Lunar Lemonade

Lunar Lemonade
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A Tom Collins variation for the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius.

With the aromatics of mint and rosemary, and a tad of bitter Earl Grey, this refreshing spiked lemonade will help attune you to the energies of the 6/5 Lunar eclipse, while keep you grounded and cleansed. A calming, revitalizing beverage, packed with herbs magically aligned to the energy of Moon, Sun, Sagittarius, and Gemini.

As if 2020 hasn’t been energetically packed enough, we are blessed with the extra energy of a Lunar eclipse today June 5, reaching its maximum right after 12pm PST. An afternoon eclipse, in fiery Sag and airy Gemini, calls for a nice refreshing drink, don’t you think?


The Syrup

An Earl Grey simple syrup with Rosemary and Saffron

Given all the astrological energies at hand, a beverage that is going to attune us to the energy of the eclipse better also keep us clear-headed and grounded! Luckily, the key ingredient of this eclipse is the bergamot citrus. However, bergamot isn’t that easy to get ahold of (at least for me!), so how do we get the energy of bergamot into the syrup/cocktail? Well, luckily, Bergamot is a popular ingredient in Earl Grey Tea. And it also happens to add some kickass tea flavor to the Tom Collins! Add in a bit of saffron for strength, joy, and solar energy, and some mind-purifying rosemary, and you have a lovely deep syrup to use in any lemonade! And one magically packed with Moon, Sag, Gemini, and Sun energy all at once.

Ingredients

  • 1 large rosemary sprig
  • 2-3 saffron threads
  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
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Instructions: Set water to boil. Place rosemary, saffron, and tea into a glass jar. If desired, take moment to tune into the energy or aromas of these ingredients, or to visualize the sun and moon. When done, pour the boiling water over the ingredients and cover. Let it steep, like a tea, for about 5 or so minutes. Pour in sugar, and stir. If possible, let it refrigerate for a few hours to cool and infuse more flavors. After 24 hours, strain out ingredients and keep for up to about 2 weeks.


The Cocktail

With clarity inducing bergamot, purifying rosemary, and the grounding base of gin, this Tom Collins variation is sure to hit the spot on the afternoon of the lunar eclipse. Carefuly chosen with herbs associated with the Moon in Sagittarius and the Sun in Gemini, this spiked sparkling lemonade cocktail will both tune you into the celestial energies, while countering their potentially negative energies. The added clearing energy of bergamot and its vessel of earl grey tea adds a slight bitter, Arnold palmer-esque note. Sip on this cocktail to induce clarity, to psychically attune to the celestial energies of the lunar eclipse, while grounding and clearing away the negative affects.

Lunar Lemonade featuring cards from the *beautiful* Barbieri Zodiac Oracle

Lunar Lemonade featuring cards from the *beautiful* Barbieri Zodiac Oracle

Ingredients

  • Spearmint, 5-7 small leaves 
  • 2 Rosemary sprigs (one for muddling, one for garnish)
  • 1 oz Earl Grey Rosemary Syrup (from above) or simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .5 oz aloe liqueur (optional, but recommended for smooth moon flavor)
  • 4 dashes rosewater (optional)
  • 2 oz soda water

Instructions: Grab your mint leaves and rosemary in your hand, allowing your senses to be captivated by their aroma. Close your eyes and take a moment, connecting to their clarifying and mentally-enhancing energies tingling in your hands. You can imagine a bright light growing in your hand, too. Drop the herbs into the bottom of a Boston shaker, or tall glass, and add your syrup. *It is your choice if you want to shake this cocktail, or build it in a glass. I only shake it to break up more of the rosemary, but a Tom Collins is traditionally built.* Muddle the herbs, consciously imagining their essence spreading. Add ice, lemon, gin, aloe, and rose water, and if you are using a Boston shaker – shake well to break up the rosemary. You can imagine shaking away any energetic debris or confusion. When the shaker is chilled, double strain into a collins glass over ice. Top with Soda water and garnish with rosemary sprig and/or mint.


Mocktail Version

Thanks to the syrup, and the deliciousness of lemonade, this cocktail actually makes a delicious mocktail. All you need to do, is to remove the alcohol, and build in a smaller glass. In fact, it is simply delicious and I high recommend it!

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Works Cited

Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen. Llewellyn Publications, 1990.

Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Llewellyn Publications, 1985.

Kynes, Sandra. Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences: A Comprehensive Cross-Referenced Resource for Pagans & Wiccans. Llewellyn, 2013.

Kynes, Sandra. Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans. Llewellyn Publications, 2017.

Morrison, Dorothy. Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living. Llewellyn Publications, 2009.

Regan, Gary. The Bartender’s Bible: 1001 Mixed Drinks and Everything You Need to Know to Set up Your Bar. HarperCollins, 1991.