Imbibe the magic of the moon with this blue moon cocktail and mocktail drink. A floral, color-changing butterfly pea flower cocktail crafted specifically for the blue moon, this tantalizing and tangy tea elixir will captivate both your physical and psychic senses. In this blog, you will dive into the magic of the blue moon. Then, you will uncover the ingredients behind this blue moon mixology and make a recipe filled with magic. And for the magically inclined, you’ll find suggestions for a psychic tea leaf reading blue moon ritual at the end. This way, you can see what this mystical occasion has in store for you!
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What is a Blue Moon?
The Three Types of Blue Moons and Their Significance
The blue moon is a time of magic. Its rarity has given rise to various myths and legends—who hasn’t heard of the phrase “once in a blue moon”—making it a symbol of magic and mysticism. Despite being termed “blue moon,” color has nothing to do with it! In essence, a blue moon is an “extra” full moon of sorts.
There are actually three types of blue moons:
- Calendrical/Monthly Blue Moon: The most commonly referenced blue moon is a calendrical one. It is the second “extra” full moon within one calendar month (i.e. two full moons in August, for example). Uniquely enough, this meaning for the blue moon is actually the result of a misprint, but the usage stuck. The original meaning for a blue moon is an astronomical or seasonal one (see below).
- Astronomical/Seasonal Blue Moon: There are usually three full moons in a season. In a season that has an extra full moon (or four full moons), the blue moon is the name given to the third of the those four full moons.
- Astrological/Zodiacal Blue Moon: While not an official usage for the term “blue moon” in popular culture, an astrological blue moon would be a second full moon in one sign, in a given astrological “season.” For example, when the sun is in Aquarius, two full moons in Leo instead of just the usual one.
Regardless of type, the feeling of an “extra” full moon elicits a sense of magic, chance, and mystery. And they are all certainly a special occasion—a calendrical blue moon only happens roughly once every 2.7 years, making it a rare treat for those who keep their eyes on the night sky.
This Upcoming Blue Moon
This upcoming blue moon on Wednesday August 30th is a calendrical blue moon and will be in Pisces. You can check out my Pisces moon drinks here.
Whether it is believed to bring luck or a supercharged period of moon magic, the blue moon holds a special place for many. Read on about blue moon magic down below!
Blue Moon Magic
A blue moon of any kind can certainly elicit a feeling of wonder and rarity. It has been associated with luck throughout cultures—the phrase “once in a blue moon” is synonymous with a sense of rarity, or chance. To some, the occasion may seem consequential because the lunar cycle remains the same. But in spell crafting, our perception is important! The rarity and alignment of the blue moon (whether it is with the calendar, or the seasons) gives added magic.
Known as an opportune time for spell casting and spiritual work to many, this once-in-a-blue-moon occurrence can be used to amplify several rituals and enchantments. It is great for workings of luck or chance, for putting luck on your side—that such a rare alignment might likewise come your way in whatever you set your magic to. A blue moon’s particular energy can depend on what sign it is occurring in. Regardless, it can inspire a sense of second chances and emphasized energy. Use that to amplify past intentions, or cast new ones for self-made success or luck!
The moon is also associated with our intuitive side, so this is a great time to glean insight. And with a blue-purple hue matching this namesake occasion and the moon’s impact on the tides, this blue tea color-changing cocktail is perfect to tune in the rareness of this energy, and sip in wisdom and visions for some blue moon magic!
Making a Blue Moon Cocktail
Inspirational Energy: Peace, Transformation, Spirituality, Love, Joy
On such a magical occasion as a blue moon, what better way to celebrate than with concoction that matches its namesake and energy?
Sip in the magic of this time and enchant your eyes, mind, and taste buds with this blue moon drink. Inspired by this rare occasion and it’s mysticism, this floral, tangy butterfly pea flower cocktail will change color from blue to purple upon contact with uplifting and purifying grapefruit. The flavor and energy of this drink are aligned to uplift your mood, and likewise uplift your mind to spiritual matters; I designed the drink to tune into the psychic energy of the Pisces blue moon, so that you can divine your fortune by reading the tea leaves.
So how do you put together a cocktail for the blue moon? Every ingredient is added with intention: the aforementioned butterfly pea flower emphasizes spirituality, transformation, and love, complimented with rose for a soothing floral uplift and love, healing, and psychic energy. Ground clove is added for spiritual energy and to raise vibrations, lavender for peace and psychic work. And of course, there is a nonalcoholic blue moon drink version as well! Learn more about the magic, purpose, and flavor each ingredient adds to this blue moon mixology below.
