HOWTO make a cocktail that looks like outer space

Given a black light, some tonic, some gin or vodka, and pink lemonade concentrate, you can mix a cocktail that looks like the aurora borealis:

Aurora is TCCs black light phosphorescent take on jungle-juice. Originally conceived in 2006, it is a drink that is pink in natural light, but glows aqua-marine in black-light. Thus, it represents the two main colors of the aurora-borealis. So, without further ado here is the recipe. (Originally, the drink was made with just pink-lemonade, but was later modified to use Rose’s Mojito Passion).

Aurora Jungle-Juice (Thanks, Matthew!)


  1. throw in some tropical fish and a string of blinking Christmas lights and you’ve got an instant party in your esophagus

  2. Quite a drink, the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster. It’s like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick.

      1. Recipe as follows:

        Take the juice from one bottle of that Ol’ Janx Spirit.
        Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V
        Allow three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzene is lost).
        Allow four litres of Fallian marsh gas to bubble through it (in memory of all those happy Hikers who have died of pleasure in the Marshes of Fallia).
        Over the back of a silver spoon float a measure of Qualactin Hypermint extract, redolent of all the heady odours of the dark Qualactin Zones.
        Drop in the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger. Watch it dissolve, spreading the fires of the Algolian suns deep into the heart of the drink.
        Sprinkle Zamphour.
        Add an olive.
        Drink…but very carefully.

        (You’re on your own for the rehab.)

        Photo Credit: Z. Beeblebrox

  3. Edited for not seeing a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster comment already on the page. I’ll go back to work now.

  4. I’d love to see an actual photo of the drink under blacklight.  I know tonic is exciting on its own (especially with a UV laser pointer), but I’m curious to see how the pink lemonade looks.

    1. its pink in the day, when under blacklight it glows blue.  much less exciting than the cover photo(shop), but still pretty cool.  matt’s link has images of the real deal.

      but it is kinda false advertising from cory’s perspective-luckily boingboing’s readership is too smart to fall for such shenanigans.

      1.  I confess I was suckered by the p-shop. Me, I get a sufficient amount of ooohs and ahhhs out of tonic under a black light without the astronomical build-up.  That being said, seems like something could be done to improve this. Wonder if some fancy liquor is immiscible with tonic water? Gin and tonic, slowly stirred into something oil-based? Okay, it’d be horrible to drink, but at least you’d get glowing swirls and blobs.  Maybe the molecular gastronomy folks should get in on this- spherification techniques using UV reactive foodstuffs, for floating, glowing stars/planets/whatever swimming around in the drink?  Or just drop the outer space theme, and just go with “drinks that look nifty.”

  5. The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen? 

  6. The Aurora Borealis is NOT in outer space.  It is caused by energetic particles from the sun hitting Earth’s upper atmosphere (thermosphere)!

  7. Wow, misleading article title to this post (glowing aqua color != “look like outer space”), and misleading photoshopped image.

    1. Can you cite a source?  

      I was under the impression that it military jargon for a drink mixed up by soldiers while in the jungle.  

      1. Well, when I was in college my friends and I just assumed it was, and it sort of was taken for granted after a while. Upon further reading, it appears I was completely full of shit and you are correct. Sorry about that.

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