Zodiac Happy Hour—Cocktail Recipes for Every Sign
"Baby, what's your sign" might be a tired pickup line on the bar scene, but we're making the argument it's not without warrant. Why not let your sun sign's dominant personality traits inspire some clever imbibing habits? Keep scrolling for our curated list of libations for each house.
What: Ambitious and patient, Capricorn knows how to appreciate a classic. The powerful, stable, salt-of-the-earth sign will go in for fresh woodsy undertones and pared-down ingredients. This smoky with a sour twist of grapefruit, scotch, and salt hits all the right notes while still staying just conservative enough.
When: December 23–January 20
What: Curious and independent, Aquarius prefers to imbibe with clever and unusual twists. The progressive and naturally inquisitive sign is prone to originality and innovation. Ernest Hemingway famously quipped, "I only drink to make people more interesting." A Hemingway Daiquiri classic combo of rum, maraschino cherry, and grapefruit is the perfect elixir to pique the sign's interest.
When: January 21–February 19
What: Romantic and ethereal, Pisces is a true artist. With a sensitive and selfless disposition, the sign is inclined to idealized fantasy and wild escapism. The swoon-worthy Love Potion Cocktail pairing blackberry syrup with sparkling wine will go straight to the sign's tender heart.
When: February 20–March 20
What: Fearless and independent, Aries craves constant adventure and passion. Echo the sign's variety-is-the-spice-of-life joie de vivre with a confident and artful Mezcal Martinez. The dynamic and bold flavor of smoky tequila with a flaming orange twist holds just enough wit to engage the fiery ram.
When: March 21–April 20
What: Earth sign Taurus is loyal yet not above improving upon a classic. This sign's love of stability and steely determination will be drawn to all things indulgent and familiar. A Lime Rosé Spritzer strikes the right balance of reliable yet ambitious.
When: April 21–May 21
What: Curious yet refined, Gemini craves duality. The mercurial twin sign goes in for two-sided, soulful concoctions with good balance. With its warm, well-rounded sophistication, a Spiced Pear Gin Fizz is lively, intelligent, and youthful, just like the sign.
When: May 22–June 21
What: Ruled by the moon, water sign Cancer is naturally emotional and nurturing. They appreciate a thoughtful, handwrought technique. Craft cocktails with imaginative flourishes are enough to seduce the crab. A Raspberry Commodore Cocktail, composed of fruity purée, bourbon, and a splash of soda, makes for the perfect summer companion.
When: June 22–July 22
What: Ostentatious Leo loves drama. The life of the party, the sign won't shy away from multiple rounds of grandiose, iconic libations. The spicy Citrus Sting pairs ghost chile and honey-infused bourbon with tart citrus. The sharp-witted combination will be catnip for the loyal and broad-minded lion.
When: July 23–August 21
What: Diligent, hyper-intelligent, and analytical Virgo appreciates an elevated approach. Only the best will suffice for the modest and meticulous Virgoan. A Skinny Coconut Margarita made with lite coconut milk and tequila blanco looks just as pretty as it tastes.
When: August 22–September 23
What: Air sign Libra needs to keep it loose. The sign is drawn to equal parts natural, earthy ingredients, and flights of fancy. Channel the sign's sometimes indecisive, always easy-going and sociable demeanor with a Revolver. The balance of spicy bourbon, coffee, and orange is enough to keep the sign guessing.
When: September 24–October 23
What: Latin libations are the perfect poison for water sign Scorpio. Taken with anything dark, mysterious, and alluring, the intuitive, force-of-nature sign calls for a passionate mix. This Spicy Grapefruit Margarita fits the bill.
When: October 24–November 22
What: Straight-forward Sagittarius loves freedom and travel. The philosophical and optimistic sign favors honesty and dynamic, clever embellishments. A Cranberry Kombucha Cocktail holds intrigue and effervescent tanginess for a proper fix.
When: November 23–December 22
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