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Hump Day Cocktail From ShakeStir: The Summer Solstice

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The Summer Solstice, made by Saul Ranella.

Our friends over at ShakeStir have asked the nearly 2,000 (and growing) bartenders in their community to submit signature cocktail recipes for potential coverage on The Daily Meal. Each Wednesday**, the drink that snags the most 5-star ratings (according to his or her ShakeStir peers) will be featured on The Daily Meal — along with a recipe, photo, and link to the selected bartender's profile — as part of the new weekly "Hump Day" Cocktail series.

This week's winner, the Summer Solstice, comes from New York City's La Mar bar manager, Saul Ranella. His inspiration for the sticky-sweet, whiskey cocktail, he says, comes from a New York City summer.

Thanks to our bartender friends at ShakeStir for contributing, and stay tuned for more Hump Day Cocktails!

3 Mount Gay Cocktails to Sip on National Rum Day

It’s National Rum Day this Friday, August 16th and what better way to celebrate the occasion than with a specialty cocktail? These versions are expertly crafted using Mount Gay Rum, which was established in 1703 and is the oldest continuously running rum distillery, based in Barbados, the birthplace of rum.

With over 300 years of expertise in making rum, Mount Gay Rum is made under the expertise of master blender Trudiann Branker using coral filtered water containing minerals that aid in the fermentation process along with Barbadian and Caribbean molasses and fermented by wild indigenous proprietary yeast using both controlled and open-air fermentation.

According to a recent study conducted by Mount Gay Rum, over 1/3 of consumers feel they are in a “cocktail rut” and 38% of people want to learn how to make cocktails at home but don’t know where to start. On this day of celebrating all things rum, enjoy one of these Mount Gay Rum drinks – created by Dominic Alling, National Brand Ambassador for Mount Gay Rum – while enjoying these last days of summer.

27 Coconut Cocktails That'll Get You in the Mood for Summer

These sweet sips promise tropical vacation vibes no matter where you're enjoying them.

There's more to coconut cocktails that pina coladas (although we love a good riff on those too.) Whether you're looking to get creative with a coconutty treat, craving a classic coco cocktail, or trying to figure out what to do with that bottle of coconut-flavored rum lingering on your bar cart these delicious coconut cocktail recipes will transport you to a beachy destination with each sip.


1.5 oz. Milagro Tequila
1 oz. Coco Lopez
.5 oz Lime Juice
Tajin spice for rim


Combine all ingredients into a tin with ice and shake. Cover half the rim in Tajin. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with a lime wedge and edible flower.


1 oz Coconut-washed Ruejero Sangani Bolivian Brandy*
.5 oz Rhine Hall Mango Brandy
.75 Campari
.75 Vermouth


Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass over ice.

*Coconut-washed Brandy: Heat 1 cup virgin coconut oil on medium heat and stir until liquefied. Pour hot oil into 750 mL room temperature Ruejero Sangani Bolivian Brandy. Let sit at room temperature for an hour, periodically agitating the container to re-combine the liquids. Store in freezer for 48-72 hours. Fine strain and bottle

By Jessica Lambert at Boleo rooftop in Chicago


.5 oz Moscatel
1 oz Amontillado Sherry
.5 oz Smith & Cross Rum
.25 oz Crème de banane
1 oz Coconut Cream


Add all ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake until well combined. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with sprinkle of nutmeg and mint sprig.

By Ivy Mix from DIEGO at Public Hotel, NYC


1 oz Ilegal Mezcal
1 oz Dorothy Parker Gin
.75 oz lime
.25 oz simple syrup
.25 oz Taylors Velvet Falernum
.25 oz Monin Coconut Syrup
Pinch of salt


Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a coupe glass.

By Bryan Schneider from Quality Eats in NYC


1.5 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
1 oz coconut milk
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
5 basil leaves, one for garnish
Rose salt rim*


Rim a wine goblet or coupe glass with rose salt and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. If using a wine goblet, strain onto fresh ice. Alternatively, if using a coupe, strain into the glass without ice.Garnish with a basil leaf.

