Alright, now let's talk about what y'all really want: themed cocktails!
I picked up all of these ingredients (except the mini bottles) at my BI-LO when I shopped for my snacks and really, these drinks could not be easier.
This is what we're drinking: a Blue Moon beer (get it?), white wine starfruit spritzer (didya get that one?), and an eclipse soda (I'm funny, I swear).
Below are the ingredients and recipes for each drink:
Beer with an orange slice garnish. That's it! We're also going to use the orange for the eclipse soda.
For the spritzer, you'll need SEGrocers Grapefruit Sparkling Water - which is beginning to win first place in my preferred sparkling water (sorry, La Croix) - starfruit, which you can find by the pineapples and papaya in BI-LO, and dry white wine.
I like a dry white wine in this recipe as opposed to a sweet wine or a buttery wine. The starfruit provides the sweetness you may be missing if you normally prefer sweet wines, and a buttery wine would be too heavy for the sparkling water to cut through to truly be refreshing. A pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc is my recommendation for this.
Slice the starfruit and place a few in a wineglass. If you really want to bring out the tart and sweet flavor of the starfruit, dice it up and add a tablespoon of the little pieces, or muddle the big slices in your glass!
Top with ice.
Pour in some wine - about 1/3 of the glass.
Then top with seltzer! I used about half of the can here. Feel free to play around with the ratios of wine to seltzer, depending on how boozy you want this to be. Starfruit + sparkling water is also a great mocktail!
And make it pretty with one more slice of starfruit!
Alright, eclipse soda: Chek cola (I used diet because I like it), yellow sugar sprinkles, the slice of orange I mentioned earlier but didn't photograph, and if you want to spike it - your favorite liquor.
And let me just say, I love mini bottles. I had the idea to mix Diet Chek with vanilla vodka because I love vanilla cola, but wasn't sure I wanted to commit to spending $20+ on a regular sized bottle of vanilla vodka if I didn't love it. Enter: the mini bottle. For a dollar I was able to make a delicious single serving cocktail, and now that I know how it tastes, I will be going back to buy the big bottle. I didn't end up using the black cherry whiskey, because the vanilla was too darn good!
Pour the sprinkles into a shallow dish, run a slice of orange (or lemon, or lime, or dip in simple syrup - the world is your cocktail bar!) around the rim of the glass, then dip in the sugar.
Fill the sparkly glass with ice.
Then test your upper body strength trying to pour a glass of Diet Chek from a full 2-liter while also trying to take a picture.
And now we see how the soda gets it's name - from above, it looks like an eclipse! The dark soda is the moon and the yellow sugar sprinkles are the sun! Fun, right?
Psst...if you want to be a little naughty, add in a splash of your favorite liquor. This alcoholic vanilla Diet Chek was DELICIOUS.
Let me know in the comments below: which cocktail is your favorite, any variations you tried, or what's on your eclipse playlist!
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