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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

KSTEwed rhubarb bubbly for aries

catch my celebrity cocktail column in CHILLED MAGAZINE, featuring ARIES, kristen stewart:


Happy Birthday Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac. The ram is the sign that exemplifies celestial infancy. So, when Aries doesn’t get what they want they may scream, cry or pout like an infant. They might therefore be perceived by some as selfish, which is probably their only negative trait. I just adore Aries for their fun and spontaneous manner, possessing the tireless energy of a child. It’s refreshing to be around an Aries–they tend to be risk takers, and are exiting, funny and fast. Don’t expect stability from an Aries, stick with Taurus for that. Which brings us to our celebrity couple of the month, Aries Kristen Stewart and her man, Robert Pattinson, the bull. The ram and bull are the perfect pair. The bull steadies the ram’s craziness. When the ram gets bores, or feels too comfortable, they often want to shake things up just for the sake of it. It can be hard for them to stay the course with so many wonderful distractions to explore, like Rupert Rhubarb. It takes a strong hand to keep Aries in line, a hand that often belongs to Taurus. I know lots of couples with this complimentary astrological arrangement.

Other traits of Aries include: impulsive, brave, enthusiastic, headstrong, competitive, rebellious, optimistic, and inquisitive. They are born leaders, warriors and defenders. Every sign is connected to a tarot card, and Aries’ is that of the fool, because they often act first and think second… which lends itself to another ironically placed holiday: April Fool’s Day. So then, what better cocktail for Aries than a Rhubarb Fool-inspired tipple?

Famous Aries include Lady Gaga, Hugh Heffner, Alec Baldwin, Reese Witherspoon, Keira Knightley, Victoria Beckham, Kate Hudson, Kourtney Kardashian, Leonardo Da Vinci, Eddie Murphy, Mariah Carey, Robert Downey Jr, Jackie Chan, Emma Watson, Jessie J, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shannen Doherty, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Garner, Claire Danes, Julia Stiles, Fergie, Jennie Garth, Rosie O’donnell

Why is rhubarb an Aries? Mars is the fiery red planet and plants that bear a reddish hue or possess a tart, spicy or sour flavor are often ruled by Mars–like Aries.


1-2 barspoons stewed rhubarb*
Fill with champagne (Brotherhood Winery Carpe Diem)
Top with whipped cream* (coconut is a great dairy substitute)
Garnish with a sprinkle of brown sugar

COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM: Put one can coconut milk in fridge a day in advance. Open can and separate water from the thick cream. Beat only the very thick cream, which should be a cup or less, until fluffy. Add approx 4 tbsp sugar depending on preference. Refrigerate and rewhip when serving cocktails.
REGULAR WHIPPED CREAM: Beat 1 cup heavy cream with ¼ cup sugar until fluffy.

STEWED RHUBARB: Simmer for 20 minutes: 1 c water, 1 c sugar, 2 c chopped rhubarb. Mash as mixture is cooking to engage flavor.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Sunday, October 21, 2012

GARLIC JAM SIDECAR or a stake through the heart?

this excerpt is from GLOBAL LOOKING GLASS where i dedicated this drink to Scorpio. Here i dedicate it to Aries:

With all the vampirism of late, both in our everyday realities (hello government) and onscreen, this subject is hotter than ever. Enter garlic!

Herbal Astrology states that Garlic is a plant of Mars. Mars is the ancient ruler of Scorpio, now considered co-ruled by Pluto. Aries is ruled solely by Mars. Because garlic is an herb of Mars it could belong to either Scorpio or Aries. Both signs are known for their “warrior” capabilities. After all, it’s common knowledge that Mars is the red planet, symbolic of war. What this really means though, is that Mars indicates a warrior, which is no more than servitude in the highest honor: the defender of home and family; the protector of innocents. To be this spectacular brand of human, one must have guts, energy and strength… On a botanical level, those qualities translate to strong spices, fire, piquant flavors, pungent aromas and anything with a really sharp taste… like the end of a stake.