*Rose salt rim: Add 5 grams dried roses to 30 grams kosher salt in a spice grinder and grind until well combined.


1 part Cruzan Coconut Rum
1 part Cruzan Pineapple Rum
1 part Pineapple Juice
Pineapple Wedge


Combine the rums together into a mixing glass with ice and add a splash of pineapple juice. Stir and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.


1 oz Cointreau
1 oz blanco tequila
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz coconut water
5-7 sliced ginger coins


Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with lime peel or candied ginger.


1 oz Dr. Bird Jamaican rum
.5 oz Ramazotti Amaro
.75 oz cold brew
.75 oz coconut water
.5 oz orgeat
.5 oz lemon juice
Dash of angostura bitters


Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain over crushed ice and garnish with mint.

By Tommy Flynn from Paper Daisy in NYC


2 oz Mount Gay Rum Black Barrel
1.5 oz almond milk
.5 oz Coconut Cinnamon Syrup*
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters


Add Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Almond Milk, Coconut Cinnamon Syrup, and Fresh Lemon Juice to cocktail shaker. Shake And strain then garnish with Angostura Bitters, Lemon Wheel and Fresh Grated Cinnamon over crushed ice.

*Coconut Cinnamon Syrup: Combine equal parts water and sugar in a pot with .5 cup dried coconut chips and 5 cinnamons sticks. Bring to a boil then turn off and let cool. Allow to steep for 10 minutes and then strain.


2 oz The Botanist Gin
.5 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz coconut water
2 oz soda water


Add gin, lime juice, and coconut water to a shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain over ice and top with soda water


1.5 oz El Dorado 3 yr Rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz pineapple juice
.75 oz Coco Lopez
.25 oz Fernet Branca
.25 oz Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum


Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a collins glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple leaves.


2 oz Nolet's Silver Gin
1 oz Coconut Milk
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Splash of Tonic Water
Lime Wheels for Garnish


Combine gin, coconut milk, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake well with ice. Pour into coupe glasses and top with tonic. Garnish with lime.


1.75 oz Tariquet VS Armagnac
.5 oz Amaro
.5 oz Coconut Cream
1 Dash Jamaica #1 Bitters


Stir ingredients and double strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with coconut flakes

By Dylan Knox at Vol. 39 in Chicago


2 oz Monkey Shoulder Scotch
2 oz Coco Lopez Coconut Cream
3 oz fresh pineapple juice
.75 oz fresh lime juice
3 dashes of Angostura bitters
Splash of water
Pinch of salt


In a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass with ice and garnish with a pineapple wedge.


1.5 parts Hendrick's Gin
3 parts coconut water
1 part cold brew coffee
2 dashes xocolat bitters


Add ingredients to shaker and shake hard with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg & mint.


1 oz El Dorado 3 Year rum
1 oz Clément Coco rhum
.33 oz coconut milk-based yogurt
.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz lime juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters


Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coconut over ice. Garnish with a generous sprig of mint.

&ndash Courtesy of Kendall Atkerson at Miss Lily's, New York City


1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
4 ounces fresh lime juice
4 ounces Simple Syrup
16 ounces coconut water, chilled
8 ounces white rum, chilled


Muddle mint, lime juice and Simple Syrup in a pitcher. Pour in the coconut water and rum. Add ice to fill a pitcher, and stir to combine.


.5 oz lemon juice
.75 oz pineapple juice
.25 oz cane syrup*
.75 oz coconut peanut butter syrup
.5 oz house banana blend
1 dash Angostura bitters
3 drops saline solution
1/2 tsp Cruzan blackstrap rum
1 tsp Hamilton 151 proof Demerara rum
1 oz Plantation Xaymaca rum
1 oz Elijah Craig bourbon


Shake all ingredients with ice cubes. Strain into a Tiki mug & top with crushed ice. Garnish with a half pineapple wheel & swizzle stick

*Cane syrup: 2 parts organic cane sugar to 1 part water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves completely.