Blue Moon Mixology Ingredients
and Their Magical Folklore
This blue moon cocktail and mocktail is empowered with intention, aligned ingredients, and soothing flavors. Uncover the essential ingredients, their unique tastes and influences, as well as the enchanting folklore and magic they bring to the table to create this blue moon-inspired recipe.
- Butterfly pea flower: The center piece of this cocktail that allows for the magical color change is none other than butterfly pea flower. Associated with the planet Venus, this alchemizing flower carries associations of love, youth, happiness, and “feminine” energy. Pea flower is also associated with spirituality (particularly goddess spirituality, due to the feminine appearance of the flower), and changing color upon contact with acid, it’s great for transformation and harnessing the power of alchemy with peace and grace.
- Rose: Enhancing the floral notes of this butterfly pea flower drink, the addition of dried rose petals infuses this drink recipe with its associations of love, healing, spirituality, luck, and psychic abilities.
- Ground Clove: This blue moon mixture incorporates ground clove to for comfort, while also elevating psychic and spiritual energy. According to magical traditions, clove is connected to Jupiter and the element of fire, and its magical properties are utilized to stimulate sensuality and love, abundance, purification, protection, and amplifying spiritual vibrations.
- Grapefruit: The acid that helps produce the color change in this butterfly pea flower recipe, grapefruit adds magical energy of both purification and positive, mood-boosting energy. In magical folklore, this fruit is associated with both the moon and the sun, and also the element of water. Ingredient-wise, it helps to add a gentle balancing acidity that melds well, without too much tanginess.
Making a Lavender Simple Syrup:
In addition to the ingredients above, this blue moon cocktail incorporates a lavender simple syrup—but don’t worry, it truly is simple! Simple syrup is a mixutre of equal parts hot water and sugar. It’s a great way to incorporate magic into any cocktail, and in this case, the peaceful, calming energy of lavender!
- Lavender: In this drink, lavender aids in creating a peaceful environment for meditation and helps to clear the mind. Known for its relaxing properties, lavender also facilitates intuitive connection by allowing one’s psychic senses to flow with ease.
- Sugar: We will be using white sugar for the simple syrup. Sugarcane, with its association to Venus and the element of water, possesses magical properties of love and lust. It’s great for attraction magic—whether of a lover, friends, or your general desires. Its sweetening energy also helps to dispel and dissipate negative energy. In this blue moon recipe, it helps to sweeten the flavors at hand, as well as the spirits to give us information.
Forgo these for a mocktail (nonalcoholic) version
- Elderflower Liqueur: adds a delightful touch of sweet floral essence that harmonizes with the grapefruit notes in this blue moon-inspired cocktail, and inspires peace and healing. In magical folklore, elderflower is associated with healing, prosperity, restful sleep, and positive energy. As a flower, it exudes an enchanting allure and is frequently linked to fairies. By incorporating elderflower, we not only add an uplifting element, but also infuse this blue moon recipe with elevating and spiritually invigorating qualities!
- Gin: Defined by the presence of juniper, gin can carries forth juniper’s magical properties of spiritual and psychic energy, healing, purification, protection, and (gentle) grounding. It’s pine aroma balances the floral sweetness of this blue moon cocktail, and helps enhance its psychic energy. You can also try using a white rum for a sweeter recipe infused with more attractant, enticing energies.
- Absinthe: Often referred to as “Green Fairy,” absinthe is made from a combination of botanicals like wormwood, anise, fennel seeds, and various herbs, that makes it great in cocktails for psychic visions. Since this is a blue moon cocktail for spiritual energy and psychic insight, I added absinthe to this recipe. However, if you aren’t a fan of anise-type flavors, feel free to forgo (although it makes only a hint of an appearance in this cocktail).
Tools for Blue Moon Mixology
Having the right tools to make this concoction, can go a long way to making it easier. Luckily, since this is a tea cocktail, there isn’t too much you’ll need! Here are some thoughts and tools I might recommend, for making this blue moon drink recipe:
- Tea kettle or something to heat water with
- Mug or tempered glass to enjoy it in (my favorite mug is this)
- As for measuring, I personally used this OXO jigger. It has the ounce markings and a rubber grip. This way, your hand doesn’t get burned when measuring hot water! However, you can also convert ounces to tablespoons, and use most household measuring tools.
- Something to squeeze citrus with (I use this citrus hand squeezer)
- And a spoon to stir!
Once you have all your tools and ingredients, you are ready to make your blue moon visions brew!
