I|O Godfrey in Chicago will be ready for eclipse admirers on its rooftop lounge come August 21. Executive Chef Nate Cayer even crafted a special cocktail that mimics the dark-to-light magic in the sky. The Eclipse, a frozen tipple, begins with a lemon granitas solid base and a midnight-blue liquid mixture. Guests watch as the blue concoction is poured over the granitas tableside and the color transforms from deep blue to light purple, creating a lavender- and lemon-flavored drink as refreshing as the night air.
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ViewHouse in Denver, Colorado, serves up plenty of eye candy before you even glance at the menu: expansive rooftops, panoramic vistas of the Rocky Mountains, and that expansive Colorado sky. But if you’re into sensory overload during eclipse season, order a Blue Horizon. Made with house-infused blueberry vodka, muddled mint and blueberries, simple syrup, lime juice, and a dash of Sierra Mist, it’s one of the coolest cocktails available on Earth.
FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar in Minneapolis was inspired by a cosmic phenomenon of a different kind: Minnesota’s Northern Lights. Named after the way the bubbles from the Finnegans Amber beer move in the glass, this cocktail is a blend of Aviv vodka, Marie Brizzard raspberry, orange juice, agave nectar, and Finnegans Amber beer.
Arbella in Chicago created its own cocktail in honor of the moon’s passage in front of the sun. It’s called the Chicago Fire Extinguisher and combines scotch, Luxardo abano, and smoke Angostura bitters for a drink that’s almost black in color. Served in a round glass globe, it’s topped off with smoke immediately before serving for maximum mystical effect.
Cindy’s, another Chicago haunt, channels the dark theme of the eclipse with its Reanimator cocktail. Made with cachaça, activated charcoal, blueberry-ginger demerara, and lime, it’s the ideal drink to nurse while admiring Lake Michigan or Millennium Park from the open-air terrace of the rooftop restaurant atop the historic Chicago Athletic Association hotel.
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Schlafly Beer in St. Louis, Missouri is not only offering you a drink inspired by the solar eclipse, it’s going to help you see the show better, too. Its special edition Path of Totality Pack comes in black and metallic silver six-packs or 12-packs with a pair of solar glasses to watch the solar eclipse safely. Schlafly’s Lager (4.5% ABV and 17 IBUs) is a bright, golden beer, perfect for summertime. The malts impart a fresh grain character, reminiscent of European lagers. The German Noble hop, Mittelfrüh, lends a mild lemony, spicy flavor. The German word “Helles” translates as “light” and “lager” means “to store.” Swallow that knowledge down, ya smarty pants.