The freakiest, exotic and un-romantic meal I’ve eaten with The Koala was in Vietnam. At a restaurant where such things happen, The Koala killed a snake and I swallowed it’s raw heart in a shot of vodka. Then we proceeded to eat the rest of the snake over 8 courses cooked by professionals. Supposedly an aphrodisiac, but after we washed down our snake soup shots of Hanoi vodka, we were feeling more sloshed than sexy. Our love is a rom-com.
With that in mind, there is world of sexier feasts out there and this coming Tuesday could be a day to eat them. Caviar, oyster and chocolate sellers must look forward to this day. Even if these foods don’t actually get the juices stirring, the purpose is people want to think they’re getting into the mood. The whole aphrodisiac thing is more about rituals than medicine.
Since Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, and because it is red and has a cool name, I leave you with a recipe for Virgin Bloody Mary Shooters. No need for our guests to go home drunk on a schoolnight. You can make the garnishes in advance, but I would recommend combining and assembling these at the last minute.
Virgin Bloody Mary Shooters
Makes about 10 shots or 6 shooters
2 cups tomato juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of hot sauce
A pinch of celery salt (optional)
A pinch of salt (add to taste)
A pinch of pepper (add to taste)
Sticks: Celery, carrot, cucumber
Things on a toothpick: Cherry tomato, stuffed olive, prawn, gherkin (pickle), caperberry, radish, cocktail onion, avocado, edamame
Citrus wedge: Lemon, lime
- You will have to do this in 2 batches: In a shaker, combine all the ingredients except for the garnish.
- Shake with ice and strain into shotglasses.
- Garnish with a stick of some description and a wedge of citrus.
Isn’t it unfortunate that VD also stands for venereal disease? I’ve decided to celebrate the day with those of my friends that don’t already have a hot date lined up. We’re hosting a red-themed pot luck dinner. Luckily, there are loads of red foods and drinks to pick from. The world is our oyster!
* Bunny illustration drawn me for the gooey occasion. Love isn’t all kissy eyes and laughing you know.