Have fun this Valentine’s day with the herbal creation of a love cordial. Cordial is translated as courage for the heart and many recipes include heart tonics and herbs that quicken senses. These are meant to be shared with another, sipped in small dosages for pleasure and enjoyment.
You can use any alcohol as the base, but I prefer wine or flavored brandy. Wine creates a rich flavor when blended with herbs and brandy definitely warms the body from the inside out. You can use vodka, tequila or port wine too.
Using herbs along with dried fruits (cherries, apricots, figs) can really create a dynamic experience for the palette. Experimenting is part of the fun!
Aphrodisiac herbs such as maca, damiana, ginseng, ginger, hibiscus, rose, and sarsaparilla are all good choices. Spices are great additions as well - clove, nutmeg, cardamon, cinnamon, orange peel and cocoa or cacao.
Fill a pint jar ¾ full of alcohol of choice and add your herbs and spices. There is no better way then to just get in there and experiment. After you let it sit for 2 weeks, taste it and adjust as you need.
Fresh herbs: fill jar ¾ full (fresh herbs take up more space and contain water)
Dried herbs and fruit: fill jar ¼ to ½ full
Consider ¼ full if using roots, barks, and berries
Consider ½ full if using aerial parts, flowers, and leaves
Make sure the alcohol covers the ingredients by at least 2 inches
Here’s a simple recipe:
3 parts Damiana
1 ½ parts Rose petals
½ part Cinnamon chips
1 part Cacao nibs
2 parts Tulsi