We’ve created the InSight Cocktail to mark the probe’s safe arrival on our nearest neighbour, Mars. NASA’s InSight lander which launched on an Atlas V in May has arrived at the red planet, and landed on Mars yesterday.

Mars InSight Probe
Image Credit Nasa.gov

Mission controllers at NASA-JPL have received a signal from NASA’s InSight lander on the Mars surface via MarCO OR a beep from InSight’s X-band radio. In the coming hours, engineers will be checking on the spacecraft’s health. A post-landing news briefing expected at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST). -NASA, Nov 26 2018

InSight was accompanied on its journey by a pair of tiny experiments cubesats, named MarCO A and MarCO B. Launched together with InSight, they followed the main lander and relayed its data back to earth before flying past Mars. This avoided delays with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s positioning and meant that we got confirmation of the safe landing and first images just minutes after the probe landed. It was also the first time such small spacecraft have been used outside Earth orbit.

Mars InSight Lander
The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA’s InSight lander, took this picture off the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. The camera’s transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling on the camera’s lens. This image was relayed from InSight to Earth via NASA’s Odyssey spacecraft, currently orbiting Mars.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the InSight Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space, Denver, Colorado built the spacecraft. InSight is part of NASA’s Discovery Program, which is managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
For more information about the mission, go to https://mars.nasa.gov/insight.

Creating the InSight Cocktail

For the drink itself, we HAVE to go red! I mean, we’re talking Mars here guys. We’ll start with a little strawberry puree, Minus 33 juniper spirit and lemon juice. Black pepper and habanero shrub brings some spice and complexity. I’d love some foam on top too, but rather than egg white I’ve been looking at alternatives recently so we’ll use Ms Better’s Miracle foamer here. I like the science theme that the drink has from the Minus 33 so using more of a hack for the foam seems appropriate.

Shake it all together and strain into a coupe glass, garnished with two slices of black pepper crusted strawberry, one for each of those pioneering MarCO spacecraft.

InSight Cocktail Recipe

  • 1½oz (45ml) Minus-33 Juniper Spirit
  • 1oz (30ml) ODK Strawberry Puree
  • 1oz (30ml) ODK Lemon juice
  • 6 Cracked Peppercorns
  • 3 Drops Habanero Shrub
  • ⅓ Pipette Ms Better’s Miracle Foamer

Shake the ingredients without ice to build a foam and then add cubed ice to chill and shake again. Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with black pepper and two strawberry slices, to represent the MarCO spacecraft that accompanied InSight on its journey to Mars.

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