“What’s your sign?” It’s one of the cheesiest and most gag-inducing pickup lines, and chances are you’ve either used it on someone (hopefully jokingly) or been asked the question yourself—and the encounter probably happened at a bar.
There’s something to the question, though. But not in the way you think. If you put your zodiac sign to the test, you may find that the universe is telling you to try something unexpected, like that you should try a gin cocktail instead of whiskey?
October’s new moon may have drummed up dismay and distractions, possibly bringing obstacles, but this month, it’s all about making things happen. With Mars and Venus in Libra by mid-November, the focus is on relationships—be it at work, at home, or at the bar. Towards the end of November, the sun moves into Sagittarius, the zodiac sign of travel, which means—you guessed it—it’s time to pack your bags. By the end of the month, a full moon will be upon us, so approach holiday season cautiously, preferably with a drink in hand.
Here are some ideas, based on your sign.
Sagittarius: November 22 to December 21
You should be drinking an Aperol Spritz this month.
November is a transitional month for Sags who are looking to declutter and prepare for your birthday month ahead. Lest you forget about having fun though, there’s always booze, a friendly reminder to enjoy the little things along the way. So take a cue from the Italians and mix up an Aperol Spritz—the perfect aperitif for your fire sign.
Capricorn: December 22 to January 19
You should be drinking a Dry Martini this month.
This hardworking, dedicated Earth sign is perpetually focused on keeping it real—right down to the drink in their glass. Capricorns should opt for a Dry Martini (what else?) to drink as you enter the new moon in the middle of the month. Still, a new moon signals something, ahem, new, so this earth sign should also try to mix it up a bit too. Maybe a Vodka Martini? Maybe next month.
Aquarius: January 20 to February 18
You should be drinking a Ramos Gin Fizz this month.
Ready for some serious career moves or job news this month? Get ready. Cool and collected Aquarians will want to imbibe something effervescent (after 5pm, of course) and should look no further than the classic Ramos Gin Fizz—a drink that’s deceptively complicated and slightly mysterious, much like Aquarians themselves.
Pisces: February 19 to March 20
You should be drinking a Daiquiri this month.
Ready for something new this month? Of course you are. Pisces in the know are ready for adventure—whether it’s an escape to somewhere warm—or a new extracurricular activity (aerial yoga anyone?). The perfect drink to add to the stellar cosmic mix is undoubtedly the Daiquiri, sunshine not included.
Aries: March 21 to April 19
You should be drinking a Boulevardier this month.
With Mars and Venus in sync this month, Aries should be ready for anything—love included. Still, take time for yourself and don’t waste your efforts on anyone who doesn’t suit you or your needs this month. Preparing for anything requires a stiff drink, and the classic Boulevardier fits the bill. This cousin of the Negroni is as sweet and independent as you.
Taurus: April 20 to May 20
You should be drinking a Negroni this month.
Ready for love? The sun and Mercury (sign of flirtation) is in Scorpio making this one hot month for Taureans. In a relationship? Lock it up! Single? Keep your eyes peeled because a promising stranger (or possibly an old flame) works their way into you life and after your heart. Stay true to your Earth sign nature and opt for a classic cocktail, like the Negroni, to sip on during this sultry season.
Gemini: May 21 to June 20
You should be drinking a Bloody Maria this month.
This month Geminis should think small. Yes, small. Like, downsizing, scaling back and editing editing editing—whether it’s your group of friends, wardrobe, or cleaning out your fridge. The name of the game this month, dear air sign, is minimizing. Of course, all that housecleaning is exhausting, which is where tequila comes in. Opt for a Bloody but make it a Maria.
Cancer: June 21 to July 22
You should be drinking a Tom Collins this month.
With the sun shining in Scorpio this month, Cancers are shining right back. Yes, all eyes are on you. Whether it’s redecorating, getting a new ‘do, or shopping for a holiday wardrobe, you will find a way to stand out. But stick to classics in your glass, and a fizzy Tom Collins fits the bill. Cheers!
Leo: July 23 to August 22
You should be drinking a Spicy Grand Margarita this month.
Leos will find themselves nesting and getting ready for hibernation this month—just in time for the winter chill. Still, this fire sign shouldn’t hide away from anyone or anywhere for too long. Let the new moon in mid-November guide you to some new friends and social scene. Naturally, you’re in demand, and a spicy Margarita is the right complement to a night out (or in).
Virgo: August 23 to September 22
You should be drinking a Brandy Alexander this month.
Earthy Virgos know that variety is the spice of life—especially this month. Mix things up with a creamy classic, like the cognac-infused Brandy Alexander, and let your serious side go. Have fun, let loose and look out for all things new with the new moon, which appears on November 11.
Libra: September 23 to October 22
You should be drinking an Irish Coffee this month.
Any true Libra knows the key to life is balance. Case in point? The Irish Coffee, which strikes the right balance of fun and functionality (caffeine and booze). Sip on one of these hot bevvies as Venus (your ruling star) moves its way through Libra during the month of November, ensuring planetary love all around.
Scorpio: October 23 to November 21
You should be drinking a Kir Royale this month.
With the sun and Mercury in your sign for most of the month, now is the time to look ahead and toast to your bright future, Scorpio. What better way to celebrate than with bubbles? Mix it up with a bit of crème de cassis, raise your glass of Kir Royale and toast to your fellow water signs.
Illustrations: Ariel Dunitz-Johnson