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Autumn Equinox Drink Recipes

Celebrate the bounty of the second harvest with a delicious mocktail or cocktail. From juicy blackberry herbal drinks, to ones with maple and pumpkin, these Mabon and Fall/Autumn Equinox drink recipes are perfect for celebrating the transition into the darker months of the year.

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About Mabon and the Fall/Autumn Equinox

Read on to learn more about Mabon and the Fall/Autumn Equinox, or scroll down to the recipes below.

Mabon is a celebration of the Autumn or Fall Equinox – a time of transition from summer to fall, that marks the waning of the year. Following this day, the hours of daylight will lessen, while the length of night and the darker hours will grow (hence time change season!). A temporary day of equal night and light hanging in the balance, this time period is marked as a time of transition into darkness, but with the promise of eventual rebirth in the Spring. 

Mabon is named from the Welsh god, Mabon, who was stolen away to the underworld. Themes of loss and surrender start to arise now, as we journey inward for the colder months of the year. This day is also often celebrated as one of three harvests of the harvest season – the first being Lammas or Lughnasadh, and the third being Samhain, or halloween. So, this is a time to both reflect inward on themes of balance and darkness, but also to give thanks for bounty yet to come, and connect to ancestral energies.

Excerpt on the Fall Equinox from my book, Moon, Magic, Mixology.

With Mabon in northern hemisphere being accompanied by Mercury retrograde and Libra season, this is definitely a great time to reflect on how you can bring more balance into your life. Furthermore, since the hours of daylight will continue to wane until the Winter Solstice, reflect on any things you might wish to let go of, surrender, or re-do in your life, as Mabon is also occurring during the Waning Moon phase.

If you wish to learn more about Mabon, there are lots of great books! For green witches who love to use in-season herbal ingredients, A Year of Plant Magic by Sandra Kynes is a fantastic reference for yearly plant magic in tune with the changing of the Season. And for all around resource on practicing magic and the various Sabbats, Dorothy Morrison’s The Craft is one of my favorites!

Since Mabon celebrates bounty as a harvest, and what better time to drink? Let’s move onto what Autumn Equinox drinks I suggest from my blog, and from both of my books (if you happen to have those!)

 Autumn Equinox Drink Recipes From My Books

(Or Skip to Blog Recipes Below)

My books Moon, Magic, Mixology, and WitchCraft Cocktails are filled with guidance on how to make magical drinks, and recipes aligned to everything bewitching. See what recipes I suggest from my books (if you have them) below, or skip on to Autumn Equinox drink recipes from the blog further down below.

Fiery Mabon Cocktail

From WitchCraft Cocktails 

“Fiery Mabon Cocktail” From WitchCraft Cocktails by Julia Halina Hadas. Published by Adam’s Media of Simon & Schuster. Photo by Harper Point Photography

With seasonal blackberry, sage, and the magical properties of scotch, this cocktail (with some fire flare) is perfect for ushering in the transition of the season with Mabon.

Moon Mulled Wine

From Moon, Magic, Mixology

“Moon Mulled Wine” From Moon, Magic, Mixology by Julia Halina Hadas. Published by Adam’s Media of Simon & Schuster. Photo by Harper Point Photography

With spices like cardamom, as well as honey, orange, and lemon, this white Moon Mulled Wine Recipe is perfect for celebrating gratitude and releasing with the waning moon.

Stability Sour

From Moon, Magic, Mixology

“Taurus Moon Stability Sour” From Moon, Magic, Mixology by Julia Halina Hadas. Published by Adam’s Media of Simon & Schuster. Photo by Harper Point Photography

Imbibe the flavors of season, with this apple and blackberry sour. With rose and elderflower, too, this drink is perfect for welcoming the balance of Libra Season.

Autumn Equinox Drink Recipes

from Moon, Magic, Mixology

  • Blackberry Liqueur
  • The Twin’s Creativity Potion
  • Pumpkin Spice Lunar Latte
  • Stormy Dark Moon
  • & more!

