Inspiring mocktail menu served up by Area Juice winners


Science & Exploration


A formidable 70 mocktail recipes representing a variety of flavours of ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) mission had been submitted to the Company’s #SpaceJuice competitors  in January.

From ingenious juices to layered smoothies, swirling coffees and iced teas, the judges had been wowed by the vitality and energy that went into the creations. The video productions and photographs documenting the making of the drinks, supplementary recipe playing cards, and even a musical composition to accompany one entry additionally impressed the judges, as did extraordinary ending touches equivalent to a set of home made crocheted coasters and spacecraft.

“What stood out is how all entrants cleverly linked their components to the themes of ESA’s Juice mission to provide you with so many various drink recipes,” commented Olivier Witasse, ESA’s Juice undertaking scientist. “With their buried oceans and tantalising potential for all times, Jupiter’s icy moons Ganymede, Callisto and Europa are clearly on the coronary heart of many recipes. These moons are central to our Juice mission, symbolising human fascination in understanding if life might ever have existed elsewhere within the Photo voltaic System past Earth.”

Whereas Juice isn’t outfitted to detect life itself, it should discover out if the mandatory components (water, biologically important components, vitality and stability) to maintain life are current. Within the Area Juice contest this translated into many affected person palms recreating the moons’ inner construction with layers of frozen fruits, ice and yoghurts, glowing oceans and icy shells. Jupiter and its churning, cloudy environment was additionally uniquely captured in colour-changing drinks and with back-lighting to create particular presentation results.

Area Juice contest winners

“The tropical location of Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, from the place Juice will launch on an Ariane 5 rocket in April, was additionally properly expressed within the components and flavours of the drinks,” says Juice engineer Maneula Baroni who’s at present working on the Spaceport to organize the Juice spacecraft for launch. “I notably beloved the ingenious use of cayenne pepper in a single recipe to characterize Cayenne (the capital metropolis of French Guiana) and the onerous work of the launch staff and engineers at Europe’s Spaceport – a lot appreciated!”

After ranking all drinks for the way the mission was represented, together with their general look and enchantment, a short-list made it to the taste-test spherical. With a view to mass producing the profitable recipe at ESA launch get together occasions, the benefit of sourcing components (or appropriate substitutes) and the simplicity of preparation performed an essential position within the closing decision-making course of.

Area Juice first place winner

The general profitable mocktail recipe by Margherita Gagnoni was impressed by Europa’s geology. It combines European and tropical flavours with a glowing blue ocean of spirulina, an historical algae that represents potential life situations within the icy moon.

The judges had been additionally extraordinarily impressed with two further drinks that had been nominated as second and third place winners.

Saskia Seemann’s easy but extraordinarily putting mixture of lavender syrup, tonic, crushed ice and a sweet floss garnish captured the spirit of Juice’s mission to discover the icy moons’ oceans and Jupiter in a single drink – the sweet floss playfully representing Jupiter’s cloudy environment.

Area Juice second place winner

Barbara Grandeclaude’s mocktail with aptitude reproduced Juice’s journey within the artistic preparation of the drink. Beginning with filling the launcher’s gas tanks, we depart Earth and are guided by planetary flybys through the eight-year cruise to Jupiter, culminating within the arrival at Jupiter and its icy moons.

Seven further runners up had been additionally nominated to obtain Juice mission goodies; the entire prime ten is represented in this collage. Click on the picture to broaden for hyperlinks to every recipe.

A particular point out in our runners up shortlist goes to smoothie-maker Eleni Koutsiona who used fruit portions in a 1:2:4 ratio to characterize the orbital resonance of the moons between Ganymede, Europa, and Io, and ready waffle-cut spacecraft photo voltaic arrays.

Area Juice third place winner

A household entry submitted by Daniela Homolka full with hand drawings by Elfie (age 7) and Trudi (age 11) additionally received a spot in our prime ten with their vibrant and attractive juice combine and chocolate truffle garnish.

Though not making it to the ultimate ten, the Juice communications staff needed to offer a particular point out to the entrant who included a tribute to ESA’s social media efforts of their very tasty wanting frozen mocktail which incorporates “…a splash of lime for the contemporary really feel of the social media method on the launch.” 🙂

Along with Juice undertaking and communications staff members, ESA additionally invited unbiased astrophysicist, science communicator and cosmic cocktail and mocktail making aficionado Alfredo Carpineti to evaluation our shortlist: “I used to be so impressed with how everybody discovered such artistic and scrumptious methods to characterize ESA’s Juice mission. Everybody ought to really feel very proud. I look ahead to consuming Margherita’s mocktail in a couple of weeks as we see this unimaginable spacecraft start its journey to Jupiter.”

Alfredo and Margherita will take part in our particular ‘Area Juice Comfortable Hour’ on launch day at ESA’s European Area Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, from the place Juice will likely be operated all through its mission.

All 70 recipes submitted to the competition will likely be collated right into a memento digital recipe ebook, to be launched nearer to Juice’s launch date, at present scheduled for 13 April.

Thanks to all entrants!

About Juice

ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice, is humankind’s subsequent daring mission to the outer Photo voltaic System. It’ll make detailed observations of gasoline large Jupiter and its three giant ocean-bearing moons – Ganymede, Callisto and Europa. This bold mission will characterise these moons with a strong suite of distant sensing, geophysical and in situ devices to find extra about these compelling locations as potential habitats for previous or current life. Juice will monitor Jupiter’s advanced magnetic, radiation and plasma atmosphere in depth and its interaction with the moons, learning the Jupiter system as an archetype for gasoline large programs throughout the Universe.  

Juice launches on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou in April 2023. It has an eight yr cruise with flybys of Earth and Venus to slingshot it to Jupiter. It’ll make 35 flybys of the three giant moons whereas orbiting Jupiter, earlier than altering orbits to Ganymede.
Juice is a mission underneath ESA management with contributions from NASA, JAXA and the Israel Area Company. It’s the first Massive-class mission in ESA’s Cosmic Imaginative and prescient programme.

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