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ARIES

Drinking style
Impulsive Aries people like to party and sometimes don't know when to call it a night. Their competitive streak makes them prone
to closing-time shot contests.  They're sloppy, fun drunks, and they get mighty flirty after a couple tipples. Getting Aries people drunk
is a good way to get what you want out o! f them, should other methods fail.  Aries can become bellicose when blotto, but they will
assume that whatever happened should be forgiven (if not forgotten) by sunrise.  They can be counted on to do the same for you
so long as you haven't gone and done anything really horrible to them last night, you sneaky Gemini.

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Aries, born under the hot-stuff planet Mars, is the ruler of spicy food and red things, and for balance, astrologers recommend they
eat tomatoes, onions, olives and greens. That's right, Aries, you were born under the sign of the bloody Mary. Aries also rules
grapefruit, and they've been known to kick back a salty dog and a sea Breeze or two. For extreme hotcha, try a concoction
with cinnamon liqueur in it.

Drinking buddies
Marlon Brando, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Al Gore, Thomas Jefferson,
Elton John, Eric McCormack, Rosie O'Donnell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon

TAURUS

Drinking style
Taurus prefers to drink at a leisurely pace, aiming for a mellow glow rather than a full-on zonk. Since a truly intoxicated Taurus is a one-person stampede, the
kind of bull-in-a-china-shop inebriate who spills red wine on white carpets and tells fart jokes to employers, the preference for wining and dining (or Bud and
buddies) to body shots and bar! fing is quite fortunate for the rest of us. This is not to say that the Bull is by any means a teetotaller -- god, no. A squiffy
Taurus will get, er, gregarious (full of loudmouth soup, some would say) and is extremely amusing to drag
to a karaoke bar when intoxicated.

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Early-to-bed Taureans need a picker-upper -- try a Red Bull and vodka. They also have a leviathan sweet tooth and are fond of drinks with names
that sound like dessert (50-50 bar, mudslide). Sweetly caffeinated drinks, like Irish coffee or white Russians, are ideal.
More macho Taureans will go for something unpretentious, like a Jack  Daniels and Coke or whiskey sour.

Drinking buddies
Cate Blanchett, Tony Blair, Pierce Brosnan, Cher, Penelope Cruz,  William Randolph Hearst, Jerry Seinfeld,
Barbara Striesand, Uma Thurman, Renee Zellweger


GEMINI

Drinking style
Geminis can drink without changing their behaviour much -- they're so naturally chatty and short-attention-spanned that it's just hard to tell sometimes. They
can amaze you by conversing with finesse and allusion, then doing something to belie an extremely advanced state of intoxication, like puking in your shoe.
Geminis possess the magic ability to flirt successfully (and uninfuriatingly, which is very tricky) with several people at once. They like to order different cocktails
every round -- repetition is boring -- and may create a theme (like yellow drinks: beer, sauvignon blanc and limoncello) for their own amusement.

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Easily bored Geminis need some stimulation in their drinks -- those with two parts, like a black and tan (or just a double), are particularly appealing. Otherwise,
they'll drink all over the map, ordering frou-frou drinks to add to their collection of cocktail monkeys or going for whiskey rocks because they're feeling rather
noir. Gemini rules the h! erb anise -- make some home-infused anise vodka as a gift.

Drinking buddies
George Bush Sr., Johnny Depp, Rupert Everett, Boy George, Allen Ginsberg, Angelina Jolie, John Kennedy, Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Morrissey


CANCER

Drinking style
Cancer is a comfort drinker -- and an extra wine with dinner or an  after-work beer or six can be extra comforting, can't it, Cancer darling?
Like fellow water signs Scorpio and Pisces, Crabs must guard against lushery. Cancers are brilliant at ferreting out secret parties and insinuating themselves
on VIP lists -- and, in true Hollywood style, Cancers are never really drunk; instead, they get "tired and emotional"
(read: weepy when lubricated). But there's nothing better than swapping stories (and spit) over a few  bottles of inky red wine
with your favourite Cancer. Even your second-favourite Cancer will do.

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Ruled by the moon, Cancers are intrigued by the idea of moonshine -- any brown booze, from a  bourbon press to a whiskey and soda to grandpappy's special
brew in a mason jar, will do. They also like comfortingly warm and sweet drinks, like hot toddies and hot buttered rums.
The sign also rules the flavour vanilla, and you'd be adored if you served up a vanilla vodka and soda.

