Edinburgh’s wizarding speakeasy The Cauldron to offer fun menu of love potions this Valentine's Day

The team at Edinburgh’s fantasy-inspired bar, The Cauldron, has developed a menu of magical love potions designed to get 'hearts racing' this Valentine’s Day.

Published 7th Feb 2020
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

The new Elixirs Menu will offer guests the chance to choose real-life love potions, with special "mood-improving" powers.

The new cocktails have been developed to celebrate the recent news that The Cauldron team are extending their contract and staying in the city for the foreseeable future.

Designed with St. Valentine in mind, the Damiana’s Charm, is made using the key ingredient and recognised aphrodisiac, ground damiana leaf (which also goes by the name ‘Love Leaf’).

Head potions master and mixologist, Dave Duckworth explained that this vodka-based, raspberry flavoured cocktail has a rich pink colour with a thick velvety consistency adding that not only does it "taste great", but also looks the part too.

He stated that they have also developed the “Heartbreak Shot”, which is served in a black shot glass and is perfect for an anti-Valentine’s night of fun with friends.

Dave said: “Love is most definitely in the air in Edinburgh. We’re excited to introduce some love potions to the city, and add even more fun to our dramatic cocktails.

"Damiana has been used throughout history to increase sexual desire, so it was a logical step to pair it with vodka and raspberry to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The Damiana’s Charm looks and tastes fantastic, and we’re looking forward to seeing a little extra magic in the bar in the coming weeks.”

Hidden in plain sight beneath Edinburgh’s Frederick Street, The Cauldron also offers an immersive cocktail class, with tickets starting at £29.99 per person.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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