Lunar Eclipse

After the dessert, we could not forget a cocktail to celebrate Halloween in the company. So here Lunar Eclipses, a terrifying bloody molecular cocktail 🙂 .
eclissi di lunaA base of blood orange and white rum, in which a purple moon with cherry flavour floats, enriched with a hint of ginger. Just before sipping cocktails, break the molecular cherry, spreading the “blood” in your cocktail.
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Lunar eclipse

Cuisine Egg free, Gluten free, Lactose free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Medium


For molecular bath

  • 1 l of distilled water
  • 5 g of sodium alginate

For the cocktail

  • 6 cl of red orange juice
  • 3 cl of white rum
  • sugar syrup
  • ice

For the molecular moon

  • 115 g of cherry jam
  • 35 ml of water
  • 1 piece of ginger
  • 3 g of calcium gluconate
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar


For molecular bathroom

  1. Start your preparation with the bath where to plunge the balls. United distilled water and sodium alginate; mix thoroughly, using a blender. It's very important that the water is distilled, otherwise the sodium alginate will react with the calcium present in the water, making the mixture too thick.
  2. Pour the mixture into a large bowl.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator, until they all the air bubbles are gone, it will take a few hours.

For cherry purée

  1. Puree the cherry jam together with water, sugar and fresh ginger; pass the mixture through a sieve to remove all solids.
  2. Pour into a small saucepan, heat it over high heat, until it starts to simmer.
  3. Switch off immediately, add the calcium gluconate and blend again. Cover this with plastic wrap and let it rest. It may take up to 24 hours for all the air bubbles to disappear.

For the molecular moon

  1. Take out the two compounds from the fridge and prepare a container filled with tap water, which will be used to rinse the balls.
  2. Take a "meauring spoon", fill it with mashed cherries, then clean carefully the outside. Approach the spoon as possible as you can to the surface of the bath of sodium, then with a smooth, continuous movement pour the entire teaspoon in it. The movement to pour the puree should be quick, otherwise it will form an irregular cylinder instead of a sphere. It may take a couple of attempts to carry out the correct movement, just do not desist 😉 .
  3. Let the moons in the bathroom for about two minutes, making sure that they do not stick to each other, then take them out gently and dip them in the pure water for another minute. This will stop the gelling, leaving the inside of the balls liquid 🙂 .
  4. You can save the moon molecular in your refrigerator until ready to prepare the cocktail.

For the cocktail

  1. In a shaker, shake the juice with rum and sugar syrup to taste.
  2. Fill your glass with finely crushed ice, and remember to place you moon in the middle of the glass. Cover with other ice.
  3. Then pour the cocktail into the glass.
  4. Garnish with a slice of orange and straw.


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