Cocktails for Astrology Aficionados
Who needs horoscopes when you can have a monthly cocktail prescription? As part of our Mixstrology series, astrologer/bartender Patricia Clark Hippolyte created twelve cocktails, each uniquely suited to a sign of the zodiac.
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Aquarius: Absinthe Frappé
Fresh mint and anise-flavored absinthe combine over crushed ice for a pleasantly refreshing cocktail perfect for cool, smooth Aquarians.
5 mint leaves, plus more for garnish 1½ oz. absinthe
½ oz. simple syrup
1 egg white
1½ oz. club soda
Muddle mint in a cocktail shaker. Add absinthe, simple syrup, egg white, and ice; shake vigorously and strain into a collins glass filled with crushed ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a mint leaf.
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Pisces: The Pekel
Pickle brine replaces the olive juice in this twist on a dirty martini; its slightly murky appearance is a subtle nod to the water sign.
FOR THE PICKLED GRAPES:
½ cup apple cider vinegar
2½ tbsp. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. allspice
½ tsp. black peppercorns
½ tsp. coriander seeds
8 cardamom pods
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
1 (1”) piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup grapes
FOR THE COCKTAIL:
3 oz. vodka
1 tbsp. pickling juice
Pickled grapes, for garnish
1. Pickle the grapes: Combine vinegar, brown sugar, salt, allspice, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cardamom pods, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, ginger, and ½ cup water in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, 2 minutes, until sugar has dissolved; let cool. Pour over grapes and leave to infuse for 3 hours. Makes about 2 cups juice.
2. Make the cocktail: Combine vodka and pickling juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with pickled grapes.
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