A Love Potion
That Works!

by Susan Baldessano

Love Potion #99

This recipe goes back to my days working at Angelica Kitchen (1989-1992).

Living in the East Village back then, where sorcery, and herbal shops were fairly common, I dabbled in potions, and concoctions.

In a last ditch attempt to get my German tutor, Walter, who also worked at the restaurant to become interested in me, I made a large batch of this drink for the entire staff at Angelica’s.

I served it on Valentine’s during the staff meal, and then just sat back, and waited for the results.

Well, the drink, it turns out, was one of those time release situations where the effects were felt many hours later.

I observed wait staff kissing in corners the next evening, but Walter, it turns out, was off that night- and guess what happened?

He met his future wife that night at a club… True Story!


Read Sue’s full interview here

The Love Potion Recipe


6 cups pomegranate juice (fresh is best or use Pomi brand)
2 cups apple juice
2 tablespoons sugar
Pinch sea salt
1/3 cup food grade rose petals
1 (2 inch) stick Mexican cinnamon (canela)
3 pieces star anise
2 whole cloves
1 tablespoon food grade lavender
3 ounces fresh ginger, trimmed, peeled, and grated (3 tablespoons juiced)
½ teaspoon vanilla

Directions: In a medium/large pot, bring the juices, and salt to a boil. Remove pot from flame. Add remaining ingredients and steep 10 minutes. Strain and serve (warm or chilled).
Yield: 2 quarts

How to juice pomegranates:
Hit 1 pomegranate with a wooden spoon to loosen seeds. Cut fruit into quarters and with gloved hands, remove the seeds. Place seeds in cheesecloth and squeeze to extract juice. Yields: ½ cup

The true story of how and why the potion was born

© Susan Baldassano, Please do not use for commercial purposes without authorization

Sue Baldassano – Private Chef