It’s the height of summer, and while that doesn’t mean some of us aren’t working our butts off in the sweltering heat, it does mean happy hour seems like it should be every hour and all day long. For those of us who like a little escape, an escape is surely in order. Close your eyes, star children, and imagine a cool summery cocktail sweating right beside you. Maybe you’re reading a book, something smart but not too heavy, like We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. A breeze kicks up, and you unstick your thighs from that impractical metal chair, some cutie walks by and smiles at you. Life is okay sometimes; life has its small pleasures. Like solitude when it feels permeable—open to beautiful interruption. Like cocktails that taste just right—made for you, even.
Here, I’ve imagined a lovely drink for each star sign, a cosmic suggestion. I warn you in advance, I suggest rum to no one. If you are looking for rum, you must make that quest on your own.
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Aries: Hibiscus Tequila Margarita
God bless summertime when you can find Aries cropping up in your local watering holes and party spots wearing designer T-shirts with whimsical accents. Fiery and sweet, an Aries is equal parts charm and trouble. That's why a Hibiscus Margarita might just do the trick. Its bright magenta color makes me think of an Aries in love, kind of pungent and refusing to hold anything back, lest it ruin the intensity of a romantic moment. An adventurous cocktail that’s unusual yet simple; it's bold while being straight to the point, boasting exclusively the flavors of hibiscus, lime and tequila.
I have a Taurus friend who is very good. So good, that she and I share a tattoo: a quote from Janet Jackson (also Taurus), "What have you done for me lately?" on our butts. It's important that I tell you this because a Taurus knows just what to do for themselves. When I asked her what the perfect summer drink is, she said, "Negroni on the rocks, because it feels citrusy and summery, but is also just three types of f***ing alcohol—no nonsense. The bitterness of the Campari and the ice is really key. Cold and bitter, it grounds you."
Listen, the truth is, a Gemini is interested in all sorts of cocktails. They're open-minded pleasure seekers. What a Gemini really likes, though, is beauty—a drink like a butterfly in a glass. Here's where the Aviation flies in and sweeps you right off your feet! Blueish purple and served straight up, an Aviation is all air and flirtation, a Gemini dream. Besides, I know this cocktail is mixed with magic because the first time I tried an Aviation was at a truly meant-to-be Gemini-Scorpio wedding, where it was served as the signature drink.