**Coconut peanut butter syrup: 2 parts cane sugar to 1 part North Shore Goodies creamy coconut peanut butter. Stir over medium heat until peanut butter dissolves completely.

***House Banana Blend: equal parts banana liqueur & overproof banana liqueur

By Brian Miller at The Polynesian in NYC

Hump Day Cocktail From ShakeStir: The Summer Solstice - Recipes

The Fête de la Saint-Jean (St. John’s Eve) is celebrated in France at sunset on June 23rd. St. John’s Day is actually on June 24th and it celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist (6 months before Jesus’s birth).

The festival has its roots in the ancient celebration of the summer solstice. The pagans would light bonfires on the eve of the solstice. Originally, they were lit to “help” the sun whose course would shorten until the winter solstice. During the Middle Ages, people thought the bonfires would keep sorcerers from passing by on that night.

The holiday is still held in many villages in France. It’s in part a celebration of the young ladies and men. On the 23rd, they go around collecting branches for a bonfire to be lit at night. Sometimes when the fire starts to die down and is very low, young people jump over it to show their virility. (Don’t try this at home!) There’s often a nice meal involved in the festivities. Sometimes fireworks are lit and there’s singing and dancing.

On St. John’s Day, French people pick St. John’s Wort. It’s put in a bottle with oil (usually olive) to make “red oil” which is used to relieve rheumatism. (It is photosensitizing and can have other adverse side effects especially with different medicines. So don’t use it without reading up on it and asking the advice of your physician.)

The holiday was brought to the province of Quebec in Canada by French colonists and was celebrated back in the early 1600’s. There it has three names, la Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste (St. John the Baptist’s Day), la Saint-Jean (the St. John), and Fête nationale du Québec (National Holiday of Quebec). As the latter name suggests, it is now a national holiday in the Province.

The celebration starts in Quebec the night of June 23rd with Bonfires. There’s dancing and singing of folk songs. On the 24th, there are parades in the morning and then a mass for St. John the Baptist’s Day. Later on there are concerts and fireworks.

Thanks to Monique Palomares for help with the details of the holiday. Monique works with me on the French and Spanish versions of Mama Lisa’s World.

This article was posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2021 at 6:36 pm and is filed under Canada, Countries & Cultures, Fête de la Saint-Jean (St. John's Eve), France, Holidays Around the World, Mama Lisa, Seasonal, Summer, Summer Solstice. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

18 Skinny Summer Cocktails You Need to Make Right Now

Turn every day this season into a celebration with these figure-friendly, refreshing cocktails.

Every day this summer will feel like a celebration when you mix up these refreshing beverages from Kim Haasarud, REDBOOK's Mommy Mixologist. You'll want to make all 20 of 'em before the season ends.

'Mai Tai' means "the best of the best!" Enjoy this classic Trader Vic's original with a spiced rum twist.


1.5 oz Mount Gay Eclipse rum

0.5 oz orgeat (almond) syrup (can buy this at most grocery & liquor stores)

Float of Kraken spiced rum

Directions: Combine all the ingredients (except the spiced rum) in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Float with Kraken spiced rum. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Homemade simple syrup: 1 part water: 1 part white sugar. Combine the sugar and water. Stir until completely dissolved. You can also heat on stovetop to dissolve faster.

**Homemade simple syrup is 52 calories per ounce. Most simple syrup purchased at a store will use a 2:1 sugar to water ratio, which is double the calorie count, or about 104 calories per ounce.

For a refreshing drink that's basically summer incarnate, this sparkling bev is the perfect spritz.


1 part St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

1/2 part freshly squeezed lime (approx. half a lime)

Directions: Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice. Add Grey Goose Vodka and St-Germain. Then squeeze fresh lime and discard. Top with Perrier. Stir and garnish with fresh lime wedges and a Grey Goose stirrer.

Perfect for brunch, or a pre-dinner drink, this one goes down easy.


Directions: Combine all ingredients in shaker tin. Add ice and give a quick swizzle. Strain into a Collins glass and top with seltzer.

A light and refreshing spin on the margarita with flavors of cucumber and mandarin orange. The perfect cocktail for keeping cool and refreshed.


