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Monday, March 26, 2007

Aries Cocktail: RHUBARB COOLER


Rhubarb is a fruity vegetable. Seems no one can agree as to which class of produce it belongs! All though it’s stalk is commonly used in the way many other fruits are used–for pies and sauces–it actually is a veggie. One thing is certain though, and that is that it belongs to the red planet of Mars. This is due of course to its scarlet red hue, and its awfully sharp taste. Try eating one of these raw… its pure vegan torture : ) However, once you boil it down to a jam or sauce, and blend in some “save the day sugar”, it’s DELIC… But since we are talking about Aries here, watch the sugar intake and mix on the side of less. The feisty ram is high on life and doesn’t need a sugar crutch to keep her going. Unless she’s in the wee hours of late night partying, when Aries will probably be the only one still standing and could quite use the external boost! Of rhubarb, Nicholas Culpepar advises “grinding the root into a powder and mixing it with red wine to cure blood clots.” Who needs a doctor when you have medieval medicine?!

– 2 oz gin
– 3 oz simple syrup
– 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
– 2-3 tbs rhubarb jam*
– bitter lemon
– 1 stalk rhubarb

Mix gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and jam in shaker without ice. Shake for ten seconds and pour all of the mixture into ice filled glass. Leave enough room for a nice topping of Bitter Lemon. Stir with a stalk of rhubarb for garnish and enjoy.
(recipe created by gwen sutherland kaiser)

the ONLY place i’ve found that makes a TRUE RHUBARB JAM is MOUNTAIN FRUIT in CA. (1-800-401-9588) or purchase online. You will have some difficulty finding rhubarb jam alone. The world feels compelled to add strawberries, rose, ginger, or god knows what to it! You can use any variation of rhubarb jam and still have a delicious cocktail. I happen to love the taste of unadulterated rhubarb. if you feel adventurous, try making your own rhubarb jam using the recipe below from

– 2 pounds chopped, raw rhubarb
– 8 3-inch strips lemon peel, about 1/4-inch wide (no white pulp, just yellow peel)
– 1/2 cup water
– 2-1/2 cups sugar
Combine rhubarb, lemon peel and water in a heavy, non-aluminum 4-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook gently for 30 minutes. Stir often. Turn up the heat and begin adding sugar 1/2 cup at a time, waiting for the liquid to return to the boil before adding more. continue cooking over a high heat, stirring constantly. If the jam begins to splatter, turn the heat down slightly. Cook and stir until the jam thickens and reduces to about 3 cups (about 20 minutes).

Remove from heat and fill hot, sterilized 1/2-pint jars to within 1/8-inch of the top. Wipe rims clean, attach new lids and screw caps on tightly. Invert jars to the count of “5” or process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Makes 3 cups. (Note: Make only single batches. Don’t try to double or triple the amount).

(Recipe created by Gwen Sutherland Kaiser)


mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Monday, March 26, 2007

Taurus Cocktail: Rosebed


The bull is quite a lover. Not only of a carnal nature, but also of almost anything in life. Taurus wants only to love, and to be loved – and for this their appetite is quite substantial. They want to savor their tasty food, admire their close friends, be enveloped in their warm & cushy bed, be surrounded by beautiful objects, and be served quality libations. And they prefer to enjoy all of these things, that are life’s gifts, in the present tense. This is what gives the bull its slow and steady reputation. They are simply trying to enjoy the now. Ruled by Venus, the planet of fertility, Taurus is a born creator. Their green thumb and kitchen skills make for the consummate bar chef, where they can excel in the creation of culinary cocktails. Ruled by none other than the bright and shining planet of Venus, the rose symbolizes love like nothing else. Dear Taurus, if you can get past this flower’s prickly, Arian needles, the ROSEBED is certain to become one of your fave cocktails.


– 1 oz gin
– 1 oz simple syrup*
– 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
– 3/4 oz rose water
– rose petals

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Float rose petals. Rose petals are edible, but be sure to purchase or pick ones grown without pesticide.

NOTE: be sure to store flower waters in the fridge or they will go rancid.

