Gunner’s Libation: Solar Eclipse
1-1/2 oz Patrón XO Cafe
3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz Simple syrup
4 oz Aranciata (Italian orange) soda
Half slice blood or Valencia orange for garnish
Fill a highball glass with ice and add all liquid ingredients. Garnish with half a slice of blood orange or Valencia orange.
The 2017 solar eclipse is a big deal. A neighbor of mine — and thousands of others, from the sound of it — is traveling to Wyoming to the best view possible. In researching a bit about why Wyoming, I stumbled across a plug from the Backwards Distilling Company in Casper, Wyoming, on its plan for the big day, which includes serving up various cocktail throughout the day to celebrate (Eclipse Chaser with coffee, OJ, muddled blueberries and rum at 9 a.m., anyone?). And, of course, this got me wondering what home eclipse viewers might want to to whip up for the occasion. Here is Aspen, we’ll be viewing the eclipse late-morning. To me, this calls for a coffee-type drink, but one with a kick. Alas, the Solar Eclipse. Descibed by Patron, which created the concoction, as “one eclipse you’re going to want to look into. Sweet and sparkling, it can instantly brighten any dinner party,” I am thinking it would brighten up a daytime eclipse party just as well. If you haven’t tried it, Patrón XO Cafe is a dry, low-proof coffee liqueur that’s a blend of Patrón Silver and the essence of coffee; I’ve found it good for sipping, mixing in cocktails or as a dessert ingredient. Now we’ll see how it performs as a Solar Eclipse.
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