Garlic is definitely on the caustic side, but it is also kind of undead. If you leave the garlic bulb in the ground instead of picking it to eat, it will literally grow into another garlic plant next year. Immortal!

So if you’re not into the stake through the heart thing, get your clove on. I’m not saying you won’t have to pay your taxes next year, but this drink will certainly keep most bloodsuckers at bay.


2 oz cognac
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
¾ oz maple syrup
1 barspoon garlic jam*

Shake over ice. Double strain into a martini glass. Push through the sieve with the back of the barspoon.

Rim the glass with sugar. I blended sugar and dried elderberries to create black specks in the sugar. Find elderberries at the health food store.

If you can’t find garlic jam make your own.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Sunday, April 22, 2012

earth day tipple: gulf spilltini two years later

i still cannot believe that people patronize BP gas after the atrocities they so knowingly committed. yes, BP planned the gulf spill, they intentionally tapped into an under water volcano of sorts and knew exactly what to do to stop the leak. research it. you’ll be amazed. now to tie in the astrology theme here, let it be known that volcanoes are ruled by mars. this unfortunate event occurred in aries (april 20), a sign ruled by mars. hence, please don’t take this negatively… but the SPILLTINI is an aries. may we all posses that kind of raw power, the one that lives within the soul of every aries. volcanic arien power—gimme some!

but no more! i know i sound like a gospel preaching minister, but seriously, divine intervention is saving our collective asses. while there are still shrimp being born without eyes from the spill : ( there is also a shockingly huge amount of positive news from scientists studying the area. check it out here.

we are very lucky as a species, we humans. we have the entire universe on our team! so, please, give thanks to all the unseen souls, guardian angels, benevolent aliens, and crusading humans who are assisting us in our climb to the new earth. i suggest perhaps drinking a SPILLTINI while you do so:


1 oz Oil Infused Vodka*
1 oz Seawater Simple Syrup*
1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon
1 Star Fish Garnish

***Rim martini glass with beach sand brown sugar.
***Shake vodka, syrup and lemon over ice.
***Adjust to taste. Strain into glass.
***Float star fish anise for garnish.

SAND RIMMED GLASS: Wet lip of glass with lemon wedge. Rotate lip of the glass in sugar.

OIL VODKA INFUSION: Dump 3 tbsp dried elderberries 4 cups vodka. (find at health food store) Allow to infuse for one week. Strain and store for use. Use immediately, or allow to sit longer for a stronger elderberry

SEAWATER SIMPLE SYRUP: Equal parts brown sugar and water. Simmer on stove and store in fridge.

Belly up or Bottoms up? The choice is ours to make!

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Monday, December 19, 2011

under the stars w/ me, susan miller & todd english

this past holiday i created the cocktails for UNDER THE STARS, an astrology-themed event with famed astrologer SUSAN MILLER and celebrity chef TODD ENGLISH. both of whom, seem to be nice people, which i am glad to report : ) Todd’s head chef was even nice… he shared this culinary tip with me: “gwen, you should toast your spices to bring out the flavor before cooking with them!” oh, says me. DUH, thanks mike the scorpio : ) i have tested this since, and it really does help immensely. SUSAN gave a speech on what 2012 will bring (awesomeness for every sign) and TODD served 4 element-inspired apps, while promoting his latest book. there was a pop-up zodiac shop too, in which IZ glassware was featured. it was a fun night, and hey, now i can say that i’ve been interviewed by the wall street journal. that was cool! read all about it on

as promised, i’m putting all the recipes from UNDER THE STARS online, so now all you zodiac junkies can drink your very own sign for some extra christmas cheer this year!


