About Floating Yoda Cocktail
Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun whipping up recipes with a pop culture spin, so it probably comes to no surprise that I took full advantage of May the Fourth and whipped up on of my favorite Star Wars cocktails. Because c’mon you guys, it’s STAR WARS we’re talking about here. You know you wish you were sensitive to the force (either the dark or the light, I don’t judge.)
There are a lot of Star Wars themed drinks out there, just like there are also plenty of white Russian variations, but this fun combination of Kahlua and milk (with a scoop of mint ice cream!) looks just like Yoda in is Jedi robes.
And what’s better than Star Wars recipes that honors the best Jedi Master there ever was?
I still remember the first time I ever saw Star Wars. I was 9 or 10, and my best friend had moved to another town, so when her birthday rolled around my mother drove me up north so that I could attend her slumber party. I was super excited to see my friend, but the only (teeny tiny) downside? All those other girls in attendance who were complete strangers to me. Not that there was anything “wrong” with these girls – they were the new friends of my best friend, so they all had an inherited stamp of approval – I just wasn’t what you’d call a social butterfly, and all those new faces were very intimidating.
But despite that, I’m proud to say that I managed to get through the first day and the following evening in one piece (and wouldn’t you know it, but I even had a little fun). When the next morning rolled around and the party was starting to die down, some of the girls who were still at the house wanted to watch a movie. It’s been so long that I can’t remember exactly what was said, but the general gist of it was this: someone suggested we watch Star Wars and I admitted I’d never seen it.
The next thing I knew, all those intimidating faces were now looking directly at me, shouting “WHAT?” and “No way!” and “You’ve GOT to watch it!”
And so I agreed to watch it, partly because I was in a state of social shock and partly because I was really curious. I had no interest in the movie, but if these girls thought it was that important that I watch it? Well, okay. I’ll give it a shot. What’s the worse that could happen?
It was that day that a life-long obsession with Star Wars was born.
So, that’s how I saw Star Wars for the first time: sitting in my best friend’s basement on an old, rough couch, surrounded by blankets and pillows and girls I didn’t know.
Most of the other girls talked and didn’t pay attention to the movie, but me?
I was captivated.
I was transfixed.
I remember it all so clearly and yet it’s still hard to put into words. It’s one of those “everyday” memories that probably doesn’t seem special to anyone else, but to me, there’s a certain feeling to that moment that’s still so vivid, even after all these years. The way the couch felt, the way the light came through the window, the shape of the room – all these random little details that stick with you when you experience something awesome for the first time.
And every time I watch the original trilogy I get a little bit of that feeling back.
That’s exactly what I’ll be doing today – binge watching through all seven movies and going through all the feels.
Because of course I own every movie all on blu-ray.
Would you expect anything less?
notes & tips for white Russian variations like this one
- This Kahlua and milk cocktail is written like a standard drink recipe, meaning that instead of an exact measurement (ex: 1 cup) the recipe will read “1 part.” This can sometimes be a little confusing, but I’ve found the best way to think of it as this: Recipes that measure in parts usually mean it’s written so that you can adjust the size of the drink whatever you want and the measurements they give you (1 part, 1/2 part, etc) are so you can keep the ratio of the ingredients correct. For example, let’s say you wanted to make one drink – this typically means you’re using 1 standard shot glass for measuring. So then when the recipe says “1 part” you would interpret that amount as “1 standard shot glass” full. If the recipe says “1/2 part” you’d fill the shot glass half way so that it’s “1/2 standard shot glass.” OR, let’s say you wanted to make enough drinks for a few friends. When making the drink you could interpret “1 part” as “1 cup” (or “1/2 part” to “1/2 cup.”) This way the drink will taste the same no matter what size you make it.
- For star wars themed drinks like this one that depends on pretty presentation, I like to use this large square ice cube tray. The square ice fills up most standard glasses and helps keep the ice cream balanced on top.
- If you love the combination of Kahlua and milk, be sure to check out these other creamy Kahlua recipes: Tiramisu Parfaits and Easy Tiramisu Dip.
- Looking for more creative white Russian variations? Check out this recipe for Cocoa Puffs White Russian from my friend Rebecca over at Sugar and Soul
Floating Yoda Cocktail
Enjoy a Star Wars movie night by honoring Jedi Master Yoda with one of the best white Russian variations: Kahlua and milk that's topped with mint ice cream!
Fill a glass to the brim with ice.
Pour in Kahlua and vodka of your choice, then give the drink a quick stir.
Pour milk on top (careful not to overflow!) then finish with a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream on top (balancing the ice cream on the ice).
Recipe lightly adapted from Drink Lab.