It is said that the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, was born from pearlescent sea foam on the beautiful Cyprus shores. Maybe that’s why pearl dust is believed to possess strong aphrodisiac properties. Or maybe not.

But it’s worth a try – the worse that can happen is that you’ll have a lil’ crush on the way.


  • 142ml  cava brut rosé
  • 1 brown sugar cube
  • 4 or 5 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 21ml Campari
  • 1 lemon peel twist, to garnish
  • A sprinkle of edible pearl dust (available from Edible)


Pour half of the sparkling rosé into a champagne flute. Put the brown sugar cube on a long spoon (or bar spoon) and imbue it with the bitters. Then place it at the bottom of the flute as slowly as you can (to avoid it dissolving quickly) and leave it there for a second. Pour first the rest of the cava and then the Campari into the glass.
To add the pearly iridescence, wet the tip of a knife, coat it with pearl dust and slowly wash it in the drink. The dust softens the alcohol’s acidic tones, making the drink real smooth. Then, finally, twist the lemon peel over the cocktail and place on side as garnish.

The Secret Crush is a truly decadent cocktail which goes well with tapas or seafood and even better with a plate of oysters – all preferably nibbled with your fingers…


The Birth of Venus - Cabanel

The Birth of Venus, Alexandre Cabanel, 1863, oil on canvas (Musée d’OrsayParis, France)

Photography & styling: Emma Scott-Child