“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?
Spring is here, complete with a new moon on April 7. No matter your sign, this is an ideal time to break bad habits, cultivate your energy and look ahead to a new season of growth. Stay the course and channel only the best intentions for the full moon on the 21st. Remember, this is the season of renewal we all need to focus on what’s just within our reach, be it a new job, home or relationship. Phew! Ready for a cocktail? Here are some cocktails to drink, based on your sign.
Aries: March 21 to April 19
On April 7, the new moon is in Aries—that means your birthday moon—and it stands for a time (now!) to launch something new, be it getting a new idea into a fuller form, starting a new job, signing a lease or picking up a new sport (aerial yoga anyone?). Your independent spirit is in full force all month, but Mars (your ruling planet) will be in retrograde starting April 17, which may signal a shift in mood. You? Moody? Ha! A drink may be in order—it’s your birthday after all.
You should be drinking a bright and bubbly cocktail, like the Rose-Colored Glass.
Taurus: April 20 to May 20
The theme of this month (year, really) is all about give and take. Be careful not to give too much, lest you deplete your own resources, Taurus. You’re naturally generous but are prone to resentment too, and too much giving and not enough taking can make for a lot of headaches. Take care of yourself this month (this year!), and the fun will most definitely follow. Speaking of good times, it’s five o’clock somewhere.
You should be drinking the spirit-forward House-Made Clover Club.
Gemini: May 21 to June 20
This month is all about relationships—and not just of the romantic variety. Think bosses, parents, roommates and the like. Let this time serve as a lesson in growth to you; change is going to come whether you’re ready for it or not. Gemini’s don’t love change, but trust that things will be clearer on the other side. Nor does change necessarily mean anything negative. Just be aware of how you deal with people, your feelings and relationships—this means no running away. Stick around and sip on something not-so-sweet.
You should be drinking a savory cocktail, so opt for the Celery Daisy.
Cancer: June 21 to July 22
You mean business, Cancer, especially this month. Let your cautious nature guide you this month through deals, contracts and negotiations of all kinds. People around you may want to to do business with you, or perhaps a new business idea is brewing. Whatever the case, do your homework, and the rewards will come later. Sure, it’s a lot on your plate, but careful with scheduling, and a little discipline should get your through April sans too many headaches.
You should be drinking something both bitter and sweet, like the Hanky Panky.
Leo: July 23 to August 22
Be it with politics, business or love, Leos are looking straight ahead this month, all too concerned about what the future has in store. A little advice: Don’t concern yourself too much with the consequences and outcome, and just go with your gut. Put your passion to good use, but don’t hold yourself back with what’s happening in your head. Ask yourself the big questions (like how to channel your creativity and better express yourself) and the little ones too, like what to order at your next happy hour.
You should be drinking a sweet and sour whiskey cocktail, so check out the Scofflaw.
Virgo: August 23 to September 22
Brace yourself for an emotional month, Virgo. Fortunately your observant and intuitive nature will keep your emotions from roller-coastering out of control, save for an outburst or two. Changes are coming and issues are abundant, perhaps on the homefront as it relates to family dynamics, but it’s nothing that you can’t handle. Keep the focus on yourself and practice self-reliance. It will serve you well this month and all spring.
You should be drinking a neat tequila drink. Fancy a Distrito Federal?
Libra: September 23 to October 22
If things have seemed a little rocky in terms of relationships, heed the advice of the Brits, and keep calm and carry on. You’ll get through this, Libra, with your trademark grace and diplomacy, but be sure others see your good side all the while. What’s the good in being the sign of the scales when others view you as unbalanced and possibly unstable? Trust your instincts over emotions, and keep your attitude in check, especially as it pertains to dealing with others. In other words, play nice!
You should be drinking a fruit-forward drink, like the Pine Pepper Crush.
Scorpio: October 23 to November 21
Scorpios are secretive, passionate and emotional. You know this. But this month, tap into that chill steady-as-she-goes side for best results. This might mean wearing your heart on your sleeve, involving yourself in new work, meeting new people or simply opening up to those who know you. Partnerships are key, both with friends and family, but that can’t happen when you’re shady and elusive. Give a little, and you’ll get rewarded in spades.
You should be drinking a spicy, gingery El Diablo.
Sagittarius: November 22 to December 21
Grace under pressure—that’s you, Sag. Things are moving quickly, in work, on the treadmill, on the dating scene. Go with it, keep pushing ahead, and don’t stop, as you will see results quickly. Those around you know what you’re capable of, and you shouldn’t waste a precious minute on self-doubt. Keep your eyes wide open (your ears, too!), so you don’t miss a minute of this super busy month. What’s more, the promise of a new romance arrives with spring. Get ready!
You should be drinking the smoky Whisky in Church.
Capricorn: December 22 to January 19
Knock knock, Capricorn. Your friends want you to come out and play, and now’s the time to fight the urge for privacy and just give in to the fun. After all, all work and no play makes for a very dull life. That’s not to say your business, finances, legal concerns and the like aren’t important, and if you want to stay home, you’re allowed. But cutting yourself off may increase your sensitivity, so allow yourself a little social stimulation, and watch how the creativity and inspiration comes your way.
You should be drinking something with citrus, so try the Snap, Chat and Rum.
Aquarius: January 20 to February 18
Let it go. Repeat. Let it go. Holding on to to negativity is getting you nowhere, Aquarius, and there’s no better time than spring to forgive, forget and move it along. Just like you’re always there for people, a little adjustment to your attitude will make room for others to be there for you. Friends and family will appreciate your already altruistic demeanor, and you’ll appreciate what important roles they have in your life. Sounds like a win-win.
You should be drinking a classic with a twist, so try the bubbly and bitter Fennel 75.
Pisces: February 19 to March 20
Good news, Pisces. All the sleep you’ve been losing and worries you’ve had over money should soon be ending. That doesn’t mean you’ll find a pot of gold, but things are on the up and up to be sure. Now onto other matters, like the big picture. This month, think a bit more on a macro level (like what kind of impression you want to leave with people) rather than micro (what’s in your bank account). All of this introspection will lead to the freedom you’ve been craving, be it financial or otherwise. Think big and big things will come your way.
You should be drinking the sweet and bubbly Chambord Kir Royale.