Looking for something different this Valentine’s Day? How about whipping up an aphrodisiac in your kitchen blender for you and your beloved? Rest assured, no eye of newt is required for this love potion.
“What the h—?” you may be thinking. And rightfully so. Truth be told, I stumbled upon
this recipe a couple of years ago and, of course, I was intrigued. How could I not be?
“You have to try it to believe it! Every ingredient in this beverage is an aphrodisiac designed by nature to enhance your senses. This elixir is a marriage of flavor with none overpowering the others. Don’t omit the salt; it is the spark that lights the fuse.”
Does it work? Hmmm . . . maybe. It’s a tasty beverage nonetheless. And different. Different, but ‘good’ different. Be forewarned, though: this recipe makes 4 cups. Wow, that’s a whole lotta aphrodisiac!
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Cacao Aphrodisiac Elixir
Recipe from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw.
1 cup raw almonds
2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
6 green cardamom pods
1 Tablespoon ginger, minced
4 cups filtered water
4 dried Kalamata figs, soaked in 1 cup of filtered water
2 Tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon rosewater
Pinch of salt (I used Fleur De Sel)
Place the almonds, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom pods, ginger, and 2 cups water in a blender. Blend, gradually going from low-speed to high-speed, for 20 seconds. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Rinse the blender well and return the spiced water to the blender.
Add the figs and the fig soak water, cacao powder, vanilla extract, rosewater, salt, and the remaining 2 cups water. Blend on low-speed for 20 to 30 more seconds or until the figs are well blended.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer again and serve.
Happy Valentine’s Day . . . don’t stay up too late.