If you consider yourself the ultimate Star Wars fan—collecting Tauntaun sleeping bags and $950 custom lightsabers—have someone save your spot in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens line so you can be free to drink all the cocktails inspired by the movie. Hey, it’s the next best thing to actually drinking in Mos Eisley Cantina. These babies range from classics simply christened with a Star Wars-themed name to specialty drinks actually created around a concept like, “What would Han drink?”
From now through the 20th not only will Catch & Release be running a Star Wars–themed cocktail menu but it will play the movie series at the bar and give a 10 percent discount for those who flash their Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie stub. Bar manager and drinks creator Talia Gallina is a huge Star Wars fan—she has AT-AT and Death Star tattoos—and her cocktail names are a masterful marriage of the Star Wars and cocktail universes. If any drinks on this list would be served at the Mos Eisley Cantina, it’d be these.
Mos Eisley Cantina Honey Sour: Tequila, lemon, honey, flamed grapefruit peel
Dark Side Buck: Kraken Rum, lime juice, ginger syrup, soda
Cuke Skywalker: Vodka, cucumber, mint, simple syrup, lime
Qui-Gon Jinn Rickey: Gin, lime, simple syrup, soda
Wookies & Cream: Cacao infused Sailor Jerry, honey, cream
Han Shot First: Shot of Old Overholt Rye and a 310 blonde or Saint Archer Blonde
Ace Hotel DTLA Beverage Manager Dan Sabo didn’t just slap names onto his drinks but thought seriously about the concept of each one. “The Nerf Herder is meant to be a pirate’s drink, something vaguely Tiki but with the idea that it’s something Han would drink,” says Sabo. General Leia, an all-white cocktail meant to emulate Leia dressed in white in A New Hope, “slowly reveals itself to be a potent drink, powerful and complex,” like the princess. And The Knights of Ren is a Vieux Carre variation, “a bit bastardized (which is the rumor of what Kylo Ren and his crew are doing with The Force and The Dark Side). Plus, the drink is electric red in color and a bit prickly, just like Kylo Ren’s lightsaber.”
Themed cocktails are 1933 Group’s forte so they definitely rose to the challenge with their collection of galactic libations.
Sassafras Saloon’s Blue Milk: coconut cream, Beefeater 24, Blue Curaçao, Giffard vanilla Syrup, orgeat, pineapple juice, lime juice.
Thirsty Crow’s Wampa Punch: Light coconut milk, Cana Brava Rum, Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao, Licor 43. Inspired by Luke Skywalker’s memorable encounter with a Wampa, this one packs a punch.
La Cuevita’s Killiks (Mezcal Espadin, Ancho Reyes liqueur, orange juice, Cherry Heering, pinch of turmeric) and The Kessel Run (Mezcal Espadin Blanco, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, lime juice, Crème de Violette)
On Thursday, before the movie, pregame at Big Bar. The Los Feliz bar is going all out celebrating with a Darkside-themed mixtape night. Partying padawans may be wary of the dark playlist and Storm Trooper bartenders but it’s all in good fun. But definitely watch out for that specialty cocktail, the Tai Fighter. It’s made with Cynar 70, Appleton rum, dry curacao, and lime. According to bartender Eugene Lee, there’s “no better exhibition of evil than the black (arti-choke you like Admiral Motti ) heart of the Cynar 70.”
At the Viceroy Santa Monica’s Cast Lounge, the mixologists created a rum cocktail based on Han Solo’s most infamous boast. Made with Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum, Cointreau Noir, housemade sweet tea, and fresh lemonade, it’s said to go down quick and easy. There’s also a Java the Hutt coffee cocktail made with espresso, vanilla vodka, Kahlua, and Baileys.