Mercury Retrograde Drink Recipes

Communication Breakdown Mercury Retrograde Cocktail

Add some relaxation to your mercury retrograde and sip away the stress, with these cocktail and mocktail mercury retrograde drinks!

Technology issues, communication mishaps, traffic jams, and the past coming up to meet you – who wouldn’t want a drink during Mercury retrograde? Don’t worry – I have you covered with cocktail and mocktail drink recipes for mercury retrograde, to help you sip away the blues. From a relaxing, warming sage and rosemary gin hot toddy to cleanse the mind and body, to a blue curaçao concoction for clear communication at the throat chakra, and even a maple old fashioned, fig sour and more – I have just the mercury retrograde drinks to get you through in a tasty fashion!

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What is Mercury Retrograde, and How to Survive it

A time when the planet of communication (Mercury) appears to be moving backwards in the sky due to Earth’s position in our solar system, Mercury retrograde is a notorious time for communication mishaps, technology issues, and travel delays in astrology. However, by tuning into its symbolism and meaning, it can also be a potent time of reflection and growth. Let’s dive into a bit about what the upcoming Mercury retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn could mean, how to utilize and survive it – or skip ahead to the Mercury drink recipes!

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius and in Capricorn

From January 14 and all the way until February 3, Mercury retrograde will begin in the sign of Aquarius and back track all the way to Capricorn. Mercury traveling backwards through Aquarius (a sign associated with creative innovation, boundless ideas, and technology) gives us the opportunity to grow and rework the way we think – to expand our intelligence and understanding of things, to review outdated ideas, and even the way we label and perceive ourselves and the social groups we operate within. This will allow room for more, innovative ideas to flow through – although, Mercury retrograde is a notorious time to not pursue new ideas! So, allow yourself to marinate in any revelations until Mercury goes direct again. (For those looking to specifically connect to the Mercury in Aquarius energy, the Fig & Maple Sour, Cherry Aquarius Moon Mix, & Champagne Julep cocktails could be good fit for you! See more suggestions down below).

After Mercury in Aquarius invites us to change our perspectives and our ideas of ourselves, mercury going retrograde in Capricorn will move us from our heads to our feet, providing the these revelations apply in the mundane. A sign of tradition, structure, motivation, and abundance, Capricorn (in general) is great for matters of career and goals. Mercury retrograde in this sign provides the perfect opportunity re-analyze career paths, projects, or even revisit abandoned goals (new years resolutions, anyone?). While again, mercury retrograde is not the best time to initiate new things, use the time to reflect on restructuring instead. (For those looking to connect to the Mercury in Capricorn energy, the Balsamic Moon Shrub and Stormy Dark Moon recipes from Moon, Magic, Mixology could be good for you! See more suggestions down below).

In Summary

Mercury traveling backwards through Aquarius and Capricorn from January 14 to February 3, offers us the opportunity to reflect on old, outdated beliefs, ideas, and dreams, and allow us to re-lay the groundwork for one’s career, abundance, overall perspective with those new insights! But don’t forget – communication and technology can go array at this time, travel mishaps are bound to happen – so be sure to take it slow, see the opportunity in each moment, and maybe cool down and relax with a mercury retrograde cocktail. 

If interested in learning more about Mercury Retrograde and how it can affect you, I highly suggest The Mercury Retrograde Book by Yasmin Boland & Kim Farnell. Mercury Retrograde happens about 3 times a year. Learn how to utilize each one for your own growth with this book!

Mercury Retrograde Drinks

What better way to calm down from the Mercury Retrograde energies, than slowing down and sipping a relaxing drink? From my Calming Communication Syrup to add to your iced teas, mocktails, and cocktails for soothed mind, to a blue throat-aligned Communication Breakdown concoction, there’s a mercury retrograde beverage that is right for you!

Calming Communication Mercury Retrograd Drink Syrup

Calming Communication Syrup

Syrup Recipe

With herbs aligned to the plant Mercury and designed for enhancing communication, this peppermint, chamomile, and sage herbal drink syrup is perfect to use in any refreshing beverage during mercury retrograde. Make once, and have this communication-aligned mercury retrograde drink syrup ready to use any cocktail or even iced tea!

