Cakes and Ale

Cakes and ale are a common feature in Pagan ritual.  It is a time to sacrifice to the God and Goddess and to resettle your personal energies after magical or spiritual workings.  For covens, this section provides an opportunity to foster camaraderie and friendship.  Oddly enough when planning a ritual, this is the part I usually overlook or don’t put a lot of time into its consideration.  If this is an issue for you, here are a few ideas to adapt for your purposes. In reality you can use anything you have on hand, but I like creating something special.

Cakes Ideas

  • A Pentacle Press: If you only have time to make slice and bake cookies, this handy little stamp will personalize the cakes.
  • Double Chocolate Lavender Brownies: These are so good for esbats, especially if you are not a fan of sugar cookies. And it’s easy. Just add 2 Tbs of dried lavender flowers and a small bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips to 1 bag of dried brownie mix (or the dried ingredients of homemade batches).  Finish them according to the directions on the box and you’re done!
  • Mini Fruit Tarts: A little time-consuming, however these little delights will brighten up any spring, summer, or fall sabat or esbat. One tweek I would make to this recipe is I would use apricot jelly instead of currant.
  • Boxty: Cakes don’t have to be sweet (i.e. you don’t need to add the blueberries). These Irish potato pancakes are perfect for large gatherings.
  • Parmesan and Herb Biscuits: When making drop biscuits, add a half cup of parmesan cheese and your favorite herbs (I like chives and parsley) to the dry ingredients.

Ale Ideas

  • Cider, Both Hard and Non-Alcoholic: Apples are the “fruit of knowledge.” Also, quite tasty.
  • Cucumber and Lime Water: For outdoor rituals in the heat of summer, heavy alcoholic beverages can be a little too much.  Adding thinly sliced limes and cucumbers with a few sprigs of mint can be refreshing.
  • Rosemary-Infused White Wine: You don’t have to buy the best wine for this recipe (I usually use screw top because it’s easiest).  Just open the bottle, slip a few sprigs of fresh rosemary into the bottle, cap it, and shake every day for a few weeks.
  • Freshly Squeezed Juice: If you have a juicer, it is an opportunity to create something with interesting flavors. You also can add tequila or vodka to certain blends to connect to the Gods and Goddesses.
  • Microbrews, Homemade Mead, Etc.: If you or someone you know makes homemade alcoholic beverages, it is absolutely perfect for ritual.

© Ariadne Woods

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