(Recipe created by Gwen Sutherland Kaiser)

ALSO TRY: Rose Petal Sandwiches

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Monday, March 26, 2007



Gemini’s mind consists of two very sharp whips. Each one as brilliantly cutting as the other. I don’t know a Gemini without two very distinct sides to their personality: Good and bad. Of course we all have a devil and an angel inside of us, but Gemini’s REALLY have the yin and yang thing down. They are a sign in constant flux. Sometimes they’ll come in for a landing, but they are usually found bounding from appointment, to party, to work, to another social gathering, to the gym, to a date… not a whole lot of time in there to stay home, cook dinner and catch American Idol. As you might guess, it’s not easy for a Gemini to stick with one idea, theme, regiment, person, or cocktail for that matter, for long. They thrive on change, movement, mental stimulation, conversation and as many different drinks as they can sample. The reason for all this is Mercury, planet of the speedy winged messenger, and ruler of Gemini. In keeping with the theme of multiple personalities, Gemini’s “Cybil-like” cocktail contains multiple ingredients. Marjorum, or oregano, is designated as a Mercurial herb in the sign of Aries by Nicholas Culpepar. He advises that “this warming plant, when taken as a decoction thereof being drunk, helps diseases of the brain, chest and stomach.” So there you have it Dear Gemini, who are you to ignore the world-renowned astro-medical physician? I’m sure you’ll have no trouble swallowing this medicine! For more info on Medical Astrology see my blog post.


– 2 1/2 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
– 2 oz herb infused gin*
– 1 1/2 oz ginger syrup*
– tonic water
– sprig of marjoram

Add fresh squeezed orange juice, herb-infused gin & ginger syrup to shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into tall glass filled with ice, leaving space enough to top with tonic water. Garnish with a sprig of marjoram.

Add 1 cup halved fresh cranberries, sprig of rosemary, sprig of thyme, sprig of marjoram to 750 ml gin. Allow to sit in dark area from 1 week to 3 weeks. Stir and taste to liking. When satisfied with results, strain gin into final storage container.

Bring to boil 1 1/2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, and 1/3 cup coarsely
chopped fresh ginger. Reduce to simmer for half an hour. Strain syrup
into final storage container, adding heavy splash of vodka as a preservative.

(Recipe created by Gwen Sutherland Kaiser)

ALSO TRY: Marjorum Mushroom Casserole

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Monday, March 26, 2007

Cancer Cocktail: Ms. Lychee Lovely

If you’ve had the pleasure of knowing a Cancer, you’re familiar with their hard shelled exterior and sweet, gooey inside. Hyper sensitive, they’ll flinch at the most unexpected (and inconvenient) times. Sort of like walking on something else that has a hard outside and soft inside. Oh yeah-egg shells. Adored for their childlike hearts and sensitive natures… if you can make it through the self-inflicted mood swings, this lovely lady is well worth knowing. Which brings me to our fruit at hand, the Lychee. Ruled by the Moon, it’s soft, white flesh illustrates it’s pale Lunar qualities. Though you wouldn’t guess it from it’s scraggly branches and plain shell. Is it the Lychee’s intoxicating aroma or delectable taste which makes it so wonderful? Dear Cancer, I advice combining the senses and taking a good whiff whilst inhaling this cocktail to enjoy a multi-faceted libational journey. I’m sure you have no qualms with inhaling cocktails, do you now? Delicate and ladylike Cancer could easily inhale five LYCHEE LOVELYS in five minutes!

– 3 oz freshly extracted pear nectar (the sweeter the pear, the less ginger syrup is needed. I’ve found Bosc to be quite good.)
– 2 oz lychee infused gin*
– 1 oz ginger syrup*
– 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

Add lychee gin, ginger syrup, pear and lemon juice to ice filled shaker and shake vigorously for ten seconds. Pour into martini glass (chilled is nice) and garnish with slice of pear.

In the absence of fresh lychees, place one can of lychees (without the juice) and 750 ml gin into an airtight container in a dark spot for one month. strain into final storage container (such as the original gin bottle) for future use.

Combine in sauce pot: one cup sugar, one cup water and two thumbs of freshly chopped ginger. Bring to boil and allow to simmer for twenty minutes. To chill quickly, place pot in ice bath; or wait until mixture cools by itself. Pour (using a funnel is helpful) into final storage container, adding approx 1 oz vodka as a preservative.

(Recipe created by Gwen Sutherland Kaiser)

ALSO TRY: Lychee Coconut Cupcakes

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Monday, March 26, 2007


Leo is the proud child of the Sun. Her brilliant demeanor, warm personality and unending energy all stem from the largest star in our solar system. Actually, Leos tend to think they are the biggest star on planet Earth, and would like to be worshipped as such. And actually, it really is in all of our best interests to outwardly show love and respect to the Leos in our life. For if they’re not feelin’ the love, they’re feelin’ the pain. The pain of isolation and the agony of defeat, that will impair Leo’s ability to shine. Life cannot exist without the Sun, and similarly, we NEED Leo’s shining beacon of personality in our lives! Naturally, any plant that thrives in a brightly lit area will fall under the domain of the Sun. I cannot think of a better one than that of the tomato, which of course can only mean one thing in cocktails: a Bloody Mary. This is also significant, as Leo rules the heart and life force blood that pulses through us all. Dear Leo, sip this terrific tipple and realize the Sun Goddess you truly are. All hail the BLOODY LEO.


