August 20, 2010

Top 5 Drinks in Space

The future as on screen science fiction tells it has plenty of alcohol.  And not just beer!  In the 'verse, you can find everything from fruity drinks to moonshine equivalents.  If you're lucky, you'll have a fully stocked bar on your ship and drinks will be poured by a bartender so wise, you'll constantly think that she should replace the captain.  If shipboard booze isn't an option, you can visit the closest dive bar to the docks.  Follow this rule of thumb though - don't take drinks from an alien species you don't recognize.

Samarian Sunset
A sunset in a glass.  The drink is clear and just the right tap to the rim makes it erupt in green, then orange hues.  Even if the taste is worse than the Klingon supper you just ate, wouldn't you have to order it just for the presentation?  I'm betting it was popular with the ladies.  Data understood this; he made one for Troi after he lost a game of 3D chess to her (TNG: Conundrum).  The flashy beverage also makes an appearance in DS9.

Mudder's Milk
The inhabitants of Canton were a resourceful sorts of people.  They worked hard, wrote ballads,* and created drinks that really do fit the definition of liquid bread.  It's true, Mudder's Milk is more nutritious than your bottle of Guinness.  It has "all the protein, vitamins and carbs of your grandma's best turkey dinner, plus 15 percent alcohol."  The alcohol eventually makes the horrible taste fade away.  At least, that's my guess.

*You get extra points if you can sing all of The Ballad of Jayne.

Blue Milk (aka Bantha Milk
Okay, maybe the blue milk that comes from your friendly neighborhood bantha isn't alcoholic, but look at that color!  It's supposed to be very refreshing and nutritious, which is just what a young chap needs after whining his way to Tosche Station and back in the blazing Tatooine heat.  Just like cow milk, bantha milk is used for ice cream and cheeses.  You can visit a gourmet bantha ice cream shop on your next visit to Mos Eisley.

Though I'm sure it's not as potent as the stuff coming from the Galactica distillery, it might taste a little better.  Ambrosia's not easy to find after the attack on the Twelve Colonies.  Cloud Nine had it available on Colonial Day, and Ellen Tigh gave some to her husband upon their reunion (well done, Ellen, you and Saul both need more alcohol.)  The liquid gold, or green as it happens, was made by the Stanford Distillery, probably with prison labor.

Romulan Ale
You'll notice by now that space beverages come in an array of vivid colors.  Once your eyes get past the shocking blue of Romulan Ale, go ahead and throw some back as fast as you can.  The Federation was probably just exaggerating when they made it illegal for it's potency.  It didn't stop Bones from giving a bottle to Admiral Kirk for his birthday.  Though at some point they did realize that maybe this kind of drink wasn't the best thing to serve at diplomatic functions.  They should have stuck with Earl Grey, Hot.

Remember, don't navigate and drink at the same time.  Or use the holodeck.  Despite what they say, what happens on the holodeck does not stay there.


  1. They look very potent ~ except for the blue milk, and that seems appropriate. Is it just me, or is 'moonshine' still one of the best words ever!

  2. But! But! No Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster??

  3. @ Easily, did you know that there's a pub in Ottawa called the Zaphod Beeblebrox that serves Pan-Galactic Gargle blasters? My life goal is to go there and experience having my brain smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick!!

    @ Amy You did ask for it! *pulls out soap box*


    Ohhhh, he robbed from the rich
    and he gave to the poor.
    Stood up to the man
    and he gave him what for...

    Just kidding... I was tempted to do the whole thing though ;)

  4. I Agree, Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster should be on Every List, and in my hand.

    I forget the Story, but another favorite of mine is
    "Borehole #3 "

  5. How does the phrase go? Andoriam Ale before Bantha Milk, never been sicker...

  6. Oh boy, you guys are going to take away my geek card. I haven't read Hitchhiker's Guid - YET! But I will. It's on my bookshelf and everything.

    Shell - moonshine is one of the best words! Now it is definitely not one of the best tastes (in my opinion).

    Mary - You get extra points and cookies! :D

    Grimm - Hahaha, sound advice.

  7. @Amy - Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! You MUST read it!! And the BBC show was too fun (and available on streaming Netflix...)

    @Mary - Oooo! Must. Get. To. Ottawa!

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