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Turn retrograde into lemonade this summer

Mercury Retrograde Relief

Mercury is retrograde! From July 14 to Aug. 8, the planet of communication, travel, and info is ready to cloud up our day-to-day lives. But it doesn't have to be all clouds -- it is summer after all! So instead, when Mercury throws you lemons, make Retrograde Lemonade!

Battle the stresses of Mercury's backward movements with our own recipe for retrograde relief, then read on for a fun and refreshing spin on the Retrograde Lemonade recipe that'll keep your zodiac sign happy and carefree amidst Mercury's mishaps.

Retrograde Lemonade -- all free!
1 part Celtic Cross Tarot
1 part Love I Ching
1 part Peace & Harmony Tarot
2 parts Compatibility: Friends & Co-workers

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Bold, persistent and most of all ... FIERY! You require a special blend of spices to quench your need for red-hot refreshment:
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup pure maple syrup
4 cups of water
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
Served over ice (sorry you can't serve it over fire)

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

At one with your body like no other sign, only the best will do. So why not have the best from everywhere? We scoured the earth to bring you the best of the best ingredients:
1 cup fresh lemon juice from lemons grown on the banks of the Jordan River
1 cup of the finest cane sugar produced in the lush forests of Brazil
4 cups of Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani bottled water
Serve this fine, expensive lemonade stubbornly over ice

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Infamous for a dualistic approach and a chatty nature, Geminis have difficulty choosing just one thing. And because you can't talk lemonade into existence, here is a dual-fruited approach:
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup blood orange juice
4 cups of water
1 cup confectioner's sugar (the airier the better)
Serve over ice, start conversation, and pick it up for a drink 20 minutes later only to discover that all the ice has melted

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

This sign of family and nostalgia needs no recipe. Because of your attachment with your youth, we're recommending something a little different here:
Step 1: Get in car
Step 2: Drive around neighborhood
Step 3: Buy lemonade from the first stand you see, and revel in the joy on the kids' faces

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)

You're the star of the show and you know it! Instead of the ingredients playing a role, you're going to want to go with something and little more ... splendiferous:
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup pure maple syrup
4 cups of water
1 handful of ice
Mix together in a cocktail shaker, tighten lid and give a dazzling display of barman acrobatics that even Tom Cruise in 'Cocktail' would applaud

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)

Nothing -- or at least very little -- satisfies you. But the upshot is that you require perfection ... and don't we all want that? Here is the recipe for your immaculate iced cooler:
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup pure maple syrup
4 of cups water
Mix together and serve over ice with a sugared rim. Repeat this 3 - 4 times until it's just right

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)

Ah yes, the great balanced sign of Libra. You're not really left, but you're not really right ether. So check out this balanced-out retrograde refreshment:
1/2 gallon pre-made lemonade
1/2 gallon iced tea
Mix together and serve over ice ... but not too much ice!

Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)

Known for your deep emotional mindset, you stingers are known as one of the most powerful signs of the zodiac. So enjoy this strong, slow-sipping drink:
1 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
2 oz. vodka
3 cups of water
Mix together and serve over ice. Add more vodka if it doesn't have enough sting

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)

Hey there, party animal! You're the most adventurous of the zodiac and one of the most talkative. So saddle up with this good-time-inducing concoction:
1 bottle of lemonade
1 bottle of your favorite libation
Drink down (or pour out) half of the lemonade, fill up the bottle back to the top with your booze of choice, and get ready to get down!

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)

Known as the hardest worker of the signs, your determination and drive are what set you apart. So make lemonade the Mountain Goat way, like this:
3 pounds of lemons hand-picked from the orchard
1 cup of water from your favorite well
1 cup of honey from your bee farm
Squeeze each lemon by hand to get 1 cup of lemon juice. Mix that in the water and honey, enjoy slowly and go back to work

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)

Your sign doesn't rhyme with hilarious for nothing. You like to do things just a little bit differently, so here's a classic Aquarian lemonade recipe:
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. triple sec
4 oz. margarita mix
Serve this margarita blended or over the ice. Or, in keeping with your unique attitude, leave out the triple sec and pre-made mix and make room for more tequila!

Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)

Your watery sign is dreamy and probably the most in touch with your emotions. And given the fact that Water is your third favorite element (after Water and Water, of course) we thought you'd like yours with a blue hue:
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup sugar
3 cups of water
5 oz. Blue Curacao

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