On April 8th, New Yorkers everywhere will delight in experiencing a rare total solar eclipse, the first to be seen in the state in nearly a century. The exciting event has both space enthusiasts and amateur stargazers buzzing, with many people planning viewing parties to take in the once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle.


Times will obviously vary depending on where you are in the country, but according to experts, here's when Upstate New Yorkers should clear their schedule on Monday, April 8th: 

  • Partial eclipse begins at 2:04 p.m. ET
  • Totality begins at 3:18 p.m. ET
  • Totality ends at 3:22 p.m. ET
  • Partial eclipse ends at 4:32 p.m. ET.


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During a solar eclipse, it's crucial never to look directly at the sun without proper protection, even if it's partially obscured by the moon. Special eclipse glasses or pinhole projectors are essential to safeguard your eyes.

(Keep scrolling to the bottom of the article for options on safely viewing the eclipse, even without special glasses.)


As the world pauses to witness this lunar lollapalooza, why not elevate the experience with a space-themed cocktail? Yes, it's true that the eclipse takes place during work hours, but that's what travel mugs are for!

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Here are four great space-related cocktail ideas, thanks to the website Canyon Catering:

"Deep Space"


  • 1.5 oz Cointreau
  • 0.5 oz brewed Earl Grey tea
  • 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • 2 drops black food coloring
  • 1 pinch black cocktail shimmer dust


  • Step 1: Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice.
  • Step 2: Shake and strain into a chilled coupe.
  • Step 3: Garnish with a lemon wheel.

"The Cosmonaut"


  • 2 parts Vodka
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 0.75 part Ginger Liqueur
  • Dash of Cardamom Bitters


  •  Step 1: Build over a large ice sphere in a spherical rocks glass.
  • Step 2: Garnish with space-candy dusted grape
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"Space Oddity"


  • 5 oz pisco
  • .75 oz Blue Curaçao
  • .5 oz fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 drops Orange Blossom Water
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • 3 drops Peychaud’s Bitters


  • Step 1: Add all ingredients except for Peychaud’s bitters to a cocktail shaker without ice.
  • Step 2: Strain into a chilled coupe.
  • Step 3: Add 3 drops of Peychaud’s bitters and swirl with a toothpick.

"Galaxy Moscow Mule"


  • Lime Juice
  • Vodka
  • Ginger Beer
  • Butterfly Pea Flower Tea


  • Step 1: Make Butterfly Pea Flower Tea by putting the flowers into hot water until the water turns a dark blue/indigo color. You can purchase it on Amazon here
  • Step 2: Pour said water into an ice cube tray until frozen
  • Step 3: Crush the ice in a blender and pour into your cocktail glass
  • Step 4: Add Vodka, Ginger Beer, and Lime Juice over the indigo-colored ice
  • Step 5: Watch as your cocktail changes to colors of the galaxy

For more recipes, check out the full article here.


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