May the 4th Be With You Cocktails

Can we make this a yearly thing? Because in brainstorming these four cocktails for you, I came up with like, 20 ideas. That’s what happens when one has the opposite of writer’s block. I have too many dang things to create. And so I shall. There is no try. There IS do. However, there is also I-didn’t-have-time-to-perfect-all-20-of-my-imagined-cocktails, so I am giving you the four I felt most solid about. Star Wars love is real, and (I like to think) evergreen, so please enjoy! Do or do not. You get it. BANTHA MILK-SHAKE All my life, I’ve wanted to have a glass of this blue milk, the output of female banthas, served on a few planets including Tatooine and Batuu. I decided to see if I could make ice cream and blue curaçao be friends, and you know what? I think I did. I’d smuggle this anywhere. I expected to have to tweak this more, but just a test or so, and this was the fun blue boozy milkshake that my taste buds crashed landed on. INGREDIENTS ¾ cup (8 oz) Vanilla ice cream ¼ (2 oz) Cup of milk ½ oz Blue curaçao ½ oz Blanco tequila Quick squeeze of lime PROCESS Blendy blend it all! Pour into whatever glass suits your style and pairs with cantina music, the style of which (google for yourself) in the Star Wars universe is known as…jizz. Don’t at me, look it up, just doing my journalistic job. DARK AND STORMTROOPER-Y Poor pathetic Stormtroopers—just a bunch of faceless drones armed in oddly spotless white armor, doing the bidding of the dark side. I figured an extra dark riff on the Dark and Stormy was in order. Maybe a little extra boozy so the bad guys don’t have full use of their faculties—wait does that make me the bad guy? To make this extra dark and boozy (and bitter) I added a touch of one of my favorite amaros, Ramazotti, along with a dash of black walnut bitters. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 oz. [Dark rum](Dark rum) (I used Whaler’s ) ½ oz Ramazotti Two dashes of Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters Ginger beer (I used Fever Tree) to top Lime wedge PROCESS Fill a tall glass with ice. In a mixing cup, stir the rum, Ramazotti, and bitters over ice then strain into the ice-filled glass. Top with ginger beer. Squeeze lime wedge on top and discard. JAVA THE HUTT Will all my Star Wars drinks be punny? Almost all. I think someone probably already made a Star Wars drink with this name, but this is my version. I wanted to do an espresso martini riff without going too off the rails. Since Jabba is not exactly a sweetheart, the bit of bitterness in limoncello seemed like a good plan. And it was. Love this drink. INGREDIENTS 2 oz. Vodka 1 oz. Mr. Black (you could probably use another coffee liqueur but this is my favorite) 1 oz. Cold-brew coffee Dash of limoncello PROCESS Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Pair with a hookah. YODA SODA This is essentially a tweaked Last Word, which hey, Yoda frequently has, no? I don’t love maraschino so added a lesser amount of St. Germain. And a dash, just a soupçon, of crème de menthe for color and a hint o’ mint, for those that will. All in all, this is so refreshing, as is the idea of following instinct and using intuit as opposed to kowtowing to algorithms. INGREDIENTS 1 oz. Gin 1 oz. Chartreuse 1 oz Lime juice ½ oz. St. Germain The tiniest dash of green crème de menthe —this is for color, but also if you don’t mind a bit of mint quite tasty—but please use precaution, don’t use a lot unless you want to only taste mint. Club soda to taste/fill this may be a process for you 2 Lime wedges, to garnish PROCESS Fill a glass with crushed ice. Shake all but the wedges with BIG ice and double strain into the glass. Top with club soda. How much you want may depend on your taste buds/how big your glass is, so if you taste this and think “meh, watered down”, maybe try a smaller glass and/or less club soda. Either way throw two lime wedges on either side of the glass to signify Yoda and/or baby Yoda ears.


Blanco Tequila

Ron R

We are not into hard liquor, but this was a treat to sip on. Sweet, herbal and layered. New to us and would certainly take another look at this - Sag Harbor..
— 4 years ago

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Ron R

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Hah! @Hanibal I used the term “liqueur” in this context as a simile. Primarily with regards to the weight and viscosity of this tequila. Apologies for any confusion caused.

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@Ron R ok that makes sense did not associate liquor with liqueur my bad 👍
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Next time we meet, remind my to tell you my U of Arizona stories.

St. Germain

Elderflower Liqueur

Discovered while sipping on a Elderflower Spritz in Venice, Italy. Now a staple poolside in or own back yard. — 6 years ago

Fever Tree

Ginger Beer

Moscow Mule anyone. — 9 years ago

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Les Pères Chartreux (L. Garnier)

Chartreuse Verte

Chartreuse Verte is my favorite digestif, so I felt it was due for a post.

The aroma is transportive. Like standing in a meadow of freshly cut grass and wild herbs in the summer. In your mouth, a silky progression of flavors unwind: the purest anise and sweet herbs, followed by a fierce bitter bite on the finish that balances the sweetness brilliantly.

I keep a bottle in the freezer and frequently enjoy a pour over a few cubes of ice.
— 4 years ago

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Josh Morgenthau

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@Joseph Barsky I know! You could probably run your car with it in a pinch if you needed to!
S.S. Mandani

S.S. Mandani

@Josh Morgenthau most def! I also love a light Spanish vermouth and club soda on the rocks. But one of my new favorite apertifs/digestifs has become Zirbenz and soda on a few rocks. Literally made from pinecones ha!
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@S.S. Mandani never heard of it! I wIll have to seek out a bottle.


Blue Curaçao Bleu Liquor

Adult lemon flavoured jelly beans.

A useful tip don't drink in public as it turns your teeth a startling blue colour. 🙄

•15% ABV• April 1, 2018
— 6 years ago

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I love making margaritas with blue curaçao!


@Ellen Clifford Appreciate your reply. May have to try in a margarita.🍹

Myers's Rum

Original Dark Rum

Best for egg nog and a fine multipurpose rum for mixed drinks. — 9 years ago


Blanco Tequila

Very good Tequila, perfect for sipping. A hint of mescal style smoky notes. — 5 years ago

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Jim Chen

Jim Chen

Have you tried the anejo?

MR. Black

Cold Press Coffee Liqueur

Unique purist cold brew blended w/ clean vodka. — 6 years ago



Made prosecco cocktails with this. Delish! — 7 years ago

De Kuyper

Blue Curaçao

Blue lagoon — 9 years ago