It has been 40 years since the world first laid eyes on Luke, Leia, Solo, Chewie and their merry droid friends. (OK, maybe C-3PO is a bit more maudlin than merry, but can you blame his fretful nature with so much unrest in the galaxy?) And as Episode VIII hits theaters this month, it appears our fascination with “Star Wars” has hardly waned.
While you probably wouldn’t be super stoked at the quality of drinks served at Chalmun’s Cantina on planet Tatooine, we’ve found a bounty hunter’s breadth of creative cocktails to keep your spirited adventures from dipping into the Dark Side. Bonus: Lightsabers make excellent bar spoons.
Drink Me, You Will
Bryan Gall of Portland, Ore.’s Bacchus Bar at Kimpton Hotel Vintage uses a bright bunch of smashed basil to give this Yoda-inspired drink its requisite gasp of green, reminiscent of the Jedi master’s lovely skin tone. Sage simple syrup is a natural nod to Yoda’s wisdom, and a couple of those leaves make a nice, perky Yoda ear garnish too.
A well-made cocktail can take you from cranky to calm in a mere sip. This drink created by the talented Timothy Minor of Brooklyn’s beloved Long Island Bar promises to do such things, even if you’re feeling as rattled as a gnarly-toothed rancor. Minor actually created the cocktail as a nod to his brother-in-law, who’s fond of giving family members disposition-appropriate “Star Wars” nicknames. “My brother-in-law Joey Carnevale, is called The Rancor because he can be, well, unpredictable. He’s also particularly fond of a well-mixed bourbon cocktail.”
The Frost Awakens
What could melt the slick, seemingly frosty demeanor of a stoic storm trooper? Well, for starters, Ryan Morris, the general manager of Venkman’s in Atlanta, thinks one must start with rum. Of course! Sometimes, when the weather calls in the balmy South, he likes to run this tropically tweaked tipple through his on-premises slushy machine. But you can shake it up, too.
Life may be all sunshine and Disney magic in Orlando, but at Taverna Opa, bartender Alex Attart likes to take a walk on the dark side of life. Here, his homage to the imperial superweapon 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 regular cubes will do just fine.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
Java the Hutt
Bartender Chris Cheng of Westroot Tavern in San Diego professes a distaste for puns but couldn’t resist employing one for this decadent made with horchata vodka and cold-brew coffee. And as his city is home to an installment of the world’s biggest fantasy fest, Comi-Con, it’s only fitting that he’s ready to whip out a few George Lucas–loving cocktails faster than a nimble little Grand Master Yoda employs a lightsaber.