What is aphrodisiac foods?
Throughout human history, food, drinks, and behaviors have had a reputation for making sex more attainable and/or pleasurable. However, from a historical and scientific standpoint, the alleged results may have been mainly due to mere belief by their users that they would be effective (placebo effect). Likewise, many medicines are reported to affect libido in inconsistent or idiopathic ways: enhancing or diminishing overall sexual desire depending on the situation of subject. This further complicates the assessment process. For example, Bupropion (Wellbutrin) is known as an antidepressant that can counteract other co-prescribed antidepressants’ libido-diminishing effects. However, because Wellbutrin only increases the libido in the special case that it is already impaired by related medications, it is not generally classed as an aphrodisiac.
If you want to put some sizzle back into your sex life, food can help you set the mood. There’s nothing better than a romantic, home-cooked dinner, featuring some R-rated foods to help turn up the heat.
Here are some of the food ingredients ) that have been major players in aphrodisiac history and lore, and also have modern-day science to back up their claims.
- The Aztecs referred to avocados as, ahem, testicles, because of their physical shape. But the scientific reason why avocados make sense as an aphrodisiac is that they are rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat, making them good for your heart and your arteries.
Seared Chicken with Avocado
- 1 1/2 teaspoons blackened seasoning
- 4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 diced peeled avocado
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 lime, cut into fourths
Sprinkle seasoning on both sides of chicken. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add chicken to pan, smooth side down; cook 1 minute or until seared. Reduce heat to medium; cook 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
Combine avocado, cilantro, pepper, lime juice, and salt. Squeeze one-fourth lime over each piece of chicken before serving. Serve with avocado mixture.
- Prep Time: 9 minutes
- Cook Time: 7 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and 1/4 cup avocado mixture)
- Almonds have long been purported to increase passion, act as a sexual stimulant, and aid with fertility
- Almonds are nutrient-dense and rich in several trace minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction, such as zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. “Zinc helps enhance libido and sexual desire,”
- 6 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
- Cooking spray
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 teaspoons sliced almonds, toasted
Preheat oven to 425°.
Place fillets in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine sugar, syrup, soy sauce, mustard, and black pepper; pour sugar mixture over fillets. Cover with foil; bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Remove foil; sprinkle the fillets with almonds. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with sugar mixture.
Rustic Plum-and-Almond Tart
- Cooking spray
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Dash of salt
- 1/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons 2% reduced-fat milk
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- 8 plums, pitted and sliced
- 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor. Add ricotta and next 4 ingredients (through vanilla); pulse until mixture begins to form a ball. Do not overprocess. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
3. Place dough on lightly floured wax paper. Top with another sheet; roll out to a 10-inch circle. Remove wax paper, and transfer dough to prepared baking sheet. Fold edges to make a 1/2-inch rim.
4. Bake for 10 minutes in center of oven. Remove from oven, and brush top with egg white. Starting at outer edge and working toward the center, arrange plum slices in smaller and smaller circles until crust is covered. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar evenly over plums, and bake for 25 minutes. Top with almonds and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, and bake for 10 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and plums are softened. Remove tart from the oven, and cool for at least 5 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve
The color red is known to help stoke the fire:
- A 2008 study found that men find women sexier if they’re wearing red, as opposed to cool colors such as blue or green.
- Strawberries are also an excellent source of folic acid, a B vitamin that helps ward off birth defects in women and, according to a University of California, Berkley study, may be tied to high sperm counts in men
How to Make Dark-Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
- 4 ounces dark chocolate (60% to 70%), finely chopped
- 1/2 cup lightly salted roasted pistachios, finely chopped
- 12 large strawberries, preferably long-stemmed
1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. (Do not let water boil or bowl touch water.) Cook, stirring occasionally, until chocolate has melted. Carefully remove bowl and let chocolate cool for 5 minutes. Place pistachios in a small bowl.
2. One at a time, hold a strawberry by stem and dip into chocolate, coating about two-thirds; allow excess to drip off. Immediately dip into pistachios. Set strawberries in 1 layer on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, about 10 minutes.
Despite their slippery and slimy texture, oysters may be the most well-known aphrodisiac. They’re also one of the best sources of libido-boosting zinc. But other types of seafood can also act as aphrodisiacs
Smoked Salmon and Farfalle in Lemon Cream Sauce
- 12 ounces farfalle pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 large finely chopped shallots (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen peas
- 4 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon minced tarragon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
1. Cook pasta. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
2. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add shallots; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add wine; simmer 8 minutes or until reduced to about 1/2 cup. Add sour cream, stirring with whisk until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in peas and salmon.
