If you enjoy nerd culture and drinking, this is the book for you.
Nothing completes a movie night-in better than having a bowl of salty snacks nearby and a mixed drink in-hand. But why settle for a regular old vodka-cranberry or gin and tonic when you could be sipping a beverage inspired by your favorite geeky stars?
Andy Heidel, owner of The Way Station bar in Brooklyn and author of the new book The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy, has just the themed cocktails you need. Featuring over 100 simple (yet delicious) recipes inspired by beloved movies, this drink guide will become your go-to for boozy pop culture references.
Fans of cinema classics like Back to the Future will revel in references like “Doc B’s Wake-up Juice,” while others will be delighted by Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired drinks, such as “I Am Root. “ With something for every fandom, Heidel’s cheeky writing and easy-to-make cocktails make this book an essential for any nerdy bookshelf.
Below are individual reviews of a few of our favorite recipes that we tested from The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy. From sweet and playful to sophisticated with a hint of humor, we found something for everyone in these.
Shirley Temple of Doom
Typically known for being a drink for kids, this boozy version of a Shirley Temple is perfect for any lightweights at your Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom viewing party. A dash of syrupy maraschino cherry juice balances out bold-tasting rye, while bubbly ginger ale delivers a kick of spicy brightness.
Close Encounters of the Third Lime
Melt your face (and inhibitions) away with this kicky cocktail. Featuring jalapeño-infused tequila and zingy grapefruit juice, it’s a drink that looks innocent at first but bites back.
Cognac the Barbarian
Everyone’s favorite sword-swinger has his own intense cocktail. Cognac adds a serious punch of depth, while Grand Marnier and a splash of lemon juice balance the drink with irresistible citrusy flavor. Serve while praying to Crom.
The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy is available now on Amazon.com as a hardcover for $15 or as a Kindle edition for just $11.