May These Star Wars Cocktails Be With You on May the Fourth

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Forget Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby — there’s only one holiday this weekend that we’re concerned with, and that’s May 4th. Excuse us — May the Fourth. The unofficially official Star Wars holiday is a time of pure nerd-dom. It falls on a Friday this year, so you have every excuse to binge your favorite movie in the series, load up on some snacks, and sip on Star Wars-themed drinks.

Wait, you don’t have any recipes ready? Then let us oblige you with our house-made Star Wars cocktails, as well as a few suggestions for awesome barware that will pair well with your drink. You should recognize the inspiration for most of these somewhat unique concoctions.

Tatooine Sunrise

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It’s like a Tequila Sunrise, but with twice the fun. And by twice the fun, we mean twice the suns.

  • 1 part tequila
  • 2 parts orange
  • 2 maraschino cherries to garnish
  • Grenadine syrup to taste

Method: Pour the tequila and orange juice into a chilled glass. Slowly add grenadine syrup (we recommend starting with a spoonful) until it pools at the bottom of the glass; continue adding syrup to your desire level of sweetness. Garnish with two maraschino cherries (get it?).

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Qui-Gon Jinn and Tonic

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We like to imagine that, before he met his demise at the burning end of a two-ended lightsaber, Qui-Gon was the kind of guy who enjoyed a gin and tonic (or six). He does return as a spirit (read: Force Ghost), after all.

  • 1 part gin
  • 2 parts tonic water (or 1 part — we won’t judge)
  • Lime to garnish

Method: Pour the gin and tonic into a glass over ice. If desired, squeeze a bit of lime into the drink before garnishing. Warning: May cause belief in midichlorians.

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Darth Collins

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A Tom Collins is a tall, refreshing gin and lemon drink. Due to its crush-ability, the cocktail has inspired several spin-offs: John Collins (whiskey), Juan Collins (tequila), Ron Collins (rum), and so on. Meet their evil cousin that turned to the Dark Side, Darth Collins.

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • Soda water to top
  • Straw to make Darth Vader noises with

Method: Pour vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a tall glass with ice. Stir. Top with soda water. Serve with straw.

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Dark Side N’ Stormy

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When you’re sitting around plotting the demise of the Jedi Council, the Rebel Alliance, the Galactic Republic, or the New Republic (depending on which timeline you’re in), you need a few rum drinks to kick back.

  • 1 part dark rum
  • 3 parts extra gingery ginger beer
  • Fresh lime

Method: Pour the rum and ginger beer into a glass over ice. If desired, squeeze a wedge of fresh lime into the drink, then garnish. Try not to kill any younglings.

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Hot Tauntaun

When it’s cold as Hoth outside, curl up inside the digestive track of a hot tauntaun. Or curl up inside with cup of Hot Tauntaun. Your choice.

  • 1 part whiskey
  • 2 parts hot water
  • 2 tsp sugar (preferably dark, like Demerara)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Cinnamon stick and lemon slice to garnish

Method: Add whiskey, hot water, sugar, and lemon to a mug. Stop there, or stir with a cinnamon stick and garnish with a lemon slice for flair.

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And if this isn’t quite enough Star Wars for you, you can also get fit with Darth Vader kettlebells and a Death Star slam ball, get a galactic trim with these themed shavers, or hop in this home-built life-size TIE silencer.

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