3. Combine pasta and reserved cooking liquid with cream sauce. Stir in juice and tarragon. Let stand 3 minutes for pasta to absorb sauce. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve warm.
Arugula has been heralded as an arousal aid since the first century. Today, research reveals that the trace minerals and antioxidants packed into dark, leafy greens are essential for our sexual health because they help block absorption of some of the environmental contaminants thought to negatively impact our libido
Linguine With Asparagus, Prosciutto, Mozzarella
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest, plus 3 Tbsp. fresh juice (from 1 large lemon)
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 8 ounces uncooked whole-grain linguine
- 1 pound fresh thin asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1-in. pieces
- 4 1/2 ounce slices prosciutto
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella or Burrata cheese, drained and torn into bite-size pieces
1. Whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of the oil in a large bowl. Stir in parsley.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente, omitting salt and fat. Add asparagus during last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse well with cold water. Add pasta mixture to lemon zest mixture; toss to coat.
3. Cook prosciutto in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 8 minutes; drain on paper towels. Break prosciutto into large pieces.
4. Top pasta mixture with prosciutto and cheese. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil.
Bucatini With Artichokes and Caperberries
- 8 ounces uncooked bucatini or fusilli pasta
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 14-oz. can whole artichoke hearts in water, drained well and halved
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (from 1 small onion)
- 1 ounce caperberries (3 or 4 caperberries), quartered lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon sliced garlic
- 1 14.5-oz. can diced fireroasted tomatoes
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 1/2 ounces baby arugula
- 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add artichoke hearts; cook, without stirring, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add caperberries and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a plate.
3. Add tomatoes, oil, and reserved cooking liquid to skillet; bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 6 minutes. Add pasta to tomato mixture and cook, stirring to coat, for 1 minute. Stir in artichoke mixture and arugula. Sprinkle servings with cheese.
These funny-shaped fruits have a long history of being a fertility booster, and they make an excellent aphrodisiac because they are packed with both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is important for heart health.
Wilted Escarole Salad with Figs, Bacon, and Blue Cheese
- 2 bacon slices
- 1 head escarole
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced shallots
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup dried figs, chopped
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 4 ounces)
1. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and crumble. Set aside, and reserve 1 teaspoon drippings in pan.
2. Place escarole top-down in pan, and press down gently. Cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes or until wilted. Flip, and cook 1 minute. Remove to cutting board; coarsely chop escarole, discarding core, and transfer to a large bowl.
3. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat; add minced shallots, and cook 3 minutes or until golden brown. Add balsamic vinegar, orange juice, dried figs, and sugar to pan; stir to dissolve sugar and thicken. Pour dressing and figs over escarole, tossing gently to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Mound on top of chicken; top with cheese and bacon.
Any member of this tropical fruit family is super-rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid—all of which are essential for men’s reproductive health. Enjoy a romantic salad that incorporates citrus, like pink grapefruit or mandarin oranges, or use a dressing made with lemon and lime.
Citrus Shrimp Refresher
- 8 large shrimp, peeled, butterflied, and tails removed
- 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 pink grapefruit, peeled and sliced
- 1 lime, peeled and sliced
- 4 teaspoons fresh cilantro, minced
- 1 avocado, cubed
1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; marinate for 10 minutes. Distribute evenly into 4 chilled martini glasses; serve.
Natural Ways to Increase Sex Drive
Get some exercise. Exercise has a number of benefits to the body. It can help you lose weight, improve your muscle tone, promote testosterone release, elevate your mood and it improve your self-image. In addition exercise helps to increase the circulation to your sexual organs.
Do some relaxation exercises. If your lack of sex drive is due to stress, then partake in some calming activities to reduce it. Some examples include yoga, Tai-chi, Pilates, meditative breathing and enjoying nature.
Try some herbal remedies. There are various herbal formulations that can be used to increase sex drive, treat impotence and cause more sexual excitement. Some of these include yohimbe, ginkgo biloba, dong quai, Siberian ginseng and maca.
Be experimental with your sexual practices. Boredom can often result in a loss of sex drive. Try some new things like having sex in remote locations or using some toys. This can create interest and give you an element of interest that might have been missing.
Boost your libido with some foods. Sometimes you need not look any further than the refrigerator or cupboards to boost your sex drive. Some foods that can help increase your sex drive include oysters, bananas, figs, garlic, avocados, almonds, chocolate and celery. These foods release sexual hormones, they help with impotence and they also improve stamina.
