Having a Star Wars Movie Marathon? Are you of legal drinking age?
Then welcome to what is probably the most valuable contribution we’ve made to the Star Wars fandom to date. Our friend and listener @MichaelColten sent us a totally awesome question for the show and we had so much fun with it in Episode 14, we thought we’d share it here too for easy reference.
And we want to hear your thoughts! Comment below or tweet at us @forcetoastpod and give us your movie-drink pairing!
I’d love to hear your drink pairing for each movie. My GF and I are doing a once-a-week rewatch in the runup to an in-concert Empire showing so I think it’d be fun to have a drink pairing or beer choice per movie. Cheers!
The Phantom Menace
Laura: White wine. Naboo and Tatooine present us with a lot of warm climates and between all the politics, Senator Palpatine and Queen Amidala, there’s a lot of formality featured in the film. I’m keeping it cool and classy.
Alyce: Something light, young and fun like a Dirty Shirley/Shirley Temple Black (Shirley Temple with the booze). Try spinning, that’s a good trick!
Attack of the Clones
Alyce: French Martini (pineapple juice, vodka and Chambord with a curly orange garnish). My favorite drink for my favorite movie. It’s also pretty, like Naboo.
Laura: Absinthe. So you can hallucinate hard enough that it actually makes it a good movie.
Revenge of the Sith
Laura: Guinness or an IPA. It’s a heavy movie (slaughtering younglings and all) so I’d go with something with a heavy body.
Alyce: There’s a lot of dark in this one, so I’m going with a dark red blend or Syrah.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Alyce: PB&J (PBR with a shot of Jameson on the side). It’s fun and casual, just like the vibe I get from Solo.
Laura: Snake Bite/Black Velveteen. It’s half Guinness, half hard cider. You change directors, I mean drinks, halfway through. (Too soon?)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Laura: Rebels from the Rebellion are rebelling against the Rebellion to steal something that isn't theirs. On the surface, it sounds like a pirate movie, so I'll go with a Rum Daiquiri.
Alyce: Guinness, gallons of Guinness. This one goes DARK.
A New Hope
Alyce: A cucumber vodka cocktail - something refreshing that’s just a happy palette cleanser to kick off the OT.
Laura: Beer. I’d go light, cheap lager. Chalmun’s cantina is so classic and so divey and if you stick with something light, you can just camp out at the bar all day (or all night. Honestly, what else are you going to do to kill time on Tatooine?)
The Empire Strikes Back
Laura: Hot toddy or mulled wine. Between Hoth, the cold vastness of space and the breezy elevation on Cloud CIty, fix yourself something warm and cozy
Alyce: A traditional drink for the traditional fan favorite. Something like bourbon or scotch on the rocks – Star Wars rocks, of course.
Return of the Jedi
Alyce: Hurricane, because why not? It’s a famous New Orleans cocktail consisting of rum, passion fruit, orange and lime juices, simple syrup and grenadine with a garnish of orange slices and cherries. It’s got a good mix of everything, just like RotJ.
Laura: Hard Cider (dry). With all the scenes on Endor and the bonfire celebrations at the end, Bright Tree Village probably smells like burning leaves and Autumn, which always makes me crave hard cider.
The Force Awakens
Laura: French 75 (Gin, lemon and simple syrup topped with champagne). It’s earthy, floral, herbal and so, so refreshing. Gin is my dad’s go-to drink, so for me, it’s always had a very nostalgic element to it.
Alyce: The Force is awakening, and the ultimate wake-up drink is a Mimosa. Add tequila for an extra punch.
The Last Jedi
Alyce: Jager Bombs galore! Just toss that Jager shot into a big ol’ cup of Red Bull. We’ve got the red for Crait, and the bombs for… well, you know. RIP Blue Squadron.
Laura: Red Wine (medium to heavy bodied). Red definitely fits the color palette of the film, but it’s also kind of a heavy story to take in (Battle of D’Qar, the deaths of the Resistance's leadership on the Raddus, Grumpy Balls Luke. You get it.)
What do you think? Do you have a go-to beverage pairing for any or all of the Star Wars films? Join the conversation and send us your comments/tweets/DMs/emails!