Nearing 40 years since Star Wars: A New Hope was released, the seventh installment in the imperative space saga now has the world dreaming of that galaxy far, far away.
To pay our respects to the legends of George Lucas—and to turn a blind eye to the movie spoilers aflutter—we’ve come up with edible homages inspired by the original trilogy.
The boys of Belle & Dragon put themselves in the original Star Wars film, going relatively incognito as bar operators of the Mos Eisley cantina on Tatooine. Space renegades, freight pilots, and shady alien races comprise the tavern’s regulars. Of them, the tandem of swindlers, Han Solo and co-pilot Chewbacca. The furry armed animal’s occasional fits at the bar have led to the creation of the Wookie’s Delight to calm him down: a puff pastry filled with beef sausages reduced in red wine, with garlic and onions, with a punch of heat from peppers, paprika, and cayenne.
Choice poisons at the cantina salute Jedi, and planet native, Luke Skywalker with the Tatooine Dream: a mix of absinthe, Southern Comfort, oranges, and drops of blue milk that seep into the egg white crown. But Mos Eisley’s crooks prefer the Darth Side, layers of Rittenhouse rye whiskey, Johnny Walker Double Black, a splash of absinthe, and creole bitters.
Dessert was created in honor of Han Solo: a milk chocolate Millennium Falcon emerging from a sticky Death Star dome, with caramel asteroids and chocolate stardust floating aimlessly through the vast unknown.
Dirty scums of the galaxy can head over to Belle & Dragon for a nightcap, but before that, a 10-hour dance break to the sound of the Cantina band: