5 Cool Kiddie "Cocktails"

Space Monkey

Inquiring young minds want to know: What do astronauts drink at space parties? The real answer, which is recycled wastewater flavored with Tang, will disappoint even the most starry-eyed junior spacefarers. However, this ice cream cocktail is a good substitute for a peek into the future of space travel, where drinks will be mixed by robot bartenders and all space shuttles will carry fully stocked sherbet freezers.


  • 2 scoops orange-vanilla sherbet, divided
  • 2 scoops prepared cherry flavored gelatin, divided
  • 8 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • Dusting of Tang

(Yields one serving)


Add one scoop of orange sherbet to a highball glass, then a layer of gelatin. (For a more elegant cocktail, use an ice cream scoop for the sherbet and cube the gelatin, but a regular spoon works just fine.) Alternate another layer of sherbet and gelatin, then slowly pour in soda to fill. The soda hitting the sherbet will produce a thick foam. Finish off the mocktail with a light dusting of Tang for garnish.

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