Drinking buddies
Pamela Anderson, George W. Bush, Bill Cosby, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Sean Hayes, Lil' Kim, George Michael, Princess Diana, Prince William


LEO

Drinking style
Leo likes to drink and dance -- they're often fabulous dancers, and usually pretty good drinkers as well, losing their commanding dignity and turning kittenish.
Of course, they're quite aware they're darling -- Leos will be Leos, after all. They generally know their limit, probably because they loathe losing self-control.
When they get over-refreshed, expect flirting to ensue -- and perhaps not with the one what brung them. But Leo's not the type to break rules even when
drunk, so just try to ignore it (try harder, Cancer) and expect a sheepish (and hung over) Lion to make it up to you the next day.

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Leos like flashy drinks, be they complicated tropical concoctions festooned with umbrellas, like a Bahama mama or the more common strawberry daiquiri or mai
tai. Indeed, they often have a taste for he fruity -- try a screwdriver, or add an extra cherry to the next Manhattan.
Their sense of drama  ends itself to a kir royale, of course.

Drinking buddies
Ben Affleck, Gillian Anderson, Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky,  Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Debra Messing, Kevin Spacey, Martha Stewart, Andy Warhol


VIRGO

Drinking style
Cerebral Virgos are compelled to impose order onto their bender. Their famously fussy quest for purity could lead to drinking less than other signs, sure -- but
it could also lead to drinking booze neat, to sucking down organic wine or just to brand loyalty. They rarely get fully shellacked
but, oh, when they do! Virgo's controlled by the intellect, but there's an unbridled beast lurking within, and they let it loose when walloped.
It's dead sexy (and surprisingly unsloppy). As one Virgo friend used to declare, "I'm going to drink myself into a low level of intelligence tonight.
" A toast to the subgenius IQ!

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Many Virgos prefer clear, simple, untreacly drinks like vodka tonic or a real margarita, though you'll find 'em drinking anything - from unflinchingly downing
Cuervo straight to smirkingly ordering a dirty virgin. They also tend to like bitter, low-alk guzzles like Campari and soda.
They rarely change their drink once they've found it, however.

Drinking buddies
Cameron Diaz, Hugh Grant, Christopher Isherwood, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Carrie-Anne Moss,
Dorothy Parker, Ryan Philippe, Keanu Reeves, Lily Tomlin


LIBRA

Drinking style
"I'm jusht a social drinker," slurs Libra, "it's jusht that I'm so damn social?" Libra loves nothing more than to party, mingle and relate to everyone. Whether
dipped in favour of Good Libra (with Insta-Friend device set to "on") or heavier on the Evil Libra side (they are little instigators when bored), the Scales can
really work a room. Charming as they are, Libras are notoriously lacking in self-control, however, which can get them
into all sorts of trouble -- including wearing their wobbly boots waaaay too early in the evening, flirting with their best friend's beau
or even blacking out the night's events entirely. Oops!

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Aesthetic Libras like pretty, pouffy drinks like a pink lady or a brandy Alexander. That's the influence of Venus, their ruling planet,
which also gives them a horror of crudely named potions like Sex on the Beach. They're fine with "normal" guzzles like apple martinis,
but every Libra secretly just wants Champagne, and lots of it.

Drinking buddies
Jimmy Carter, Simon Cowell, Ani DiFranco, Janeane Garofalo, Hugh Jackman, Martina Navratilova,
Gwyneth Paltrow, Sting, Oscar Wilde, Catherine Zeta-Jones


SCORPIO

Drinking style
Don't ever tell Scorpios they've had enough, for they'll smirk at you and quietly but intentionally keep tippling till they're hog-whimpering drunk,
out of 100-proof spite. Scorpios like to drink, and screw you if you have a problem with that. Most of them see the sauce as something to savour
in itself, and not as a personality-altering tool -- though if depressed, self-loathing Scorps seek total obliteration. But generally, they're fascinating drinking
pals, brilliant conversationalists and dizzying flirts. They also remember everything -- especially what you did when you were blitzed.
Only drink with a Scorpio who likes you.

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Just as a Scorpio can look you in the eye and smile while secretly plotting your demise, so does the brandy-laced stinger's sweet taste hide a potent amount of
alcohol. If you want to get literal, serve       them a scorpion -- they may not love tropical drinks, but it shows you're paying attention. Scorpio rules watermelon,
so break out the blender and fix a pitcher of watermelon margaritas to seduce 'em --   though red wine will do the trick just as well.

