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Dark Side

dark side cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

Black as Vader’s cape, this nod to the seduction of evil by NOLA bartender Christian Villalta is apropos. Drinking this opaque beauty is an irresistible force itself, after all. Its up-the-ante ingredients make it perfect for both the incurable cocktail geek and “Star Wars” nerds everywhere. (It requires making your own black sesame orgeat.)

This recipe originally appeared as part of “May the Fourth Be with You with These 4 'Star Wars' Cocktails.”


  • 1 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark 46 whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Black sesame orgeat*
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 13 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 pinch Activated charcoal
  • Garnish: Jasmine flower


  1. Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice, and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

  3. Garnish with a jasmine flower.

  4. *Black sesame orgeat: Combine 3/4 cup black sesame seeds and 1/4 cup white sesame seeds on a baking sheet, and bake at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Let cool, then purée in a blender with 2 cups simple syrup until pasty. Strain purée through a cheesecloth, then mix with 1 splash orange blossom water and 8 oz vodka. Store in an airtight glass container in a cool, dry place.