0.75 oz silver tequila (i.e. 1800 Silver)

0.75 oz Hangar One Mandarin Blossom vodka

Splash of tangerine or mandarin juice

Cucumber slice + orange wheel, for garnish

Directions: In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber with the lime juice and simple syrup until pulped. Add the silver tequila, Hangar One Mandarin Blossom and splash of tangerine juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange wheel and cucumber slice.

Simple syrup: 1 part water: 1 part white sugar. Combine the sugar and water. Stir until completely dissolved. You can also heat on stove-top to dissolve faster.

This classic cocktail was created in the 1980's in London.


0.75 oz blackberry liqueur, also known as crème de mure (also, a "Late Harvest Zinfandel" would work nicely in this drink too.)

4 blackberries, one for garnish

Simple syrup: 1 part water: 1 part white sugar. Combine the sugar and water. Stir until completely dissolved. You can also heat on stovetop to dissolve faster.

Directions: In a cocktail shaker, combine ALL the ingredients (including the blackberries.) Top with ice and shake vigorously. Pour contents into a cocktail glass. Top with additional ice, if needed. Garnish with blackberry.

A classic margarita made with blue curacao and a touch of mezcal. Mezcal is an agave spirit, much like the single malt scotch of the agave world&mdashsmoky, rich and complex.


1.5 oz silver (blanco) tequila

0.5 oz high-quality mezcal (i.e. Del Maguey VIDA)

1 oz lime juice, fresh squeezed

Simple syrup: 1 part water: 1 part white sugar. Combine the sugar and water. Stir until completely dissolved. You can also heat on stovetop to dissolve faster.

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a floating lime wheel.

A freshly delightful cocktail. A cross between a gin & tonic, greyhound, and a Negroni.


1.5 oz gin (Plymouth, Hendricks and Boodles are great choices)

0.5 oz Aperol (an Italian aperitif)

1.5 oz ruby red grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed

Pink grapefruit thinly sliced, for garnish

Simple syrup: 1 part water: 1 part white sugar. Combine the sugar and water. Stir until completely dissolved. You can also heat on stovetop to dissolve faster.

Directions: Combine all the ingredients (except the tonic water) in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water and stir. Garnish with grapefruit slice.

If you like a fresh gimlet, you'll love this "fresh from the garden" version made with muddled cucumber and fresh celery juice. Best if you have a juice extractor, but you can also just muddle some celery slices as well.


4-5 slices of fresh cucumber

0.5 oz celery juice, freshly extracted (or muddle 5-6 chunks fresh celery)

Dash of celery bitters, optional (Fee Bros. or The Bitter Truth &ndash can get them online.)

Optional: Kosher salt / Celery salt rim

Simple syrup: 1 part water: 1 part white sugar. Combine the sugar and water. Stir until completely dissolved. You can also heat on stovetop to dissolve faster.

Directions: If desired, wet the outside rim of a cocktail glass with lime wedge, then dip the glass in a Kosher salt / Celery salt mixture. Set glass aside. In a mixing glass, muddle the fresh cucumber with the lime juice, simple syrup and celery juice. (If not using celery juice, also muddle in the fresh celery slices.) Add the gin. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the cocktail glass.

The 28 Best Summer Cocktails for 2021

A great summer drink should be cold, delicious, and relatively easy to make.

Also a plus: flexibility. Because summer cocktails tend to involve &ldquomixers&rdquo&mdashfresh-squeezed juices, bubbly seltzers, and the like&mdashthe drinks on this list are very forgiving if you need to upsize them for a crowd. As in a party. Remember those?

In order to scale up each cocktail without the flavors going awry, just take the ratios specified in each recipe for one drink and then multiply. Eyeballing and tasting as you go along is totally fine, and encouraged even, although keep in mind that the more tasting you do the less able you are to figure out the nuances of the drink. (But summer is not a time for nuances anyway?)

You'll find plenty of the summer classics on this list&mdashfrom margaritas to mojitos&mdashbut also a few surprises for those you who are looking for something different beyond margaritas and mojitos.

