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Appletini

Vodka , Modern Classics

Originally called Adam’s Apple Martini, the Appletini became a crowd pleaser from the day it was invented at L.A. restaurant Lola’s in 1996. The original recipe simply used vodka and green apple schnapps, but we updated the modern classic with calvados and fresh Granny Smith apple juice.

This recipe originally appeared as part of The Appletini Is 21 Years Old. Is It Time to Rethink the Famous Cocktail?

Bothan

Tequila , Modern Classics

Thoroughly testing the depth of Star Wars nerdiness, Billy Nichols, the bar manager at Faun in Brooklyn, named this galactically green-hued concoction after the species of rebel spies who provided the Rebellion with the plans to blow up the Death Star in Return of the Jedi. “I’m a Star Wars nerd,” says Nichols. “I thought this green, cloudy tequila cocktail looked the part.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Sarlacc Pit

Rum , Modern Classics

At The Sixth in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, beverage director Benjamin Schiller couldn’t resist making a molded pate de fruit head garnish of Darth Vader (basically a room-stable gummy bear) for this cheerful tropical drink, served up in a Boba Fett Tiki glass, of course. But even if you don’t want to go that deep into Empire kitsch, this drink, named for the sand-dwelling, flesh-eating fave of Jabba the Hutt, is pretty easy to stir up and throw down in a few delicious sips. Bonus: The Han’s mix is really a tweaked version of famed Tiki maestro Donn Beach’s Don’s Mix. Sweet!

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Flying Solo

Tequila , Modern Classics

Louis Hirsch, the GM of Morels Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, created this nod to reluctant rebel pilot and all-around intergalactic heartthrob Han Solo because only a person of his confidence could find a positive use for that pink-headed stepchild of the wine world, white zinfandel.

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

The Elyx Martini

Vodka , Martinis

Meet the crisp, light two-ingredient Martini you’ve been waiting for.

The Elyx Spritz

Vodka , Modern Classics

Meet your new favorite light, effervescent spritz, perfect for summer sipping.

London Spritz

Gin , Modern Classics

The Aperol Spritz was the drink of the summer a few years ago. Beefeater Gin has given it a London upgrade by combining the bittersweet flavors of Aperol with the classic notes of a Gin & Tonic.

Watermelon Margarita

Tequila , Modern Classics

A little bit of muddling goes a long way in this fresh, minty take on a watermelon Margarita.For more great summery Mexican-inspired drinks—and tacos too!—head right this way.

Pink Frozen Margarita

Tequila , Frozen / Blended

A Frozen Margarita is a beautiful, refreshing cocktail. But throw a little Campari in there, and a good thing gets even better—and pinker.For more great Mexican-inspired drinks—and tacos, too!—head right this way.Serves 6

Teal-quila Sunrise

Tequila , Modern Classics

This fun, summer take on the Tequila Sunrise knocks out the grenadine for homemade raspberry syrup (don’t worry, it’s easy!) and a dash of blue curaçao for a drink that’s as tasty as it is colorful.

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