Communication Breakdown Mercury Retrograde Cocktail

Communication Break Down

Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic

Sip away or (in!) the retrograde blues, with this blue curaçao and mint concoction, designed for both Mercury Retrograde and the throat energy center. With your choice of vodka or gin, elderflower, lemon, and Calming Communication Syrup, served over crush ice, this mercury retrograde cocktail is sure to soothe your mind, and clear your communication (depending on how much you drink).  

Maple Gin Hot Toddy Mercury Retrograde Drink Recipe

Maple-Gin Hot Toddy

Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic

With sage, rosemary, and maple, this herbal maple tea is perfect for those in colder weather, or to be enjoyed chilled for those in warmer climates. To be enjoyed with or without (for an N/A version) gin, this Maple-Gin Hot Toddy recipe is perfect for cleansing, grounding and wisdom during mercury retrograde. 

Fig & Maple Sour

Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic

With air element-associated sage, lavender, anise, and maple, this Fig & Maple Sour (available in alcoholic and non alcoholic forms) is great for supporting cleansing, inspiration, and insight during mercury retrograde. With its air associated ingredients, it will be particularly useful for that Mercury-in-Aquarius energy!

Maple Old Fashioned

Maple-Hazelnut Old Fashioned

With grounding maple and bourbon, hazelnut and walnut for the mind, this delicious nutty old fashioned is a lot a great choice for the mind, protection, and grounding during mercury retrograde!

Aquarius Moon Champagne Julep Cocktail Recipe

Aquarius Champagne Julep Recipe

For those looking for a more unique concoction to enjoy, this sage, rosemary, and anise champagne julep is a great choice to enjoy for tuning into those mercury in Aquarius independence, change, and freedom vibes.

Mercurial Grounding Elixir from WitchCraft Cocktails
Mercurial Grounding Elixir from WitchCraft Cocktails Photo by Harper Point Photography

Mercurial Grounding Elixir

Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic

For those that have my book, WitchCraft Cocktails, this Mercurial Elixir is one of my top suggestions for mercury retrograde. With lavender, chamomile, and lemon, this Spitzer is refreshing and relaxing – and aligned to mercury just for this occasion!

Drinks from Moon, Magic, Mixology

For those that have my second book, Moon, Magic, Mixology, there are some great recipes for Mercury Retrograde as well! With vinegar for protection and rosemary for cleansing, The Balsamic Moon shrub is a great ingredient to use in many a drink, especially the Stormy Dark Moon – to tune into those Mercury in Capricorn energies! The Gemini Moon Mint Julep and Lunar State of Mind are other great options.

Stones, Minerals, and Crystals for Mercury Retrograde

Beyond these drink recipes, what are some other ways you can mediate the chaotic energy during mercury retrograde? Whether you are looking to promote clear communication and mind, protect your energy, for safe travel, or focus in on some potent healing & transformation during Mercury Retrograde, here are some of my favorite potent crystals to work with. There are 4 crystals I always go to when mercury retrograde comes around – I find this quad helps me make it through as peacefully and safely as possible!

Blue Lace Agate

Associated with the throat chakra, blue lace agate is a powerful communication stone. Tuning you into your higherself, this stone will help you not only keep calm and relaxed, but also communicate with mental clarity amidst the communicative chaos and emotions that may arise at this time.

Hematite

Hematite is a powerful grounder and protector. Its heavy weight connects you to the earth’s energy, and its gentle vibration balances and soothes. Hematite absorbs negative energy, so this will be great for protecting you against the emotional energy of others (perfect for mercury retrograde!).

Citrine

Citrine embodies the energy of positivity – and as such, this stone transmutes negative energy into positive. Also a wonderful stone for those going through transitions (and for empaths in general), citrine is a great stone ally to work for keeping you positive and prosperous through mercury retrograde, regardless of the roadblocks! And as a bonus, citrine can help connect you to your inner inspiration, for those looking to mercury retrograde as a time for revisiting ideas.

Amber

A fossilized botanical resin, amber can be great for connecting to ancient wisdom and uncovering deep-rooted energetic patterns (hello mercury retrograde healing!). It is also used for creativity, sensuality, empowerment, as well as protection! I’ve also found petrified wood to be a worthy option or replacement.

To layer on the energetic & magical frequencies, you can meditate with your given crystal, keep it on you as make and/or sip the drink, as well as attune the crystal to the drink by visualizing both the drink and crystal resonating together with your intention, as you hold the crystal against the outside of the glass. (Don’t put your crystal in any of the cocktail components unless you know for sure it is not toxic). 

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