The Star Wars series is filled with beloved minor details and easter eggs. Among diehard fans of the space opera, topping that list of insider nods is blue milk. Blue milk is the wholesome beverage that young Luke drinks with his guardians Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru before beginning his journey in Episode IV. Audience appreciation was so high that the beverage has been making dozens cameo appearances across the canon ever since. But, now, blue milk is not just fictional canon, it’s real!
This week, a preview for Disney’s uber-hyped, new Galaxy’s Edge (‘Star Wars land’ to us) theme park featured an extensive rundown of the drinks from a galaxy far, far away that will be offered.
For starters, the park will offer lots of that milk. In the New Order occupied sector of the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu (right by the new TIE Echelon fighter), you will be able to buy chilled blue milk from a pushcart. It’s will also be available in cocktail form at Oga’s Cantina (more on that later).
Of course, in The Last Jedi, we saw an older, jaded Skywalker savoring the beverage of his childhood while in self-imposed exile on Anch-To. However, this milk is green, produced by the native thala-sirens. You’ll be able to drink this variation at the park as well!
Still, there is the question of what exactly is blue (or green) milk.
“I will tell you it’s not actually milk,” said Scott Trowbridge, the Imagineering exec helming the project. “If you’re walking around Florida in the middle of August, the last thing you want is, uh, a huge glass of milk.”
The Disney folks plan to actually be selling a plant based dairy (basically rice milk) that’s been sweetened and infused with melon and berry flavors. (The green milk has citrus notes.) Plans call for it to be served ‘soft-frozen.’ So, you’ll essentially be looking at a smoothie.
The milks will be alcohol free, but that doesn’t mean all the beverages will lack punch. In fact, Galaxy’s Edge will be the first place in the SoCal Disneyland location to sell booze.
Logically, the adult beverages will be sold at the Cantina. Hard offerings will include the Bloody Rancor (a Bloody Mary riff tarnished with a meringue bone), Bespin Fizz (apparently, a rum and juice sour), and Fuzzy Tauntaun (more or less a fuzzy naval). There’s also a planned Outer Rim and Yub Nub; we’re not sure about their ingredients.
The Cantina promises another easter egg for devotees. RX-24, (a.k.a. Rex) the not-so-swift droid voiced by Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) is coming back. Rex first appeared as the pilot of the Star Tours ride in 1987, but will soon reappear (still voiced by Reubens) to fulfill his life’s dream of spinning vinyl, er, silicon.
“He’s such an endearing character for a lot of Disney fans because he makes mistakes,” explained Margaret Kerrison, managing story editor with Walt Disney Imagineering. “He’s not perfect at his job, and we can all understand that. Some days are rougher than others, and now Rex is reprogrammed to be a DJ in the Cantina because Oga needed entertainment.”
If the Rex bit makes you feel like you drank too much, fear not. Disney will be fully onboard with the no-proof trend.
The blue milk mocktail at Oga’s is obviously planned as the signature offering. Dubbed the Blue Bantha, the play on cookies and milk will arrive topped with a sugar cookie and a rice crisp… and a Bantha horn molded in frosting.
Other alcohol free options at Oga’s include Oga’s Obsession, the Cliff Dweller, and the liquid nitrogen heavy Carbon Freeze.
In downtown Blanc Spire, one can find a sit-down meal at Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs’ Docking Bay 7. Cookie works his magic in a Sienar-Chall Utilipede Transport hovering above the guests, but the drinks are a little more to down to e̶a̶r̶t̶h̶ Batuu.
Here, the drink list will focus on a space age juice bar. Guests will have the option to cool down with either a refreshing Phattro or Moof Juice served in a Collins Glass on the rocks.
That’s about all we know so far about the drinks. Yet, it’s worth noting that the park will feature two other eateries.
Ronto Roasters will serve up ronto meat (actually pork) spit roasted over a modified pod racer engine by a droid. And outside of city walls, one will find Kat Saka’s Kettle, where the Saka family farms and pops a space-grain into something a lot like spiced up popcorn.
Although, the new drinks hail from a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the new parks are set to open very, very soon in a them park near, near to you—summer 2019 for Disneyland, fall 2019 at Disney World. Always in motion is the future.