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Friday, April 18, 2014

100% natural herb & flower rimming sugars

herb-crystal2 gone are the days where, if you wanted natural cocktail ingredients, you had to make your own. no longer is our selection comprised solely of chemical dyed, artificially flavored crap. introducing 100% natural – even Kosher Certified – “Fresh Origins Mini Herb & Flower Crystals.” i say, go crazy and rainbow rim your glass with all six flavors! or just choose the one you like best. they come in rose, hibiscus, fennel, basil, cilantro and mint. the basil is really savory even though it is made from cane sugar. it’s not as sweet as the others. but each flavor is really better than the next. and the best part is that now sipping in style won’t kill you. SHOP ONLINE at


HOW TO RIM A RAINBOW GLASS: use two plates as per above. pour honey or agave on one plate in the size of the glass rim. on the next, arrange the colored crystals in the order you desire. dip rim of glass lightly in agave/honey and then press into the rainbow colors you so carefully arranged. cheers!

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

jasmine hot toddy – cancer’s got snow fatigue

whenever i meet someone i resonate strongly with, they usually end up being a cancer. yes, the crab has mood swings, and are ridiculously sensitive, and can be… ahem, frugal. but, they also happen to ROCK. why? because this crustacean is just so… caring. and usually 100% genuine too. they are the sign of FEELING. if every human could experience the feelings of other beings on this planet… gosh our world would be a very different place. cancer though, is well on their way to doing just that. they are so intuitive. they pretty much all ready know what others are feeling… all the time. they may be in denial about it, but they are feeling it none the less.

maybe it’s the watery nature of their sign that mixes so well with the H2O in alcohol… but it’s a rare thing to catch a crab who doesn’t enjoy drinking. reallllly enjoy.

jasmine is ruled by the moon because it is a night flowering blossom. also, it climbs. like a cute little crab crawling its way into your heart. those two qualities make for a lunar plant, according to the principles of medieval herbal astrology. but hey here’s the good news: we can all enjoy this lovely warm tipple on a cold winter night. it’s not just for those crabby ones. and seeing as cancer is the sign of home, this would be a particularly nice toddy to sip in front of the fire. we all have one of those right? ha! the good old days… actually, i kind of LOVE my geo-thermal heating system. i’ll take that over chopping wood any day.

2 oz hot Jasmine Tea
3/4 oz Hot Simple Syrup
1/2 oz hot fresh lemon juice
1 oz room temp Pavan Muscat Liqueur
1 oz room temp Gin
spritz of Heritage Jasmine water JASMINE FLOWER WATER must be stored in fridge.

pour all in mug and enjoy

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Taurus Celebrity Cocktail: RPattz Sangria

Happy Birthday Taurus, the second sign of the Zodiac. The Bull is hospitable, indulgent, security-loving, bullheaded, placid, patient, devoted, gentle, sensual, mouth-watering! That last trait especially applies to our Taurus of the month, RPattz. As I mentioned last month, Robert Pattinson, is an ideal companion for impulsive Aries, Kristen Stewart. This is a classic Astrological match, made in Heaven, celebrated on Earth. Every Aries should be so lucky as to have a Taurus by their side, catching their fall, of which there might be many. If you happen to know a not-so-wild Aries, then it’s likely that person’s rising sign is not a fire one. Perhaps they have Taurus rising! That earth energy would sedate their fire energy a bit and make them a little less crazy-ram-like. KStew’s rising sign is unknown because her birth time has not been made public. RPattz’ rising sign is Cancer, which makes him sensitive, home-loving, introverted and caring. Can I love him anymore than I all ready do? Apparently, I could.

rpattz Other famous Taureans include Buddha, Uma Thurman, James Brown, Barbara Striesand, Cate blanchett, Cher, Liberace, David Beckham, George Clooney, Enrique Iglesias, Billy Joel, Katherine Hepburn, Stephen Baldwin, Stevie Wonder, Cate Blanchett, Janet Jackson, Pierce Brosnan, Tori Spelling, Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine, Al Pacino, Jerry Seinfeld, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Kirsten Dunst, Willie Nelson