Throw away the cigarettes. Smoking is already known for its damaging effects on the lungs, but it can also decrease your sex drive as well. When you smoke, oxygen that is required for blood circulation is being depleted. This lack of circulation affects all areas of the body including the sexual organs.
Even before Madame Pompadour ate truffles, vanilla, and celery to heighten her desire for Louis XIV, food and sexual delight went hand in hand. Nearly every food from artichoke to passion fruit has been considered an aphrodisiac. The ancient Romans were said to prefer such exotic aphrodisiacs as hippo snouts and hyena eyeballs, and traditional Chinese medicine espoused the use of such rare delicacies as rhino horn. Foods serve a psychological purpose as well as a biological one–and for centuries.
Named after Aphrodite–the Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty–an aphrodisiac is a food, drink, drug, scent, or device that supposedly has powers to increase sexual desire, or libido. Foods that are exotic or suggestive of certain body parts are especially desirable as aphrodisiacs. The avocado tree, for example, was called a “testicle tree” by the Aztecs because its fruit hangs in pairs. And its aphrodisiac value is based on this resemblance. The phallus-shaped carrot has been associated with sexual stimulation since ancient times and was used by early Middle Eastern royalty to aid seduction. The fig it another fruit that claims to be an aphrodisiac, based on its appearance.
For a Good Time, Try Soy
Soy, cultivated for more than 3000 years, is both a drug and a food. It contains isoflavones, which help the vaginal area remain lubricated. However, it’s important to note that women who have a history of breast cancer should not eat large amounts of soy, because its estrogen-like characteristics may actually increase the risk of reoccurrence. As for men, studies show that soy is also beneficial to the prostate, a crucial male sex organ. Among the most popular soy foods: soymilk, soy cheese (tofu), soy meat (made from textured soy in granule form). Most of these products are soy flour derivatives, while tofu is obtained by curdling soymilk.
Pile on Papaya
Like soy, papaya is estrogenic, meaning it has compounds that act as the female hormone estrogen. It has been used as a folk remedy in promoting menstruation and milk production, facilitating childbirth, and increasing the female libido.
Pining for Nuts
People have been using pine nuts to stimulate the libido since Medieval times. Like oysters, they are high in zinc. Pine nuts have been used for centuries to make up love potions. The medical scholar Galen recommended eating one hundred pine nuts before going to bed.
Foods Men Can Eat to Enhance Sexual Stamina
Erectile dysfunction occurs when a man becomes sexually excited, but his penis does not fill with enough blood to cause an erection, or when the man cannot maintain an erection long enough to complete a sexual act. Many times men become embarrassed when they have difficulty producing and maintaining an erection, or when they ejaculate too early because sexual endurance is often seen as a measure of sexual satisfaction and enjoyment. While a regular exercise routine is beneficial for increasing sexual stamina, a healthy diet consisting of blueberries, figs, raw oysters, peanuts, garlic, bananas and chocolate can give you the boost in sexual stamina that you seek.
Blueberries are considered a “super sexual” food for men because they function like Viagra, according to The Singles Cafe. Blueberries are packed with compounds that help relax the blood vessels and improve circulation within the body. In addition, blueberries are loaded with fiber, which helps to push excess cholesterol out of the system before it can be absorbed and deposited into the arteries. Lower cholesterol and increased blood flow results in a surge of blood to the penis during sex, causing firmer and longer erections.
Kate McCracken, personal trainer and owner of the website Kurvaceous, states that figs are high in amino acids (the building blocks for all hormones), which can increase sexual stamina. A deficiency in amino acids can cause decreased sexual stamina and/or desire for sexual activity.
According to the website Eat, Drink Better, raw oysters contain a large amount of zinc, which is vital for testosterone, sperm, and semen production. Testosterone production affects sexual desire, vigor and sexual stamina in men. In addition, raw oysters contain dopamine. Dopamine creates a feeling of happiness, which can increase a man’s desire to prolong sex. A deficiency in zinc can cause sexual dysfunction, impotency and sexual performance problems in some men.
Peanuts are a rich natural source of the amino acid, L-arginine, which is essential for increasing sexual stamina in men, according to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, board-certified dermatologist and healthy aging expert. L-arginine relaxes the blood vessels in the penis causing more blood flow to the region, and increasing sexual stamina during sex.
Garlic contains allicin, a compound that is thought to increase blood flow to the sexual organs. Increased blood flow to the penis causes it to stay erect longer, thereby increasing sexual stamina during sex.
