Evergreen Gimlet For New Years

Evergreen Gimlet For New Years

Energetic Alignment: Protection, Purification, Insight/Psychic Ability, New Beginnings 

Cleanse away 2020 and usher in 2021 with positivity and success for a grand new beginning! As the name might suggest, this cocktail is inspired by the evergreen flavors that reign this time of year (in the northern hemisphere), as a sign of the ever-constant life and of renewal. Celebrating the Solstice – New Year time as a period of purification, this cocktail is packed with cleansing, protective, intuitive, healing, and positively renewing ingredients to cleanse away the year 2020 and usher in 2021 with positivity and success! Featuring the purifying, crisp flavors of juniper, rosemary, and bayleaf, with the uplifting hint of grapefruit and elderflower liqueur, this is a simply delicious concoction. You can choose to omit the quarter of grapefruit slice and/or elderflower liqueur. They add extra energies of positivity and healing for the new year, but you can still have a magically delicious cleansing cocktail without them! Additionally, feel free to play with topping this gimlet off with a bit of champagne. There is a mocktail (nonalcoholic) version below, where you can also substitute the soda water for champagne as well. Enjoy this delicious concoction while reining in the new year, or perhaps match with a corresponding bay leaf spell for success and abundance in 2021. Happy New Year!

Evergreen Gimlet

A crisp, refreshing herbal gimlet celebrating winter flavors, with rosemary, bay, grapefruit, and a tad of elderflower to cleanse away 2021 and celebrate new beginnings.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1/4 of a slice grapefruit (optional)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (preferably rosemary simple syrup – see note below)
  • 1 sprig rosemary (optional, if not using rosemary simple syrup)
  • 1/2-3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 ounces gin
  • 1/4 ounce elderflower liqueur (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Tear up bay leaf, and place it with the quarter of a grapefruit slice, and rosemary simple syrup (or rosemary + simple syrup) into your cocktail shaker. Muddle the ingredients together, so that the oils of the bay leaf mix with the citrus and syrup. Them add in lime juice, gin, elderflower liqueur, and ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Add a bay leaf on top for garnish, and/or rosemary sprig.

Notes

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. 

Mocktail Version

Evergreen Mocktail

Evergreen Mocktail

With bay leaf, rosemary, and grapefruit, this soda water spritzer is the perfect way to cleanse away 2020 and ring in 2021 with positivity & renewal.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sprig rosemary (optional, if using rosemary simple syrup)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ounce rosemary or normal simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces soda water

Instructions
 

  • I suggest shaking due to the bay leaf and then adding the soda water last, however feel free the build the drink in a glass. Do what works best for you!
    In a shaker, add torn bay leaf, rosemary, simple syrup, lime and grapefruit juice. Add ice, shake and strain over ice into a collins glass over ice. Top with soda water, and adorn with bay leaf and/or rosemary.

Magical Addition

Bay Leaves are powerful ingredients, associated with various magical recipes and spells. Especially known for success and wishing spells, these can be just the ingredient to use to wish prosperity and abundance in the New Year – and it’s aligned with your cocktail for magic inside and out! There are many ways to do this, so I suggest a preliminary internet search, but you can also simply clear your mind, reflect on what you want for 2021, perhaps write the wish on the bay leaf with sharpie, and either keep it or burn it.

Ingredient Alignment

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

Bay Leaf (Sun)- Protection, Strength, Psychic Ability, Healing, Purification, Wisdom, Success

Elder – (Venus, Mercury) – Purification, Protection, Healing, Prosperity, Sleep

Lime (Sun, Fire) – Healing, Love, Protection, Hex-Breaking

Grapefruit (Sun, Water) – Purification, Positivity

Juniper (Sun, Fire, Earth, Water, Mars, Mercury, Moon) – Protection, Purification, Grounding, Psychic Abilities, Healing, Love

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

Works Cited

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