One thing you won't find on this list: Super-sugary boozy slushies&mdashthe caloric equivalent of booz-ified semi-liquid candy. The best summer cocktails don't need a ton of sugar to taste great. In fact, if the quality of your ingredients is high, you rarely need anything beyond a little simple syrup to help balance all the flavors.

So, this summer, raise a glass to a return to simple pleasures: easy cocktails, with friends and family. Because, really, what else do you need to feel satisfied in life?

Buzzing Bees KneesCocktail

Magical Alignment: Happiness, Strength, Purification

What better way to encapsulate the buzzing energy of the Summer Solstice than with a bees knees? A zesty, refreshing bouquet of floral flavors, this brightening cocktail is aligned to the solstice energies of happiness, strength, purification, healing. And what better gin to use, than the aptly-named Hendrick’s Gin’s Midsummer Solstice? Add in some soothing & strengthening solstice honey syrup, and purifying lavender, and this cocktail is sure to have you in your happy place. Add in an optional 1/4-1/3 oz violet liqueur for a more floral, less zesty profile.


  • 1.5 oz gin (I used Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice)
  • 3/4 oz solstice syrup or honey syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 lavender bitters (or sprig)
  • Optional: 1/4-1/3 oz violet liqueur? (for a more floral flavor)

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, add gin, syrup, lemon, and bitters. (If using lavender sprig instead of bitters, be sure to muddle the sprig in the syrup first). Add ice, and shake. Double strain cocktail into a coupe glass, and adorn with lemon peel and flower garnish.

The 15 Best Summer Cocktails for a Warm Weather Buzz

Whatever your spirit of choice, these drinks will keep you cool through the hottest months.

A cocktail in the summertime has a singular purpose: It must make you feel cool. We mean cool in the literal sense of the word. Cool, like soft breezes, salty ocean spray, and the crisp air from AC units. Cool, like the hose water in that inflatable pool you may or may not have panic-purchased as you looked ahead to a summer spent in at least partial isolation. That's the kind of cool a strong Negroni brings to your evening, or a Julep with fresh mint. You'll find it in any number of rum drinks , particularly the frozen ones like a Piña Colada or Pain Killer. It's what makes those hot-weather tequila staples (oh yeah, it's Margarita season) so damn refreshing.

These classic summer cocktail recipes, which range from simple to more intensive concoctions, are ideal for hot weather drinking. Master a handful&mdasha Mojito is particularly impressive and almost too drinkable when it's good&mdashand you'll have yourself a happy hour cocktail menu stored in your brain. So log off, shut down, or hang up. Depart the home office for your kitchen, back deck, or front drive, where you can nurse the cocktail you just mixed. And, as always, stay cool.


&bull 2 oz. silver tequila
&bull 1 oz. Cointreau
&bull 1 oz. lime juice
&bull coarse salt

Chill a cocktail glass, and then rub its rim with lime juice and dip it in coarse salt. Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice together in a cocktail shaker. Shake and then strain into the glass over ice.


&bull 1 oz. London dry gin
&bull 1 oz. Campari
&bull 1 oz. vermouth rosso

Add the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker. Stir well with cracked ice. Strain into a glass over cubed ice. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.


&bull 1/2 oz. vodka
&bull 1/2 oz. gin
&bull 1/2 oz. white rum
&bull 1/2 oz. silver tequila
&bull 1/2 oz. Cointreau
&bull 3/4 oz. lemon juice
&bull 2 tsp. simple syrup
&bull 3/4 oz. Mexican Coke

Shake ingredients (except Mexican Coke), then strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice. Top with Coke and garnish with a lemon twist.


&bull 2 oz. white rum
&bull 1/2 oz. lime juice (squeezed fresh)
&bull 1 tsp. superfine sugar
&bull 3 mint leavesclub soda or seltzer

In a smallish Collins glass, muddle lime juice with 1/2 to 1 tsp. superfine sugar. Add the mint leaves, mushing them against the side of the glass. Fill glass 2/3 with cracked ice and pour in the rum. Pitch in the squeezed-out lime shell and top off with club soda or seltzer.


