Make This Jamaican Rum Cocktail Recipe To Celebrate Gemini Season

Symbolized by the twins, Gemini is an air sign that avoids strict definitions. Depending on the time of day, you might catch Gemini being fun, affectionate, and playful, or thoughtful and stoic.

Rather than fusing these far-reaching quirks into one palatable personality, Gemini relishes the spectrum of their identities. They love and lean into the fact that they can show one side of themselves at work, another at home, another with friends, etc.

Just as two identical twins will reveal inner worlds that are galaxies apart, Gemini season invites us to explore our own contradictions with curiosity and acceptance. It reminds us that we are all in a state of flux, responding to a range of stimuli both inside and outside of our consciousness. Rather than expecting us to remain unchanged in a changing world, Gemini encourages us to find and redefine ourselves within those changes.

This Gemini season also straddles Mercury retrograde, from May 10 to June 3, when the planet of communication, commerce, and technology seems to recede in the sky. While this transit can be associated with miscommunication, canceled plans, and technological mishaps, it’s also a good time to take stock — take the opportunity to move slower and with more intention. And remember that we are all navigating this transit together, so try to be understanding when plans change or fail.

With all of that in mind, a cocktail for Gemini season requires flexibility — it can be sipped on a night out with friends or alone at home with a favorite Netflix show lined up. This recipe is courtesy of educator and spirits consultant Shannon Mustipher, author of Tiki: modern tropical cocktails. Day N Night is a riff on Between The Sheets, which itself is a twist on the classic Sidecar cocktail, and is reminiscent of a delicate Daiquiri, with Jamaican rum and agricultural rum adding sweet earthy notes to balance the tart notes. As the name suggests, drink it day or night, depending on your mood.

Michael M. Tomlin