Sunday, February 13, 2011

love potion

This rosé cocktail combines the savory and potent aphrodisiac qualities of coriander with the fruity flavor of peach schnapps and orange zest, creating an intoxicating Valentine's Day aperitif. Coriander, the spicy seed of the cilantro plant, was traditionally used as to create love potions during the Middle Ages, when it would be combined with wine, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves to make the legendary "Hipocras," a drink served at weddings to promote fertility. It is also mentioned as a magical sterility cure in one of the tales of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

The inspiration for this recipe comes from Ana Sortun's wonderful book, Spice: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean, in which she recommends combining rosé, sugar, coriander, orange zest, and eau de vie. Since eau de vie can be hard to find, especially in small quantities, I've substituted peach schnapps here.


1 glass rosé wine
1 T sugar or agave
1/4 T peach schnapps
1/2 t coriander
1/2 t orange zest


Combine all ingredients, pour into a wine glass, and imbibe! (This recipe serves one, so double the recipe if you plan to entertain a date this Valentine's Day...)

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