May the Fourth Be With You
Today is Star Wars Day and I'm not ashamed to admit it, I fricken love Star Wars... well... the originals movies for sure... well... Han shot first, I've blanked out Jar Jar Binks (plus the middle movies, TBH they won't get a second viewing), and while the new movies are floating my boat, it's just not in the same way as the originals, ya know?
ANYWAY, for my ultimate booze nerd meets Star Wars nerd moment, here's what I reckon the Star Wars crew tuck into when they're off duty:
Darth has a tough job, you know? He doesn’t need to come home to any negativity. He likes to put his feet up, with his slippers on, and watch the 6 o’clock news with a glass of claret. Killing is thirsty work. He uses a straw.
Anakin Skywalker (Later Darth Vader, he was Anakin before he went to the Dark Side)
In his younger, happier, less jaded days, Anakin was totally across the cocktail scene. His drink of choice? A Trad Manhattan. Rye whisky, Italian vermouth and Angostura bitters. Strong, dry, and refined.
Princess Leia Organa
Whisky (Single Malt only) on the rocks. This gal is refined, but she strong. She did like the Earth beer homage to her by Hop Nation called Jedi Juice though. That was a good one.
Like his sister Leia, Luke can’t go past a whisky. But on his days off, he doesn’t mind a glass of Premier Cru Burgundy (he’d totally drink Grand Cru but being a Jedi doesn’t pay THAT well). A love of wine runs in the family, and even though in his private moments he considers his father to be “a claret drinking peasant” he can absolutely get around a glass of claret too, he just doesn’t make that public.
Han Solo (aka Han Yolo)
Grey Goose vodka. In his early years, he was definitely partial to a hip flask which he’d carry around in his leather jacket – and he’d usually just have Arak. It was cheap and it got the job done. These days he’s got a big 1.75L bottle of Goose stashed under the control desk on the Millennium Falcon. Chewie has tried to hide it before, and it did not go well. Even though Chewie was just trying to help, because he is a loyal and dedicated friend.
Chewie actually doesn’t have a very sensitive palate. So what seasoned craft beer drinkers would whistle in disbelief at, well, things are just getting started for our mate Chewie. He’s partial to the Hart & Thistle Hop Mess MonsterV2.0, with an IBU of 1066. Just quietly, he does get a little offended when strangers label him as being ‘dumb’ though, and would like to point out that even though he can handle the high IBU with ease, he can also correctly identify all 6 different hop varieties used to make the beer.
Gin and tonic. Hold the tonic. Slice of fresh lime. If there is no gin available he will also be happy with a canister of engine oil, and a screwdriver to tighten up the old joints.
LOVES it when things are done according to protocol. He doesn’t like surprises or risk. C-3PO, when he drinks (and it is only half a glass on Saturday afternoons) will usually just have a shandy.
You might think green tea, we sure did. But no. The thirst is strong in this one. Yoda likes the honesty of Emu Export. Pretentious, it is not. And we’ve just heard that he wishes to clarify – just because he meditates, it does not mean he drinks green tea. Actually, he usually goes for a long mac, 3/4 topped up.
Champagne. Vintage blanc de blancs. He prefers houses with prestige and history, but not those who are obvious, or overdone. He is not a Ruinart NV kind of guy. He prefers Dom Ruinart, or Krug Clos de Mesnil, or Salon, or even the rare Cristal Bdbs. He’s a wise and skilled Jedi-master, and has been around long enough to know what he likes. Don’t insult him and offer him Moet. Please.
While the Imperial Stormtrooper army are restricted to Diet Coke only, Captain Phasma (commander of the First Order's force of Stormtroopers) does enjoy a cold glass of Mueller Thurgau. She likes that it is clean, white and fresh. It helps her think when she is planning attacks. It can get quite tiring, so the typically lower alcohol is a bonus.
These deadly little guys just can’t go past an Aperol Spritz. Especially Paploo. He had a special wineglass holder retrofit on his Speederbike that he unceremoniously stole from the Imperial scout troopers. Even though the Ewoks have rules against drink driving, Paploo doesn’t care. He’s always been risqué like that.