The work of Nicholas Culpeper, the father of western herbalism, serves as a guide when i create astrology-themed drinks. His work may still be referred to in online classes at culinary arts schools today. Culpeper’s books are still in print, 300 years after he wrote detailed descriptions of which plants belong to which signs and how to use them medicinally. In Medieval Herbal Astrology, plants have Zodiac signs, just like people. In the Medieval times only seven planets had been discovered as opposed to nine today. Therefore, since these drinks are based on Medieval Herbal Astrology, the ancient ruling planet for each sign is referenced.

“under the stars” was sponsored by TYKU, perrier and jim beam, the recipes call for these fine products. cheers!

Aries’ Cocktail features CRANBERRY as its star ingredient! Aries is ruled by Mars: The scarlet, fiery, hot planet. Flavors that are very spicy or very tart are often ruled by Mars. The cranberry’s bright crimson color, underscored by its tangy flavor certainly betrays its allegiance to the red planet, and is hence an Aries.

2 oz sochu, 2 oz cranberry syrup, 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice, perrier
(shake over ice and strain pour into an ice packed collins glass. Top with Perrier. Garnish with a floating fresh cranberry)

2 c white sugar, 3 c water, 1 c fresh cranberries, peel of half a small orange
(simmer for 20-30 minutes and strain)

Taurus’ Cocktail features PEPPERMINT as its star ingredient! If its divinely fragrant and tantalizingly tasty, you can bet its ruled by Venus. This beautiful planet rules all fruit, herbs and flowers that are particularly fragrant. Hence, mint falls under the dominion of Venus and may be identified as a Taurus.

2 oz sochu, 1 oz peppermint syrup, 1 oz lemon juice
(served up with a mini candy cane garnish)

3 c white sugar, 2 c water, 1 tsp peppermint extract
(heat until dissolved)

Gemini’s Cocktail features HAZELNUT as its star ingredient! Culpeper lists the hazelnut under Mercury. The tree’s delicate leaves & flowers are indicative of this planet’s fleeting & wispy qualities. After all, Mercury is the fastest orbiting planet in our solar system. hazelnut is a Gemini.

2 oz sochu, 1 oz hazelnut cocoa syrup, 1 oz creamer
(served up with a few pcs of floating chopped hazelnut garnish)

1 c “NUTELLA” spread,2 c water
(heat lightly and whisk until blended)

Cancer’s Cocktail features EGG as its star ingredient! The egg is ruled by the Moon, as is Cancer. They share the traits of a hard outer shell and a soft, pale, fleshy inside. Cancer is known for its innate creativity, along with a desire to “nest.” What symbolizes those two qualities more than the egg?

2 oz whiskey, 1 oz ‘nog anise syrup, 1 oz creamer
(served up with a floating star anise)

1 c brown sugar, 1 ½ c water, 2 cinnamon sticks, 5 star anise, 4 tsp chopped, fresh ginger, 3 tsp vanilla extract, 10 cardamom pods
(toast spices over medium low in pan first. then simmer for 20-30 minutes and strain)

Leo’s Cocktail features CLEMENTINE as its star ingredient! The bright, round, orange-colored, life-giving star of our solar system, the Sun, rules over Leo. Because the clementine bears a heavy physical resemblance to the sun, it is given ruler ship under it. The clementine is a Leo.

2 oz sochu, 1 oz clementine rosemary syrup, 1 1/2 oz lemon juice
(served over ice topped with Perrier. Garnish with a slice of clementine)

2 chopped clementines, ¼ c chopped fresh rosemary, 2 c white sugar, 2 c water
(simmer for 20-30 minutes and strain)

Virgo’s Cocktail features POMEGRANATE as its star ingredient! The pomegranate is ruled by Mercury due to its astringent qualities. Mercury is the fleet-footed planet and therefore holds ownership over anything that is fast-binding and drying in nature. That is why the pomegranate is a Virgo.

