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!
Add all the ingredients into a Highball glass or Tiki mug with crushed ice and swizzle.
Top with more crushed ice.
Garnish with a mint sprig and 2 twisty straws.
*Han’s mix: Combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 3 cinnamon sticks, a few fresh grates of nutmeg and 3 and star anise in a small pot over medium heat. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Add 2 cups fresh orange juice, strain and store in a sealed glass container up to 1 week.
**Ginger syrup: Peel and juice 1 part ginger, and allow the juice to sit, preferably overnight. Gently pour the ginger juice into a new container, while leaving the sediment behind, and strain the remaining juice through a fine-mesh sieve. Measure the remaining juice and add an equal amount of granulated sugar by volume. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring until all the sugar is dissolved.