The good news is that the Total Eclipse is really about art and science coming together. Many folks refer to it as the “sun kissing the moon.” How romantic is that? Not since 1918 have we witnessed such celestial canoodling.
I’ve worshipped the stars and invoked their magic on more occasions than there are stars in the sky (!) -- ever since my beloved father, George, took me to the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History when I was a little girl. There, we purchased an index-sized card that swung open in order to chart four sky maps -- both the winter and summer skies - looking north and south.
I keep it over my writing desk today. It’s as much a tribute to space and my enduring curiosity as it is about my love for my father and his ability to nurture the fascination, imagination, and magic of the stars. As I must confess that the ancient star constellations or asterisms are almost impossible for me to trace. Rather like a parlor game; except that my husband is great at pointing out Aquila (Eagle), Sagittarius (Archer), Leo (Lion) not to mention the easy ones such as the Dippers and the Canis Minor (Little Dog). So much beauty and legend…
Nasa says, “Many eclipse enthusiasts host parties in local community centers, museums, observatories, parks or open fields. Even your own backyard is a good place to throw a party.”
If you’re throwing your own party or bringing celestial treats to another, here’s a few excellent drinks to further the magical darkness...
COSMIC COCKTAIL RECIPES
Total Eclipse -- neė Ashes to Ashes - created by Jordan Bushell, Mőet Hennessy National Brand Ambassador. This is one of master mixologist Jordan’s more brilliant contributions to my soon-to-be-released book, Finishing Touches: The Art of Garnishing the Cocktail (available in presale now.)
I think it’s perfect for toasting the total eclipse, don’t you?
Here’s what it looks like in the book:
And here’s how to make the dark cocktail:
- 1.5 oz Hennessy VS
- 1 oz Tawny Port 10 year Old
- 1/2 tsp activated Charcoal
- 2 dashes chocolate bitters
- Garnish – cocktail Cherry (luxardo) and or 1 red rose petal
- Glass – Rocks
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir to combine, pour into a rocks glass
With a cherry and/or a rose petal.
From Finishing Touches: Dark and foreboding in look and yet the drinks is full of flavor, Ashes to Ashes was named for the charcoal but also for the end of things for every end is a beginning and this balanced and approachable drink is also deep and contemplative in it’s flavors. You want to sit with it as it begins to warm up in the glass and reveals more and more of itself.
The charcoal does not add any actual flavor and thus is one of the garnishes; if a garnish is not there for the flavor it can still have a purpose, in this case, dramatic effect. We drink and eat with our eyes first, as a drink comes across the room to us, or is handed across the bar we are already imagining different flavors it will have. When a black drink is presented, it creates mystery and thus an open palate. The rose petal and or cherry provide a contrast, bright red, dramatic.
Patrón Platinum Margarita
(photo courtesy of Patrón Tequila)
How beautiful is this cocktail?
- 2 oz Platinum Patrón Tequila
- 1 oz Dolin vermouth Blanc
- 2 dash rose water
- .25 oz agave syrup
- .5 oz lime juice
Stir all ingredients with ice for 30 seconds then pour in a mixing glass. In a mixing glass add
1 pinch xanthan gum
Stir for 10 seconds pour in your coupe glass.
With an edible orchid using edible silver sprayer marshmallow flavored to coat the orchid.
Heart of Gold - Leeann Lavin
- 2-3 dashes Cherry Bitters - Fee Brothers
Put ice cubes in goblet
Mix all ingredients in cocktail shaker
Remove ice from goblet. Pour strained cocktail into iced goblet glass.
Crystallized ginger - highlights ginger beer/ginger root ingredients (or maraschino or orange rind studded with cloves) clipped on glass with gold jewelry pins.
Spun, gold sugar wafers cotton candy on a lollipop stick (can provide recipe)
Posh Pretzels & Piglets
Serve with classic cocktail party, German hot dog-inspired favorites: pigs in a blanket, artisanal pretzels and hearty mustard.
Add glamour to the common beer & pretzel or beer and hot dog. Play off the heart of gold- use mirrors under the goblet glasses to amplify the gold flakes floating in the Goldschlager; create heart-shaped glitter accents.
Sprinkle glitter gold on mirror plates to shine, use gold baskets as serving vessels
Linen napkins with gold embroidered detail add a golden touch.
Silver Blue Moon
Available at Sir Henri in NYC by Beverage Director, Gil Bouhana
Photo courtesy of Nolet’s Dry Gin
Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
With lavender* or more traditionally, a brandied cherry.
*My notation: be sure to use English lavender. French lavender is used for beauty products such as soap, while the English lavender is used in food preparation, including cooking and drinks.
Reyka’s Take My Breath Away by Anna Levy Mains
(Photo courtesy of Reyka vodka)
- 2 parts Reyka Vodka
- ½ part Dolin blanc vermouth (Dolin is my hands-down favorite vermouth; it is appropriately botanical and delicious.)
- 1 part cucumber juice
- ¼ Lime
- ¼ part Wasabi simple
Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker. Shake, strain
Use a cucumber ribbon and orchid garnish; serve.
*Wasabi simple was 1 oz wasabi powder by volume to 8 oz of simple syrup
Mixologist Mains hails from Oklahoma City’s In the Raw Sushi Bar, Knucks Wheelhouse, and Rockford Cocktail Den.
Hudson Summer Smash
(photo courtesy of Tuthilltown Spirits)
- 1 ½ parts Hudson Four Grain Bourbon from Tuthilltown Spirits
- ½ part simple syrup (1:1)
- ¼ part Ruby Port (or a fruity red wine if you don't have port handy)
- Handful fresh mint
- Apple: a couple thinly-sliced wedges
- Ginger ale
Add apple slices, simple syrup, and two or three mint leaves to shaker tin (or pint glass half of ‘Boston Shaker’) and muddle together. Add Hudson Four Grain Bourbon and ice and shake well. Strain over fresh ice in Old Fashioned/rocks glass and top with splash of ginger ale. Float port (or wine) on top of the drink by pouring carefully over the back of a bar spoon.
With mint sprig.
Free Cosmic Stuff
With more than 750 locations, Pilot Flying J is the latest to get in on the fun.
Guests of Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers can receive a FREE standard size Milky Way candy bar or pack of Eclipse chewing gum when purchasing any beverage in-store (excluding alcohol). This offer is available in the myOffers section of the myPilot mobile app. The solar eclipse promotion is valid for customers in the U.S. from Aug 21 until Aug. 25.