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Do You Know What Space Smells Like? It’s Nuts.

The man in the moon must be a baker, because deep space smells like almond cookies. Here’s a cocktail recipe to match.

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Given the inherent vacuousness of an empty void, you might have assumed that space was odorless. But guess what? Our final frontier is actually filled with all sorts of cosmic fragrances.

While we obviously can’t hang our heads out of the window of a spacecraft in order to smell the vacuum of space firsthand, our explorations of the cosmos have yielded some interesting olfactory evidence over the years. The most commonly reported scents come from astronauts, who, upon returning from space walks, have frequently reported their space suits to have a distinct whiff of burnt steak, gunpowder, and brake pads. But scientists examining the chemicals and gases in distant galaxies have also suggested the full bouquet of our universe would also include scents as distinct as sweet sugars and the rotting egg-like stench of sulphur. (Just keep reading, we promise there’s a delicious, less stinky payoff to all of this.)

But don’t worry, the galaxy isn’t all pungent: Our favorite supposed space scent comes from the first female space tourist Anousheh Ansari, who, upon docking her shuttle at the International Space Station, described the odor that clung to the outside of the craft as “kind of like burned almond cookie.” Inspired by this delightful observation, we decided to create our very own toasted almond-scented cosmic cocktail.

Give yourself a taste of space, and impress your friends with your newfound cosmixology skills. (That’s right, that’s a term we just made up and will continue to use.)

The Space Dust Cocktail

Makes 1 cocktail


  • Crushed toasted almond, for the rim of your glass
  • 1 large ice cube
  • 1 ounce Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 3 ounces almondmilk
  1. Prepare for launch: Coat the rim of a tumbler with crushed toasted almond and add one large ice cube (pro tip: using a large planetoid ice sphere, like the one shown here, will make your final cocktail look like a black hole when seen from above!).
  2. Commence mixology: Pour Tito’s Handmade Vodka over the ice cube.
  3. Begin countdown and engage thrust: Add coffee liqueur and almondmilk to the glass.
  4. Lift off: Stir and enjoy!

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