1 oz sochu, 1 oz tyku liqueur, 1 1/2 oz pomegranate grenadine, 1/2 oz lemon juice
(serve up and garnish with 3 floating pomegranate seeds)

Equal parts 100% pomegranate juice and water
(simmer for 20-30 minutes)

Libra’s Cocktail features SUGAR PLUM as its star ingredient! Libra is ruled by the Venus, the beautiful planet. Venus holds dominion over things that are sugary sweet, succulent, attractive and delectable in nature. A perfectly ripe, juicy plum would certainly fall under ruler ship of Venus, and may be called a Libra.

1 oz sochu, 1 oz tyku liqueur, 1 oz plum syrup, 1 oz lemon juice
(serve up and garnish with a sugar rim)

2 c white sugar, 3 c water, 2-3 chopped fresh plums
(simmer for 20-30 minutes and strain)

Scorpio’s Cocktail features CLOVE as its star ingredient! The incredibly pungent and powerful clove is ruled by none other than what many refer to as the planet of war, Mars. Really, it is the planet of passion and the strength to defend and protect. In fact, clove is so strong it can be used to defeat Cancer. Today, Scorpio is considered co-ruled by Mars and Pluto.

1 oz sochu, 1 oz sake, 1 oz lemon juice, 1 oz clove chili syrup, perrier
(served over ice, topped with perrier, garnished with a floating clove and straw)

1 c white sugar, 3 c water, 2-3 pinches cloves, 1 small handful or approx 20 dried chili arbols
(toast chilis and clove over medium low in pan first. simmer for 15-20 minutes and strain)

Sagittarius’ Cocktail features FIG as its star ingredient The vast number of seeds in a fig makes it a fruit ruled by Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. This huge planet is the owner of all things Ubiquitous, prolific, abundant and colossal in nature. This is why the fig is listed as a Sagittarius.

2 oz whiskey, 1 ¼ oz fig syrup, ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
(shake over ice and strain into glass. Garnish with a dried fig slice)

1 c fresh chopped figs, 1 c white sugar, 2 c water
(simmer for 20-30 minutes and strain)

Capricorn’s Cocktail features MOLASSES as its star ingredient! Discarded as a by-product, molasses is the almost black, densely thick, mildly bittersweet syrup that is born from the dregs of the sugar cane plant. Saturn symbolizes frugality, austerity and scarcity. Molasses is ruled by Saturn due to the nature of its genesis.

2 oz whiskey, 1 oz gingerbread syrup, 1 oz creamer
(served up with a slice of candied ginger garnish)

GINGERBREAD SYRUP: 2 c brown sugar, 2 c water, 1 c molasses, 5 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
(simmer for 20-30 minutes and strain)

Aquarius’ Cocktail features CEDAR as its star ingredient! Saturn is the slowest moving planet, symbolizing longevity and resilience. Plants ruled by this constant planet are extremely hardy in nature–take for example the famously pest and weather-resistant cedar tree. Today Aquarius is considered co-ruled by Saturn and Uranus. That’s why cedar is an Aquarius.

1 oz sochu, 1 oz sake, 3/4 oz lemon juice, 1 oz cedar syrup
(served up with a sugar rim)

2 c white sugar, 2 c water, 1 c dried cedar tip needles
(toast cedar over medium low in pan first. simmer for 20-30 minutes and strain)

Pisces’ Cocktail features CHESTNUT as its star ingredient! The chestnut tree’s diameter can be as great as 17 feet, which epitomizes the grandiose qualities of the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. Today, Pisces is considered co-ruled by Jupiter and the more recently discovered Neptune. The chestnut is a Pisces and sheer size alone is what determines that.

2 oz whiskey, 1 oz chestnut syrup, 1 oz creamer
(served up a chestnut slice garnish)

2 c white sugar, 2 c water, 1 c chopped and peeled roasted chestnuts
(simmer for 20-30 minutes and strain)

Slice each nut prior to baking with a knife, but try not to penetrate flesh. Then it will be easier to slice them for garniature.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Friday, October 30, 2009

brain shooters for halloween-a shot for aries

brain.jpgthis could quite possibly be the single most disgusting concoction i have ever come across, barring anything meat-infused of course. thanks stevie B for bringing it to my attention. i think. the BLOOD SHOOTER is based on the famous CEMENT MIXER shot, which is literally known for its blood CURDLING qualities (lime juice + baileys = ew). aries rules the brain and head area–this would be their libation–frankly i can’t think of a better astro match. happy halloween!