&bull 2 oz. dark rum
&bull 1 oz. lime juice
&bull 1/2 oz. orange curaçao
&bull 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
&bull 1/8 oz. rock candy syrup

Shake ingredients with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker. Pour unstrained into a large Collins glass (or tiki mug). Garnish with half a lime shell and a sprig of mint.


&bull 2 1/2 oz. rum
&bull 3 oz. pineapple juice
&bull 1 oz. coconut cream
&bull ice

Start with the rum. Then combine with unsweetened pineapple juice (you can sub in 3 ounces crushed or whole pineapple), and coconut cream in a blender. Blend on high with a cup or so of crushed ice, or 5 or 6 ice cubes. Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with whatever you've got.


&bull 3 oz. bourbon
&bull 5-6 mint leaves
&bull 1 tsp. sugar

Place mint leaves in the bottom of a pre-chilled, dry pewter cup. Add sugar and crush slightly with a muddler. Pack glass with finely cracked ice, then pour a generous 3 ounces of Kentucky bourbon over the ice. Stir briskly until the glass frosts. Add more ice and stir again before serving. Stick a few sprigs of mint into the ice to get the aroma.


&bull 3 oz. dark or gold rum
&bull 2 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
&bull 1 oz. orange juice
&bull 1 oz. coconut cream

Shake ingredients well with ice in cocktail shaker. Strain into a hurricane glass over fresh ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg.


&bull 1 bottle red table wine
&bull 1/2 c. brandy
&bull 1/2 c. orange juice
&bull 1/2 c. pomegranate juice
&bull 2 c. sparkling water
&bull 1/4 c. simple syrup
&bull orange slices
&bull apple slices
&bull blackberries
&bull pomegranate seeds

Stir all of the ingredients together in a pitcher. Put the pitcher in the refrigerator and let stand overnight. Pour sangria into glasses. Garnish with an orange wedge.


&bull 1 oz. light rum
&bull 1 oz. dark rum
&bull 1 oz. banana liqueur
&bull 1 oz. blackberry liqueur
&bull 1 oz. orange juice
&bull 1 oz. pineapple juice
&bull splash of grenadine

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh fruit.


&bull 2 oz. white rum
&bull 1/2 tsp. superfine sugar
&bull 1/2 oz. lime juice

Squeeze the lime into your shaker, stir in the sugar, and then add the rum. Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


&bull 2 oz. tequila
&bull 1/2 oz. lime juice
&bull pinch of salt
&bull grapefruit soda

Combine the tequila (reposado, preferably), lime juice, and salt in a tall glass. Add ice, top off with grapefruit soda, and stir.


&bull 2 oz. dark rum
&bull 1 oz. passion fruit syrup
&bull 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
&bull orange slices
&bull maraschino cherries

Combine rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice with ice in a shaker. Shake until frosty. Pour into a hurricane glass filled with more ice cubes. Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries.


&bull 2 oz. vodka
&bull 2-3 oz. cranberry juice cocktail
&bull 1/2 oz. lime juice
&bull club soda

Pour vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice into a Collins glass over ice. Stir. Top with club soda, then garnish with a lime wedge.


&bull 3 oz. gin
&bull 3 lime wedges
&bull 4 oz. tonic water

Add the gin to a highball glass filled with ice. Squeeze in lime wedges to taste. Then add tonic water and stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.

As prepared by Sebastien Derbomez


Garnish with Flowers & Cucumber

Hump Day Cocktail From ShakeStir: The Summer Solstice - Recipes

Thursday, June 23, 2016: The moon phase is Waning Gibbous in the zodiac sign Aquarius.

