Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Vodka Cocktails

Death Star

A Collins glass with a metal straw rests on a ringed mat. The drink within has a few ice cubes and is dark brown.
Image: Tim Nusog

Life may be all sunshine and Disney magic in Orlando, but at Greek restaurant Taverna Opa, bartender Alex Attart likes to take a walk on the dark side of life. Here, his homage to the imperial super weapon in the Star Wars franchise skews the color of Darth Vader’s cape with good use of Jägermeister digestif and Coca-Cola. He also makes a nifty little ice orb replica of the Death Star for extra empirical effect, but if you’re not the sort of person who has Star Wars molds in your freezer, regular cubes will do just fine.

The Death Star (in this context, not that of the movies) is essentially a twist on a Long Island Iced Tea, with three different liquors plus triple sec, sour mix and Coca-Cola. Of course, like with all modern cocktails, it’s better to create your own sour mix rather than rely on the pre-packaged kind. The best way to do so is to make a quick simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, dissolved to combine), then add lemon and/or lime juice to taste. It should be a good balance of sweet and tart.

For the base spirits, Jägermeister is the only one that can’t be substituted with a different brand, as its botanicals are unique to it. Swapping it out for another amaro will lead to a different overall flavor profile. However, though Attart uses Gentleman Jack Tennessee whiskey, another Tennesse whiskey can stand in its place. Similarly, while he uses Grey Goose, you won’t throw anything off in the Death Star if you use a different vodka brand. Whichever brands you use, the drink will be fully operational.

As for the soda that gives it some of its Sith Lord coloring, that is something that drinkers will never agree one. Some might say that anything similar to Coca-Cola will work, others will say it needs to be that brand and no other, and still others will say that another kind of cola would work even better.

Keep in mind that this drink has a solid four ounces of liquor in it, though it might not taste it with all the sour mix and cola. You’ll likely want to stick to one drink, or risk falling to the power of the Dark Side of the Force.

Ingredients

Steps

  1. Add the Jägermeister, Tennessee whiskey, vodka, triple sec, sour mix and Coca-Cola in a Collins glass over ice and stir.

  2. Garnish with a straw.