Mixstrology: Cancer

By Patricia Clark Hippolyte

Published on June 24, 2013

Welcome to Mixstrology, SAVEUR's monthly series where astrologer/bartender Patricia Clark Hippolyte provides a cocktail prescription for each sign of the zodiac. This month: Cancer.


Credit: Laura Sant

]( Cancer, you tend to live in the past, and family, home, and security mean the world to you. With this drink, I aim to bring you back to your childhood summers: no school, no worries, days spent barefoot running down the ice cream truck. This drink is sweet, soft, creamy, and comforting, satisfying your nostalgia for those less complicated times. It's my play on an oldie but goodie. I picked Licor 43, an herbaceous Spanish spirit, as the base because it's rich and sweet like brandy, but it dates back to 200 B.C. How's that for nostalgia? Milk represents your strong Mom connection, and the Frangelico and lime garnishes make this a toasted almond creamsicle of a drink that's made for grown-ups but will soothe your inner child.

As for the rest of the zodiac, you can have a Summer Alexander of your very own, with these sign-appropriate variations:


Rule number one about fire signs: On a good day, you're childlike, on a bad day, you're childish. So clearly on any day at all you'll enjoy this drink. Drop the 43 and add an aged rum instead—that'll get your wick lit.


Ever notice how when you like something, you want it all the time? Well, at least 'til your next obsession comes along. Boy, have I got something for you: substitute vanilla ice cream for the milk and you've got yourself one tasty adult treat for the next month or two.


To keep up with your airiness and ability to float through social situations with ease, we'll lighten the load here by reducing the milk by half and adding sparkling water for an Alexander egg-cream that will have your gemineyes darting around searching for more.


Saturn has you working hard on your goals, and your upcoming birthday has you ready to let loose; betwixt the two I propose skipping this drink entirely in favor of a fresh green smoothie and some vitamin B12 in preperation of your lavish month of sun, celebration, indulgence, and just plain personal wear and tear.


You have time for fun and games before the sun spotlights those aspects of your life you'll need to take more seriously. So I'll keep only the licor 43 from this drink, and add Cointreau and lemon juice for a dignified sidecar that goes perfectly with your side part.


Transiting Venus and Mars will have you feeling more social than you had otherwise been as of late. You'll know what you want and how to get it. Take 2 ounces Licor 43, 1½ ounces lime juice, a teaspoon of brown sugar, and a couple of drops of orange bitters.


It's so difficult to get any info from you, so I'll guess: Let's just intensify this drink by building it around Mosto Verde Pisco. It has a similar flavor profile as the 43, except deeper and more complex. Just like you.


Since Jupiter has you hand-in-hand with excess, there's no sense in trying to tone this down in any way. You're always up for expanding your horizons, so blend this up with ice and a little coconut cream for a laid-back, frozen cool down.


Things may not be very predictable for you these days, but this month's cocktail will be. I'll modify your drink back to the old standard: creme de cacao and nutmeg instead of the Frangelico and cinnamon leaves you with the classic Brandy Alexander on which the Summer Alexander is based.


These days Saturn has you in the box when you're happiest being outside of the box, so let me help you escape the structure with the addition of vodka and lime juice—and omission of the Frangelico and cinnamon. It's a tart and quirky cocktail, and we know you like that.


Saturn, the planet of structure, has been grounding you and helping tie up loose ends, but due to your natural issues with boundaries and a transit with indulgent Jupiter, keeping on course has been a bit problematic. So maybe limit yourself to just one of these drinks: Licor 43, rum, sugar, and lime juice.

Patricia Clark Hippolyte is a New York-based astrologer and bartender.

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