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Our Thirst Awakens For These 'Star Wars'-Themed Cocktails

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Han bragging about the Kessel Run at La Cuevita (Photo courtesy 1933 Group)
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With all the excitement over this week's release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we could use a drink to calm us down. Thankfully, several bars around town are offering special, limited-edition Star Wars-themed cocktails. From a rum-soaked Tai Fighter to a refreshing Kessel Run with mezcal, here are the best Star Wars-themed cocktails around town to keep you from going over to the Dark Side (unless, of course, that's where you'd like to go).

La Cuevita

This Highland Park hideaway is feeling the force with the Killiks ($10), which features Mezcal Espadin, Ancho Reyes Liqueur, orange juice, Cherry Heering and a pinch of turmeric. The name of the drink is inspired by the "sentient insectoid species" who inhabit the sands of Alderaan, obviously. They'll also be mixing up The Kessel Run ($10)—a nod to the legendary smugglers route completed by Han Solo in less than 12 parsecs—which includes Mezcal Espadin Blanco, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, lime juice and Crème de Violette. The special drinks will be available until Dec. 20.

La Cuevita is located at 5922 N Figueroa St., Highland Park, (323) 255-6871

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Thirsty Crow

As a nod to Luke Skywalker's iconic fight with the blood-thirsty, white-furred Wampa in The Empire Strikes Back, the team at Thirsty Crow devised the Wampa Punch ($10). A spin on a classic eggnog, the drink includes light coconut milk, Caña Brava Rum, Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao, Liquor 43 and egg white. The Wampa is available until Dec. 20. A couple of these will make you feel warm enough to survive an ice cave on Hoth.


Thirsty Crow is located at 2939 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, (323) 661-6007

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The Tai Fighter at Big Bar (Photo by Eugene Lee/LAist)
Big Bar

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On Dec. 17—moments before the film's midnight release—head over to Big Bar in Los Feliz, where the talented bar team will be mixing up Star Wars-inspired cocktails—while wearing Storm Trooper and Darth Vader costumes no less. Their Darkside-themed mixology mixtape—created by Mike Capoferri—will feature sinister hits like the Tai Fighter, which features Cynar 70, Appleton Estate rum, Pierre ferrand dry curacao, lime and orgeat. There's also the Improved Death Star 3.0 with Russell's Rye 6, Campari, and Frangelico; or The Dark Saber with gin, Aperol, lime and grapefruit soda. You can also order up the Han Shot first, which includes a shot of Averna liqueur with a pilsner and a Star Wars Lego character as a garnish. Costumes are, of course, welcome. All of the drinks are $10.

Big Bar is located at 1927 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, (323) 644-0100

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Blue Milk at Sassafras (Photo courtesy of 1933 Group)
Sassafras Saloon

While you may not be on Tattoine, Hollywood's Sassafras Saloon will be serving Blue Milk ($8)—also known as the Bantha Milk, popular around the Outer Rim planets. The drink features coconut cream, Beefeater 24, Blue Curaçao, Giffard Vanilla Syrup, orgeat, pineapple juice and lime juice, and offers an unmistakable blue hue. Available until Dec. 20.

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Sassafras Saloon is located at 1233 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, (323) 467-2800

Viceroy Santa Monica's Cast Lounge

The Cast Lounge will also be serving up a nod to Han Solo's infamous Kessel Run record with Less Than 12 Parsecs ($14). The drink is made with Bacardi, Cointreau Noir, house-made sweet tea and fresh lemonade. They'll also be pouring the cleverly titled Java the Hutt, which includes espresso, vanilla vodka, Kahlua and Bailey's. Both drinks are available until the end of the year.

Cast Lounge is located at the Viceroy at 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 260-7511

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The 'Star Wars' line-up at Catch & Release (Photo courtesy of Catch & Release/Sprout LA)
Catch & Release

This Marina del Rey seafood spot will be pouring a full menu of Star Wars cocktails until Dec. 20, each for $10. Catch & Release is far from a wretched hive of scum and villainy, but you can still sip the Mos Eisley Cantina Honey Sour with tequila, lemon, honey, and flamed grapefruit peel; or there's the Dark Side Buck with Kraken Rum, lime juice, ginger syrup and soda. On the "lighter" side, there's the Cuke Skywalker with vodka, cucumber, mint, simple syrup and lime; or the Qui-Gon Jinn Rickey with gin, lime, simple syrup and soda. Then there's the Han Shot First with a shot of Old Overholt Rye and a 310 Blonde or Saint Archer Blonde. For something a bit sweeter, you can order up the Wookies & Cream, a cacao-infused Sailor Jerry, honey and cream. If you happen to come in with your Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie stub, you'll also get a 10 percent discount on the drinks. You also may find yourself with a new (temporary) tattoo of an AT-AT or the Death Star (though not one of Tatooine, sadly).

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Catch & Release is located 13488 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey, (310) 893-6100

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The 'Star Wars' cocktails at Ace Hotel (Photo courtesy of Ace Hotel)

Ace Hotel
LA Chapter, the restaurant at Ace Hotel DTLA, is also getting in on the Star Wars party with a special Mos Eisley Cantina menu. There's the tiki-influenced the Scruffy Lookin' Nerf Herder with Elijah Craig Bourbon, Ancho Reyes, ginger, plum wine, lime, and Moroccan bitters, the General Leia with Rhum JM 100, St. George citrus vodka, coconut cream, coconut water, honey, lime, and Angostura; and the bright-red Knights of Ren, which includes Bacardi 8 yr, Mt. Gay Black Barrel, St-Germain, Torres Orange, Peychaud's and absinthe. They will also be serving up a delicious-sounding menu with clever dishes like Boba Fettuccine with ricotta, Brussels sprout leaves, charred cauliflower; the Han Burger with dry-aged beef, onion jam, arugula and Gruyere cheese; and the Death Star chocolate cake with buttermilk ice cream, white chocolate dome and hot caramel.

Ace Hotel is located at 929 S Broadway, downtown L.A., (213) 623-3233