Drinking buddies
Truman Capote, Hillary Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jodie Foster, Bill Gates, k.d. lang, Megan Mullally, Demi Moore, Sylvia Plath, RuPaul


SAGITTARIUS

Drinking Style
In vino veritas -- and, for Sagittarius, in booze blurtiness: When buttered, they'll spill all your secrets  and many of their own.
Tactlessness aside, Sagittarius is just plain fun to drink with. This is a sign of serious partying (what else would you expect from the sign of Sinatra, Keith
Richards, the Bush twins and Anna Nicole Smith?). They're the people who chat up everyone in the room, then persuade the entire crowd
to travel somewhere else -- like a nightclub, or a playground, or Cancun. Good-natured hijinks are sure to ensue (including a high possibility
of loopy groping; spontaneous Sag is a brilliant booty call).

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A travel-loving sign, Sagittarius might be intrigued by drinks like Moscow mules, Singapore slings -- perhaps even a Long Island iced tea (not a bad option,
given how much Sag can put away and still stay vertical). Party monsters that they are, they're attracted to shots, like the ever-popular lemon drop. Sag rules
pears, and could use a nice pear cider right about now, come to think of it.

Drinking buddies
The Bush twins, Margaret Cho, Noel Coward, Betty Ford, Lucy Liu, Brad Pitt, Keith Richards, Frank Sinatra, Anna Nicole Smith, Britney Spears


CAPRICORN

Drinking style
Capricorn is usually described as practical, steadfast, money-hungry and status-thirsty -- no wonder they get left off the astrological cocktail-party list. But this
is the sign of David Bowie and Annie       Lennox, not to mention Elvis. Capricorn is the true rock star:  independent, powerful and seriously charismatic, not too
eager to please. And if they make money being themselves, who are you to       quibble? But just like most rock stars, they're either totally on or totally off, and
they generally need a  little social lubricant to loosen up and enjoy the after party,
especially if they can hook up with a cute groupie.

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Old-fashioned Cap would probably like an old-fashioned just fine -- or a dry martini, or a gin and tonic, or a gimlet -- or any other no-nonsense quaff. They
prefer drinks that taste like alcohol and generally hate drinks with more than three ingredients. However, they like the flavour of cranberry
and will order a cosmo if they can handle the wait for it to get mixed.

Drinking buddies
Orlando Bloom, David Bowie, James Dean, Marlene Dietrich, Martin Luther King Jr., Jude Law,
Annie Lennox, Marilyn Manson, Richard Nixon, Elvis Presley


AQUARIUS

Drinking style
Aquarius and drinking don't go together that well (except for water, that is). They have an innate tendency toward know-it-allism, and if they get
an idea while sizzled, they're more stubborn than a stain or a stone. If they're throwing a party or organising an outing, however, they're too preoccupied with
their duties to get combative -- and they make perfectly charming drunks in that case. Fortunately,       
they're usually capital drink-nursers. They also make the best designated drivers (if you can get them before they start raising their wrist):
Aquarius is fascinated by drunk people and capable of holding interesting conversations with soused strangers while sober.

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Aquarius is likely to order stuff most people have never heard of: a capirinha, Satan's whiskers, a negroni, an Arthur  Tompkins. They like to stump the
bartender. This sign rules the colour electric blue and would be pleased by any tipple featuring blue curacao. They also rule the olive tree, so pour the juice
into that dirty martini.

Drinking buddies
Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Dre, Matt Groening, Ashton Kutcher, Ronald Reagan,
Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, Elijah Wood


PISCES

Drinking style
If you're a Pisces, you've probably already heard that you share a sign -- and an addictive personality -- with Liz Taylor, Liza Minelli and Kurt Cobain. Not only
do Pisces like to lose themselves in the  dreamy, out-there feeling that only hooch can give, but they build up a mighty tolerance fast. Who needs an expensive
date like that? On the other hand, they're fabulously enchanting partners, whether in conversation or in crime.
With the right Pisces, you can start out sharing a pitcher of margaritas and wind up in bed together for days. The phrase "addictive personality"
can be read two ways, you know.

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Pisces rules fresh mint, and they do love a mojito or three - though a julep will do just as well. They also like punches, like sangria
or the oh-so-aptly named fish house punch. (Pretty much anything will satisfy a Pisces in a pinch, though -- "drinking like a fish"
is an idiom pulled out of the zodiac, not the deep blue sea.) Pisces is a chocoholic and loves creme de cacao (and spiked cocoa).

Drinking buddies
Drew Barrymore, Chastity Bono, Chelsea Clinton, Kurt Cobain, Edward Gorey, Queen Latifah, Liza Minelli, Anais Nin, Sharon Stone, Liz Taylor
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