Why is rose and pear a Taurus? Because based on Medieval Herbal Astrology, Venus is the planet of all things exceptionally beautiful, delicious and fragrant. I do believe these two foods possess these traits in spades, no? Since Venus rules over Taurus, and Libra these foods can belong to either sign. But since we’re celebrating Taurus we’re going to give it to the Bull…

Rpattz Sangria

(makes one gallon)

1/4 cup boiling water*
1/4 cup sugar, and stir
2 1/2 cups white wine
1 cup brandy
1 cup pear juice
3/4 cups triple sec
3/4 cups sour*
1 cup orange juice
1/8 ounce rose water*

***Sour Mix: 3/4 cups hot water, 3/4 cups sugar, 4 cups containers lime juice

***The best brand of rose water is “HERATIGE ROSE WATER” which can be bought at health food stores, metaphysical shops and online.

***Kangen water is the purest water I have ever come across and I recommend it highly. It augments the natural flavors you add to it and has become one of my core ingredients.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Monday, November 26, 2012

edible cocktails by natalie bovis aka the liquid muse

EDIBLE COCKTAILS is the author’s third cocktail book. the liquid muse, otherwise known as natalie bovis, has taken the concept of gardening and applied it to cocktails. it may sound like a no brainer, but no one has officially done this in print and natalie does a beyond superb job of it. from how to start a garden, to making your own compost, to collecting your own rain water, to choosing which plants to grow, natalie has covered all earthly bases. no matter if you are an urban dweller with or without a balcony, sharing a plot in a community garden or converting your front lawn into a cocktail patch, easy to understand advice is administered freely in this valuable book. the only thing i found missing might be the benefits of adding a bee hive to your garden.

after the gardening chapter, the book then moves onto recipes for cocktails and the ingredients needed to make them extra delectable: syrups, marmalades, infusions, shrubs, flavored waters, juices, purees and liqueurs. the selection of recipes is incredibly creative and delivered in friendly way—not at all intimidating to home bar newbies…

there is a whole chapter on grape based spirits, into which a healthy selection of wine-based cocktails is placed. i was very impressed with the level of ingenuity in natalies’ concoctions, like the lemongrass-sauvignon blanc syrup. this book makes a great gift for the winos in your life!

as a vegetarian, i was disgusted by the chapter dedicated to meat cocktails. but, it just cements that there really is something for everyone in this book, and that includes carnivores who like to play with their food… like chorizo mezcal. i’ll be skipping that one myself, but if your man likes the barbeque, this book is for him. when its too cold to fire up the grill outside, now he can turn his meat prep skills loose on the bar.

there is also a chapter dedicated to cocktails that use sustainable spirits. such spirits are made using organic or responsibly harvested produce and/or practices, like del maguey mezcal. seven ways to “green” your bar are listed, such as fixing leaky faucets that may be wasting deceptively large amounts of water.

lastly, i found the chapter on garniture to be particularly interesting. i love blending fresh herbs into sugar or salt and now you can too. explicit directions are given on how to prepare farm fresh rimming mixtures, including fresh mint sugar with which to rim your mojito. and with holiday just around the corner, an ice wreath is sure to please (get your bundt pan on!)

every section of this book is so well thought out and original in every way. it’s a winner! five stars! and a definite yes for the imbiber on your christmas list. $18 ADAMS MEDIA

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Thursday, September 29, 2011

GWEN’S herbacious cocktail lecture… success!!!

this august i gave a lecture, demonstration, and tasting on HERBACIOUS COCKTAILS. i spoke in front of 180 guests for 1 1/2 hours, and had to actually use a mic! i forgot what a rush being on stage was… i just love that energy! tickets to the annual HERB DAY EVENT to benefit HILLHOLD MUSEUM always sell out… so the crowd is eager to learn and have fun. i demonstrated how to make 4 different cocktails and one mocktail, based on the work of medieval astrology nicholas culpeper.

of course, intoxicated zodiac made the favors to celebrate the event. i created a special herb day cocktail that was printed on one side of the glass with the museum’s logo printed on the other. they were used as centerpieces.

this annual event is hoity toity… i asked someone their name and they said berkley. i said, oh what an unusual first name. she replied, no, i’m a berkley (as in, last names are what count here.) definitely a blue blood event! i had such a blast, thank you for having me HILLHOLD MUSEUM.

that’s me, picking the winner of the door prize with my mom sitting on my right… hi mom!

