1 oz Snow Leopard Vodka
½ oz Blue Curacao
½ oz Lemon Juice
3 oz Sprite
1 Mini Rose
1 Lemon Wedge
Combine Snow Leopard Vodka, Blue Curacao, and lemon juice in a shake with ice. Shake and strain into highball glass. Add ice, top with Sprite, and add a mini rose and lemon wedge garnish.
Cupid must have had a serious affinity for cocktails because Valentine’s Day is easily one of the most Lushworthy of holidays. Whether you and your boo plan on having an at home date night this Valentine’s Day, or if you plan on turning up at a V-Day house party (*slowly raises hand*), the cocktails are sure to be flowing. Stumped on ideas for V-Day inspired dranks? Fret not, I’ve compiled a list of nine Valentine’s Day cocktails for both the sweethearts and the love-haters. Check ‘em out below!
D’USSE Devotion (Pictured Above)
1.5oz D’USSE VSOP Cognac
¾ oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
¾ oz House made Cinnamon Simple Syrup*
1 oz Hard Cider
Dash Angostura Bitters
Combine the D’USSE, Lemon Juice, Cinnamon Syrup, and Angostura Bitters in Shaker. Shake and serve up in a coupe glass. Finish with Hard Cider and a little stir.
The Cinnamon syrup is made by adding cinnamon sticks to boiling water until the water begins to take on a brownish hue, then adding equal parts sugar to the water to create a 1 to 1 syrup.
The Hotel Lobby
1 ½ parts Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon Vodka
2 parts club soda
Fresh lemon twist to garnish
Muddle raspberries in a glass and add ice. Pour ingredients and stir. Garnish with a fresh lemon twist.