Welcome to Mixstrology, SAVEUR's monthly series where astrologist/bartender Patricia Clark Hippolyte provides a cocktail prescription for each sign of the zodiac. This month: Libra.
I recently drove through the South on a food crawl with a Libra friend whose hair was gorgeous the entire trip, flowing in the open passenger window, floral aromas wafting from her locks. She didn’t mind me doing most of the driving on our 1,500 mile journey, speaking highly of my motoring skills and flattering me into submission. I call that "the iron fist in a velvet glove," Libra. Yours is a masculine sign in the prettiest and most charming of packages, with the gift of gab and a knack for getting others to do things for you. This cocktail is airy, pink, and delicious—particularly if you use a good brut champagne. I added pomegranate juice because the Greeks considered this fruit a representation of the bond of marriage, which Libra rules. It’s a delicate drink for your delicate sensibilities, but after a few, you’ll say yes to anything.
As for the rest of the zodiac, try these sign-appropriate variations:
Right now you've got a lot of things pulling you in different directions. Try to channel a modicum of patience, and look at them all as challenges to topple. For you a fresh and effervescent approach: champagne, limoncello, and lemon juice.
Because you’re ruled by the same planet as Libra—Venus—you feel pretty good right now. And you don't care why you feel good, as long as it lasts. I toast to your good attitude with a Venus-worthy twist: champagne and lavender simple syrup.
If you display confidence now, people are likely to follow you. Put your energy toward creative projects, like champagne, vodka, fresh strawberry juice, and a twist.
After an unpredictable summer, a planetary shift on September 15th should have you back on track soon enough. Take the edge off with a stalwart drink of champagne and tawny port.
Summer is over, and it's time to get serious again. With the sun in an earth sign, you can ground all those crazy ideas you’ve been having. Fire + earth = steamroller. It may take a while, but you’ll get things done. Toast to that with a lusty vintage Dom Perignon. Try the 2003.
Right now it's all about processing and more processing. Sounds exhausting, but it’s worth it when out pops the perfect conclusion. A nice eau de vie will calm those overworked nerves.
If you weren't intense enough, Pluto gives you strength and stamina to deal with anything thrown your way, like this drink: champagne, strawberry juice, blackberry liqueur, and a twist.
Mars and the Sun are giving you stores of energy you can draw on now. Also, you may be feeling a little competitive, but it's all in good fun. Here's a powerful libation with a laid back vibe for your kind of fair play: champagne, rum, pomegranate, mint, and a squeeze of lemon.
It’s been one step forward, two steps back. But the mid-month planetary shift will have you feeling back to normal. Keep it earthy, deep, and rich with a blend of champagne and stout.
Your normal calm demeanor will be challenged this month. It will seem like people are trying to get a rise out of you, and you may be quick to oblige. Set a cool pace instead with a cocktail of champagne and Pernod.
Saturn went direct and so did the projects in your life. You’re feeling energized, but while you get things done, let your drink express your escapist tendencies: champagne, tequila, and fresh watermelon juice.
Patricia Clark Hippolyte is a New York-based astrologer and bartender.