– 1 2/3 oz salad-infused vodka
– 5 oz fresh squeezed tomatoe juice (do not even THINK of using V8)
– 2/3 oz fresh lemon juice
– pinch sea salt
– 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
– 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
– pinch of freshly ground black pepper
– micro greens

Add all ingredients to an ice filled shaker and shake vigorously for ten seconds. Garnish with a wedge of lemon or salad greens.

If you read my post Bar Cheffing & Infusion Tasting, you’ll remember that I infused some vodka with the ingredients of a salad. Alone, not so hot. But as an ingredient to a Bloody Leo–Purrfecto!

*Add 1/4 cup of the following to 750 ml vodka: shredded carrots and lettuce (not Iceberg, which contains vitamin K to clot blood, but not the most flavor) with chopped tomatoes and cucumbers. Allow to sit in dark spot for approx one month, stirring and tasting every week or so. When finished pour into final storage container.

NOTE: It is useful to serve this drink with a swizzle stick as the freshly juiced tomato will separate in the glass and hence could be stirred throughout consumption.

(Recipe created by Gwen Sutherland Kaiser)

ALSO TRY: Tomato Horseradish Butter

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

shaken in Cocktails of Leo

Monday, March 26, 2007

Virgo Cocktail: PURPLE HAZE

Mercury, ruler of Virgo and clarity of thought. Highly analytical, organized and efficient, Virgos can sometimes appear cold, detached and aloof to others. Just the facts ma’am, if you please. Why corrupt the pure, refined virgin with messy emotions, entanglements and worse, unhealthy ingredients? We’ve all heard of the planetary movement called “Mercury retrograde.” It is the apparent motion of Mercury moving backwards, instead of forwards. This planetary movement happens three times per year and is typified by things breaking down, running late, and miscommunicating. The world needs Mercury to rotate forward, and we need Virgos in our lives. They keep shit from falling apart! A fruit that is typified by Mercury is the pomegranate. Due to its acidic flavor, and the astringent properties of it’s flower and bark, Culpepar advises taking a strong infusion to fasten loose teeth and cure ulcers in the mouth. Today, the pomegranate is prized for it’s high level of antioxidants, which makes it all the more appropriate for the sacred virgin to put in her Body Temple. Dear Virgo, remember that a drink a day keeps the doctor away, and the PURPLE HAZE comes highly recommended. Added bonus: if you juice the pineapple and pomegranate yourself, that’s enough vitamin C to last a week.


– 1 oz. pomegranate juice (freshly squeezed will add greater flavor)
– 1 1/2 oz. Hpnotiq
– 1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice (freshly squeezed will add greater flavor)
– wedge of pineapple for garnish

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add wedge of pineapple to lip of glass for garnish.

(Recipe from PomWonderful)

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Monday, March 26, 2007



Come hither Dear Libra and I will tell you about yourself. You are the light hearted, charming, diplomatic that everyone likes. On a good day. On a bad, (when life is mildly discordant) well, let’s not even go there. No type A personalities here… Libras shun stress, like, virgin drinks. But credit given where credit is due, this sign trumps all the others at the art of flirtation. I wouldn’t be surprised if Eve were a Libra. Adam didn’t stand a chance. Which brings us to that ill-fated apple in the Garden of Eden. It’s sweet flavor and pleasing form connect it to the planet of love and fertility, Venus. Something about apples and tricks… wasn’t that what got Snow White? The apple has long been associated with countless aphrodisiacal tales. Extraordinarily beautiful flowers, highly fragrant blooms, enticingly sweet nectar… all traits of Venusian plants. Venus’ shining brilliance makes her the easiest planet to see from Earth, her beauty is obvious to all who gaze upon her. And once Libra sips this magic potion, it is sure to become the APPLETINI of her eye.


– 3 oz freshly extracted apple juice (green or gold apples preferred–if using red, remove skin, unless you want a reddish hue to your drink)
– 2 oz simple syrup*
– 1 oz freshly extracted lemon juice (if you are using Granny Smith apples, then use a little less lemon juice)
– 1 1/2 oz gin
– slice of apple OR sugar to rim

Add gin, apple juice, simple syrup, lemon juice to shaker filled with ice. Shake mixture until container feels cold. Prepare Martini glass by rimming edge with sugar. Pour into glass and enjoy.

(Recipe created by Gwen Sutherland Kaiser)

*It is simple to make simple syrup. Add equal amounts of sugar and water into leak proof container and shake every twenty minutes until mixture is dissolved. Store in fridge.

