The summer solstice is one of the more difficult Sabbats for me to get into, I’ll be honest. I hate the heat and I have terrible seasonal allergies so summer is far from my favorite time of year, although sitting outside in my garden until 9:00 certainly has its perks.
Enjoying a cocktail or a glass of wine in the garden is even better!
Someday I’ll share the recipe for my favorite cocktail with you, (sidecars FTW), but my favorite cocktail to make with ingredients from the garden is by far a mint mojito. Muddled with fresh picked mint leaves, mojitos are a summer staple.
Muddled with fresh picked mint leaves, mojitos are a summer staple.
Of course, mint leaves aren’t just sweet and spicy and delicious; they’re also magickal! Mint is a potent healing herb and can be used for settling stomachs and easing headaches. For a non-alcoholic and healing variant on mojitos, simply omit the rum; the sparkling water and fresh mint will be sure to soothe minor ailments without sacrificing the sweet and summery flavor.
On the saucier side, mint is also considered to be an aphrodisiac. Between the rum and mint leaves, these cocktails could be a boost for your romantic solstice eve.
Although cocktails might seem somewhat frivolous, they are really no different from any other kitchen witchery. Mix and muddle with intention, imbibe responsibly and feel magick happen.
Mix and muddle with intention, imbibe responsibly and feel magick happen.
Midsummer Mint Mojitos
2 tablespoons sugar (superfine works best)
2 ounces rum
Mineral water or club soda
Fresh mint, to taste
Place the mint leaves and sugar in the bottom of the glass. Squeeze in lime juice or place slices of lime in glasses. Muddle ingredients gently.
Fill glass with ice. Pour rum and mineral water or club soda over ice; fill to the top. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
What will you be drinking this solstice? Will you be helping me ring in the longest day of the year (and even a few leading up to and away from it) with these fresh and delicious seasonal cocktails? Share your favorite summer drink in the comments!