Sip your way through the eclipse (and after) with this dark twist on a tequila sunrise.

By Lauren Mazzo
Updated: August 21, 2017
Photo: Jose Cuervo

Today, for the first time since 1979, the moon will strut in front of the sun, creating a total solar eclipse that's visible from U.S. mainland. If you're in one of these lucky cities, the sun will be *totally* covered by the moon. For the rest of us, at least a chunk of the bright star will be covered-which is just as much a reason to toast to the power of these celestial bodies.

To help you celebrate, the mixologists at Jose Cuervo concocted this special eclipse cocktail with an orange-black ombré that perfectly matches today's nature show. The recipe is all-too-fitting: The cocktail base is a classic tequila sunrise (orange juice, grenadine, and tequila) with the addition of a surprising ingredient-charcoal lemonade-that eclipses the brightness of the OJ. ICYMI, lately, activated charcoal has been ~all the rage~ in juices, cleanses, and even froyo. While the health benefits and detoxifying properties are still under debate, it makes one hell of a perfect eclipse cocktail-so it's worth including whether it can really suck the toxins from your gut or not.

Prep this cocktail to enjoy while you view the eclipse (with legit eclipse-viewing sunglass, of course, since that's the only safe way to do so). But, since the eclipse is happening at about 2:40 pm EST on a Monday (not quite happy hour), you can also save it to sip this evening. Why not keep the eclipse magic going even after those spectacularly short 2 minutes?

Total Especial Eclipse Cocktail


  • 2 oz Jose Cuervo Especial
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • 1/2 oz charcoal lemonade

Directions: Shake tequila and orange juice together in a cocktail shaker and pour into a rocks glass over ice. Mix charcoal lemonade and grenadine and slowly pour into the cocktail. Garnish with lime wedge. (Use the rest of your charcoal lemonade to whip up this eerie black Vesuvius cocktail.)



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