It's almost Valentine's Day and many Philadelphians are gearing up for the loved-filled holiday by making dinner reservations, buying chocolates and showing their admiration for their loved ones. Many Philly bartenders are also getting ready for Feb.14 the best way they know how- with aphrodisiac cocktails. Yes, cocktails can serve as an aphrodisiac and here is where you can get the some of the best aphrodisiac cocktails in Philly.
Where to get the best aphrodisiac cocktails in Philly
The Palermo Old Fashioned at Scarpetta Philadelphia combines ingredients that calm and have a vulnerable effect on both the mind and the body. The Old Fashioned is made with Bulleit Rye, Nonino Amaro and vanilla bean creating the perfect cascade of flavors. “Our modern take on the original cocktail includes a dash of Vanilla Bean, a known aphrodisiac given its intoxicating, warm, sensual smell and lingering flavor. Recognized by the hypothalamus part of the brain that controls our emotions, vanilla stimulates feelings of security, nurturing and relaxation," says Beverage Director Bart Riley.
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210 W Rittenhouse Sq., scarpettarestaurants.com
The Philadelphia Museum of Art hotspot is serving up their delicious concoction Cause a Stir made with ginger liqueur, sparkling wine, pomegranate juice and pomegranate arils as a perfect aphrodisiac. Pomegranate is known as one of the oldest aphrodisiacs due to its high level of antioxidants, increasing blood flow and relaxing the nervous system. Pomegranate also serves a part in Greek mythology, "Pomegranate is the culinary symbol of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love, because she planted and harvested pomegranates," said executive chef Mark Tropea.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., philamuseum.org
Chez Ben is serving up their lovely cocktail the Philly 75 just in time for the big day. This delicious drink boasts Bluecoat Gin, fresh lemon juice, honey and Saint Ben’s Wit or Witout. “The Philly 75 combines two classic aphrodisiacs- citrus and honey- and creates a delicious cocktail that- like love- can be both sweet and bitter,” said Rachel Kovenetsky, Beverage Manager at Chez Ben. A perfect pick if you are looking for the best aphrodisiac cocktails in Philly.
400 Chestnut St., chezbenbistrophilly.com
The Continental in AC is shaking up their sultry cocktail, the Island Punch, made with Parce 3 year, Bacardi, passionfruit, pineapple, allspice and cinnamon for the love-filled holiday. “Continental Atlantic City’s new Island Punch cocktail is created with the aphrodisiac ingredient, cinnamon. Cinnamon is known for heating up the body and contains various antioxidant properties. This spicy, yet fruity flavor packs a punch for a cinn-fully delicious drink," said Angela Dellorco, Beverage Manager at Continental and Buddakan Atlantic City.
1 Atlantic Ave., NJ, continentalac.com
Barclay Prime's signature Negroni featuring Monkey 47 Gin, Salers Gentiane Aperitif and red wine cordial is said to be the perfect aphrodisiac for Valentine's Day. “The beauty of the Classic Negroni is its versatility to reinvent itself. Equal parts bitter, sweet and intoxicating, symbolic of even the most romantic relationship. The Monkey 47 Gin, with its citrus notes, combined with the molasses sweetness of an artisanal aperitif from France and layered with aromatic spices and flowers from our house made red wine cordial, all lend to the body and flushes it with a rosy red color. All of the ingredients work together to provide a balanced complementary and harmonious cocktail like the perfect Valentine’s Day romance. Red wine is also a powerful antioxidant and helps decrease inflammation and gets the blood pumping," said Barclay Prime Bartender Alenrry Iniguez. An amazing choice if you are looking for the best aphrodisiac cocktails in Philly.
237 S 18th St., barclayprime.com
This West Philly hotspot offers a delicious abundance of margaritas and their frozen is a tasty aphrodisiac. “This frozen classic will have you heating up in no time. Agave, the plant from which tequila is distilled, is an ancient ingredient known for its relaxing effects and also the reason why tequila drinks have the stereotype of being salacious. The added lime stimulates the senses as citrus is known to invigorate libido," said Distrito's Bar Manager.
3945 Chestnut St., philadelphia.distritorestaurant.com
Fishtown Brewpub is serving up a delicious aphrodisiac, the Smooth Landing, made with Single Prop Rum, Grand Marnier, ginger, blood orange, maple shrub, and a house-brewed IPA. “With a hint of ginger, The Smooth Landing has the aphrodisiac qualities to increase circulation to the hands, feet and more. The ginger herb is known to affect the central nervous system, ultimately altering our hormones and improving libido," said Bar Manager Heather Pietropaula. A delicious choice if you are looking for the best aphrodisiac cocktails in Philly.
1101 Frankford Ave., fishtownbrewpub.com