Channel your inner mad scientist with this Bloody Brain Shooter. Mixing acidic lime juice and Irish cream causes the cream to curdle, creating brain-like strands in the shot.

1 1/4 oz. strawberry vodka such as Stoli
1/8 oz. Rose’s lime juice
3/4 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
Splash of grenadine

Chill vodka for better smoothness. Add vodka and lime juice to a shaker, shake and strain into a shot glass. Using a straw, dip some Bailey’s Irish Cream into the shot. Once you submerge the straw into the Bailey’s put your finger on top of the straw to hold the Bailey’s in the straw. Dip the straw tip into the vodka and slowly release your top finger. The Bailey’s will curdle a little bit due to the lime juice and you should be able to make strands of Bailey’s.

Repeat the straw/Bailey’s process to build a “brain” in the shot glass. Add a splash of grenadine to the concoction to add the ‘blood’ to the mix. Down the hatch as a shot.


mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

bourbon freeze – aries can drink this pitcher by herself

the caffeine that is present in all varieties of tea, with the exception of herbal, is due to a martian presence. yes, the alien’s first planted tea several thousand years ago on planet earth. j/k…

which planet is always full of fight? mars! caffeine is a martian quality, it will keep you going all night long… just like the influence of mars keeps aries going all life long. this sign is always on the go, and always looking for a, shall we say, challenge? the energizer bunny should really be an energizer ram.

so, long story short, tea is an aries. (unlike coffee, who due to it’s dark color is ruled by saturn, and partly by aries).

this month’s MIXOLOGY MONDAY theme is bourbon… i found this recipe over at and it’s delic!


2 black tea bags
1 c boiling water
1 c raw sugar
3 1/2 c. water or ice
6 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
6 oz bourbon

(if you are in a hurry, just substitute a couple trays of ice in place of the water and serve immediately).

mxmologo.gif thanks to SCOFFLAW DEN for hosting MIXOLOGY MONDAY.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Thursday, May 22, 2008

gingerly but not – aries empties her freezer

well, it’s that time of year again… time to get your wicker on. now if you’re wondering, like a curious kaiser, where i got the peaches… i’ll tell you – from my freezer! here in new york, they are definitely not in season. isn’t electricity wonderful!? i bought myself a little freezer last summer and am still working my way through all the stuff i threw in there. but you should be able to find frozen peaches at any gourmet grocer.

ginger is ruled by aries. and aries does nothing gingerly. they will take unhealthy amounts of uncalculated risks. for they lack that healthy does of fear the rest of us tend to have. i’m jealous! if ever a piece of raw ginger has bitten your tongue, you’ll agree there is nothing gingerly about ginger either.


5 oz pureed peach*
ginger syrup*
fresh squeezed lemon juice

add peach puree, ginger syrup, brandy to ice filled shaker and toss
once. pour contents into tall glass and top with seltzer. stir and
garnish with a slice of peach.

1 cup water
1/2 cup raw sugar
5 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh ginger
***place water, sugar, and ginger in small saucepan. Simmer for 15
minutes and remove from heat. when cool, place in storage bottle,
adding a splash of vodka and a drop of lemon oil to preserve (if you
have them, if not that’s fine).

