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).
To make drinks glow in the dark, you will need:
- Black lights
- Transparent drinking cups (neon plastic ones look the best under black light)Ice trays
- Tonic water containing quinine
- Clear beverage of choice (Mountain Dew glows the best; Kool-Aid , especially lemonaide or pink lemonaide, or Sprite also works well)
These steps work better if they are followed in order.
The keys to great glow in the dark drinks are the lighting, the tonic water, and the cups. Be creative and have fun.
- Buy or borrow several black lights. There are many sites online that sell black lights and their fixtures also. If you have a Spencer's nearby, they usually carry them too.
- Make the glow-in-the-dark ice cubes. The quinine in tonic water glows really well in black light. The more quinine in the ice cubes the brighter the glow. However, if the cubes are made completely out of quinine they melt faster than cubes that are half water and half tonic water. For best results, mix water and tonic water in a large pitcher and stir before pouring into the ice trays. If you start this process several days in advance, you can repeatedly make the cubes and store them in a separate container in the freezer until the party.
- Ifyou are making a shot block from a mold- add tonic water like for ice cubes....the block will glow while you take your shots!
- Place black lights around the room. Pay attention to lighting the area around and above your beverage table. The overall effect of "glowing" will be better if the entire room is lit by black light or a combo of colored party lighting and black light.
- Make the drinks and serve. The ice cubes will provide a glowing effect to all drinks. Make sure you use transparent plastic tumbler. The neon colored ones work the best. Serve clear drinks for a better glow. Tonic water and Mountain Dew are the two best "glowers". Experiment as the night goes on and take note of what glows the best.