Element: Air
Color: Turquoise
Incense: Jasmine (see below for magical uses)

Garden Activities:

  • Plow, Cultivate, and weed
  • Harvest fruits and root crops
  • Hill up parsnips and carrots
  • Plant out asparagus crowns

Herbal Magic – Jasmine

(Jasminum officinale, Jamsminum grandiflorum, Jasminum odoratissimum)

Folk Names: Anbar, Jessamin, Moonlight on the Grove, Peot’s Jessamine, Yasmin

Deities: Diana, Vishnu

Planet: Moon (Fertility, Healing, Peace, Prophetic Dreams, Sleep)

Element: Water (Fidelity, Friendship, Healing, Love, Meditation, Prophetic Dreams, Purification, sleep)

Gender: Masculine

Powers: Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams

Lore: Jasmine is associated with the feminine and maternal aspect of the Divine Universe. It was held as a sacred herb of Diana of Ephesus, Quan Yin, and the Virgin Mary. Jasmine corresponds well with the High Priestess and the four nine cards in the Tarot.

Magical and Ritual Uses:

  • For Love: Dried Jasmine flowers are added to sachets, charms and incense to attract a spiritual love.
  • For Money: The flowers will bring wealth and money if carried, burned or worn. It’s beautiful aroma is soothing and helps to lift spirits. Dreaming of Jasmine is said to foretell good fortune and good news for lovers.
  • For prophetic dreams: Burn in the bedroom.
  • For Creativity: Store Jasmine and Quartz crystals together to promote new and creative ideas.
  • Use in rituals when you wish to conjure the feminine properties of the Moon.
  • Jasmine is excellent to burn during meditation.
  • Dress and burn a candle with the oil for Psychic protection and health to one’s aura.

Branded witches and cursed by spirits, Kenyan widows ousted from land
NAIROBI, June 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Juma Kalume Musunye’s six grandchildren beat her until she fell to the ground crying, and then doused her in petrol, claiming she had used witchcraft to paralyse their mother’s hands.

“They wanted to kill me,” said the 65-year-old widow who lives on Kenya’s coast, where the Mijikenda people traditionally blame witches for illness and misfortune.

“My son told them I had bewitched his wife.”

Hearing her screams, Musunye’s neighbours rushed out and rescued her.

“I am really bitter,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation ahead of International Widows’ Day on Thursday.

“I am old, my health is not good and my children do not care about me.”

Musunye was speaking by phone from Kaya Godoma, a centre set up in 2008 to care for elderly people ousted by their relatives. Read full story –

Portsmouth medium jailed as a witch for ‘predicting’ sinking of battleship
My recent picture of HMS Barham leaving Portsmouth Harbour in the 1930s reminded Calum Kennedy of the unusual connection between the battleship, Portsmouth and witchcraft.

He recalls that in November 1941 Helen Duncan, a Scottish spiritual medium, held a séance at the Master Temple Psychic Centre, a room above Homers drug store at 301 Copnor Road, Copnor. During the séance Duncan indicated that HMS Barham had been sunk. Read full story –

  • Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac
  • Llewellyn’s 2016 Moon Sign Book: Conseious Living by the cycles of the moon
  • Catherine Yronwode: Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
  • Paul Beyerl: A Compendium of Herbal Magick
  • Scott Cunningham: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of magical herbs

The Witchy Moon, Magic, and News

Wednesday, June 22, 2016: The moon phase is Waning Gibbous in the zodiac sign Capricorn until entering Aquarius at 4:08 PM EST.

Element: Air
Color: Topaz
Incense: Bay Laurel (see below for magical uses)

Garden Activities:

  • Plow, Cultivate, and weed.
  • Plant onions, potatoes, rhubarb, grapes, winter wheat, and berries.

Herbal Magic – Bay Laurel

Folk Names: Baie, Bay Tree, Daphne, Grecian Laurel, Sweet Bay, Laurel, Laurier d’Apollon, Laurier Sauce Lorbeer, Noble Laurel, Roman Laurel

Deities: Aesculapius, Apollo, Ceres, Faunus, Eros

Planet: Sun (Healing, Legal Matters, Protection)

Element: Fire (Courage, Exorcism, Health, Lust, Strength, Protection)

Gender: Masculine

Powers: Healing, Protection, Psychic Powers, Purification, Strength

Lore: Hermes invented fire by striking a pomegranate against a bay laurel. It is also sacred to Apollo and Zeus.

