Solstice Old Fashioned
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Solstice Old Fashioned

Energetic Alignment: Grounding, Protection, Ancestral Connection, Abundance

The longest night of the year has bewitched mankind for ages, resulting in various traditions from cultures across the globe. Tune into the ancient power and energetic vibration of the Winter Solstice with this centering, herbal old fashioned. Aged in charred oak barrels, bourbon is especially tied to age-old magic and traditions, and invokes grounding, protection, as well as abundance. With evergreen and purifying rosemary, cleansing grapefruit, orange for some more purification and positivity, this Winter Solstice Old Fashioned is a wonderful grounding concoction that will you have feeling rich and homey in the midst of all the cold weather.

Solstice Old Fashioned

Imbibe the magic of generations passed with herbal, citrusy old fashioned inspired by the Winter Solstice for grounding, centering, and connecting to ancestral wisdom.


  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 1/4 of a slice orange (blood orange is grand seasonal choice)
  • 1 strip grapefruit peel
  • 2-3 dashes/drops angostura bitter
  • 1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup (see note below)
  • 1.5 ounces bourbon whiskey


  • In an old fashioned glass, add rosemary, orange, grapefruit peel, bitters, and syrup. Muddle these ingredients together, inviting the oils of the rosemary and grapefruit peel to express themselves into the syrup and orange citrus juice. Then, add one large cube if possible. Pour in rye or bourbon whiskey, and stir clockwise. Garnish with a rosemary sprig to greet the nose and set the tone with its cleansing and calming herbal aroma. 


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. 
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Ingredient Alignment

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

Grapefruit (Moon, Sun, Water) – Purification, Positivity 

Oak (which Bourbon is aged in) (Sun, Sag) – Protection, Health, Money, Healing, Potency, Fertility, Luck

Orange (Sun, Fire) – Divination, Luck, positivity, Purification, creativity

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

Works Cited

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