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17-Year Cicadas Could Bring Swarm of New Cocktails

on 13/05/13 at 9:49 am

Booze News

2011-05-27_4842While some may view the coming onslaught of cicadas as a nuisance, others see it as a new opportunity to drink—creatively.

Every 17 years, the Magicada Brood II cicadas swarm some portions of Maryland. Last seen in 1996, these black-bodied, red-eyed, orange-winged flying creatures are expected to begin emerging from their Rip Van Winkle-like slumber sometime this month or next.

While there have been cicadas in the area more recently (Brood X made an appearance in 2004), Brood II is expected to come in much greater numbers. Some organizations estimate this year’s swarm to be as high as hundreds of thousands of cicadas per acre, offering enterprising bartenders a virtually endless supply of “test subjects” to devise new and exciting recipes.