Arguably the greatest sequel ever created, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back opens with the now-iconic opening text crawl. In it, it describes Luke Skywalker establishing a secret rebel base on the ice planet known as Hoth. Today, references to the snowy world are practically mainstream, as evidenced by this cocktail from bar veteran and spirits ambassador Juan Coronado.
This rum drinks bears a close similarity to the Hemingway Daiquiri, a drink made with rum, lime, grapefruit and maraschino liqueur. In the Planet Hoth Toddy, however, the simple syrup traditionally used in daiquiris is added back in, and while the maraschino liqueur sticks around, the grapefruit juice does not. It also gets the addition of egg white, whose laces of white foam enhance the comparison to the Star Wars ice planet.
In it, Coronado uses Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron, a high quality but reasonably priced rum from Puerto Rico. Naturally, swapping it out for a darker, more aged rum will affect not only the flavor and sweetness of the drink, but also its color, making for a darker, less “snowy” looking final product.
Coronado does not specify which brand of maraschino liqueur to use in the drink. Chances are, your mind goes to the wicker-covered bottles from Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, easily the most popular and iconic line of maraschino liqueurs. But the famed Italian label has competition these days, from both young and old distilleries. Maraska is likely the second most popular, but other brands including Leopold Bros. from Denver, Colorado, and Gabriel Boudier Maraschino Liqueur from Dijon, France, are excellent alternatives as well.
Despite its name, this drink is not a hot one. Rather, it’s an excuse for a pun on “Hoth Toddy.” Those who want to fully commit to the joke could make it into a hot drink, though, as rum, lime, simple syrup and maraschino all work well in a toddy. Just skip shaking it with ice and instead add all the ingredient (save the egg whites) into a heat-proof vessel and top with around 6 ounces of boiling water. Keeping the egg whites in will result in the drink equivalent of rum scrambled eggs; if you make that you are truly approaching the Dark Side of the Force.
- 2 ounces Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
- 3/4 ounces lime juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
- 1 egg white
- Garnish: nutmeg
Add all ingredients into a shaker and dry-shake (without ice) vigorously.
Add ice and shake again until well-chilled
Double strain into a coupe.
Garnish with nutmeg.
RAW EGG WARNING
Consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.