The force is strong with these Chicago bars and restaurants that are pumping out creative concoctions to celebrate the release of the new Star Wars movie: The Force Awakens. These chefs and mixologists are going beyond the basic (Darth Vader shaped cookies) to create truly interesting creations inspired by everything from obscure plot references to movie visuals incorporated into their presentation. So get your (Princess Leia) buns out to try these spots because as we all know, you're their only hope.
1. Beef & Barley's Spice Kessel Rum
Created by B&B's mixologist Jake Jagodzinski says, "It's a variation of an early 1900's classic cocktail called the Winter Classic. Any Star Wars fan will know about Han Solo's infamous Kessel Run claim. The Kessel run was a route smugglers took when hauling spice, which in Star Wars is a drug. I incorporated several spices in the drink to play off that reference, and changing 'run' to 'rum' was a no brainer."
Spice Kessel Rum made with #the86co Cana Brava Rum, ginger liqueur, cinnamon simple, lemon, clove tincture, #angosturabitters, candied ginger garnish #starswars #kesselrun #12parsecs #hansolo #spicerun #nerd #starwarscocktail #theforceawakens #usetheforce #milleniumfalcon #lucasfilms #86corum #canabrava
2. DMK's Sith Burger
Piled high with grass-fed beef, chorizo, caramelized onions, jalapenos, Jack cheese, and roasted red pepper mayo, the Siths in Star Wars only wish they could eat DMK's Sith Burger.
In a galaxy far, far away... ... they wished they had something this good. Say hello to the new #15, the #Sith Burger, A DAY EARLY through @ubereats! Just go the the #Uber app, tap the plate and utensils icon, and if you're in the Loop, West Loop, River North, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Gold Coast, Wicker Park, Lakeview, or Bucktown, they'll bring it right to you- that easy! Or try it at DMK #Lakeview and #Lombard starting tomorrow! the Sith Burger: grass fed beef, adobo, chorizo, caramelized onion & jalapeño, Jack cheese and roasted red pepper mayo. #maytheforcebewithyou
3. Barrelhouse Flat takes a stance on 'who shot first' and turns Bantha Milk into an adult beverage.
Self-professed "Star Wars nerd" Mark Brinker, bar manager for BF, created two cocktails that pay homage to the intergalactic saga.