Zodiac Cocktail #7: Equilibrium
The sign of Libra is thought by many astrologers to be the most balanced sign of the zodiac, a fitting concept since its symbol is the Scales of Justice held in the hands of the Star Goddess Astraea, who was a minor figure in Greek mythology. She is said to to have been the last immortal left living among the human race until she grew weary of man’s wickedness and brutality. Extending from September 22 through October 23, Libra is the only sign of the Zodiac that is symbolized by an inanimate object. Libra’s element is Air, which makes it an intellectual sign, yet it is ruled by the planet Venus, which governs all matters of the heart. This raises the question as to whether or not those born under Libra are always trying to strike an internal balance between logic and emotion. Tactful and sincere, these diplomats of the Zodiac strive for peace, fairness, and justice, but they like to do it from afar, preferring not to get their hands dirty and avoiding conflict whenever possible. Oh boy, we all know that type (insert eye roll emoji here). They are easygoing and sociable, and love to work in teams as long as their ideas are not challenged. When that happens, Libras can become stubborn and withdrawn, preferring to exit from the group rather than stay and negotiate. Venus’ influence on Libra is obvious in their lovable and charming natures, their ability to read the needs of others and put them before their own, and in the fact that they are hopeless romantics. They possess tremendous integrity and their tastes are incredibly refined.
On the flip side of things, Libra’s unwillingness to ever enter into any fray (even though they may have started it) and their tendency to run from real conflict can make them seem indecisive, melodramatic, and manipulative. Libras observe the chaos around them, often causing others to regard them as aloof and uncaring, neither of which is true. It’s more that Libras seek to restore equilibrium in the most intellectual way possible, and when that seems impossible, they can become lost as to what their next step should be. Libras love art, music, and anything that is symmetrical. They love to be outdoors and prefer concerts in large, open venues. They adore reading good books and discussing them with interesting people, so they are excellent book club leaders. They are drawn to poetry, expensive jewelry, and elegant clothing. Libras have an extreme disdain for anything to do with violence or injustice. They dislike bullies and loudmouths, being forced to conform, and they prefer to be the company of others, rather than being alone.
For Libra’s cocktail, I decided to go with an equal parts drink to symbolize their need for balance and harmony. I started out with Plymouth gin which I chose for its mildness and its willingness to play nicely with others. I chose Campari next, both for its pinkness (since that Libra’s color) and for the fact that it’s assertive without being overly aggressive. Dolin Blanc added softer, lighter notes to represent Libra’s more romantic side, and a grapefruit shrub held things in check in case I was headed too far in that direction. This cocktail becomes a riff on the classic The Last Word, with all the elements working together to bring you a harmonious whole, an idea that I thought would most certainly speak to Libra’s peacekeeping soul.
¾ oz Plymouth gin
¾ oz Campari
¾ oz Dolin Blanc
¾ oz Shrub & Co. grapefruit shrub
Place all the ingredients in the bottom half of a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake for 15-20 seconds or until very cold. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist. Cheers to Libra!