Botanical-Infused Liquor Recipe for Beltane

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I always think of Beltane as the party sabbat – this is the holiday for dancing around a bonfire and breaking out the good booze. Yes, it is also a deeply spiritual and mystical day, perfectly suited for meditation, fertility rites and serious divination, but the beauty of Beltane is that it does both so well. Beltane is exactly opposite Samhain on the Wheel of the Year and it is an almost equally powerful day for magick. I like to think of Beltane as a wild sabbat, a celebration of our primal instincts and connecting with our deepest, most mystical selves.

This botanical-infused liquor recipe can be used in both a party or ritual capacity. If you are hosting a summer celebration or Beltane gathering, this recipe makes for excellent cocktails. I would recommend serving it room temperature with a little elderflower liquer, simple syrup and a sprig of fresh elderflowers. If you would like to use this recipe in a more ritualistic way, consider pouring a small amount out on the ground as an offering to the earth or sip it slowly and carefully during your Beltane ritual to help yourself release inhibitions and connect with your primal self.

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The following recipe starts with vodka as a base and adds juniper berries, which makes this recipe technically a gin. However, you could easily infuse any liquor with just about any edible herbs and flowers for Beltane! You might want to choose particular herbs to align with the intention of your ritual.

Botanical-Infused Liquor Recipe for Beltane

Ingredients

  • 750 ml bottle unflavored vodka
  • 1 tablespoon organic juniper berries
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

Instructions

  1. Open the bottle of vodka and, using a funnel, pour in the juniper berries.
  2. Seal the bottle and shake it gently, turning it upside down for a few moments so some of the berries sink to the bottom. They will rise back up to the top so don’t stress too much about getting them to stay down.
  3. Leave the bottle in a cool, dark place for 24 hours.
  4. Using a funnel, add your other herbs and/or flowers to the bottle.
  5. Seal the bottle and shake it gently.
  6. Leave the bottle in a cool, dark place for another 12 hours.
  7. Strain the gin into a new bottle or other container, making sure to remove all of the herbs and berries. Enjoy!

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