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By way of celebrating the 3rd birthday of in-the-spirit (1st August 2005), we thought it would be a fun idea to have a light-hearted journey through the Zodiac to match a cocktail recipe to every star sign. Have a look and see if you think we have been able to capture your character traits in the perfect cocktail recipe for you. This month we have concentrated on the first 6 signs of the zodiac and we will complete our guide in the September feature.

There are many different opinions on the subject of astrology and we have taken some of the most widely recognised information about each star sign to choose our selection of cocktail recipes. We have also opted to feature star stones for each sign - these are not birth stones but gems most closely associated with the ruling planet for your star sign.

ARIES - THE RAM (21 MARCH - 20 APRIL)

Red Army CocktailRuling planet: Mars
Associated colour(s): Red
Star stone: Diamond
Characteristics: Adventurous, energetic, enthusiastic and quick witted but can also be quick-tempered, impulsive and impatient.
Famous Arians: Victoria Beckham, Doris Day, Steve McQueen, Vincent Van Gogh.
Recommended cocktail: Red Army – a delicious combination of vodka and De Kuyper Triple Sec producing fruity flavours and a deep fiery red cocktail.

TAURUS - THE BULL (21 APRIL - 20 MAY)

In the Pink CocktailRuling planet: Venus
Associated colour(s): Pink – and also green
Star stone: Emerald
Characteristics: Patient, reliable, warm-hearted but can also be possessive and inflexible.
Famous Taureans: Audrey Hepburn, Catherine The Great, William Shakespeare, David Beckham.
Recommended cocktail: In the Pink – a delicious yet simple blend of De Kuyper Cranberry liqueur and grapefruit juice – perfectly balanced bitter and sweet flavours.

GEMINI - THE TWINS (21 MAY - 20 JUNE)

Green Eyes CocktailRuling planet: Mercury
Associated colour(s): Green – and also yellow
Star stone: Moss Agate
Characteristics: Adaptable, witty, lively and communicative. Can also be inconsistent, inquisitive and nervous.
Famous Geminis: Marilyn Monroe, Stan Laurel, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney.
Recommended cocktail: Green Eyes - an easy to make mix of vodka, De Kuyper Blue Curaçao with orange juice and lime cordial. This gives a deep green colour to a mouth-watering collection of citrus fruit flavours.

CANCER - THE CRAB (21 JUNE - 20 JULY)

Blue Lagoon CocktailRuling planet: Moon
Associated colour(s): Silver
Star stone: Pearl
Characteristics: Loving, intuitive, protective and sympathetic. Can also be changeable and moody.
Famous Cancerians: Sylvester Stallone, Ginger Rogers, Prince William, Julius Caesar.
Recommended cocktail: Blue Lagoon - a cool yet refreshing blend of vodka, De Kuyper Blue Curaçao topped up with lemonade. Just the kind of place to find Cancerians searching for their pearls!

LEO - THE LION (21 JULY - 20 AUGUST)

Ruby Haze CocktailRuling planet: Sun
Associated colour(s): Gold
Star stone: Ruby
Characteristics: Faithful, warm-hearted, creative and enthusiastic. Can also be dogmatic and intolerant.
Famous Leos: Madonna, Robert Redford, Neil Armstrong, Emily Brontë.
Recommended cocktail: Ruby Haze – an elegant cocktail made with Bourbon, De Kuyper Cherry Brandy and Noilly Prat Dry with a dash of Angostura Bitters and lime juice.

VIRGO - THE VIRGIN (21 AUG - 20 SEPT)

Disaronno Darkness CocktailRuling planet: Mercury
Associated colour(s): Dark brown – also green
Star stone: Sardonyx
Characteristics: Modest, meticulous, reliable and intelligent. Can also be a perfectionist and over critical.
Famous Virgos: Keanu Reeves, Prince Harry, Richard Gere, Sophia Loren.
Recommended cocktail: Disaronno Darkness – a rich dark cocktail made with strong black coffee and flavoured with Disaronno Amaretto, Cognac and cream.

We hope you have enjoyed our cocktail recipe offerings this time and look forward to seeing you next month for the concluding part of our cocktail voyage through the second half of the zodiac.

As always – please enjoy in-the-spirit’s recommended cocktails in moderation.

 
   
 

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