The air is practically vibrating with anticipation as the end of the year approaches. It’s the calm before the storm, making November a crucial time to find your cosmic footing, lest you be swept away. Follow a path of self-reflection and the next few weeks may be the most magical yet. Not sure where to start? VinePair’s November 2018 drinks horoscope can show you the way.
It’s high time to shed some baggage, assiduous Aries. You’re overloaded with obligations and are at risk of major burnout if you aren’t careful. Tune into what your mind and body need this November, especially during the first week of the month. Find balance through experimentation. Inspiration for this practice can be found in an unusual place: picklebacks. Pouring whiskey with a heavy hand may appeal to your fiery nature, but tippling toward the briny side will bring surprisingly savory results.
Taurus: Milkshake IPA
You want it all and don’t mind working for it. But how do you prioritize your to-dos, you enterprising Earth sign? Allow the universe to take some of the planning off your plate; since most of the planets are already clustered in the north, you’re in a great position to accept their cosmic guidance. Take some cues from the Taurids meteor shower at the beginning of November, letting its luminescence inspire you to give something new a go. Why not try one of the trendy milkshake IPAs hitting shelves to see what the fuss is all about?
Gemini: Dirty Martini
As the new moon enters Gemini on Nov. 23, it ushers in the possibility of change in your life, most notably in your relationships. There’s a lot riding on this month, gentle Geminis. Several paths unfold before you, but which will you take? Take time to consider all avenues before making any major decisions over the next few weeks. A classic Dirty Martini is the perfect catalyst for careful contemplation — not to mention sex appeal (*wink*).
Cancer: South African Steen
Creativity abounds this November! With Pluto protectin’ ya neck, it may be a fortuitous time to take some risks, courageous Cancers. Let your loved ones know how important they are to you with small, unexpected tokens of appreciation; any good karmic output this month will be repaid tenfold. In the moments where you feel uninspired, seek illumination with a bottle of restorative white wine from South Africa. It’s the same grape as the French Chenin Blanc, but a reimagined approach may serve as the revelation you need.
Leo: Oatmeal Stout
When the new moon occurs on Nov. 7, you may find yourself channeling Bruce Springsteen and dancing in the dark. Seize the night’s ecstasies this month and allow your fiery side to blaze! However, every moment of revelry comes at a cost, and as the end of the month approaches, your tally may be higher than expected. Balancing entertainment with obligation is key, so keep things moderate (but rich) with a smooth oatmeal stout. Its versatility and midnight hue can provide the exact balance you’re striving for.
Virgo: Rum & Coke
Your ruling planet, Mercury, will reach its greatest eastern elongation this month, which may have you feeling listless and adrift. Resist your solitary nature and reach out to friends and family to cultivate a sense of place. Be on the lookout for financial growth opportunities as well; the last week of November may prove to be a lucrative one. When you need a sweet treat to lift your spirits, consider mixing your favorite rum with a splash of cola to instantly perk up your palate.
Libra: Italian Amaro
You tend to go with the flow, but November has its own mystical plans in store for you, spunky Libras. No need to worry about the mid-month Mercury retrograde — your ruling planet Venus will help shield you from negative energy. Your mantra this month should be “large and in charge,” because that’s exactly what you’re going to be! Put your feet up, splurge on some material goods, and indulge in the sensuous ceremony of fine Italian amaro. High European luxury looks good on you!
The sun is smiling upon Scorpios this November — especially you second-half signs, enjoying another year on your journey around the ball of fire. Water signs tend to focus on big-picture goals, and this month is no exception. There are only a few short weeks to finish your 2018 to-do list, so it’s time to cut the crap and buckle down. Your peak performance time will coincide with the Leonids meteor shower mid-month and can be amplified by pairing your stargazing with a fresh yet rustic saison.
Sagittarius: Top-shelf Champagne
If you’ve been musing over making a change, November is poised to be an advantageous time to do so. Things are lining up harmoniously this month for you saucy Sagittarians, and as long as your aim is true, the next few weeks can be extremely spiritually rewarding. Keep your chi light and vibrant with a flute (or two) of fine Champagne. No other beverage so perfectly symbolizes the high life, so put your opulent vibes into the universe and await their return.
Capricorn: American Amber Ale
It’s been quite a year. Capricorns may be experiencing some anticipatory anxiety toward the shifting seasons, but by mid-month, these jitters should subside. Charging some tiger’s eye under the late-month full moon can help shake off your mental cobwebs and keep your mind aligned. Find a comforting balance in the mineral’s golden chestnut hue and replicate it with a pint of local amber ale. Its moderate flavor is often under-appreciated, but exactly the type of restraint the world needs more of these days.
Aquarius: Hot Toddy
Saturn is flying through the cosmos on your behalf this entire month, so steadfast Aquarians are in a great position to benefit from it. The only catch? Getting lax about healthy habits may knock you out flat! Preventive maintenance on your mind and body can help you avert crisis over the next few weeks. Our advice: cozy socks, nutritious meals, and a comfortingly robust Hot Toddy with lemon.
You’ve been harboring some ambitions, powerful Pisces. This entire year has been a journey to the top of the heap, and it’s come with lots of ups and downs. But as the end of 2018 approaches, things seem to be (finally) leveling off for you. Embrace the calm and start considering what you want to accomplish in November and beyond. Write down some goals and seal your intent with a red Bordeaux. It’s no blood sacrifice, but the symbolism serves as a reminder of your ultimate objective.