I’m sure I’m not the only one happy that on Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon in Orange County, the show-stopping transcontinental eclipse might give our air conditioners a break from fighting off the sun for a few hours. According to space.com, a full eclipse can drop temps up to 28 degrees! Honoring this once-a-century phenomenon with a cocktail seems worthy of celebration, and while recently reviewing Farmhouse’s new late-summer cocktails, I’m pretty sure I found the perfect suggestion. One, it uses locally made Blinking Owl Aquavit, and two, it’s completely refreshing and delicious.
Can’t We All Just Get Along is the drink’s name, likely paying tribute to the famous Rodney King quote, although I’m unsure of the drink’s true name intentions. Regardless, it’s a nice reminder that it’s still possible to bond over cocktails with a complete stranger, no matter what their stance is on the many issues of today’s polarizing world. The drink is somewhat like an old bar joke, where a cucumber, wild honey, lime, and charcoal-infused Aquavit find their way into a glass…the punchline is that this drink is completely refreshing, despite looking like a Guinness Stout with a lime wedge.
Utilizing activated charcoal in a drink has more benefits than just colorization, it’s actually quite healthy if used as a detoxifying agent, although I’m no doctor. What’s fun about the flavor is notes of dill from the Aquavit pop out and play with lime acidity, the charcoal is completely flavorless. If you’ve ever used pickle juice in a margarita, it sort of hits that level of briny complexity. “It’s sort of like a detox-retox,” says bartender Liana Fuentes.
If you’re looking to gather some friends for a post-eclipse party on Monday, Aug. 21, get reservations for an open-air table at Farmhouse, and be sure to order a Can’t We All Just Get Along…don’t forget the special sunglasses!
The rest of the late-summer cocktails at Farmhouse are completely delicious and worthy of a hot summer day libation.
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