Do you have a martini rising?
Jesus turned water into wine, and everyone rejoiced. Centuries later in 1858, the British army brought Gin back from India and the G&T was born. In the sixties Sean Connery ordered a martini “shaken, not stirred” and started a revolution. A few decades later into the Noughties, Carrie Bradshaw made the Cosmopolitan cocktail a household name. This was closely followed by the mojito. The minty tipple was then followed by the plaguesque wave of sushi which brought a warm clay cup of sake.
But the sushi trend is now about as chic as stonewash denim, wine can be purchased in grotesque 5 pound boxes to fill the fridge of binge drinkers, Bombay Sapphire nestles retiringly in the cupboards of our mothers and the debate on whether to add a wedge of lime or cucumber is getting excruciating. So what is the next in the world of alcohol?
Rumour has it that snobbery doesn’t come into it. And it’s simpler that casually ordering the second cheapest bottle of Chardonnay. In actual fact, our astrological alignment may have the ability to choose the perfect poison for us.
Intoxicated Zodiac, founded by Gwen Sutherland Kaiser, has designed astrologically personalised drinks that apparently give a unique elixir of life. Kaiser has experience as a New York City bartender and is a self-confessed zodiac buff. She has studied medieval herbal astrology, where plants have star signs just like humans, and apparently we are compatible with certain kinds. She utilises fruits and plants to match each zodiac sign, and produces drinks based on these traits. For example, the Leo cocktail features Clementine, a fruit that resembles the sun, which apparently has a physical trait to that of a Leo.
Kaiser has served as a master mixologist for Cocktail Times and has a popular blog on the subject of herbaceous cocktails.
Who knows, we may end up saying our birthdays rather than our alcoholic preferences at the bar. We can hear the potential pickup lines such as “What’s a nice Virgo like you doing in a place like this?” aligning already. And the age old line of “what’s your sign?” may become a necessity.
I’ll leave you Sagittarians with your own personalised cocktail created by Gwen. The cocktail’s star ingredient is fig, a fruit ruled by Jupiter, just like you Sagittarians.
2 oz whiskey, 1 ¼ oz fig syrup, ¾ oz fresh lemon juice (shake over ice and strain into glass. Garnish with a slice of fig.
Fig syrup: 1 c fresh chopped figs, 1 c white sugar, 2 c water (simmer for 20 minutes and strain)