It has been more than 40 years since the world first laid eyes on Luke, Leia, Solo, Chewie and their merry droid friends. (OK, maybe C-3PO is more maudlin than merry, but can you blame his fretful nature with so much unrest in the galaxy?) Since Disney took over the “Star Wars” machine in 2012, our appetite for the intergalactic gang has only grown stronger. This month will see the release of “Solo,” the 10th film in the franchise. To honor its release and, of course, celebrate May the Fourth, we have found a bounty hunter’s breadth of cocktails to keep your spirited adventures from dipping into the Dark Side.
Darth Mauled Pomegranate Cider
This warm, spicy drink from Brendan Costello at Burke’s Public House in Chicago is delicious enough to make even Grand Moff Tarkin grin with giddy pleasure. Plus, for the shaker-challenged, it’s pretty simple to whip up. “It’s so easy to make, you’re basically using the Force to do it for you,” says Costello.
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.)
Billy Atchison, the co-founder of Banjo Cold Brew Coffee in Atlanta, is a Jedi junkie. So much so that he created this cocktail in honor of the respected and unconventional, if thoroughly paranoid, Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn. “Sweetened cold-brew coffee gives it enough edge to win at any pod race,” says Atchison. “And the smooth gin plus lemon ensures that any Jedi could keep his cool when negotiations seem to be failing.”
The bartenders in the tasting room at the Bendistillery in Bend, Ore., are a band of “Star Wars”-loving devotees. This simple but potent whiskey-centric sipper pays tribute to the fiery temperament of Kylo Ren and his take-no-prisoners style of sabering with its ample use of spicy rye and puckery lime juice.