Whether you do it for fun or because you believe in it, lots of folks like to consider recommendations for new things based on their zodiac sign — and right now,
Starbucks knows what drink you should try next according to your zodiac sign. Or at least, they’ve got some ideas; ultimately, the choice is up to you, of course. But an adorable infographic posted to the Starbucks Instagram page a few days ago might give you a good place to start.
Of course, when we say “the zodiac” in this case, what we really mean is a
specific zodiac — the signs according to Western astrology, which has its roots in Babylonian astrology. These signs, which start at the vernal equinox and cover each of the 30-degree sectors of the ecliptic, are the 12 you’ll typically find in the horoscope section of the newspaper or your favorite website: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Their names are determined by the constellations they pass through in the night sky.
Some believe that the sign you’re born under has some bearing on your personality and your likes and dislikes, while others don’t. Still, though — even many who only follow the zodiac for fun can’t resist checking out what their sign “should” apparently enjoy.
That’s where Starbucks’ infographic comes in. It’s cute, and hey, even if you don’t totally dig what’s suggested for your sign, you’ve got 11 more suggestions right in front of you:
consider yourself an Ophiuchus. That’s not on the list at all. Sorry, devotees of the contentious, so-called 13th zodiac sign.
Anyway, for details on exactly what each drink
is (because not everyone is a walking, talking Starbucks encyclopedia, and that’s A-OK), read on:
Aries (March 21 - April 19): Pink Drink
Taurus (April 20 - May 20): Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
I am not a Taurus, but this one is definitely my go-to in warmer weather. Something about the combo of
matcha and milk over ice is just so refreshing.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20): Americano
Hot or iced,
an Americano is hard to beat for a sippable caffeine fix. When espresso is topped off with hot water, it makes a light layer of crema, giving you a rich, creamy drink without the steamed milk you find in, say, a latte.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Honey Citrus Mint Tea
Also known as
Medicine Ball Tea, this soothing beverage took the same path as the Pink Drink: Once a “secret menu” item achievable only if you ordered the right customizations, it’s now an official part of the Starbucks menu. A combination of Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea, Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea, hot water, steamed lemonade, and honey, it’s what many people swear by when they’re not feeling well — or just when they need a bit of a coffee-free pick-me-up.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22): Iced Passion Tango Tea
Get it? Because Leos are said to be fiery and passionate? This blend of
hibiscus, lemongrass, and apple is as bright and colorful as it is refreshing, especially during the warmer months.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Iced Caramel Macchiato
You can’t go wrong with a classic. Admittedly, Starbucks’ caramel macchiato is a little different than a
traditional latte macchiato is — usually, a latte macchiato is mostly steamed milk and foam with a half shot of espresso, according to Craftsense, while a Starbucks one involves much more sweetness in the form of flavored syrups — but the Starbucks combo of milk, espresso, vanilla syrup, and caramel sauce is chef’s kiss. Iced, it’s basically a caffeinated dessert, but wow, is it tasty.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Flat White
what a “flat white” is can vary depending on who you are and where you are, Starbucks’ version uses two ristretto shots — basically small, super concentrated espresso shots — and a ton of microfoam, poured such that there’s a little dot of steamed milk in the middle of the drink. It’s perfect who like their espresso drinks to taste like, y’know, actual espresso.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): Espresso Shot
I like you, Scorpio. You’re bold and straightforward. Just like a shot of espresso. No frills. Just caffeine.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21): Mango Dragonfruit Starbucks Refresher
Not into tea
or coffee? Starbucks’ Refreshers might be up your alley. This one mixes the sweet, fruitiness of mango and dragonfruit together and puts it on ice; diced dragonfruit adds the finishing touch. Also, it’s fuchsia. I mean, look at that thing. It’s beautiful.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Cold Brew
Starbucks officially introduced cold brew to the
full, permanent menu in 2015 after a lengthy testing phase, and iced coffee lovers haven’t looked back since. Steeped for 20 hours, the stuff has great depth of flavor. Feeling ambitious? Top if off with some cold foam. Yum.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): Blonde Latte
Starbucks’ standard roasts — both for regular coffee and for espresso — tend to be on the darker side, so in 2012, the company introduced its
“blonde roast” coffee. Lighter and mellower than, say, the classic Pike’s Place roast, it has since become a favorite of many; in fact, a blonde roast was subsequently added to the menu in early 2018. Combine that blonde espresso with steamed milk and creamy foam, and you’ve got yourself a espresso delightful blonde latte.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20): Java Chip Frappuccino
I’m… not sure how I feel about this one, to be honest, as I am a Pisces, but do not regularly feel the urge for a Java Chip Frapp. Then again, this whole thing is about what each sign might think about
trying, right? So, hey, it’s worth a shot. To be fair, a blend of milk, coffee, mocha sauce, and Frappuccino chips topped off with whipped cream and a mocha does sound pretty dreamy.
So, what do you think? Do you agree with your sign’s pick? Do you disagree vehemently with it? However you feel, you do you. It’s your coffee order. Or tea order. Or whatever order. Any and all choices are good and valid if they’re what you want. Happy sipping!