Just as your horoscope says a lot about you (if you’re into that, of course), so does your go-to drink. Here, the type of cocktail to sip based on your zodiac sign. Just be sure to use a coaster should Mercury go into retrograde.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18): Aperol Spritz
Some people might consider you independent and eccentric, but we know that’s just code for trendsetter. You were the first to rock kitten heels, try your hand with the Instant Pot and dye your hair “root beer brown.” So naturally you’re the first to make this old-timey Italian aperitif (made with Aperol, Champagne and club soda) cool again.
Pisces (February 19-March 20): Spiked Arnold Palmer
People know you as compassionate, gentle and a little bit dreamy. Your happy place? Tinkering away on your own with your oil paints or a box of artsy old Polaroids. This sweet, refreshing and light iced tea cocktail is totally OK to sip in the late afternoon while you contemplate your next masterpiece.
Aries (March 21-April 19): Manhattan
You’re the type of lady who’ll stride into a bar after work (wearing a bad-ass power suit or romper), order this strong rye whiskey-based cocktail and enjoy the effect you have on everyone within earshot. Yes, of course, you’ll take it in the rocks glass—and of course you’ll have a second. After all, you like to get a little loose before you beat everyone at pool later in the night.
Taurus (April 20-May 20): Gin and Tonic
Practical, well-grounded and conservative (but loveably so), you’ve always gone for strong, fairly-priced and classic libations. Case in point: The iconic G&T. Want to shake things up? Go crazy and order it with mango and juniper, which draw out the botanical taste of the gin.
Gemini (May 21-June 20): Whiskey Sour
As an indecisive lady, you’re always changing your dinner order last minute. (What if you get a healthy salad but then have soul-crushing food envy when your husband’s burger arrives?) The story’s exactly the same at the bar. That’s why this whiskey cocktail—that’s sweet and tart and boozy and frothy––is sure to satisfy without making you feel like you’re missing out.
Cancer (June 21-July 22): Mint Julep
You’re deeply sentimental, and drawn to beverages that make you feel like you’ve entered another time and place. Enter the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. When you clasp a frosty silver glass filled with bourbon and mint in your hand, it’s easy to imagine you’re at the horse races…or by Nick Carraway’s side as he downs the coolers in the summer heat of 1922.
Leo (July 23-August 22): Mai Tai
There’s nothing wrong with a little drama, amiright? Like when it’s your birthday and you totally tell the waiter to go ahead and put 34 candles on that tiny cupcake you see him bringing out. This red, fruity tiki drink is an order that everyone will notice. And if it just so happens to come out in a fancy halved pineapple or carved ceramic head? You won’t be complaining.
Virgo (August 23-September 22): Sangria
Attention to detail is one of your greatest strengths, and that’s probably why you’re your group’s de facto hostess. I.e.: Nine times out of ten, you’re the one serving the cocktails rather than ordering them. This crowd-pleasing number is a godsend: Make a big, fruity batch a few days ahead of time, and then get back to concentrating on those meticulous finger sandwiches you’ve been obsessing over.
Libra (September 23-October 22: White Wine Spritzer
Diplomatic, gracious and social, you’re the peacekeeper in your friend group. Why? Because harmony and balance are two values that you prize above all others. You want a cocktail you can share with your friends and that won’t overpower. This delightful cooler is a total crowd-pleaser, and basically demands that you open an entire bottle of vino and invite your squad over.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21): Frozen Margarita
People say you’re fierce…and, well, they’re not wrong. It’s probably because you know exactly what you want and you’re willing to assert yourself, calmly and cooly, obviously. If anyone can pull off four three frozen tequila drinks without losing their wallet and accidentally speed dialing their boss, it’s you, Scorp.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): Shandy
You want to be the person who sees every single Oscar-nominated movie. But, honestly, you find it hard to sit through a 30-minute Netflix show. That’s because while you value quality, patience isn’t your greatest virtue. Hey, no judgment. Your ideal cocktail takes seconds to make—lemonade and craft beer, dump, dump, pour—but still tastes fizzy, fruity and refreshing.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Martini
You know how to navigate white-tablecloth dinners, and you’ve mastered the art of networking while juggling a drink and an appetizer plate (your secret is discipline). Your poison of choice is something clean, crisp and classic, like a martini. With extra olives, of course.