So I’m doing some research, trying to find a cheeky birthday gift for a good girlfriend and fellow Vodkaphile when I come across Damiana— a light liqueur made with the damiana herb native to Baha California, Mexico. It apparently has great mixability and a sweetness that works well as a shooter. Legend has it that Damiana was used to make the first ever Margarita. I was nearly sold even though I was originally looking for Vodka—then I saw the bottle which is modeled after an Incan Goddess of Fertility, and was completely sold.
Damiana As An Aphrodisiac
Being the Herb Nerd that I am, I continued to dig around and learned that the herb was used as far back as the Mayans. Also, damiana has been used quite a bit to treat anxiety and mild depression. But get this—it is also a widely known aphrodisiac, increasing sexual libido in both men and women. Damiana is the active ingredient in Vigorelle, a very popular female enhancement cream that significantly increases blood flow and sensitivity when applied to the, uh, Little Man in the Boat.
Although I don’t have a problem getting from A to B when traveling with the Mister (or by my lonesome for that matter), getting from A to B quickly and more often is certainly welcome. That said, I don’t know if sheer curiosity is enough motivation to be a DIY guinea pig in this case. The liqueur I shall purchase,but the damiana leaf…gonna have to sleep on that one.
If you’re as chicken $hit as I am, and simply want to try the liqueur, here’s a recipe. Cheers!
(via Los Cabos Magazine)
2 oz 100% blue agave tequila
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1-1/2 oz Damiana liqueur
Combine and shake with ice for 30 seconds then strain into a salt-rimmed (optional) martini glass garnished with a lime slice.
Note: Neither the herb, nor the liqueur is recommended for those pregnant, or those who could become pregnant. Always consult a physician before taking any herb, or herbal supplement.