Top 5: Aphrodisiac Cocktails
Whether you’re looking for a rom-com worthy romance, a no-strings-attached bump and grind, or just a reason to head out with the one you love best, Valentine’s Day calls for cock(tails).
And so, in the spirit of St Valentine, we have scoured the Smoke for the lustiest liquors to help get you in the mood. Drink in – and drink up – the love, ladies.
1. Rhys’ Pieces, Be At One
Aphrodisiac Element: Peanut Butter
Incredibly decadent but utterly delicious, this is the sort of drink made for a Valentine’s date. Sit at the bar and let the mixologist tease you as he blends vanilla ice cream, bourbon and peanut butter cups into a smooth spiked milkshake. Rich and sweet without being sickly, sip the cool creamy mixture before it melts for an assault on all the senses. Ideal for a post-dinner digestif, grab two straws and share the love (no squabbling over who gets the garnish!).
Rhys’ Pieces is priced at £8.50. Available at 23 locations across London, Reading, Brighton, Bristol and Milton Keynes.
2. Bombay Martini, Dishoom
Aphrodisiac Element: Ginger, Nutmeg, Vanilla
This drink oozes sex appeal, and for good reason: it boasts not one, but three, aphrodisiac ingredients. Served perfect in style, the exotic flavours of the bespoke bitters – vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, sandalwood, cassia wood and wormwood – marry with gin and vermouth to form a subtly spiced cocktail that leaves a lingering taste without being too strong. If Bond had made it to Bombay, it is very likely that this is what he would have been drinking.
Bombay Martini is priced at £9. Available at three London locations: Covent Garden, Kings Cross and Shoreditch.
3. Vatican Secrets, TOZI
Aphrodisiac Element: Chilli
If the spice is right on the night… drink it. Which is exactly what you’ll want to do with TOZI’s Vatican Secrets, a fiery fusion of tequila, agave nectar, lime juice, chilli and mint. The heat hits you at the first sip before giving way to a slightly sweet mint taste which pleasantly lingers on the palate. TOZI claims to sell more Vatican Secrets than they do water and it’s little wonder; this stunning signature drink will have you crying out for more, and more, and more.
Vatican Secrets is priced at £9. TOZI, 8 Gillingham Street, London, SW1V 1HJ
4. Chocolate Orange Sazerac, The Alchemist
Aphrodisiac Element: Chocolate
After six weeks of self-control, the 14th February is the perfect excuse for indulging in life’s little pleasures. No Valentine’s Day is complete without some form of sweet treat, and this decadent mix of Bourbon, Cognac, Cointreau and chocolate cookie syrup is the stuff love is made of. With Sazerac set to become a big tipple trend, and chocolate orange already a winning flavour combination, this sweet but serious snifter has ‘Mine or yours?’ written all over it.
Chocolate Orange Sazerac is priced at £7.95. The Alchemist, 6 Bevis Marks, London, EC3A 7BA
5. The Fig Treacle, Bitters & Rye
Aphrodisiac Element: Fig
Fig is one of the world’s most erotic fruits, so if you’re looking to get down and dirty on Valentine’s night this devilishly delectable drink is your ticket to the horizontal pas de deux. A sweet but stylish nectar, the honey-like blend of Wild Geese Premium Rum, plum, fig jam and Peychaud’s Bitters balances floral and fruity tones which fuse perfectly with the smooth spirit. A sexually-charged flavour sensation.
The Fig Treacle is priced at £9. Bitters & Rye Cocktail Club, 2 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4PX