Natural News states that bananas can increase sexual stamina by increasing the male’s energy level during sex. Bananas contain an enzyme called bromelain, which improves male potency, sexual stamina and increases libido. They are also a good source of B vitamins, which increase the body’s energy level during sexual activity.
Chocolate may be beneficial in improving sexual stamina in men because it contains the endurance boosters, phenylethylamine and alkaloid. Phenylethylamine is a chemical that promotes good feelings during sex, while alkaloid’s caffeine effect increases energy, thereby improving sexual stamina.
The Most Powerful Aphrodisiacs
Chocolate and Red Wine
Chocolate contains a powerful neurotransmitter called theobromine. Theobromine is similar to caffeine and widens blood vessels (vasodilator). Chocolate was often called by the ancients as the “food of the gods.” It also contains cancer fighting enzymes called antioxidants. Another aphrodisiac that contains antioxidants is red wine. The combination of chocolate and red wine is said to be one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs. The mixture of alcohol, theobromine and antioxidants relaxes and stimulates blood flow in the brain.
The reality about oysters is that they are nutritious seafood that is high in protein. Although eating raw oysters takes some getting use to due to the texture, there are other methods of preparing them. The Romans first documented oysters as an aphrodisiac in the second century A.D. Descriptions were found about the sexual appetites of women after eating oysters and drinking wine. Modern theories include the fact that oysters resemble the female genitals and stimulate sexual thinking.
Although strawberries typically get tagged as a sexual fruit, bananas are proven to inspire sexual desire. The shape of the banana is easily related to a phallic symbol that reminds people of sexuality. Chemically, bananas have large amounts of vitamin B and potassium. These compounds are critical for the production of sex hormones. In addition, bananas contain chelating minerals, which are said to boost the male’s sex drive.
Recipes for Aphrodisiac Drinks – Aphrodisiac Recipes for a Night of Passion
Part of the effective aphrodisiac foods for women is various drinks that can be made not only set the mood for women, but also for men. These drinks just contain ingredients that help set the mood for the perfect romantic evening. Below are some aphrodisiac drink recipes for your convenience.
Ideal Drink for a Night of Passion
Coconut milk enhances the libido according to many people. This milk can be mixed with alcohol and other aphrodisiac foods to make the ideal drink for a night of passion.
- Mix 3 ounces of limeade
- 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar
- 1 ounce of coconut milk
- and 1 ounce of lime juice together in a shaker filled with ice.
- You can also add 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract for a more enticing affect.
- Garnish the drink with some coconut flakes.
- Add a shot of rum for an alcoholic version of this drink with the first four ingredients, as rum is ideal with coconut milk.
Best Aztec Drinking Chocolate
Chocolate makes amazing aphrodisiac drinks for women and men, since it works to boost the serotonin levels in the brain.
- Take 2 cups of milk (almond or coconut milk can be substituted)
- 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1 dried red chili that is seeded and chopped
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and place them in a small saucepan.
- Let the mixture simmer over low heat for around 2 minutes.
- Add 2 ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate to the mixture and stir until the chocolate is melted.
- Let stand for about 10 minutes until all the flavors meld together.
- Strain and reheat, if necessary and garnish with grated nutmeg and whipped cream.
- You can add tequila or rum for an extra kick. I love to enjoy this drink with my partner.
Banana Chocolate Smoothie
Bananas are a highly sexually suggestive fruits, because of their shape and size. However, did you know that they provide the body with the enzyme bromelain? Bromelain is known to boost the libido. We have covered already how stimulating chocolate can be.
Putting the two ingredient together in a smoothie makes the perfect drink to set the mood. All you need is:
- a blender
- one frozen banana
- 6 ounces of dark chocolate
- and 8 ounces of skim milk (coconut milk could be substituted.
- Freeze a peel banana in some freezer wrap the day before you will use it.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave until it is smooth.
- Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend to desired consistency.
- Serve cold and garnish with some chocolate sprinkles.
- You can easily turn this smoothie into an alcoholic beverage by adding a shot of rum or vodka.
These are just some of the aphrodisiac drinks for men and women to help set the mood for lovemaking. Whether it is a weeknight or a special occasion, experiment and see which beverages help set the mood for you. Just remember that when making your own special cocktails to add plenty of the aphrodisiac ingredients to them.
10 Alcoholic Drinks that Can Improve Your Sex Life
Aphrodisiacs like ginger, honey, vanilla, hot peppers and saffron get your blood pumping, flood your brain with feel-good chemicals and increase hormone levels to heighten arousal, increase your stamina and just plain get you in the mood. And the starring ingredients in these 10 libido-boosting drinks (both the hard kind and the non-alcoholic) will please your taste buds, too.
