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Drinking the Yule-tide: Drink Recipes for the Winter Solstice

Find the perfect yule drink to add some spirit to the season with these winter solstice recipes! Whether looking for a batched cocktail recipe to serve at your winter solstice party, or a warming beverage to enjoy by the yule log, sip in the solstice season with these magical delicious yule drink recipes.

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About the Winter Solstice and Yule

The Winter Solstice is astrologically the longest night of the year. Due to the earth’s axis in its journey around the sun, the hours of day and night vary throughout the year, with the Summer Solstice marking the longest day of the year, and the Winter being the longest night. (It’s cool to note, that due to this alignment, the opposite solstice will be occurring in the opposite hemisphere at this time). A time when growth wanes, and cold overtakes the air, the Winter solstice has resulted in an array of traditions across cultures – one such celebration being Yule.

The Winter Solstice, and it’s modern pagan celebration of Yule, is a time when many go within – both their homes, for warmth and comfort, but also to reflect within their own spirit. For from the night of the solstice, the daylight hours will once again grow, offering a time of hope, rebirth, renewal, and promise. It is a time of reflection, divination, and celebration. Intentions set at this time, with the bonus of the coming modern New Year, are packed with power and the potential for growth.

With the addition of the Sagittarius New Moon Solar Eclipse earlier this month, and the New Year to follow the Solstice, this is a powerful time for reflection and laying the foundation to head in new directions. So, take some time to journey inward, perhaps divine with tarot, and then think of what you wish for yourself in the new year and set some powerful intentions to grow with the power of the sun. And since this powerful day has marked so many cultures with varying practices, this may also be a good time to tune into ancestral wisdom, or the wisdom of the earth. 

And what better way to ponder the magic of this time, then enjoying a yule cocktail or winter solstice drink as you warm by the hearth fire? Read on to uncover some drink recipes (with a few nonalcoholic options) from either of my books and from this blog!

Drinking the Yuletide: Winter Solstice & Yule Drink Recipes

Celebrate the changing of the season, the rebirth of the sunlight, and prepare for the new year with these magically delicious Yule and Winter Solstice drink recipes! Utilize the ancient power of this time to purify your energy, divine for the future, and usher in a sense of love, creativity, and positivity. Here are some Yule and Winter-Solstice inspired cocktails and drink recipes from my blog and both my books to get you through this time!

Yule Drink Recipes from my Books

Before we dive into 4 Yule drink recipes from the blog, for those that have both or either of my books, here are some winter solstice cocktail recipes for you to try all winter long:

From my book WitchCraft Cocktails I suggest:

Awakening Yule Mule
Awakening Yule Mule from WitchCraft Cocktails by Julia Halina Hadas. Photo by Harper Point Photography

Awakening Yule Mule Drink Recipe

Featuring pomegranate, rosemary, and bergamot, this is Yule Mule recipe is just the beverage to celebrate the “rebirth” of the sunlight, invoke new ideas and inspiration, while enjoying seasonal flavors. To make a nonalcoholic variation of this yule drink recipe, simply omit the vodka, so that all can partake!

The Witch’s Offering from WitchCraft Cocktails by Julia Halina Hadas. Photo by Harper Point Photography

The Witch’s Offering Drink Recipe

With honey, ginger and cranberries, this spiced cider winter solstice recipe celebrates the age old tradition behind its recipe, while invoking abundance, love, and purification for the new year. Delicious with or without alcohol, this is another magical winter drink all can enjoy.

When I was writing this book, I served both of these at my work’s Yule Party!

For those interested in a warm, lunar beverage for the Winter Solstice, here are some aligned drink recipes from Moon, Magic, Mixology:

  • Cold Moon Egg Nog: What better way to celebrate the winter solstice than with an egg nog? This oat milk-based winter drink recipe includes yuletide herbs like bay leaves, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove to help call in strength and new beginnings in traditional Yule fashion. Paired with an egg spell, this is a magical beverage to celebrate rebirth and renewal during the yuletide. And it is delicious with or without alcohol!
  • Mulled Moon Wine: This year, the solstice will occur on a waning moon. Aligned to the gratitude element of the waning gibbous moon, and a drink of abundance, filled with winter spices, citruses, and herbs, the Mulled Moon Wine is a great choice for a yule drink recipe. Able to be made in advance of any festivities, or even as a sharable gift, this spiced, warming beverage can be served hot or cold, enjoyed alone or shared with others at a winter solstice party! 
Moon Mulled Wine from Moon, Magic, Mixology by Julia Halina Hadas.
Photo by Harper Point Photography
Pumpkin Spice Lunar Latte from Moon, Magic, Mixology by Julia Halina Hadas.
Photo by Harper Point Photography
Winter Moon Old-Fashioned from Moon, Magic, Mixology by Julia Halina Hadas.
Photo by Harper Point Photography
Dream-Time Moon Milk from Moon, Magic, Mixology by Julia Halina Hadas.
Photo by Harper Point Photography

Other drink recipes I suggest from Moon, Magic, Mixology:

  • Pumpkin Spice Lunar Latte for comfort & grounding in the home; Lunar Alchemy for spiritual transformation; for those looking to make some poppy seed milk, my Dream Time Moon Milk is aligned for lunar peace and spirituality;  Winter Moon Old-Fashioned for strength, healing, & perseverance during the winter months; The Golden Moon for renewal, prosperity, and strength; Cacao Crescent for a maple, chocolate concoction for comfort and an open heart – amongst many more!

Winter Solstice & Yule Drink Recipes from the Blog

 

The Candied Orange

Renew your sense of positivity, love, and optimism with this sweet, yet tart, candied orange-inspired Winter Solstice and Yule drink. Designed to be enjoyed either as non-alcoholic or as a quick & simple cocktail (should you decide to add alcohol), this winter solstice drink features seasonal orange, lemon, cranberry, and rosemary, and is inspired by non-other than seasonal candied orange treats.

Maple Old Fashioned

Maple-Hazelnut Old Fashioned 

Celebrate the autumn and winter woodsy flavors with this smooth, subtly sweet maple and hazelnut old fashioned drink recipe. With a touch of kitchen witchery, this concoction is inspired by the grounding, wise, and abundant folkloric magic of the season, and makes a great match for the energies of Yule and the Winter Solstice. With a dash of hazelnut liqueur, walnut bitters, and sweetened with the woodsy aroma of maple syrup, this fall old fashioned is packed with those earthy seasonal flavors and is sure to be one of your holiday season bourbon cocktail go-to’s.

Solstice Old Fashioned

Solstice Old Fashioned

The Winter Solstice is a time of year with countless cross-cultural traditions around bonding and generational ties. Tune into the ancient power and energetic vibration of the Winter Solstice with this centering, herbal Solstice old fashioned. Using the magic of oak-infused bourbon/whiskey to invoke a sense of ancestral wisdom and seasonal ingredients like rosemary and citrus for purification, this is an easy Yule and winter Solstice cocktail for those looking to peer within at this time.

Evergreen Gimlet

Bath in the seasonal, crisp refreshing winter flavors by enjoying this evergreen gimlet for a Yuletide cocktail. Aligned to the Sun and featuring ingredients like purifying gin (juniper) rosemary, and bayleaf, with the uplifting hint of grapefruit and elderflower liqueur, this is the perfect Winter solstice or Yule cocktail recipe to celebrate the rebirth of the sunlight, to cleanse away the previous year, and look to ushering in the next with positivity and success.

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