Sunshine Superfan (I’m just mad about saffron…)

I’ve just returned from a trip to Los Angeles, land of relentless sunshine.

In the past, I’ve found the aggressive solar aspects of LA to be oppressive and uncomfortable, but I had a much different experience this time.  I was ready to open up to the sun as a symbol of optimism, vitality and enlightenment.

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In a recent tarot reading, I received The Sun as my final outcome card – a welcome sight!  I’m currently going through a transition in my professional life and transitions are always a bit scary cloaked in the unknown as they are. It’s nice to carry the idea that no matter what, things will be ok.

I had this idea reaffirmed in a reading I had by Erin Smith of Vardo Tarot while I was in LA.  Erin is the proprietress of the delightful “Tarot Truck”, her customized modern day gypsy caravan from which she gives expert tarot readings.

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We found her parked on Glendale Blvd. near the Farmer’s Market in Atwater Village on a Sunday afternoon.  I asked for a five card reading:

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Erin explained that I was undergoing a transformation in which I was being challenged to overcome deeply ingrained notions of insufficiencies, be those of monetary, external resources or internal abilities.

She saw that the creative endeavor that I was embarking on  would ultimately be a success and this would largely be influenced by relying on my intuition to guide me.  This was what I needed to hear.  If you are in LA – run, don’t walk to to the Tarot Truck and experience Erin’s gift for yourself!

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In celebration of my renewed optimism I created a cocktail inspired by the Sun with sunny Spanish flavors infused: sherry, oranges and saffron.

Saffron, red threads derived from a crocus flower, is used magically to enhance healing, happiness and strength which made it an obvious choice include in this elixir of enthusiasm.

Make a saffron simple syrup by gently heating equal parts water and sugar with a few threads of saffron.  After sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let the threads steep for a half an hour, strain and use.

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Sunshine Superfan

1.25 oz silver tequila
1 oz fino sherry
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz saffron simple syrup
.5 oz Cointreau
3 dashes orange bitters

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled one-third with ice.  Shake smilingly and strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.  Drink in the confidence, joy and brilliance that is the Sun.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. hocuspocus13 says:

    Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
    jinxx🍁xoxo

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  2. sayloraway says:

    This post brought some sunshine to my day! I can’t wait to try this cocktail. I love the heady, earthiness of saffron and the lovely color but haven’t always had success in using it in the right doses.

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