Sonic Unveils New Drink Menu Item That Pairs Perfectly With the Solar Eclipse

CICERO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: A sign advertises the location of a Sonic restaurant on September 25, 2018 in Cicero, Illinois. Inspire Brands Inc., the parent company of Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings, announced today that it was buying Sonic for $2.3 billion. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

For those who are already planning to watch the next solar eclipse, Sonic has stepped in with a unique beverage suggestion that they’ll be able to start enjoying before the big day arrives.

The Blackout Slush Float was made with the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8 in mind, according to food blogger Markie Devo. In a photo of the beverage in question that Devo shared on Instagram on Sun., March 17, the dark-colored drink appeared in a tall clear glass as a red straw poked out of the mound of whipped cream on top. The whipped cream topper was coated with a layer of “galaxy sprinkles,” according to the image included in the post, which Devo attributed to Sonic.

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The new Blackout Slush Float will reportedly feature a slush and soft-serve mix, with its “blackout syrup” comprised of dragon fruit and cotton candy flavors. The drink is expected to be available starting on Mon., March 25, though the temporary menu item isn’t expected to be around for long. Participating Sonic restaurants will have the $3.99 drink on offer for “a limited time,” according to Devo.

Each Blackout Slush Float purchase will also come with a pair of solar eclipse glasses, according to the Sonic image. The inclusion is a nod to the solar eclipse viewing recommendations that surface whenever a new eclipse comes about, with those intending to watch urged to protect their eyes by putting on special eclipse glasses instead of staring directly at the sun.

The new drink is slated to arrive days ahead of the total solar eclipse on April 8. This eclipse, which follows the “ring of fire” annular eclipse last October, is expected to pass over Mexico, Canada and the U.S.

The April 8 total eclipse’s most direct path in the U.S. will pass from Texas to Maine, though NASA experts say everyone in the contiguous U.S. should get a partial glimpse as long as that day’s weather doesn’t obstruct the view of the sun.

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