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Gemini Wedding: Cheers to Fleur & Jesse

This past June, my Libran sister and her Virgoan husband got hitched under the sign of Gemini. Nuptual Astrologer, April Kent, chose the most auspicious date for them to exchange vows. This is what she recod:

“Friday, June 10, 2011, 6:20 pm MDT, Canon City, CO: A very nice chart with the Moon in Libra (past its constricting conjunction with Saturn), the sign of marriage, approaching harmonious aspects to the Sun/Mercury in Gemini; a lovely, chatty, curious, lively energy. Venus is also in Gemini, and at 6:20 it’s in the 7th house along with the Sun and Mercury …. nice. Venus is sextile Uranus (to keep things lively and spontaneous) and trine Saturn (financial prudence and stability), but also approaching a quincunx with Pluto in the 2nd… taken together, this could spell some financial adaptations/compromises that need to be made. Mars is a little close to the descendant at this hour and might indicate a certain amount of bickering (though you’ll tend to have long fuses; physical exercise could provide a healthy channel for this energy). Overall, this is a nice chart for communication, socializing, reaching harmonious compromises, and enjoying new experiences. Window of opportunity: Say your vows between 6:08 p.m. (Mars leaves the 7th house) and 6:30 p.m. (after which the last few – unpleasant – degrees of Taurus are on the 7th house cusp).”

Since my sister was now planning her ceremony around Gemini’s celestial influence, she of course had to include that theme in her reception. Intoxicated Zodiac Marriage Sign favors accomplished this perfectly, and they are photographed here beautifully.

Inside the shot glass there are dried lavender petals to signify Gemini’s influence and dried Rose petals to symbolize love, both of which can be infused into sugar syrup and then made into a cocktail at home!

A Welcome Drink was served to greet guests that was ruled by sign of Gemini: a simple Lavender Martini. Lavender is ruled by Mercury and is hence a Gemini.

Some old bottles were then painted and labelled with the Gemini Marriage Sign Reading and used as props to spiff up the Marriage Sign concept so guests could understand it more easily.

Here i am, showing off my Lavender Martini! Fleur and Jesse are shown here exchanging Gemini vows… Ironically, Fleur means flower in French.

Overall the reception was a total hit, with no small thanks to the smashing Welcome Cocktail, and the unique favors which enthused the guests to no end… Not to mention the dogs!

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Saturday, August 7, 2010

candied violet martini stars Creme de Violette


more and more, we’re being granted access to many of the obscure liquors that europe has been privy to for so long. over here in the grand united states, we live vacuum packed and hermetically sealed–with the vacuum made in china. thankfully the alcohol has seeped through the walls of our red, white and blue fortress and into our chalice. we’ve been presented with another long lost liqueur, heralding from the days of speakeasies, from the prohibition-era itself: voilet liqueur. in fact, there are so many companies making this spirit now that i’ve lost count. you should be able to secure a bottle at your local booze shop, and if you can’t, reprimand the owner–the severity of which i leave up to you. because that’s just uncalled for.

ironically however, creme de violette sounds a whole lot better than it tastes. voilets are beautiful, so you know who rules them: venus–cheers to the bull…! creme de voilette is made from voilets, which means it’s a pretty purple color, which means one just has to mix with it, especially if one happens to be of the female persuasion. we love purple, don’t we girls? well, i’ve solved our little quandary, and i present it to you now in what i think you’ll find to be a most agreeable tipple:

1 oz crème de voilette
1 oz vodka
1 oz coconut milk
.5 oz rich simple syrup (2:1)
1/4 oz white creme de cocoa

Shake over ice, strain into glass.
Garnish with edible flower, ideally a violet

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Friday, May 21, 2010

fresh lilac martini-happy b’day taurus

did you know that lilac flowers are edible? i didn’t until recently, and since my discovery i’ve have been patiently waiting for lilac season to roll around, so i could put this claim to the test. and guess what? it passed with flying colors, or pink and purple really… i didn’t die–lilacs are edible!

thanks to beautiful venus for giving the world yet another intoxicating flower. is there anything better on this earth than the smell of fresh lilac? c’mon now, before you all say: sex, chocolate, shopping or drugs…. admit that lilacs are pretty high up on the list!