Blue Moon Visions
- 1 tbsp butterfly pea flower
- 1 tsp dried rose petals
- 1/8 tsp ground clove
- 3 ounces hot water
- 1.5 ounces grapefruit juice, freshly squeezes
- 3/4 ounce lavender simple syrup (see recipe below)
- 1 ounce gin (skip for nonalcoholic drink)
- 1/4-1/2 ounces elderflower liqueur (skip for nonalcoholic drink)
- 1/8 ounce absinthe (optional; skip for nonalcoholic drink or if you don't like anise-like flavor)
Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 tsp dried lavender
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
Lavender Simple Syrup
- Set hot water to boil. Meanwhile, place lavender in jar or syrup container.
- Pour hot water over lavender, and let steep for 5 minutes.
- Stir in sugar until dissolved.
Blue Moon Visions Drink
- Set hot water to boil. Meanwhile, place butterfly pea flower, rose, ground clove, and syrup into tempered mug of choice. Pour in hot water, and let steep for 5 minutes.
- Add in grapefruit for color change, and elderflower liqueur and gin. If partaking in the blue moon magic tea ritual, add hint of abinsthe.
- For a chilled shaken cocktail, transfer everything into a shaker with ice and double strain into a stemmed glass.
- Garnish with a floating assortment of floral, edible herbs in a crescent moon shape.
A Blue Moon Magic Ritual
with Tea Leaf Reading
The moon is often used for psychic insight, with it’s full illumination bringing many matters to light. The appearance of a blue moon can be especially mystical. Tune into the magic of the occasion and accompany this blue moon cocktail and butterfly pea flower drink with some tea leaf reading.
Tasseography is the art of reading tea leaves, coffee grounds—or sometimes even wine sediments! Through interpreting the symbols left in your cup, you can divine information for insight. Some witches do this as a daily meditation, or just on special occasions, but you don’t have to be a witch to partake in this moon magic! Tasseography is a highly intuitive and subjective art, so be sure to just let go and trust. Divine what you see according to your own wisdom and interpretation. Luckily, sipping this tea is relaxing and soothing to the mind, so psychic insight may come easier!
With the psychic-enhancing ingredients, plus the floral tea flower sediments, this blue moon drink is perfect for doing some tasseography. See what the fortune of the blue moon has in store for you!
To add a bit of tasseography to your blue moon cocktail:
- As you sip the tea, think on your intention. Allow the soothing, floral aroma to clear your mind and the rising steam to elevate your consciousness.
- When only a few drops of the drink remain, ask your question while swishing the cup. Then, overturn the cup and see what the leaves have to say! Alternatively, you can pour out what you didn’t drink if there’s too much to finish.
- If you are using absinthe, you can also try rinsing the glass with it before making the tea. To do this, swirl the 1/8oz of absinthe clockwise in the empty glass, thinking on your question or intention. Then dump it in the sinks (so that its flavor doesn’t overwhelm this blue moon drink recipe). Absinthe (as explored above) has very powerful botanicals, so this can add an extra magic to this blue moon ritual!
Remember that these ingredients have intentionally been combined. So, allow yourself to drink the tea intentionally and enjoy each sip.
You divine the symbols in a few ways:
- Notice what symbols or forms you see in the cup. What does that symbol mean to you?
- Consider the position of the sediment in the cup. Things on the lip of the cup closest to you may be things that are coming your way. If you are an astrology fan, you can also base it on the astrological wheel and the houses. Align the cup with the zodiacal wheel and divine based on where the herbs land.
Remember to relax and just unattachedly see what you notice in the leftover florals in you cup.
Bonus Blue Moon Magic Tip: You can also dry the herbs left in the tea, and use them in future spells, such as as a herbal candle dressing!
Cheers to the Magic of the Blue Moon
The appearance of a blue moon is a time of magic and mysticism. A refreshing blend of herbal tea, citrus and floral undertones, this blue moon recipe is sure to please both the taste buds and the eyes. Whether you are connecting to the energy of this occasion, clinking glasses to the blue moon, or just looking for a magical beverage, I hope you enjoy this recipe. Its vibrant blue hue and mesmerizing color change add a touch of magic to any blue moon ritual. As you enjoy the wonder of this celestial event, take a moment to appreciate the alchemical beauty of nature around, and within your cup. Cheers, my friend!
Looking for more Moon Magic in a cup?
Check out my Calming Chamomile Moon Mix—one of my favorite lunar beverages of all time.
I also have more moon drinks in my book Moon, Magic, Mixology. It includes a special Blue Moon Luck Potion in there for this occasion!