I’m not a gimicky drink girl. I love simple cocktails and will take a neat pour of whiskey most days of the week. But, I couldn’t pass up a challenge from a college friend to make a cocktail in honor of the upcoming solar eclipse, which, by the way, I will be missing even though some of the primo viewing will be an hour from my lair. (Watch my twitter feed @ThirstyJane for hints on where and what I might be drinking in the next couple of weeks; prizes will be awarded too!).
On Monday, August 21st, a swath of land from South Carolina through Missouri and onto Oregon will be in the zone of totality for the solar eclipse. According to NASA, a solar eclipse is when “the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.” I vaguely remember the last time when viewing was sometime during religion class at my Catholic elementary school. ‘Nuf said.
So, this is a really really big thing. Whether you are in the path of totality or not, Thirsty Jane says take this opportunity to mix up a cocktail to toast this celestial show. Many options abound. I went for the gimmick — the black spherical ice cube floating in the sunshiny drink. I made my black ice with food coloring and a nifty mold. Although activated charcoal is quite hip, after reading up on it, I got a wee bit scared of its detoxifying qualities. Like it might make your antibiotics or birth control not work. YIKES! I’ll take the food coloring, thank you very much. For the drink, do what you want. A martini would work just fine. But because the eclipse will be popping in Oregon in the morning, I opted for a slightly brunch oriented drink. (Code: anything with a decent amount of juice qualifies).
Cheers to the solar eclipse. I hope my man gets some spectacular photos while I’m imbibing liberally on another continent (it’s called research, my thirsty friends).
Thirsty’s Solar Eclipse
2 ounces gin
1 ounce orange curacao
1 ounce pineapple juice
3 dashes orange bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a glass with a spherical ice cube dyed with black food coloring.