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The Queen of Cups prepares the Sweet September [a Mabon cocktail]

Mabon cocktail recipe


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.)


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. 


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12 thoughts on “The Queen of Cups prepares the Sweet September [a Mabon cocktail]

  1. I’m giggling because of the card I chose for my post. Makes sense that we are neighbors. I’ll bring my recipe over if you make us drinks 😀

  2. What instantly caught my eye is the tarot deck, its not one that I have come across before and I am certainly going to keep looking out for it.

    1. It’s the Lumina Tarot by Inner Hue… it’s amazing. Will let you know when it’s back in stock!

  3. I bet you’d get along with my friend Bryan. He buys raw honey from the Mennonites north of town and uses that to brew his own mead. He’s entered a few amatuer competitions and has gotten to the point that he’s winning shows and people are telling him to start looking bigger. His mead is evil – it goes down so smooth and easy you don’t even think about how much you’re drinking until it’s way too late.

  4. Any kind of a drink using honey is right up my alley–will definitely be trying this one! And love the combination of the King and Queen of Cups…who else could create such amazing beverages?

  5. Welcom to the tarot blog hop, I am glad you joined us! Delicious recipe, I will definitely make the sage syrup!

  6. That sounds good. It’s an interesting combination of flavors. I used to make a liqueur for the Pagan holidays and we would add honey at the equinox for balance.

  7. beautiful photo and sage+pom+honey sounds deliciously dreamy Queen of Cups-esque! I’ll have to make a mocktail version of this at some point 😉

  8. I enjoyed reading about your process of choosing ingredients. Your inclusion of magical intention as part of the recipe was great, too. Bet it’s a delicious drink and perfect for family time this season!

  9. This sounds delictable. Can’t wait to try it!!!!

  10. I do love a bit of honey vodka – the Polish one is called Krupnik – so I will be trying this cocktail. Thanks 😀

  11. Wondrous combination of energy and matter to create this beautiful beverage. Also love the deck. 🙂

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