Our Southern locale lends many of the key ingredients that take date night to the next level. When you’re looking to turn up the heat, try these recipes that employ aphrodisiac foods to transform basic ingredients into classy cocktails and sexy snacks.
APHRODISIAC FOODS AND HOW TO USE THEM
The drowsy chaperone‘s name alone takes us back to high school dances, but we especially love that this sparkling cocktail combines two aphrodisiacs, ginger and alcohol. Prep the citrus-and-herb simple syrup in advance for an easy build-in-your-glass drink that needs just a splash of Champagne to seal the deal.
While oysters are delicious raw, a little extra effort makes them more impressive. For a cross-cultural take on oysters rockefeller, we like the German-inspired oysters lubeck from chef Brittanny Anderson, which dresses them in a simple, buttery topping before broiling.
These grilled figs with goat cheese pair figs with melty chèvre. If it’s too cold to fire up the grill, you can alternatively heat them under the broiler.
A healthy sprinkle of pistachios adds alluring elegance and extra crunch to fried brussels sprouts in this crispy brussels sprout salad.
Don’t be afraid to get spicy with these cayenne-peanut butter-caramel brownies. Beyond the decadent chocolate, the addition of hot pepper begs for an à la mode preparation.
- by Erin Byers Murray
- by Jennifer Stewart Kornegay
- by Emily Havener
- by Hannah Lee Leidy
- by Beth D’Addono