'Tis the season for fun gatherings and even better drinking. Whether your social calendar is full or you’re planning to take it easy this season, now’s the time to sit back, relax and enjoy everything December has to offer. And we firmly believe you can’t sit back and relax without a cocktail in your hand. See what the stars have in store for your cocktailing this month.
SAGITTARIUS: Nov. 22–Dec. 21
December might not always seem like the best time to start new projects, but your creativity is flowing this month, and it’s best to take advantage. As the weather cools and things slow down at work, you may as well dive in. The Lemon Bar Clarified Milk Punch is as imaginative as you are this month, so it’s perfect for any holiday gathering.
CAPRICORN: Dec. 22–Jan. 19
You’re always disciplined and responsible, but lately you’re not feeling like you’re living up to your potential. As you wrap up the year, it might be time to think more creatively and start thinking about one or two New Year’s resolutions that will really carry meaning in your life. Start thinking with a simple, seasonal cocktail in hand, like the Stranger in the Alps.
PISCES: Feb. 19–March 20
Luck is on your side this month. Finally, everything is falling into place, and you can just breathe. 2019 will be a big year for you if you continue to harness this good energy, so make sure to focus on what’s working right now. The First Frost will be with you by the fire all month as you plot world domination.
ARIES: March 21–April 19
Social obligations fill up your calendar this month, so now’s the time to remember that they’re not just that—obligations; they’re an opportunity to really connect with friends, family and coworkers. Nothing’s better for parties than a punch, so embrace this simple and classic rum-brandy punch all season long.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
GEMINI: May 21–June 20
You’re feeling peaceful at the moment, and there’s no better feeling. Bask in the glory of your achievements in 2018, and live out this final month with a bang. The Ginger Smash is a light cocktail with lots of seasonal flavors that you can drink many of, so don’t hold back.
CANCER: June 21–July 22
This might not be your best month. As you feel a bit frustrated with your current situation, know it’s OK to go through some turmoil this time of year. It paves the way for new beginnings next month and will make you appreciate the good things to come in January. Since you’ll be a little distracted, make some last-minute mulled wine whenever you need it.
LEO: July 23–Aug. 22
As the holidays come into full swing, you’re feeling very thankful for everyone around you. It’s up to you to spread that holiday cheer this year as others may not have it as easy as you. If you can, make time to volunteer this month or donate to a worthy cause, then celebrate with this twist on a classic Hot Toddy.
VIRGO: Aug. 23–Sept. 22
Don’t make things more complicated than they already are, Virgo. It’s something your hardworking spirit can tend to do, but sometimes it’s OK to just go the easy route. If that means serving a boozy pumpkin spiced latte at your holiday gathering, so be it.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
LIBRA: Sept 23–Oct. 22
There’s lots to do this month, but that doesn’t mean you should cut out your weekly workout or your dedication to cutting out sugar. Resist the urge to give in to all of your vices. You’ll be thanking yourself come January. The Bitter Temptation is an apt accompaniment this month.