Now that “Star Trek” is finally back on TV after an agonizing 12-year hiatus, let’s celebrate. The sci-fi franchise spans half a century, has a rich beverage culture and is packed full of memorable bartenders. Surprisingly, however, it’s light on actual cocktails. To remedy that, these are five original creations for those of us that live happily in the Venn diagram of Trekkie and cocktail nerd. Drink long and prosper!
“Conundrum,” the episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in which everyone gets their memories erased and Data thinks he’s a bartender, is one of the series’ best. He makes this drink for Troi after losing a game of 3D chess. It goes from clear to green to red in the blink of an eye. We don’t yet have the technology to recreate that marvel, but we can mimic it using a trick with red-cabbage-infused rum. The drink will turn from purple to red with the addition of the fruit juices.
The infamous Klingon coffee from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” is the base for this Irish Coffee riff. It’s something one might imagine Miles O’Brien and Worf concocting once the blood wine runs out. The goat milk gives it some funk, and the smoked paprika provides an earthy, spicy hit. Smells like Kronos!
Romulan Ale Fizz
Romulan Ale is banned in the Federation, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a Gin Fizz in characteristic cobalt. By all accounts, the Romulan Ale is quite strong, so don’t be shy of the navy-strength gin. The last thing you’d want is to come off as sheepish in the face of one of our oldest rivals.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
Vulcans were probably not huge on intoxicants, which is why this recipe for a refreshing and mentally invigorating iced tea contains only a blend of three teas with verjus, the nonalcoholic juice of unripe wine grapes. It’s a great way to get some refreshment before a smug and self-satisfied meditation session.