My name is Gwen Sutherland Kaiser and I am the founder of Intoxicated Zodiac, where Astrology meets Alcohol and becomes one in your glass!
I base all of my recipes on “Medieval Herbal Astrology” where plants have signs like people. In the dark ages, Dr. Nicholas Culpeper rejected the established medical monarchy in favor of locally foraged herbs. He was a total rebel–a Scorpio. While the rich were paying through the nose to get their blood let, he was helping the poor pick some weeds to cure the same illness. This of course mirrors what our society is experiencing all over again. We are moving away from the money-hungry, think-they-know-it-all medical establishment, in favor of holistic treatments.
In a nutshell, Medieval Medicinal Astrology works like this: Cucumber is a plant that needs an immense amount of water to flourish. Just look at how watery the flesh of a cucumber is. This water-loving quality connects it to the ocean, which is then connected to the crab (the sign of Cancer’s ruler). The moon is also linked to the ocean for its effect on the tides. Additionally, the flesh of a cucumber is white, an association shared with the Moon. The skin is tough, and the innards soft and pale, just like a crab. These physical similarities are what make the cucumber a Cancerian plant. Salt is also a Cancer due to its connection to the sea and salt water.
In the Medieval Ages, a plant of Cancer, like the cucumber, would be used to treat a body part that was ruled by Cancer, like the stomach. Cucumbers have a cooling quality and are hence considered cold-natured. Alternatively, a plant with an opposite nature, a hot plant, could be used to cure the same stomach. In theory, a cup of warm-natured chamomile tea, which is ruled by sunny Leo, would soothe stomach as much as a cool cucumber ice.
So you see the subject is quite interesting and valid. In fact, there was even a book written by Culpeper during the 1700’s, which lists the Zodiac sign of each and every plant he found in his native England. Unbelievably, it is still in print today, 300 years later. You can buy it on Amazon. With each printing the text and title vary slightly, which is unfortunate. But on the whole, the text remains as it was originally written by Culpeper himself. Just look for a herbal book by Nicholas Culpeper that is not a biography, but an Herbal Guide.
Without further ado, let’s enjoy this cocktail of Cancer… If you’re not a Cancer you can still benefit from this cocktail. With every sip, you’ll imbibe the energy of the Zodiacal crab: Imagination and creativity, love for family and children, loyalty to friends, shrewdness, caution, tenacity and homebody nester. If you’re set on drinking your own Sign’s libation, visit IntoxicatedZodiac.com for more of my Zodiac Cocktail creations…
CUCUMBER JALAPENO SOUR:
- 1 oz. vodka (Zodiac Vodka is my fave)
- 1 oz. limoncello
- 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
- ½ oz. rich simple syrup*
- 5 slices cucumber
- 1/3 strip of a jalapeno
- 1 pinch Himalayan mountain salt
In mixing glass, muddle lime juice with cucumbers and jalapeno until macerated. Add remainder of ingredients and shake over ice. Double Strain into an ice-packed glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a slice of cucumber. Enjoy!
(*Rich simple syrup is 2 parts sugar to 1 part water)