5 fresh peaches
1 lemon
***peel and stone the peaches and place in blender along with the
juice of one lemon. puree until smooth. this mixture can actually be
frozen for later use.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Sunday, February 17, 2008

aries’ heady affair with bitter jasmine

the cocktailian ingredient, bitters, is bitterly martian in nature. this herbal tonic is so intense that a few drops are usually all that’s called for in a recipe. just like the ram’s headstrong personality, the flavor is that powerful and strong. funny isn’t it, that the word sheepish never, ever describes the numero uno sheep – aries? of all the brands of bitters (of which there are many) agnostura bitters is the most commonly found. however, i recommend checking out FEE BROTHERS for their wide breadth of flavour selection. or, you can even make your own. ironically – again – aries is one sign that rarely get bitter about life. they are eternally optimistic and forever positive. that’s one of the many qualities that makes them so alluring and fun to party with. the ultimate heartbreaker – aries is usually the one to end the relationship and not the other way around. it’s their lust victim that ends up feeling bitter. several aries boyfriends and bittersweet endings later, i can attest to that.

1 oz gin
1 1/2 oz jasmine tea*
1 oz honey syrup*
1/3 oz fresh lemon juice
3-5 drops agnostura bitters

note: honey syrup tends to separate when mixed in a cocktail, so drink up right away!

*to brew jasmine tea, make an extra strong cup by adding three teabags. if you wish to use immediately, plunge in bowl of ice water after steeping.

* to make honey syrup, bring 1 cup water to simmer and remove from heat. add 1/2 cup honey and stir until dissolved. add splash vodka to preserve and store in fridge.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Thursday, January 10, 2008

dark energy – coffee caipirinhas for aries

an ode to aries…. while the espresso bean appears saturnine (dark) in color, it’s life force is truly arien in nature. and that life force is the same one we start jonesing for around 4 pm every weekday. yes, caffeine is ruled by mars and is an aries. did you know that before coffee is roasted to that beautiful capricornian brown color it is a bright martian red? perhaps we can say that decaffeinated coffee belongs to capricorn and regular coffee belongs to aries? or perhaps i am complicating things…

sometimes we need a cup of joe to kick us into high gear, like sometimes we need a kick from aries to get our ass going. you see, aries lives in a permanent state of high gear. they always drive in the fast lane. and they should have a “DANGER: HIGH VOLTAGE” sign stapled to their forehead. to be blunt, ridin’ shotgun with aries is not for the faint of heart. this hot-headed, hard-wired ram girl is one helluva a go-gettin’, fun-lovin’, man-eatin’, shot-slammin’ chick, who’s always on the prowl for a good drink and an even better time. sszzz…

1 oz extra fine sugar (if you don’t have this, granulated sugar will suffice)
1 1/2 oz cachaca
1 oz organic espresso (chilled)

combine lime and sugar into wide-bottomed glass and muddle until sugar is paste-like. fill glass with ice and add cachaca and espresso to mixture. stir and serve. (cocktail by gwen)

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Thursday, January 3, 2008

aries’ libertine – unrestrained use of vinegar in a cocktail

balsamic_pear1.jpg aries is the ultimate diamond in the rough. they are no frills get to the point or they’re gone you have 30 seconds to get it out talk fast. their heart is always made of gold and their undying optimism is always charming. if you can look past their blunt remarks, their impatient demeanor and their headstrong aggression, you will find they are the most adorable babies of the zodiac. true diamonds hidden under a mask of fired, jagged, blackened coal. gotta love those hot headed arian babes. kind of like mars’ vinegar. too hot to handle on it’s own, this sour, bitter flavor needs to be tamed before imbibed. and what better to tame the wild child vinegar than venus’ sweet sugar?


2 oz freshly juiced pear nectar
2 oz sake
1/2 oz balsamic syrup
2 drops bitters
Garnish: Pear slice

***to make balsamic syrup: Simmer 2 cups sugar, 1 cup water, 1 cup balsamic vinegar for twenty minutes. pour into final storage container, adding approx. 1 oz vodka to aid in preservation.

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with pear slice. (Cocktail by Gwen Sutherland Kaiser, Photo by Mary Claire Miraldi)

the-art-of-the-bar.gifthis recipe for BALSAMIC SYRUP was inspired by the amazing book, THE ART OF THE BAR, by jeff hollinger & rob schwartz. it’s another MUST have.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

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