I’m so excited to be taking part in my first Tarot blog hop! The topic seemed tailor-made for me, as this is the start of my favorite season and my husband and I enjoy preparing meals as a way to celebrate.
The post guidelines: choose a character from your favorite Tarot deck, and try to find out what they would cook at Harvest Home so as to give their best to others so that Light should become a blessing in all of us. Share with us a special – sacred – method of cooking or preparing a dish, or think of a recipe that contains sacred and consecrated elements so that they can give their best to us.
I knew I wanted to work with the Queen of Cups, my significator. And I knew that she wanted to develop a cocktail recipe: Sabbat celebrations call for special libations. A sentimental suit, the Cups appreciate symbolism, so the recipe had to include elements that represented the harvest and the season, as well as a sacred preparation component. The Cups also value family and connection, so I needed input from the King as well. Fortunately, my husband used to be a bartender. 😉
The Queen of Cups from the Lumina Tarot beautifully depicts the balance at the equinox. I love this card and used her as a guide in creating the cocktail recipe.
The snake: transition, protection, shedding of the skin, transformation. The drink needs a protective component to keep the family safe in the coming darkness. I wanted to incorporate fresh sage from my garden; the King of Cups suggested making a sage simple syrup. Ahh. A chance for sacred preparation.
Also… honey, to recognize the labor that goes into the harvest. And express gratitude for those who performed that labor. Pomegranate, as a nod to the diminishing light and a request for abundance during the colder months. Find the right balance to combine gratitude for your current blessings with a request for ongoing protection and plentiful resources.
SAGE SIMPLE SYRUP (to be prepared ahead of time)
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4-5 fresh sage leaves
Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Hold the sage leaves in your hand and charge them with the intention that they protect all who drink this simple syrup: gently crush them and drop them into the boiling liquid. Reduce to a simmer and stir gently, letting their energy permeate the syrup. When the sugar has all dissolved, remove from heat. Let cool completely, then store in a jar and refrigerate. (You can remove the sage leaves if you wish.)
THE SWEET SEPTEMBER, A MABON COCKTAIL
1/2 oz honey vodka
1 oz plain vodka
1/2 oz pomegranate juice (unsweetened)
splash of sage simple syrup
dash of bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake, strain over ice into the festive glass of your choice – I prefer cocktail glasses. Garnish with a crushed sage leaf, if desired.
For a sweeter cocktail, use all honey vodka.