136 // LOVE TOAST
This Valentine’s Day, the city’s top bars and their keepers cater to romance by mixing up potions chock-full of aphrodisiacs.
THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, THE CITY’S TOP BARS AND THEIR KEEPERS CATER TO ROMANCE BY MIXING UP LOVE POTIONS CHOCK-FULL OF APHRODISIACS.
BANANA IN YOUR COCKTAIL: BIG
BANANA JULEP AT SWEET LIBERTY “Ever make eye contact with a boy while eating a banana?” probes John Lermayer, Sweet Liberty’s award-winning owner and bartender. How about while drinking a julep infused with the enticing fruit and finished with mint? 237 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-763-8217; mysweetliberty.com CHERRY ON TOP: RUM CHERRY
MANHATTAN AT REPOUR The only thing sexier than a woman drinking a Manhattan is a woman drinking an Afrohead rum cherry (hello, pheromones) Manhattan with tarragon leaves to increase body heat. “You can tell a lot about a person based off how they handle a cherry,” says the man behind Repour’s bar, Isaac Grillo. 1650 James Ave., Miami Beach, 305-913-1000; repourbar.com KING OF APHRODISIACS: DRUNKEN
OYSTER SHOOTER AT MEAT MARKET The tantalizing effects of oysters are well-known, but Miami’s sexiest steakhouse is stirring the senses with its Drunken Oyster Shooter, which incorporates jalapeño and a truffle salt rim for added sensual measure. Call it an aphrodisiac threesome. 915 Lincoln Road, 305-532-0088; meatmarket.com SMOOTH OPERATOR: BUNNY
POTION AT 27 RESTAURANT & BAR You’ve had Jojo Tea’s jasmine green tea, but have you had it with gin, rose liqueur, white vermouth, and lemon bitters? “In Eastern culture, jasmine green tea’s rich and sweet scent is seductive,” says Bar Lab’s Gabe Orta. “Drinking it improves libido and spices up romance.” We’ll take two. 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, 305-531-2727; freehandhotels.com
Passion potions (clockwise from left): The Bunny Potion at 27; the Big Banana Julep at Sweet Liberty; the Afrohead Cherry Manhattan at Repour.