Aphrodisiac Cocktails: 5 Drinks To Get You In The Mood

Make a toast to your connection with these sexy concoctions.

Aphrodisiac Cocktails: 5 Drinks To Get You In The Mood

By Samantha Escobar 

As the weekend rolls around, you can mix a few vodka sodas or pop open a couple bottles of beer… like you always do. Or you can really mix it up and plan a date night that involves whipping up one (or more!) of these sexy aphrodisiac cocktails.

While you may be familiar with some of the aphrodisiac ingredients on this list, we asked master mixologist Dushan Zaric to share a few sophisticated lust-inducing cocktails he's mixed up in his decades-long career as an award-winning bartender and the co-owner of two of New York City's hottest eating and drinking destinations Employees Only and Macao Trading Company.

So keep reading and get thirsty, as this list is filled to the brim (no pun intended) with sexy drinks to bring the two of you from flirtatious to seductive in no time.

1. Matahari


Key aphrodisiac ingredient: Pomegranate 

1 1/4 ounces Pierre Ferrand Amber Cognac 

1 oz. Chai-infused Vermouth (see #5 on this list) 

3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice 

1/2 oz. simple syrup 

3/4 ounce POM Wonderful juice 

3 dried organic rose buds 

Put all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add large, cold ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with rose buds.

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2. Secret Crush

Secret Crush

Key aphrodisiac ingredient: Pearl Dust (which doesn't technically have proven aphrodisiac properties, but doesn't a cocktail that sparkles inherently ooze romance?) 

According to Zaric, "This cocktail is very sexy and inviting and makes a superb aperitif as well as great choice for pairing with antipasti, mezes, tapas or seafood appetizers." 

5 oz. Llopart Cava Leopardi Brut Rose 

3/4 oz. Campari 

1 brown sugar cube 

4 to 5 dashes Angostura bitters 

1 lemon twist, for garnish 

A dusting of edible pearl dust (available in baking supply stores or online) 

Note: use a very small amount; coat a wet tip of a knife with dust and wash it in the glass. 

Pour half the amount of the sparking wine into the champagne flute. Place the sugar cute on a bar spoon. Saturate it with Angostura Bitters. Carefully place the bitters saturated sugar cube into the flute. Let rest for a moment. Pour the rest of the sparkling wine. Add Campari. Add pearl dust. Twist the lemon over the drink and discard.

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3. Fraise Sauvage

Fraise Sauvage

Key Aphrodisiac Ingredient: Strawberries 

1 1/4 oz. Tanqueray Gin 

1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice 

1/4 oz. simple syrup 

3/4 oz. Wild Strawberry Puree (recipe below) 

2 oz. Prossecco 

1 half strawberry, for garnish 

Pour all ingredients except Pressecco into a mixing glass. Add large, cold ice, cover and shake vigorously for 7 - 8 seconds. Pour Prossecco in to a chilled cocktail-martini glass and pour the cocktail over it. Garnish with half a strawberry. 

Wild Strawberry Cordial 

Yields: 1 liter 

2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) frozen wild strawberries or small fresh strawberries 

1 cup sugar 

1 cup water 

1/2 lemon, zested 

1 Tahitian vanilla bean, scored 

Place all ingredients into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil while stirring until all the strawberries break down. Remove from heat and allow cooling. Remove lemon zest and vanilla bean, then pour into a store and pour container. Keep refrigerated until necessary. Fill a labeled squeeze bottle for easiest means of use.

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4. Malena


Key Aphrodisiac Ingredient: Cinnamon 

Zaric notes that this cocktail has a high complexity, silky texture and long bitter finish, perfect for that special somebody who doesn't particularly desire a sweeter drink. 

1 oz. Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whsikey 100 proof 

1 oz. Campari 

3/4 oz. ruby Port 

6 grapes 

5 drops of orange blossom water 

3 dashes of Reagan's Orange Bitters 

ground cinnamon 

orange half wheel for garnish 

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass briefly and pour over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with an orange half wheel and ground cinnamon.

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5. Chai-Infused Sweet Vermouth

Chai-Infused Sweet Vermouth

Key aphrodisiac ingredients: Ginger & Cinnamon 

"The chai-infused vermouth is the second of our two original vermouth infusions," Zaric and co-author/owner Jason Kosmas write. "When trying to create our own vermouths from scratch, we noted that sweet vermouths tended to be more spice driven as where dry vermouth relies on herbs. We decided to accentuate some of these flavors while adding a pumping up a few for our own the sweet vermouth infusion. Chai is a very recognized flavor profile consisting of cardamom, clove, cinnamon, black tea and ginger. The resulting flavor is so sexy that you will feel like you have been kissed by a beautiful belly dancer. This intoxicating concoction is the defining ingredient in our Matahari cocktail." 

Yields: 2 liters 

8 green cardamom pods 

8 cloves 

1 cinnamon stick 

1 inch-piece of ginger, coarsely chopped 

2 tablespoon chai or black tea 

2 liters of Cinzano sweet vermouth 

Place cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and ginger into a small sauce pan and heat for two minutes. Add tea and 2 cups of the vermouth. Bring to a low boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool completely. Add remaining vermouth and strain mixture through a cheese cloth. Bottle and store at room temperature.

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