Monday, Aug. 21 will mark the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. Such a rare event calls for a celebration — keep reading for places to drink, drinks to make and more.
Where to drink
Bistro Niko will host a patio viewing party from 12:30 p.m. til dusk, featuring hors d’Oeuvres and “viewing glasses” Beckon Winery wine specials. The winery will make a donation to Reese’s MaGIC Fund at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to celebrate the eclipse.
3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-261-6456, buckheadrestaurants.com/restaurant/bistro-niko/
O-Ku in West Midtown is hosting a viewing party starting at 1 p.m. on Aug. 21, featuring Solar frosé – a ‘dark moon’ version of their frosé cocktail – and a full bar. The main dining room will open when service begins at 5 p.m.
1085 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta. 404-500-2383, o-kusushiatl.com
PURE Taqueria Roswell rooftop viewing party will offer $3 Moon Shots, $5.99 Lunar Margaritas and $6.99 Black Out Margaritas from 2-11 p.m.
1143 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770-817-7873, puretaqueria.com/roswell
Southern Art & Bourbon Bar will offer a 2-for-1 special on appetizers all day long, as well as a specialty “Solar Eclipse” cocktail – featuring orange soda, Four Roses and dark cherry juice – for $10 on Aug. 21 only.
3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-946-9070, southernart.com
Beers to drink
Get in a eclipse frame of mind with a themed beer. Grab a six-pack of Elysian Brewing Company Space Dust IPA or Savannah-based Southbound’s Scattered Sun.
Cocktails to whip up
Try these out-of-this-world cocktail recipes for your own viewing party:
Dark Side of the Sun
Satsuma Rum Liqueur rinse
2 parts Bayou Select
½ part simple syrup
Rinse a rocks glass with Satsuma and let it sit.
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, and stir until cold – roughly 60 stirs.
Strain into Satsuma rinsed glass over ice.
Optional: garnish with an orange peel.
–Recipe from Bayou Rum
The Bonnie Tyler
Add to shaker:
1 egg white
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. heavy cream
.5 oz. lime juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
Shake with ice. Double-strain.
Top with 3 oz. sparkling water. Add 2 dashes of chocolate mole bitters.
Garnish with crescent moon coffee grounds and chocolate shavings.
–From Kanu Lodge in Lake Placid, N.Y.
To the Cherry and Back
In this recipe – a fresh take on the Kir Royale – a white cherry disappears and reappears, echoing the sun’s disappearance and reemergence from the shadow of the moon.
Place a white cherry in a Champagne glass and add 1 oz. of Cassis – just enough to submerge the white cherry. Then pour the Champagne, and the white cherry will reappear.
–Recipe from Gaby Bar in New York
What to drink from
Commemorate the eclipse by sipping from UncommonGreen’s Constellation and Topography glassware, which etches constellations right onto the glasses, from stemless wine glasses to pint and rock glasses. Styles range from $14-$16 per glass.
What to snack on
You’ll need something to soak up all the celebratory libations — put together a package of Milky Way bars, Starburst candies, Eclipse gum, Sun Chips, Sunkist soda and Sunny Delight drink.
MORE ECLIPSE NEWS:
7 things to know about the rare total solar eclipse crossing the nation this August
A solar eclipse can blind you — here’s how to stay safe during August’s Great American Eclipse
Don’t let clouds ruin your solar eclipse view — Use these two maps to find clear skies near you