Caffeine, taurine, cocaine, all vintage substances that now can be dropped into the drawer of oblivion.
When it comes to activating your central nervous system and boosting sexual desire, there is a new, all-natural compound on the market: frog juice. According to TIME magazine, certain horse owners with questionable ethics have started injecting their race horses with a chemical called dermorphin, derived from the skin of South American frogs (specifically, Phyllomedusa sauvagei a.k.a the waxy monkey tree frog). The substance gets horses as hyperactive as base junkies at a dubstep party and if it works for them...
But start with something a little lighter. In Peru, frog juice has been a booming street vendor business for the past 15 years. It's not made from the same colorfully toxic frogs and the effects are not quite as heady as the juice used for horse-doping; instead, locals drink this treat for breakfast. Here, frog juice provides just a little boost for the day or helps the bird in men's pants sing loud, proud and fine. It's also said to cure asthma and bronchitis. A single, fresh-juiced cup sells for around US$2. And with a blender and and few common ingredients, you can make your own dose of this "Peruvian Viagra" and get in on all the fun that Andrean households enjoy.
Recipe: Peruvian Frog Juice
Mix bean broth, honey, aloe vera malt and Andean root maca. Catch a couple of frogs in Lake Titicaca, strip their skins off, and dump those in a blender with the other ingredients for a succulent morning smoothie.
Illustration by Tomas Pichardo-Espaillat