Years before I started working in events at Lucasfilm, I worked in the kitchen at Skywalker Ranch. I’ve since traded a chef’s knife for a laptop, but every once in a while I get to play in the kitchen again.
To help celebrate May the 4th I was asked to create some recipes for Star Wars-themed mocktails. Each drink had to combine fun Star Wars elements into something delicious to drink. Challenge accepted!
First up is the classic Star Wars drink, Blue Milk. At some point, every kid decides to be like Luke Skywalker and adds a little food coloring to their glass of milk. For this project, I wanted to improve on the idea. By using unsweetened powdered drink mix plus a little sugar, I was able to make Blue Milk that looks cool and tastes like the milk left in the bowl after you eat your cereal. I think Aunt Beru would approve.
Yoda Soda was inspired by my first job, working in an ice cream shop. As part my journey to becoming a Soda Master I spent a lot of time working out different combinations of ice cream, syrup, and soda. It’s hard to go wrong with fizzy drinks and ice cream! Part of the fun of the Yoda Soda is watching the color change. As the sherbet melts into the soda, the drink goes from pale to bright Yoda green.
Greedo Fauxito is my twist on the classic Mojito. Greedo is shown as a tough guy, but I think it’s more complicated than that. The drink he inspired takes flavors of freshly squeezed lime juice and lots of fresh mint combined into something fresh and unexpected. If Greedo had had one of these he would have been too distracted to shoot first.
Tatooine Sunset was inspired by Luke’s home planet. Since I couldn’t figure out how to make a drink look like it had twin suns, I went with the next best thing and tried to recreate the colors of the sky. This drink uses the basic idea of separated layers as seen in the classic cocktail, the Tequila Sunrise. It looks fancy, but it’s really quite easy. The trick is to add the grenadine slowly, and you’ll get the cool layered effect.
Once you make these drinks, try creating your own!
Kristen Hidalgo works in events at Lucasfilm, wrangling Stormtroopers and planning cool stuff for Celebration. Her mom made her a cake shaped like a TIE Fighter for her 7th birthday.