Magical and Ritual Uses:

  • For Psychic Powers: Burn with Frankincense on charcoal. It can also be placed beneath your pillow for prophetic dreams.
  • For Protection: Carry a Bay leaf in a mojo bag to ward off evil, negativity, and unwanted people. Place around windows and in the attic to prevent lightening. A potted bay is also used to protect against storms and invoking the protection of Apollo. Wearing a wreath of bay is used to conquer one’s fear of thunderstorms.
  • To Remove a Curse or Evil Spirits: Mix with Sandalwood and burn over charcoal.
  • To Attract Love or Romance: Use in a fire sacrifice to the gods. The oil can also be extracted and used to dress a candle which is then burned.
  • For Victory: Take three fresh Bay leaves and write the names of Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael on each leaf, then wrap the leaves in white cloth and carry them.

Dabble In Magic Using This Handbook Of Witchcraft
There was a time when choosing to invoke an incantation as a means to an end would get one burnt at the stake. In today’s world, taboos seem to be falling like leaves in autumn. So one need not be fearful any longer when choosing to resort to witchcraft in a time of need.

If the thought of dabbling in witchcraft has piqued your curiosity, you are in luck. There is a new handbook you should find very useful. It is titled Witchcraft: A Handbook of Magic, Spells and Potions. This beautifully bound book includes wonderful illustrations. Read full story –

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  • Scott Cunningham: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of magical herbs

The Witchy Moon, Magic, and News

Tuesday, June 21, 2016: The moon phase is Waning Gibbous in the zodiac sign Capricorn.

Element: Earth:
Color: Black
Incense: Cinnamon (see below for magical uses)

Garden Activity:

  • Plant potatoes and tubers
  • Trim to retard growth
  • Pick mushrooms
  • Prune to promote healing
  • Mow lawn

Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, C. verum

Folk Names: Ceylon cinnamon, Sweet Wood

Deities: Aphrodite, Venus

Element: Fire (Courage, Exorcism, Health, Lust, Strength, Protection)

Planet: Sun (Healing Legal Matters, Protection)

Power: Healing, Love, Lust, Power, Psychic Powers, Spirituality, Success

Lore: Cinnamon was burned to purify temples in ancient China. It also promotes health, vigor and libido.

Magical and Ritual Uses:

  • For Love: Add to oils, powders, and mojo bags.
  • Cleansing Incense: Mix with Frankincense, Myrrh, Camphor, and Sandalwood, burn every day for 14 days to purify your home. The insencse can also be used to smudge the body or gifts received from unknown parties or the dead.
  • To Draw money: Place three Cinnamon sticks with Fast Luck oil in a green bag, add Nutmeg with money drawing oils. Place in an amulet for good fortune
  • When burned as an Incense: Aids in healing, concentration, high spiritual vibrations, stimulates psychic powers, and enhances protective vibrations.


Summer solstice events and pagan sites around Britain
The summer solstice festival continues until June 21 on the campsite set closest to Stonehenge, and visitors can enjoy free access to the sacred site to celebrate the summer solstice from tonight at 7pm until 8am tomorrow (sunrise will be at 4.45am). Offerings include various food stands, a real ale bar and cider festival, as well as fire twisters and musical entertainment by night. Read full story –

On the Summer Solstice, it’s not just neo-pagans like me who should be reconnecting with the natural world
We have a deep and undeniable relationship with nature – from the fact that our bodies naturally wake up when they see sunlight, to our tendency and need to live beside water, to the spooky fact that the menstrual cycle is the same length as the lunar month. Read full story –

French woman accused of murdering daughter on beach blames witchcraft
A French woman who left her baby daughter to drown on a beach blamed “witchcraft” when she went on trial for murder on Monday.

Fabienne Kabou, 39, who was described as having “remarkable intelligence … but subject to irrational beliefs”, travelled to Berck-sur-Mer with her only child, Adélaïde, in November 2013. Read full story - theguardian

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