In this episode of “How to Drink,” show host Greg Titian teaches us how to make the cocktail version of the Blue Milk we see in Star Wars episode 4, A New Hope, and which can also be found at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge. May the Force be with you!
The Blue Milk of Star Wars is of course actually Tatooine Bantha milk and is a stable around the Lars family table where Luke Skywalker grew up. It made its debut in the 1977 film Star Wars ( did you know that “A New Hope” wasn’t added to the title until the 1981 theatrical rerelease? Well now you do) and ever since then homemade versions of Blue Milk have been a right of passage for all the geeks who trek down the long dark road to long time ago in a galaxy far far away. Disney of course has opened Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge both at Walt Disney World Florida and Disney Land California, and they serve Blue Bantha Milk at both locations. Since Disney owns Star Wars, the theme park milk must now be canon, so the only thing a true nerd can do now is recreate it, anything else belongs in the expanded universe! I managed to get down to Galaxy’s Edge over the summer and I spent a lot of time taste testing the blue milk to try to discern it’s flavors, and I had a really hard time with it. It wasn’t until I found a leaked image online of the ingredients listing on the powder they use to make the stuff that I had a break through. Though the packaging implied that the primary flavor should be Dragon Fruit, my experiments with it yielded nothing that was even remotely close to what they served at Walt Disney World. The ingredients list was instructive in a lot of other ways though, and helped me zero in on the secret ingredient here: Orange Blossom Water. That really did the trick in my opinion. Beyond that it’s just a question of how to turn this stuff into a slushie, but you’ve got several options. I went the liquid nitrogen route because I can, it’s fast, and it looks cool. But you could also freeze some of the mix into ice cubes, combine it in a blender with some non-frozen stuff and frappe it up.
10 oz. -or- 300 ml. Rice Milk
.75 cup -or- 150 g Sugar
.5 oz. -or- 15 g coconut oil
6 drops of Orange Blossom Water
Pinch of Citric Acid (optional)
Pinch of Blue Spirulina
blend to incorporate thoroughly
Freeze to a slushie using your preferred method