If You're An Enneagram 5, This Is The Cocktail You Must Try

Knowing your Enneagram number can unlock both professional and personal strengths and weaknesses. The Enneagram is a personality indicator, and similar to the Myers-Briggs Test, it helps you get to know yourself on a deeper level. On the professional end, knowing your Enneagram number can help you identify the best path for tackling hard problems or dealing with leadership and coworkers. For your personal life, having access to your Enneagram type can help with anything from self-help book recommendations to figuring out which Enneagram number you're most compatible with

If you're an Enneagram Type Five, that means you're known as The Investigator, according to the Enneagram Institute. "Intense," "perceptive," and sometimes "isolated," you're the kind of person who likes asking the big questions and being an intellectual forerunner. That doesn't mean that you don't also like having a good time and winding down. Whether you're going out with friends or ending the day with a solo cocktail hour, your personality as The Investigator deserves a chance to relax — even if it doesn't include all the frills and garnishes some other Enneagram types would prefer. Finding the perfect cocktail for you may make this task even easier to manage.

Keep it simple with a gin and tonic

Enneagram Type Fives are independent, focused, and don't require external interaction to have a good time or feel productive. According to the Enneagram Institute, "For better or worse, the areas that Fives explore do not depend on social validation; indeed, if others agree with their ideas too readily, Fives tend to fear that their ideas might be too conventional." That being said, the perfect cocktail for an Enneagram Type Five is one that stands out from the crowd while maintaining a sleek sensibility. 

No drink fits this description better than a classic gin and tonic. This minimalist staple of both happy hours and cocktail parties has been around for centuries. It's said that gin was invented in Holland in the 16th century by Dr. Sylvius de Bouve as a medical treatment (according to SipSmith). Nowadays, though, gin and tonic are not prescribed by doctors, but plenty of professional mixologists still stand by the timeless cocktail.

Make your own G&T

Gin and tonic is perhaps the simplest cocktail to create. It only takes the two named ingredients, but you have to be sure to get the ratio right. According to Liquor.com, the perfect ratio is two ounces of gin to four ounces of tonic. Pour these into "a highball glass with ice," stir gently, and then add two limes as garnish. Or, you can just go ahead and drink, since Type Fives don't need all the frills. To make the drink stronger, use a one-to-one ratio of tonic water to gin. 

If you want to liven up your G&T, there are some variations you can try that are inspired by the two-ingredient cocktail (per Liquor.com). The Gin Sonic includes the original ingredients plus a splash of club soda. For a prettier version of the classic, try a pink gin for a Pink Gin and Tonic. Depending on the fresh garnishes you choose, you could wind up with your own Garden Gin and Tonic, which is a fruitier twist on the original recipe.