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Total Eclipse Cocktail

The eclipse is upon us, my friends! We are hours away from welcoming an unique cosmic event and it is time to get prepared. Eclipse glasses? Check! Prime viewing location acquired? Check! Cameras at the ready? Check! All that is left is what you will be drinking when the forces align. I have concocted an equally rare, but delightful drink recipe that pairs perfectly with the mysteries of the universe: the Total Eclipse Cocktail.

Total Eclipse Cocktail


1/2 glass of stout (I suggest Yeti Imperial Stout or Guinness)

0.5 ounces of anise liqueur


1 anise star


  1. Pour the anise liqueur in a fluted or collins glass.
  2. Fill the glass with the stout until half full.
  3. Top off with champagne and garnish with an anise star. Enjoy!

For those of you familiar with mixology, you might recognize this recipe. It is my own version of the cocktail classic, Black Velvet. I already had plans to whip up an unusual take on this beer-champagne chimera, but as I was putting together this photo shoot it dawned on me that I had impeccable timing. This truly is a perfect cocktail for the 2017 eclipse. It is the drink version of the cosmic rarity we are about to witness, with seemingly adverse elements coming together to create one amazing moment in time. Seriously, stout beer and champagne?! One would think the odds of that tasting remotely good were one in a million. But like the eclipse, somethings happen in the universe that we simply can’t explain. Well, actually science has explained the eclipse but I challenge it to give me the scientific reason why this cocktail tastes so damn good. Let’s get to mixing…

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Pour the anise liqueur in a fluted or collins glass. I will admit, anise liqueur isn’t the easiest ingredient to come by. So if you are having trouble tracking it down, St. Germain or even Jägermeister could theoretically work as substitutes. 

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Fill the glass with the stout until half full. The mulit-award winning Yeti Imperial Stout by the Great Divide Brewing Company is a fantastic choice for the beer component. But honestly Guinness or any rich stout will do just fine!

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Top off with champagne and garnish with an anise star. Enjoy!

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I know what you’re thinking… this drink sounds disgusting. I will admit that the first time I ordered a Black Velvet at a bar, it was out of pure perverse curiosity to see how bad it actually tasted. But it’s seemingly contradictory ingredients came together so harmoniously that it is now one of my favorite cocktails of all time. So take this rare moment in astronomical events to whip up an equally unusual drink. Then just sit back and sip as the world around you fades to black.

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Sam Temsah-Deniskin

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  1. The eclipse was SO cool. This would have been the perfect adult drink for it πŸ™‚

  2. Look like delicious. I would love to share this recipe. This recipe can be a wedding drink favors, I think
    guest will love it.

    1. Lovely after-dinner reception drink!

  3. I love the idea of this recipe! So clever and like perfect for the eclipse. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Cheers, Nadalie!

  4. This sounds like such a fun and delicious drink! I wish I would’ve seen this in time for the eclipse but I say who needs a reason for a great drink? πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hear, hear! I like where your head is at!

  5. Kaylie says:

    A drink to celebrate the eclipse that is my kind of style. I’ll be sure to make one of these for myself next time yummy opens a stout.

    1. Kaylie says:

      Lol yummy must have been on my mind, I meant hubby!

      1. Hahah, that’s the spirit! Yes, that’s actually why I wanted to try out a spin on a Black Velvet… my hubby always has a half-drunk bottle of stout in the fridge and I hate to see it go to waste! πŸ˜‰

  6. Omg. I am SO jeal that you came up with this. WELL DONE. Would love to do a collab on my website with you!

    1. Always looking for fellow foodies to team up with! Email me at and we’ll get to scheming!

  7. Victoria Onken says:

    I’m not a fan of any anise flavour, be it in the food or drink…. but you make everything look sooooo pretty! I almost want to try it!

    1. It’s definitely an acquired taste. If you are going to have it in a cocktail, try it in a recipe like this… with the flavorful stout and bubbly champagne, it’s definitely a more subtle flavor. πŸ™‚

  8. This sounds like something I would love! It looks so pretty too! I’ll definitely be saving this recipe πŸ™‚

    1. Yay! You won’t be disappointed!

  9. adriana says:

    This looks soo good! What a fun way to celebrate! I loved today, it was soo much fun!

    1. I love day’s like this! Always captures a bit of Christmas magic, right?!

  10. Oh, I love the star on top. Very suiting!

    1. Haha, yup a little nod to the cosmic!

  11. This is such a fun idea. I bet my husband would enjoy this drink.

    1. It’s on my go-to cocktail list!

  12. Neely Moldovan says:

    I managed to miss the Eclipse because the baby was napping. But a cocktail sounds perfect!

    1. Oh no! Next time!

  13. Ahh this sounds strong but perfect for an eclipse viewing party! Hope you had a good view today.

    1. Strong, but oh so good! Yes, great view from home with cocktail in hand. πŸ˜‰

  14. What a fun combination and way to celebrate the eclipse!

    1. Yes, indeed! πŸ˜‰

  15. I would love to have a drink for the eclipse but unfortunately I’ll be working. Sounds like a great cocktail, though!

    1. Aw that’s too bad! Hopefully you’ll still be able to sneak out for a peek at the eclipse!

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