Oh! These glorious, balmy eves
illuminated by firefly light
and pearlescent moonglow
sheer exuberance in the air
and lusty, languid stars
bathing you in their sorcery...
Yes, Summer Solstice has passed, but, really,
as far as I can see,
it's Midsummer until it's Autumn.
And there is simply no need to end the sensual revelry.
Besides, who doesn't love a sparkly bit of brew to deepen the mood,
already so lovely and lush, so deeply divine?
My Midsummer gift to you, dear Beasties, lies within the plants...
You guessed it.
Succulent cocktails derived from fresh herbs, voluptuous fruits, and delicate blossoms, with finely tuned magick in each sip. Beautifying and delicious, they can be enjoyed with or without alchohol, and are delectable either way!
Brew the tea the night before, using fresh herbs. Speak softly to them, gently coaxing their energies into your brew. Blend the strained tea with the fruit, and you can keep a beautiful glass vessel of it in your refrigerator. Add the spirits when you pour - a half-and-half ratio works well, but design it as you please. Garnish thoughtfully. Enjoy. And always remember to say thank you.
*Use organic or wild ingredients, fresh wherever possible, and dried when necessary.*
- Basil tea - 5 large organic leaves in 1 C spring water
- 3 strawberries
- 1 fresh basil leaf (optional, if you want the basil stronger)
- dry white wine
The purrfect Venus-Mars alignment! Sacred to Freya, love-infused strawberries are ruled by Venus and water. Basil is also a love plant, but ruled by fiery Mars. Together, they make a lusty connection with a bit of protective energy tossed in. And, though we always associate wine with Bacchus/Dionysus, the earliest wine deities were actually female. In ancient Mesopotamia, twelve vases per day of were offered to Ishtar! White wine is also lunar ruled...so sip this delightful drink beneath her white light.
- Mint tea - 6 organic leaves in 1 C spring water
- 1/2 organic orange
- juice of 2 lemon wedges
- shot of gin
Oooh! This one is frisky! The citrus fruits are a well-balanced blend of both solar and lunar energies, making it an ideal afternoon libation also. Wild and fiery orange is ruled by the Sun, and though it possesses purification powers, it is actually known as a love stimulator. Mmmm! Lively lunar lemon brings love and happiness to the wise beholder, and with the sexual prowess of mint joining the party...you get the picture.
Gin can be substituted for vodka here, but it won't have the same effect. Gin is derived form juniper berries, and was traditionally used as herbal medicine . A protective plant, juniper offers stamina, good health and love...*wink*
- Rose tea - 1 Tbsp rose petals (fresh or dried), 1 tsp rose hips, 1 C spring water
- 1-2 tbsp rosewater
- 1 tsp pomegranate concentrate
I couldn't possibly go through a sultry Summer without this one, and neither should you. Rose, ruled by Venus herself, has been regarded as primary medicine, a powerful symbol of strength, and a supreme beautifier for ages. It is a flower of love and happiness, and heightens psychic awareness. Rose should be consumed, used topically, inhaled, gazed upon, and adored.
Pomegranate is a lucky fruit. It's a Mercury-fire powerhouse which brings forth creativity, money, and...fertility. So, yes, be careful, but I always see fertility from the artistic perspective. Literally, the ability to give new life. Just direct the energies where you want them. Oh, and add as much as you like for sweetening.
The champagne? Well, champagne is like drinking stars!
Summer passes by too quickly, my Loves.
Join me for a cocktail?
I'll be beneath the night sky...