Autumn Equinox Drink Recipes

from WitchCraft Cocktails

  • Blackberry Sage Shrub
  • Persephone’s Descent
  • The Black Cat
  • The Scales
  • Witch’s Cosmo
  • & more!

Autumn Equinox Drink Recipes

From maple, nutty concoctions, to pumpkin flavors and spices, here are 8 Autumn Equinox drink recipes from the blog to help you usher in the change of the season. With Mabon also ushering in the shift to Libra season (and a Libra new moon only a few days after), you’ll also find some harvest recipes with ingredients for this Venus-ruled sign.

Fig & Maple Harvest Sour

Cocktail & Mocktail

Sip in the flavors of the transition from bright summer to crisp fall, with this deeply soothing, rejuvenating, and sensual fig and maple drink. Using summer herbs like lavender, sage, and brightening lemon citrus, and fall spices like nutmeg, anise, and even woodsy maple, this juicy fig concoction is sure to inspire spiritual wisdom, creative inspiration, love, and prosperity!

Blackberry Rose Coffee Drink

Cocktail & Mocktail

Blackberry is one of my favorite flavors of the season, and with the addition of spices and almond flavors, this coffee drink is a great choice for a Mabon drink. As the Autumnal Equinox rings in Libra season, this drink is packed with Venus flavors like vanilla and rose. making this concoction a great choice for Love, Sensuality, Energy, Abundance, Wisdom as we head into the darker parts of the year.

Scorpio Moon Smash

Cocktail & Mocktail

With juicy blackberry, and herbal flavors like basil, mint, and ginger, this drink is packed with harvest ingredients for celebrating abundance, and refreshing, cleansing energy. So, while it was made with the Scorpio moon in mind, it makes a great choice for Autumn Equinox celebrations!

Maple Gin Hot Toddy

Cocktail & Mocktail

Sip in the remains of the summer harvest and the herbal, pine flavors of fall with this awakening, grounding, and introspective hot toddy. With sage, rosemary, lemon, and maple (and an optional addition of gin for a gin hot toddy), this Autumn Equinox drink makes a great choice for inspiring reflection, introspection, and cleansing away the old for Mabon.

The Painted Lady

Cocktail

One of my favorite cocktail creations to date, The Painted Lady is a great choice for a autumn equinox drink. A drink of balance, with cleansing ingredients like lemon and egg white, a grounding grain base with rye whiskey for the harvest, and sensual additions (perfect for Venus-ruled Libra season) such as rose and earthy, bold red wine – perfect for celebrating the earthy’s bounty and welcoming Libra season.

Pumpkin Cream Martini

Cocktail

Pumpkin spice is not only the flavor of the season, it is packed with ingredients for spirituality and prosperity! My Prosperous Pumpkin cocktail from WitchCraft Cocktails will always be my favorite, but for those that don’t have my book and are willing to put a little extra effort in, this cinnamon liqueur, nutty, pumpkin martini with cream and vanilla, is a wonderful spiced and soothing dessert cocktail to call in and celebrate abundance this Autumn Equinox.

Maple Old Fashioned

Maple & Hazelnut Old Fashioned

Cocktail

Celebrate the transition into autumn flavors with this smooth, subtly sweet maple and hazelnut old fashioned drink recipe. With a bourbon base to celebrate the grain harvest, nutty hazelnut liqueur and maple for seasonal flavors, this old fashioned recipe is a fast-favorite for abundance, grounding, and wisdom.

Lammas Beer Cocktail

Cocktail

For those of us still very-much in summer weather, this Lughnasadah Harvest Beer cocktail, with apple brandy and ginger spice makes a great choice for a harvest Mabon cocktail! With the addition of chamomile and orange, this concoction is great for Harvest time cleansing, as well as abundance, ancestry, & grounding. Not to mention, beer was the first alcoholic beverage many of our earlier human ancestors enjoyed – so drink up!

This year’s autumnal equinox occurs during mercury retrograde, and is swiftly followed by the new moon in Libra a few days later. You can check out recipe ideas for Mercury retrograde here, and learn more about drinks for Libra New Moon here. 

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