5 Aphrodisiac Cocktails That Will Get You In The Mood To...Read?!

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In the spirit of bestselling author Lori Foster's new release, "Getting Rowdy,"  set in handsome Rowdy Yates’ neighborhood bar, we’ve stirred up five seductive spirits sure to get you in the mood ... to read, that is!

In this what we're calling a "thromance" (thriller-romance) book, the third in Lori's "Love Undercover" series, elusive and beautiful bartender Avery Mullins tries to hide a dark, dangerous secret as well as her feelings for the charismatic bar owner. But, Rowdy isn't used to not getting what (and who) he wants, even when it means confronting the ghosts of both his and Avery's pasts.

So curl up with a copy of “Getting Rowdy” and try your hand at mixing these up. Plus, author Lori Foster is giving away signed copies of "Getting Rowdy" to 10 YT readers. To enter, answer in the comments below: Do you believe you can meet true love at a bar? 

This contest is now closed. Thank you to all who participated!

1. "Avery's Secret" 

Like the secret Avery tries to keep from Rowdy, this complex drink combines subtle hints of Avery’s pampered past, with bolder, darker elements that bubble up when Avery least expects them. There’s also a secret aphrodisiac to this drink: pomegranates, with their high antioxidant content, are believed to allow more blood to circulate through blood vessels increasing sensitivity to "key" body parts!

Ingredients:
Pomegranate Juice
½ oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
Dry Champagne, well chilled
St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
Sugar Cubes

Sprig of fresh mint, rosemary or other seasonal herb

In a fluted champagne glass, drop 2-3 sugar cubes that have been briefly soaked in Pomegranate Juice.  Build drink by adding PAMA Liqueur, filling with Champagne and then adding a few drops of St. Germaine, in that order.  Stir gently. Garnish with a fresh mint (or other seasonal) sprig.

2. “All Mixed Up" 

As delicious and unlikely a mix as Avery and Rowdy: you might never imagine that these elements could attract and complement each other so powerfully! And the aphrodisiac power of basil (which is said to boost sex drive and increase fertility) packs a provocative punch. 

Ingredients:
3 fresh basil leaves (retain on for garnish) plus 1/2 tsp sugar

½ oz.Vodka
½ oz. Gin
½ oz. light Rum
½ oz. light Tequila
½ oz. Triple Sec
2 oz. sweet & sour
Pineapple Juice to fill.
Maraschino (or fresh) cherry

Muddle 2 basil leaves and sugar in the bottom of a tall, 8-10 oz. glass. Add ice. Mix the next 6 ingredients listed in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake well. Strain into glass. Fill with pineapple juice. Garnish with a pineapple segment and cherry “flag."

3. "The Alpha Male"

This drink describes Rowdy to a “T”.  While most guys can get by on beer alone, the “alpha male” needs to fill himself up with a shot of something more.  Rowdy’s past makes him work harder, play harder, and care more than the average male, and that part of his character (along with his sexy, good looks) is what draws Avery in like a magnet.

Ingredients:
1 12 oz. bottle of Ale (India Pale Ale is ideal, but any full bodied lager beer should work.)
1 oz. Rye Whiskey

Pour beer into chilled beer mug.  Add rye.  Exude confidence.  Enjoy. Keep reading...

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4. "Sexual Tension"

The different and specific gravities of these ingredients and their "surface tension" is what allows this drink to work; the personality differences between Rowdy and Avery are alternatively what pushes them apart and draws them back together. You can’t read this book without feeling the sexual tension rising, so, you might as well raise your glass and get in on the fun! Plus, you’ll have even more fun knowing that coffee, chocolate AND almonds, 3 of the major flavors in this shot, are all on the “love list” for their aphrodisiac properties!.

Ingredients:

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¼ oz. Starbucks Coffee Liqueur
¼ oz. White Crème de Cacao
¼ oz.  Amaretto
Heavy Cream

In a cordial or shot glass, layer the ingredients in the order listed.  Pour each subsequent layer gently on top of the prior layer, pouring over the back of a bar spoon to avoid splashing/mixing of the layers.  (Note: The specific gravities of the Coffee Liqueur and the Crème de Cacao are very close so they will mix; the Amaretto is a little less dense so it should just barely float.  In any case, the cream makes a beautiful layer over the top!)

Garnish with dark chocolate shavings.

5. "Rowdy's Revenge"

You may not see it coming, but this drink packs a punch that you will remember for a VERY long time after experiencing it!  Just ask anyone who has found himself on the wrong side of Rowdy Yates’ temper....

Ingredients:
1/2 oz. good quality light Tequila

1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
Freshly squeezed orange juice (include the pulp, since that’s all that’s left after Rowdy gets his hands on anyone who threatens his women!)
Lime wheel

Pour Tequila and Southern Comfort directly into a Highball glass.  Mix. Fill with ice. Add the fresh orange juice and mix again. Garnish with a thinly sliced lime wheel.
 

To enter to win a signed copy of "Getting Rowdy," answer in the comments below: Do you believe you can meet true love at a bar? Remember to leave your e-mail so we can contact you if you win. 10 YT readers will win. Contest closes October 4, 2013 and winners will be notified by October 14, 2013. Official rules, eligibility and contest description can be found here.

This contest is now closed. Thank you to all who participated!