ALSO TRY: Apple Relish

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Monday, March 26, 2007

Scorpio Cocktail: Love Burns


Scorpio has only recently acquired her co–ruling planet, Pluto, with it’s discovery in 1930. Up until that point, the sign of Scorpio was thought to be governed by the planet Mars. The intensity, passion, aggression and energy of the red planet are still very much present in Scorpios today. But the outer planet of Pluto adds depth to their character by throwing rebirth, death, secrecy and sex into the mix. “Hell hath no fury like that of a woman scorned” was surely said of a Scorpio chick. What better drink to capture this sign’s mysterious essence than LOVE BURNS? The secret plutonium ingredient in this intriguing concoction is black pepper. Governed by Mars, black pepper is an herb of Scorpio, due to it’s spicy kick. So Dear Scorpio, prepare to enjoy an innocent enough chocolate martini—totally adulterated by a plant of your own likeness! A complex concoction, to match your equally complex nature.


– 1 oz black pepper and dark chocolate infused vodka*
– 1 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur
– 1 oz cream OR SILK SOY CREAMER

Add ingredients to ice filled shaker and shake rather hard for ten seconds. Pour into rather cold martini glass. Garnish and Enjoy.

*To infuse vodka, grate half cup dark chocolate and grind quarter cup black pepper into 750 ml bottle. allow to sit for a few weeks in dark location, stirring occasionally. strain into final storage container.

*Garnish with square of dark chocolate (slit with heated knife to allow chocolate to sit on rim of glass)

(Recipe created by Gwen Sutherland Kaiser)

ALSO TRY: Cardamom Almond & Black Pepper Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Monday, March 26, 2007

jupiter’s Sagittarian Cocktail: Chestnut Chillin’


Once ubiquitous throughout the United States, an unthinkable plague killed almost all of our grand Chesnut trees. Jupiter is the planet of proliferation, abundance and largeness. If the Chesnut tree, whose diameter could be as great as 17 feet, didn’t epitomize the qualities of Jupiter, I don’t know what did. Sagittarius’ heart, appetite and mind are as large as the trunk of a Chestnut tree. They will drink till there’s no tomorrow. They will dance through the soles of their shoes. They will pick up the gigundo bar tab. They will eat all seven courses of their six course meal. They will heavy pour when mixing your drink. They will stay out ’til dawn, and then go to an after hours club. This is a sign with not a whole lot of limits, and a soft spot for anything decadent. Hence, Sagg will delight in this rich, cream-based cocktail.


– 1 oz Chestnut Syrup
– 1 oz Scotch
– 1 oz SILK soy creamer or real cream
– 12 chestnuts

Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add Scotch, SILK creamer or cream, chestnut syrup and shake. Strain into frosted martini glass. Slit a whole chestnut for garnish (baked or raw).

Bake 12 chestnuts in oven. Slit the pointed end of
each nut with an X. Place on baking tray and bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow to cool, peeling shell and skin from the nuts. Chop coarsely and place in sauce pot with 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar. Bring to boil, stir, and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain into final storage container, adding 1 oz vodka as a preservative. Store in
***pureed or vacuum sealed chestnuts may be substituted in the off season.

ALSO TRY: Caramelized Chestnuts & Chocolate Fondue

(Recipe created by Gwen Sutherland Kaiser)

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Monday, March 26, 2007

Capricorn Cocktail for saturn: QUINCE WINCE

Capricorn is the sign of restriction, constraint, saving, and generally squeezing the most out of anything they get their hooves on. That includes the $20 specialty cocktail they splurged on in that fashionable bar. They’ll make sure they enjoy every last drop of it, and even wait patiently for the ice to melt, and then savor the diluted cocktail water too. Yup, they’ll nurse that baby for two hours before they spring for another one! What better symbolizes restraint than handcuffs? You can bet all those Cappies out there have used a pair of them at least once. And I’m not talking about getting arrested either… The sour, harsh, unpleasant taste of a raw quince belongs to the cranky old lady of the zodiac–Capricorn! However, when the yellowish colored, ripe fruit is boiled down to a jelly, it’s aroma becomes quite intoxicating with a deliciously tangy flavor. The jelly eaten alone is said to soothe a sore throat. And if you can stand it, drinking freshly extracted quince juice is believed to ease nausea. Of course the best way to enjoy this pear-shaped, apple-like fruit, is in a cocktail!


– 1 1/2 oz Vodka
– 1/3 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
– 1 oz simple syrup
– 2 oz quince jam or jelly

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice for ten seconds. Strain into a chilled (preferably) martini glass.

* Simple syrup is a mixture of 50% water and 50% sugar. just place the sugar and water in a leak-proof container and shake away, every twenty minutes or so, until the sugar is dissolved. No need for sticky saucepots and hot stoves here!

(Recipe created by Gwen Sutherland Kaiser)

ALSO TRY: Poached Quinces

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

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