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!
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
Here are the resources I used to help guide my work beyond what I already know! I highly recommend these reference tests 🙂
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- 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.
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