March Challenge: Vernal Equinox Haiku

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Almost every month, Hanlie and I get together to have a Kindred Spirits gathering, where we make and share cocktails (and sometimes other goodies) inspired by an agreed upon theme.

This past March, we came up with the theme “Vernal Equinox Haiku.”

Full disclaimer: we come up with the theme for the following month during the current month’s gathering…which can make for some “interesting” themes. Heh.

What’s a haiku?

You might remember from grade school that a haiku is a Japanese style of poem that has 3 lines. The first and third line have 5 syllables, while the second line contains 7 syllables.

Here’s an example from Akif Kickloo:

“I have seen it then

and I will see it again:

The magic in you.”

What’s a vernal equinox?

It’s a day that happens every spring where the sun and the moon are present for equal periods of time. As spring turns into summer, the days get longer and the nights shorter. When the autumn equinox occurs in the fall, the nights become longer and the days become shorter as we approach winter.

The vernal equinox represents a time of new beginnings, birth and potential. This particular year, we were graced with a full blood worm moon.


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Bree’s cocktail: Moonshine Sun Tea

“Cold and dark leave us.
Moonshine fades into sunshine.
New light brings new life.”

Representing equal parts sunshine (from the tea) and moonlight (from the moonshine), this cocktail combines some delicious elements:

  • Lipton’s Cold Brew Iced Tea

  • Fresh Lemons

  • Midnight Moon Moonshine — apple pie flavor (nice amount of cinnamon)

  • Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Sweet Tea Syrup

I didn’t write the recipe down but it went something like this:

  1. Brew 3-4 tea bags in cold water in a mason jar

  2. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon into the jar and add a few slices of lemon to garnish

  3. Sweeten lightly with Sweet Tea Syrup — a little bit goes a long way

  4. Add 2 shots of moonshine to the mix and fill the jar with ice

  5. Stir and enjoy — beware if you are drinking with a straw (or even without a straw), this is a strong ass drink and it will sneak up on you!


Hanlie served up some Japanese whiskey to mark the occasion and we attempted to make “bunnies” out of origami paper.

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