The Perfect Cocktail For Your Zodiac Sign
Ever feel like there's that one cocktail that just speaks to you? It just might be your perfect zodiac match. And, hey, even if you don't read your horoscope every day, it doesn't hurt to find a new go-to cocktail recipe for every occasion. We've tapped cocktail expert Kat Odell, author of the recently published cookbook Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails For a Mellow Buzz ($11), for her advice on all things cocktail-related astrology. Read on to discover which cocktail you should stir up based on your zodiac sign, and learn why it's the best match, according to Kat herself. And, yes, as the name of her book implies, you have permission to drink it any time of day!
"A warm cocktail for a warm personality. Aries, known to be full of life and energy, is a perfect match for Day Drinking's Glühwein. This drink, served warm, calls for a blend of red wine plus spices like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. A bit of orange adds a citrus twist, followed by brandy, which bolsters this fine libation."
Get the recipe: Glühwein
Taurus: The Regents Royale
"Laid-back, thoughtful Taurus is best matched to Day Drinking's The Regents Royale. The easy-to-make and even-easier-to-drink quaffer will appeal to Taurus's relaxed personality, one that also enjoys the better things in life."
Get the recipe: The Regents Royale
Gemini: Beet Wine
"Split-personality Gemini — who can be a different person to different people — is like Day Drinking's Beet Wine. The drink serves as a mocktail for those abstaining, but drop some grappa in there and you're good to go."
Get the recipe: Beet Wine
"Sangria, a seemingly simple drink made from wine, can sometimes be more complex to assemble, depending on one's fruit additives of choice. White Sangria offers a cool, crisp take on the classic, gulpable red drink, and one that Virgo would appreciate. With a mild-mannered personality that gives way to far more tough under the surface, easy-drinking Sangria is an appropriate choice."
Get the recipe: Strawberry-Peach Sangria
"Though it's made from common ingredients (Brazilian rum, lime, and sugar), the Caipirinha is still an oft-overlooked, relatively unknown libation, which makes it ever so fitting for mysterious Cancer, who is also gentle and nurturing. One sip of a Caipirinha and those familiar flavors make sense, with tons of bright lime for a bold drink."
Get the recipe: Passion-Fruit Caipirinha
Leo: Old Fashioned
"One of the most classic of classic cocktails is the Old Fashioned, a pioneering preProhibition libation built from a mix of whiskey, bitters, and sugar. Proud and regal Leo, a lover of simplicity and a born leader, is this brown drink's equal."
Get the recipe: Old Fashioned
"The key to a great Daiquiri, I was once told, is the balance of its few ingredients: simple syrup, lime, and rum. In correct proportions, you'll have the perfect drink; but just a bit off and your cocktail could become a mess of acid or sugar. Similarly, Libras need balance in their life, and they value harmony just like a perfect Daiquiri."
Get the recipe: Mango Daiquiri
Scorpio: Long Island Iced Tea
"When provoked, Scorpios can become especially aggressive, just like a classic Long Island Iced Tea, a drink that packs over a walloping two shots of five different types of booze in relation to just an ounce of soda and an ounce of sour mix. Proceed with caution."
Get the recipe: Pineapple-Raspberry Long Island Iced Tea
Sagittarius: Pisco Sour
"A sign keen on traveling, freedom, and discovering new things may want to reach for a Pisco Sour, a less common drink here in the US, though the nation pride of Peru. Made from a blend of egg whites, pisco, lime, sugar, and bitters, the drink is light and airy, and the perfect tipple of the more adventurous."
Get the recipe: Peruvian Pisco Sour
"Goal-oriented Capricorns, leaders dedicated to achieving their dreams, should reach for a Martini. One of the world's greatest cocktails, also based on the balance of its ingredients, boozy Martinis can be tough to love, but once you understand the drink's elegance, it's on. Similarly, it can be challenging to get close to a Capricorn, but once you do, there are great payoffs."
Get the recipe: Orange Martini
Aquarius: Rum and Coke
"Generous and beloved Aquarius should reach for a Rum and Coke. Aged rums offer one of the best values in the world of spirits, and when mixed with cola, it's one of the most affordable, crowd-pleasing drinks around."
Get the recipe: Cherry Rum and Coke
Pisces: Milk Punch
"Milk Punch: don't expect this drink to involve cloudy milk. Tasting a Milk Punch might confuse you because, given the intoxicant's name, you'd expect a drink with, well, milk. Instead, you'll receive the most easy-drinking cocktail that tastes nearly devoid of booze, and that's because there's clarified milk mixed in, meaning that all milk's curds have been separated from the whey. This drink is so delicious it's hard to believe it contains dairy . . . which is why it's ideal for Pisces, a secretive and mysterious sign who also tends to be a daydreamer."
Get the recipe: Lucky Charms Milk Punch