Cardamom Rose Cocktail
Who can resist the aromatic allure of cardamom? This stimulating seed pod, which is often used as a natural treatment for impotence, packs a lot of flavor into a small package. Pair it with romantic rose in the Cardamom Rose Cocktail by Apothecary, featured at Design Sponge. Rose and cucumber-infused Hendrick’s gin, homemade rose syrup, grapefruit juice, bitters and a single cardamom pod are combined into a sophisticated drink in a beautiful shade of petal-pink.
Kiwi Blackberry Summer Sangria
Helping to control all-important progesterone levels in both men and women, zinc is essential to a healthy libido. It’s found in a wide variety of food sources including pumpkin seeds, mushrooms and spinach – but when it comes to drinks, the tastiest ways to get it are blackberries and kiwi. Yummy Mummy has a recipe for a sweet-sounding Kiwi Blackberry Sangria that includes white wine and fresh mint. Try juicing or just blending up additional blackberries in place of the berry juice to get an extra punch of this mineral.
Ginger Mango Granita (Non-Alcoholic)
Ginger enhances blood flow down below, and pairs perfectly with sensual, sticky-sweet mango. This Ginger Mango Granita recipe from Food Network brings the two together into a refreshing frozen treat that’s non-alcoholic (but would be off-the-charts delicious with a little champagne.)
Renowned as an aphrodisiac for centuries, jasmine is said to induce a euphoric response. This night-blooming flower is certainly romantic, and an exotic addition to both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Try the light and refreshing Mango Jasmine Bubble Tea, which includes frozen mango, jasmine tea and tapioca pearls. The distillery Koval offers an organic, floral jasmine liqueur, and a recipe for a drink called “Koval’s Crossing” that mixes it with lime, mint, cucumber and rosemary.
The Spicy Lemon
Chili peppers are another powerful ingredient for enhancing blood flow and stimulating the release of feel-good endorphins. Infuse a little gin or vodka with a slice of your favorite pepper – from a medium-heat serrano to a fiery scotch bonnet – and balance it with some honey and lemon. Get the recipe for “The Spicy Lemon” at Tokyo Terrace.
Vanilla Honey Martini
It’s called a honeymoon for a reason – honey has been tied to sexual desire for so long that it was once custom for newlyweds to down mead for a month after marrying. The B vitamins in honey aid in the production of testosterone, and it’s also a great energy booster. Add it to vanilla – the scent of which is a powerful aphrodisiac for both sexes – and you’ve got quite the winning combination. Epicurious has a recipe for a super-simple Vanilla Honey Martini that lets these two ingredients shine.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Martini
We associate chocolate with pleasure, sin – and, of course, sex. Chocolate stimulates the production of dopamine in the brain and is packed with all kinds of stimulating substances like caffeine. It’s also a natural mood booster, and helps improve stress levels so you can relax. Combine some dark cocoa powder with a little ground chipotle pepper in the dessert-worthy Mexican Hot Chocolate Martini at Noche Latina. Of course, the non-alcoholic version is delicious, too.
Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters
Sliding a slimy raw oyster down your gullet may not sound like the sexiest thing to do, but there’s some scientific research to back up claims that oysters are among the most powerful aphrodisiacs. The amino acids in raw oysters, which are at their highest levels in the spring, increase production of testosterone in men and progesterone in women. Make them more palatable (and add some extra libido-boosting power) with spicy Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters. Be sure to eat that celery, too – it contains androsterone, a hormone that stimulates arousal. And as long as you don’t mind the effects on your breath, add a little garlic, while you’re at it – it contains a heat-inducing component that can get you even more riled up.
Honey, Saffron & Ginger Champagne Cocktail
Spicy ginger, soothing honey and warm, comforting saffron are mixed into a dreamy champagne cocktail in this recipe from Eat Boutique. It involves making your own honey and saffron liqueur – which may seem intimidating, but is actually quite a simple process. You’re simply infusing some vodka with vanilla, honey, cinnamon, peppercorns, saffron, nutmeg and lemon in a saucepan on the stovetop. Researchers have discovered that along with ginseng (which you can add to virtually any drink in tincture form), saffron is nature’s most potent aphrodisiac.
How many aphrodisiacs can you pack into one drink? The Lucky Devil is an alcohol-free cocktail with cinnamon, cardamom, honey and saffron. Developed by New York City’s Museum of Sex, the recipe includes homemade cinnamon and cardamom elixirs, granulated honey and a saffron rock candy garnish.