Want to spice up your usual this Saturday? Drinking is always fun, whether alcohol is involved or not, but sometimes the same brew or cup of joe can get stagnant. Solution: themed drinks. Whether it’s from Star Wars, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, a good themed beverage adds a little fun to your cup while still being tasty. Click through for 10 of Urban Plains’ favorites:
By Evan Tonda
We saw it first when Luke was drinking it with his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Now, we can all acceptably drink Blue Milk and be known as Star Wars nerds. You can make Blue Milk by mixing 3 ounces of milk, 1 ounce of cream, 1 ounce of coconut rum, 1 ounce of amaretto, and 2 ounces of blue Curacao. Just be safe when fighting with lightsabers.
Since you can’t run down to Hogsmeade and grab a pint from Madame Rosmerta, now you can make this tasty wizarding treat yourself. Here’s how you do it: You’ll need 1 cup of club soda or cream soda, ½ cup butterscotch syrup and ½ tablespoon butter. Next, measure the butterscotch and butter into a 2 cup or 16-ounce glass. Microwave this on high for about 1 minute, or until the syrup is bubbly and the butter is fully mixed. Finally, stir and let it cool for 30 seconds, then slowly pour in the club soda and mix.
You might actually need Scottie to beam you up after throwing back a few of these drinks. It’s been called an instant drunk by everyone in Star Trek and apparently even the Klingons aren’t immune to its potency. But, if you’d like to test your luck, you can make it by mixing equal amounts of vodka, triple sec, blue Curacao and lemonade. Live long and prosper--by drinking responsibly.
Think you can drink Kara Thrace or Colonel Tigh of Battle Star Galactica under the table? It’s doubtful, but now is the chance to prove yourself. Mix 6 ounces of Midori, 4 ounces of blue Curacao and 2 ounces of lime juice. Add all the ingredients to a pitcher and add as much ice as possible. The recipe makes 36 ounces of frakking awesome-ness.
Enjoy a smooth cup of tea with Sam and Frodo on the way to Mordor. It’s a great way for you to keep from getting sick and it is essential to stay healthy when traveling across Middle Earth. Hell, one sign of weakness and Gollum will bite your finger off. So, here’s what you’ll need: juice of 2 lemons, 3-4 1/2 inch coins of fresh ginger, 1 clove of garlic, 3 sprigs of mint, 2 liters of filtered water, boiling unpasteurised honey, and echinaccia liquid extract. Next, place ginger, mint, and peeled garlic in a cheesecloth and tie it off. Add to boiling water and cook for 5 to 7 min. Then turn off the heat and add the lemon juice. Remove the spices and transfer to an insulated teapot. Next, into each cup, add a teaspoon of honey and echinaccia extract to the bottle’s instructions.
After knocking back a few pints of this stuff you’ll be ready to sing “The Man They Call Jayne” with Firefly’s Captain Mal Reynolds, second-in-command Zoe Washburne, pilot Wash and the townsfolk of Jaynestown in honor of Jayne Cobb. The recipe is: 1 part coffee liqueur (Kahlua), 1 part irish creme (Bailey’s), 1 part vodka (Smirnoff triple distilled) and 2 parts milk.
This drink is apparently like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick according to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Hmm. Sounds like a fine time, right? Here’s the recipe: 1 tablespoon gin, 1 tablespoon light rum, 1 tablespoon vodka, 1 tablespoon tequila, 2 tablespoons creme de menthe liqueur, 2 tablespoons Galliano, 1 cup ice cubes and 1 slice lemon. Have fun in the morning.
The Hogwarts house elves will have nothing on you when you serve your guests this Halloween treat. To make get 2 cups of pumpkin, chopped up into chunks, 2 cups of apple juice, ½ cup of pineapple juice, 1 teaspoon of honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and/or allspice (all ground, to taste). Then juice the pumpkin pieces by squeezing or using a juicer. Next, pour the pumpkin juice, apple juice and pineapple juice into a blender. After that, add the honey and mix. Lastly, add the spices, chill, and drink your fill.
Who you going to call for a good time? Ghostbusters! And once you drink enough of this tasty beverage you may get a dose of some freaky ghosts. The ingredients are: 3/4 cup of orange juice, no pulp, 3/4 cup of tangerine juice, no pulp, 1 packet of orange Kool-Aid/Flavor-aid, 1 packet of tangerine Kool-Aid/Flavor-aid, 1 teaspoon of instant lemonade mix, 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar, enough water to fill the container, 10 drops of green food dye and 5 drops of blue food dye. The directions are: Make sure you combine the juices (Kool-Aid, sugar and instant lemonade mix) together in the pitcher. Once you’ve done that, mix in the sugar until it dissolves and then fill the pitcher with water. Then drop in the food color and mix until it’s repulsively green. Perfect. Finally, chill the drink for about an hour and then be ready to drink. The whole recipe makes about a gallon of ghastly fun.
After a day of rasping out “my precious” at people, you might need this tasty, yet soothing, concoction that Andy Serkis (pictured), the actor who played Gollum in Lord of the Rings, created. The drink is made of honey, lemon, and ginger and is perfect to soothe the sorest and most tender vocal cords. The recipe is: 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon fresh ginger diced, 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of honey, a dash of cinnamon if you’d like. The directions are: in a microwaveable container, add the water and ginger. Place the container in the microwave on high for one minute. The water should begin to turn a golden color as it heats. Next, strain the mixture and add the lemon and honey, mixing thoroughly. Return to the microwave for another 30 seconds. Finally, add cinnamon if desired. Drink up.