The Best Summer Drink for Your Zodiac Sign, According to an Astrologer
Chilly cocktails, teas and spritzers are the ultimate way to stay refreshed—especially during the dog days of summer. While you could always opt for a glass of rose or a cold beer, you could also step outside your comfort zone and sip on something that works well for who you are and what you might desire most, all based on your zodiac sign.
Not sure what to drink this summer or eager to find something new? Here is the best summer drink for your zodiac sign, according to Skye Alexander, astrologer and author of Magickal Astrology.
Aries: Bloody Mary
The spicy Bloody Mary echoes Aries' spicy temperament, since there's nothing timid about either. The "red" planet, Mars, rules this zodiac sign, and astrologers also connect it with the blood. Alexander says, "Aries folks are known for being independent, which ties in with the Bloody Mary's origins." Legend says the cocktail was introduced in Paris in 1921, inspired by the sentiments of Russians after the Revolution and American bartenders who rejected Prohibition. So, red-hot Aries can enjoy a rebellious and fiery Bloody Mary.
Recipe pictured above: Frozen Mango Margaritas
Tauruses know how to relax and enjoy a hot summer day at the beach or a lazy afternoon by the pool. They can be a bit indulgent, too, so the words of Jimmy Buffet's song "Margaritaville" may ring true for them in particular. "Like the laid-back, good-natured Taurus personality, this smooth, sweet cocktail is easy to enjoy. Try it made with strawberries, peaches or watermelon as a change from the traditional lime juice base," she says.
Gemini: Wine Spritzer
Recipe pictured above: Cherry-Mint Spritzer
Like Gemini people, wine spritzers are light, playful and effervescent. "Originally designed to reduce the alcohol content in a glass of rich Italian wine by diluting it, a wine spritzer reminds us of Gemini's personality—never too heavy or intense," she says. A basic wine spritzer is made with red or white wine and sparkling water or club soda, but you can personalize it to suit your own palate with citrus-flavored soda, sliced orange or lime, fresh mint or lemon zest.
Cancer: Piña Colada
Recipe pictured above: Boozy Piña Colada
Cancer is the sign astrologers associate with the home and hospitality. "In New England, the pineapple is considered a sign of welcome. During the clipper ship era, sea captains displayed images of this tropical fruit to announce seafarers' safe return and to invite neighbors to visit their homes to hear tales of the sailors' adventures," she says. This creamy and comforting summer cocktail is right up homebody Cancer's alley.
Leo: Mint Julep
Recipe pictured above: Classic Mint Juleps
Alexander says, "Leos love drama, and perhaps no American drink comes with more color than the mint julep." This classic drink has been recognized for its importance and status (hello, official drink of the Kentucky Derby!). Supposedly, Hemingway once hurled a glass of the drink against a Paris tavern wall because it wasn't up to his high standards. F. Scott Fitzgerald also wrote about the cocktail in The Great Gatsby.
Virgo: Vodka-Cran Cocktail
Alexander says a cocktail with cranberry juice "is a good choice for health-conscious Virgos." Cranberry juice contains flavonoids that help prevent heart disease and provide a number of other health benefits. We love this Sparkling Cran Razzy, which is refreshing and on the lighter side (it cuts calories and sugar, thanks to the addition of seltzer water). Bonus: lime juice increases the amount of vitamin C you get from this refreshing summer drink!
Libra: Gin and Tonic
This summertime favorite is as classy as Libra people. "Cool and clean, with the perfect balance of crispness and sweetness, gin and tonic dates back to the 16th century. It became known as the 'drink of gentlemen,' and still retains an aura of refinement and sophistication—like Libras," she says. If you're accustomed to drinking it with a twist of lemon or lime, try our Lavender-Cucumber Gin & Tonic instead for a cool change of pace.
Of all the zodiac signs, Scorpio is considered the most passionate and intense, so try a fruity rum cocktail. Hurricanes typically blend "light and dark rum, along with the syrup of the passionfruit, and exhibits the sort of vibrancy we associate with Scorpio," she says. Astrologers also link Scorpio with the underworld and secrets. According to legend, the drink originated with Pat O'Brien at his New Orleans speakeasy where "hurricane" was a Prohibition-era code word used to gain access.
Sangria is a flavorful punch traditionally made with red wine (Rioja is a favorite) and orange juice, with fresh fruit, such as peaches, pears, cherries, pineapple or berries, floating on top. You can add your favorite liqueur, club soda or ginger ale to the mix, or pretty much whatever you want. "Like Sagittarian people, free-wheeling sangria invites you to experiment, expand your horizons and have fun—that may be why this festive drink plays a role at many celebrations on the Iberian peninsula," she says.
"This classic begs to be enjoyed while wearing a tuxedo or evening gown, a la Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Like Capricorns, a good martini is strong and straightforward." While a classic martini is always delightful, you could switch it up with our Strawberry-Chile Martini for a fun summery twist.
Aquarius: Frozen Daiquiri
"Although Aquarians are friendly people, they can tend to be rather aloof and cool, intellectual rather than emotional and at times bitingly forthright. Therefore, I link this zodiac sign with frozen beverages, particularly the frozen daiquiri that masks its alcoholic bite with fruity flavors," Alexander says. The classic daiquiri combines rum and lime juice and is characteristically tangy, just like the Aquarian personality.
Recipe pictured above: Rose Mojito
This popular Cuban drink, the mojito, traditionally made from white rum, lime juice, soda water, sugar and fresh mint, is light, sweet and refreshing, all characteristics exhibited by many Pisceans, Alexander says. "You may want to blend in other types of fruit though, such as blood orange, mango or pineapple for variety—use your imagination," she adds.