i propose we all take a lesson from the zodiacal pleasure-monger, and make like a bull this may. taurus knows how to enjoy the small things in life, like fresh lilac. taurus reminds us to stop to smell the roses, and drink the lilacs too.

ppotwe all know i love flower tipples, and i’d order this in a bar, hands down, just for the sheer novelty of it. i’ve provided a pictoral guide of my lilac experience for your viewing pleasure below.

syrupthe lilac aroma is quite fragrant infused into the simple syrup, but when you mix it with the other cocktail ingredients, it somewhat loses the intensity of its scent. it’s still there, just harder to detect. but, very easy to drink!

dyethe syrup actually turns out green. if you’re not into green, add some NATURAL food coloring, or throw a blueberry or two into the sauce pot while you’re cooking the syrup.

1 part lilac syrup*
1 part vodka (feel free to use 2 oz vodka, but it will dilute the scent.)
1 part fresh squeezed lemon

shake over ice, strain into the prettiest glass you can find, and garnish with a lilac sprig. cheers!

LILAC SYRUP: equal parts lilac florets, water, sugar. simmer for 10 minutes. strain. chill.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Monday, March 8, 2010

wedding cocktail book, the bubbly bride, features gwen’s original cocktail

bubbly-bridethe liquid muse herself asked if moi if i’d care to contribute an original cocktail to her latest book, THE BUBBLY BRIDE. perhaps you’ve heard of PREGGATINIS by natalie bovis-nelson? that was her first book. both are good reads with useful material to boot.

with wedding season right around the corner, you’d be wise to stock up on copies of THE BUBBLY BRIDE. for $16.95, every star struck lover deserves a tipple how-to as cute as this one! cheers to the happy couple…

studies show that inhaling lavender impairs our mental processing ability. in other words, it’s relaxing… good for a wedding? chill out bridezilla! it’s also kind of funny that lavender belongs to virgo, the virgin ; ) white wedding with lavender cocktails–how perfect!

1 oz lavender bud-infused vodka
1 oz lavender bud syrup
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
lavender water spray or rinse
lavender soda

combine lavender bud-infused vodka, lavender bud syrup, lemon juice and shake over ice. prepare champagne flute with rinse of lavender water, or mist inside of glass with lavender water spray. strain into lavender-misted / lavender-rinsed flute and top with fair amount of lavender soda. stir briefly and serve. garnish with sprig of lavender or purple flower if available.

lavender vodka: infuse 750 ml vodka with 3 cups dried lavender buds (available at health food stores or online) allow to sit for several days and strain.

lavender syrup: bring to boil 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup dried lavender buds and remove from heat. allow to infuse for 1/2 hour and strain. add splash vodka to act as preservative and store in fridge. note that using white sugar over raw will give a prettier pink color, while the latter will make for a darker hue.

lavender water: available at health food stores or online. for greater control and speed, i prefer misting over rinsing of glass. transfer lavender water into small spray bottle that is dark in color and store in fridge.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

pinky vodka: valentine’s day solved

pinkyi don’t know about you, but valentine’s day is my least favorite holiday. relationship pressure, obligatory materialism, societal stigmas… the list of reasons why it sucks is endless. like taxes, it exists and must be dealt with.

enter PINKY VODKA—valentine’s day solved. it’s a bouquet in a bottle! boy or girl, any lovely human will lust for this exquisitely designed vessel. sexy and slender, it’s shape emulates the style of luxury perfume. inside, the hand-blended swedish vodka is a rose quartz shade of blushing pink derived from rose petals, violets and wild strawberries, which all come together in a subtle floral nose and flavor.

despite the flowers, your man won’t think this is too girly. he’ll like it even more if you play bad bad bartender and shake your booty while shaking up a rose water gimlet. don’t forget to rim… the glass. he just might propose on the spot.

visit PINKY, the world’s most beautiful vodka.
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apparently we don’t know the zodiac sign of st. valentine. it is however, ironic, that this holiday was created in the month of aquaruius, which is the sign of universal love. we as a society have chosen to take aquarius’ one love concept and make it intimate. valentine’s day is now a romantic love holiday, rather than the holiday of love for humanity it was perhaps intended to be?

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

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