Red Hot Cocktails: Aphrodisiacs You Can Shake and Stir at Home

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my fellow love birds. Our flock is deep! 😀

If you’ve already seen the South Bay Foodies Valentine’s Day round up, then you probably have plans for your V-Day rendezvous.

If you have V-Day plans or not (or perhaps you’re celebrating Singles Appreciation Day) here’s another round up for you: A few lovely cocktails to mix up at home.

These boozy “aphrodisiacs” include ingredients that are supposed to help inspire passion and romance at first sip: Basil, Strawberry, Pomegranate and Chili Peppers are just a few of the ingredients. Basil and chili might sound like unusual ingredients for a cocktail but the sweet and savoy combine to tantalize tastebuds.

After you mix one, leave a comment to let us know how it turned out. But you don’t have to leave ALL of the details! 😉


  • 2 oz Cuca Fresca Silver Cachaça
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 fresh strawberries
  • 3 fresh basil leaves

Combine the fresh lime juice, strawberries and basil in the bottom of a small shaker and muddle. Fill to the top with ice and add the Cuca Fresca Cachaça. Shake vigorously and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry and fresh basil leaves.


  • 1.5 oz Cuca Fresca Silver Cachaca
  • 1 thin slice of Jalapeno
  • 1 sprig cilantro
  • 1 oz cucumber puree
  •  3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Pour, without straining, into a rocks glass. Garnish with an additional jalapeno slice and thin cucumber slice.

Cupid's Potion includes pomegranate and tequila

Cupid’s Potion includes pomegranate and tequila

Cupid’s Potion – Pomegranate

  • 2 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila
  • ¼ oz. Pomegranate Molasses
  • ¼ oz. Simple Syrup
  • ½ oz. Lemon juice
  • ¼ oz. Egg white

Add all ingredients to an empty cocktail shaker, shake to combine ingredient and emulsify egg white. Add cubed ice to the shaker and shake hard, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a rosebud.


Enjoy and have a safe, happy Valentine’s Day!

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