Celebrate the sun with this specialty drink.
The Solar Eclipse cocktail is a sweet and tangy drink named after the natural phenomenon that occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow over the Earth’s surface. The cocktail is said to have originated in the 1920s, during the Prohibition era in the United States.
During Prohibition, many Americans turned to speakeasies and underground bars to obtain alcohol.
The Solar Eclipse cocktail was one of the many drinks created during this time, and it quickly became a popular choice for those seeking a fruity and refreshing drink. The original recipe for the Solar Eclipse cocktail consisted of orange juice, grenadine, and gin. However, over the years, variations of the recipe have been created, including other types of liquor such as rum, tequila, or vodka. Some recipes also call for adding different fruit juices, such as pineapple or cranberry juice.
The drink’s name, Solar Eclipse, is thought to have been inspired by the dark color of the grenadine syrup, which, when added to the orange juice, creates a deep red color reminiscent of the darkness of an eclipse.
Today, the Solar Eclipse cocktail remains popular among cocktail enthusiasts, commonly served at bars and restaurants worldwide.
On Monday, Aug. 21, the U.S. will be able to witness the solar eclipse. It’s path will cross east-southeast from Madras, Oregon to Columbia, South Carolina. People from coast to coast are preparing to see this once-in-a-lifetime experience.There are plans for viewing parties with family and friends, complete with stellar snacks and libations.
Zachary Blair, chief mixologist at the rustically elegant Whiteface Lodge resort in Lake Placid, New York – where the eclipse will be 62.2% total – has added the “Bonnie Tyler” to the cocktail menu at Kanu Lounge.
And, Guess what, we got the recipe! So cheers to a great Solar Eclipse!
(Bonnie Tyler is famously known for the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is the first to be visible in the 48 contiguous United States in almost 100 years. The next total solar eclipse that will travel from coast to coast won’t be until 2045.)
Prep time: 10 minutes (5 mins if you’re good!)
Add to shaker:
1 egg white
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. heavy cream
.5 oz. lime juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
Let’s Create it!
- Shake with ice.
- Top with 3 oz. sparkling water.
- Add 2 dashes of chocolate mole bitters.
- Garnish with crescent moon coffee grounds and chocolate shavings.
Did you know?
Solar eclipses can create temperature changes and wind patterns on Earth. During a total solar eclipse, sudden darkness can cause the air temperature to drop by several degrees. The sudden reduction in sunlight can also cause a shift in wind direction and speed. These changes can be detected and studied by scientists and can also be noticeable to people observing the eclipse.
A little history:
August 21, 2017, the solar eclipse was a total solar eclipse that was visible across the United States, with a partial eclipse visible from much of North America. It was the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since 1979 and the first to cross the entire country since 1918.
The path of totality, or the area where the moon completely blocked the sun, spanned from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east.
The eclipse began on the west coast at 10:15 a.m. PDT and ended on the east coast at 2:49 p.m. EDT. The total duration of the eclipse was about two and a half minutes at its longest point.
Total solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, blocking the sun’s light and casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface. They are relatively rare events that occur somewhere on Earth every 18 months or so, but any given location will only experience a total solar eclipse once every few hundred years.
August 21, 2017, the eclipse was a significant event not only for its rarity and visibility but also for its scientific opportunities. Astronomers and other researchers used the eclipse to study the sun’s corona, the Earth’s ionosphere, and other phenomena. The eclipse also inspired a great deal of public interest and enthusiasm.
The next total solar eclipse visible from the United States will occur on April 8, 2024, with a path of totality that will span from Texas in the south to Maine in the north.