Yule Drinks: Candied Orange Cocktail and Mocktail
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Candied Orange Concoction

Energetic Alignment: Purification, Revitalization, Positivity, Love, Lust

Celebrate the turning of the season and the rebirth of the sunlight with this candied orange concoction. Inspired by non-other than the traditional candied orange peel, and with other seasonal flavors like cranberry and rosemary, this sweet yet tart and slightly bitter concoction is an easy way to invoke purification, positivity, and action as the sunlight is once again reborn. Delicious in mocktail (nonalcoholic) or cocktail form, this beverage invokes the purification of rosemary, the action and creativity of orange and cranberry, and the joy of lemon. Imbibe to purify away the energetic cobwebs of winter and renew a sense of optimism and love in your life, or to help inspire positivity and action as you think about your plans for the new year and the growing of the sunlight. To drink as mocktail, simply omit the alcohol!

Yule Drinks: Candied Orange Cocktail and Mocktail

Candied Orange Concoction

Renew your sense of positivity, love, and optimism with this sweet yet tart candied orange libation for the Winter Solstice.


  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1/4-1/2 ounce simple syrup (preferably rosemary simple syrup – see note below)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4-1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (forego if you are drinking non-alcoholic version)
  • 1 ounce vodka (forego if you are drinking non-alcoholic version)
  • 1 ounce sodawater (optional but recommended)


  • Place rosemary and syrup into highball glass. Muddle together, allowing rosemary to express its oils into the syrup (if you aren’t using a rosemary simple syrup, that is). Add in orange juice, lemon and cranberry juice. Add ice, then pour in vodka, orange liqueur, and soda water if desired. Additionally, you can save the cranberry juice for last, to have a color effect with red at the top and yellow at the bottom, until you stir together before sipping. Garnish with rosemary, perhaps candied cranberry and orange.


Simple Syrup is equal parts sugar to hot water. It keeps a level of consistency in sweetness from drink to drink. Simply mix equal parts of sugar and hot water, and allow to cool before use. For this recipe, I recommend pouring the hot water over rosemary (dried or fresh) and letting it steep like a tea for 5 minutes before mixing in the sugar. This allows for a fun and easy way to add nuanced and unique flavors to your concoctions. 
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Ingredient Alignment

Magical correspondences of ingredients, as they align to this solstice energy.

Cranberry (Mars, Water) – Protection, Positivity, Goals, Revitalizing

Lemon (Moon, Water) – Longevity, Purification, Love, Friendship, Joy

Orange (Sun, Fire) – Divination, Luck, positivity, Purification, creativity

Rosemary (Sun, Mercury, Moon) – Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Purification, Healing, Sleep, Youth

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