Whether you call it Litha, Midsummer, or Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year is certainly worth celebrating. I've got 63 awesome recipes to celebrate Litha in the most delicious way.
After the long dark night that this past 14 months has been, I feel like we really deserve to celebrate the longest day of the year. As we start to safely gather again, outdoors as much as possible, it's more important than ever to reflect on what we're grateful for and what nature has provided. Let's have a feast, kids.
What is Litha?
Litha is the turn in the Wheel of the Year that celebrates the summer solstice. This sabbat is all about honoring the sun and the abundance of the natural world. Many witches believe that Midsummer is the most powerful time to gather any botanicals as they are at the height of their energy at this time of year. Litha is celebrated with both fire and water, as this is also the start of Cancer season which is a water sign and the only sign ruled by the moon. You could definitely work with the energy of both elements in your celebration.
For a Litha feast, we'll obviously want to work in as many fresh herbs as possible. Remember that each one has its own individual magical properties, so call on those as needed. I've also called in some sun colors with red and orange foods. Cinnamon is ruled by the sun, so it's definitely invited to the party. And this is the perfect time to cook with fire. Finally, we'll bring in some honey to celebrate all the flowers in bloom at this time of year. Let the feast begin.
Cooking with herbs
As mentioned, Midsummer is the optimal time for collecting botanicals for witchcraft. As modern witches, we may not be able to wander the woods naked picking baskets full of herbs, but we can still work them into our practice in whatever way is accessible.
- Cloudy Cider Cups
- Za'atar Flatbread
- Za'atar Potato Salad
- Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Rosemary Potato Rolls
- Smoked Cheddar & Sage Biscuits
- Chocolate Mint Cupcakes
- Grasshopper Pie
- Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert
- Garlic & Herb Focaccia Bread
- Lemon & Thyme Pound Cake
- Garlic & Herb Baked Chicken
- Dill Potaot Salad
- Mint Brownies
- Mint Limeade
- Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta with Fresh Rosemary
Cooking with sun colors
Red and orange evoke fire, creativity, passion, and boldness. Invite this energy to your feast by serving foods with these colors.
- Chocolate Orange Scones
- Feta & Strawberry Salad
- Cran-Orange-Apple Juice
- Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Orange Frosting
- Raspberry Lemonade
- Kir Royale
- Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
- Maple Glazed Carrots
- Orange & Amaretto Cider
- Raspberry Cooler
- Red Velvet Cake
- Italian Cream Sodas
- Citrus Cocktail Cupcakes
- Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosas
- Mexican Lasagna
- Brazilian Sunrise Cocktail
- Raspberry Margarita
- Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche
Abundant fruit & veg
This time of year is overflowing with gorgeous summer produce. Honor it by cooking something beautiful.
- Brie & Blackberry Grilled Cheese
- Continental Grilled Cheese
- Homemade Blueberry Muffins
- Cherry Orange Sangria
- Fiery Halloumi Salad
- Vegan Sweet Corn & Roasted Bell Pepper Soup
- Green Minestrone
- Easy Cheesy Stuffed Peppers
- Pimm's & Cherry Lemonade
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies
- Strawberry Basil & Lemon Infused Water
- Orzo with Bacon & Peas
- Strawberry Soju Slushie
This fiery spice is ruled by the sun. Even though I often associate cinnamon with autumnal foods, I'm happy to eat it at the height of summer as well.
- Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
- Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Brown Butter Blackberry Syrup
- Cinnamon Pull Apart Cake with Lemon Glaze
- Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants
- Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Cinnamon Cake
Cooking with fire
Make use of your bonfire if you can, or just fire up your backyard grill or even your kitchen torch to bring some flames to the party.
- Grilled Potato Foil Packets with Lemon Dill Creme Fraiche
- Classic Creme Brulee
- Spicy Southwest Burgers
- Cuban Burgers
- Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Burgers
Honor the flowers with honey
Buzzing bees are a sure sign of an abundant summer. They really need all our love and attention, so check to make sure your honey is sustainably sourced. I don't care for floral flavors, so honey is the perfect way to bring the energy of flowers into your food.
I hope you have the most beautiful Litha feast. You deserve it. If you make one of these recipes to celebrate Litha, I’d love to see it. Share your photos on Instagram, and hashtag them #awesomeon20.
And be sure to check my Kitchen Magick page for specific correspondences of various ingredients.