Let’s not beat around the bush: if you're planning on wining and dining someone for Valentine’s Day, you're probably hoping to get laid. But there are all kinds of, shall we say, dysfunctions that alcohol can bring to the table… and the bedroom. Paired with classic aphrodisiac foods or packed with libido boosting botanicals, non-alcoholic drinks can actually be a more effective wingman than booze. Here’s some of our favorite options for what to drink on a romantic evening (or the morning after, should you be so lucky).
Champagne is the classic choice, especially paired with oysters or caviar, both considered the apex of aphrodisiac foods. Creamy Oddbird Blanc de Blancs makes a nice, traditional pairing here. For something both festively pink and that your date won’t expect, try Château del ISH Sparkling Rosé. After all, novelty is the greatest aphrodisiac of all.
A steak dinner is also a fine choice for revving up the libido, boosting dopamine and norepinephrine levels. Go easy on heavy sides like potatoes or creamed spinach, and opt for asparagus, another aphrodisiac food, instead. We recommend Proxies Red Ember with your top quality tenderloin or ribeye. This new offering in Proxies’ core lineup is a juicy, full bodied red wine alternative with palate clearing tannins from cacao and coffee, both of which rev up your circulatory system for better… uh… blood flow, if you get what we’re saying.
If you want to get really hedonistic, Red Ember also pairs beautifully with dark chocolate desserts, and an after-dinner (or after-whatever) cigar. Try it with these indulgent truffles, featuring fig, honey, walnuts, and dark chocolate, all of which are reported to have libido boosting qualities.
Finally, don’t discount the effect of color on the libido: red and pink dominate Valentine’s Day for the not so subtle reason that they remind us of beating hearts, flushed cheeks, and red lips. We’ve put together a collection of pink and red options for serving visually suggestive drinks.
While no aphrodisiac has ever proven to be a slam dunk love (or sex) potion, treating someone to a thoughtful meal and an enticing drink is always a turn on, on Valentine’s Day or any day of the year.