Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium

Book Review | Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium

“This book is an ideal way to enjoy some much-needed cheer and to spread friendship and goodwill – lightyears away from Federation Headquarters!”

“Sometimes a man’ll tell his bartender things he’ll never tell his doctor.” Dr. Boyce, ‘The Menagerie’, STAR TREK: The Original Series

No, your eyes don’t deceive you. There actually is a book dedicated to making 40 Star Trek-themed cocktails at home. Who wouldn’t be tempted by an ‘Earl Grey Martini‘?. A ‘Live Long And Prosper‘? A ‘Spock’s Slipper‘? These and many more are contained within the pages of this rather neat little book that would look nice and sit firmly on a bookshelf in the kitchen next to a ‘Star Trek‘ cookbook, ready to be opened and enjoyed. And why not? Each recipe would tickle the tastebuds and provide a rather refreshing alcoholic tipple for the discerning (or non-discerning) guest. Create your own Ten-Forward bar inside the luxury of your own home and in the process, amaze your friends with your prowess at making tasty and enjoyable beverages for them to consume.

Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium | by Glenn Dakin

Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium Cover

The front of the book features an Enterprise themed cocktail stick along with a QR code that when scanned, gives the reader a bonus cocktail recipe for them to try. As we open the book, we discover the contents are split into various sections: ‘First Contact‘, ‘Shore Leave‘, ‘Holodeck Honeymoon‘, ‘Journey To Babel‘, ‘Neelix’s Celebration Cocktails‘, ‘Emergency Medical Cocktails‘, ‘From Vic Fontaine With Love‘, and ‘Risan Sunset‘. Each section is full of the recipes to create the cocktails and contains a list of all the ingredients that will go into the beverage. But first, we are treated to a terrific introduction. Staring with a quote from the original pilot for the show ‘The Cage‘, “Sometimes a man’ll tell his bartender things he’ll never tell his doctor” along with a quote from Scotty himself, “Gi’e us your glass“, we are taken on a journey through Gene Roddenberry’s vision for the show and the tipples seen throughout the original series such as Saurian Brandy and Guinan’s way of making the perfect Martini in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation‘. The foresight from Roddenberry was outstanding and adds another dimension to the legacy of the series.

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We now start our intergalactic tour through the drinks the book contains. After the already mentioned ‘Earl Grey Martini‘, we encounter ‘Set Chasers To Stun‘, a cocktail which contains Lemon juice, Orange Curacao, Lime juice, Grand Marnier, and Grenadine to create a drink that is to be served in a champagne or cocktail glass. Or you could try the Vermouth and Gin concoction ‘Borg Queen‘ if you dare. These are included in the ‘First Contact‘ section of the book.

Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium Cover
Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium – Live Long And Prosper

We now experience ‘Shore Leave‘. It is here where among others, we will discover the ‘Ice Planet‘. This tasty looking and sounding drink is made up of White Rum, Blue Curacao, Lime Juice, Gomme Syrup, Lemonade, and of course, Ice as the name suggests. Except for the lemonade, the other ingredients are combined in a blender including the ice before being blended and poured into a highball glass. The lemonade is then added and the final drink is ready for consumption. Simple! Or you can attempt the already mentioned ‘Spock’s Slipper‘. Comprising of Tequila, Midon (Melon Liqueur), Lime Juice, and ice to be shaken in a cocktail shaker before being presented in a martini glass with either a melon ball or a maraschino cherry as a garnish, this is bound to amaze your friends and guests.

Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium
Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium – Sulu’s San Francisco

It is late enough in the day to enjoy the romantic delights of the ‘Holodeck Honeymoon‘ section. It is during this section that we discover the delights of cocktails made for romantic pairings. We start with the ‘Q-Pid‘, a shaker cocktail that incorporates Vodka, Cherry Liqueur, Egg White, Ice, and a garnish of Raspberry Powder, served in a cocktail glass. The cocktail is needing to be shaken twice, one dry shake without the ice followed by a wet shake once the ice is included to gain a better foam for the finished drink. Or for the adventurous among you, why not try the ‘Mind-Meld‘. Now this one is that couples will love to share. A mixture of Vodka, Champagne, Cherry Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Flower Syrup, Ice, and a garnish of raspberries and/or edible flowers, this shaker drink will need to be put in a large wine glass and then filled up with more champagne. Delicious!

Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium
Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium – Ice Planet

The guests have arrived en masse and so we now need to delve into the ‘Journey To Babel‘ section with the drinks selection that is perfect for entertaining. Why not present them with the creation of ‘To Bibble With Tribbles‘?. This drink needs to be served in a rocks glass and will need to be shaken. But as the drink contains Irish Cream, Bourbon or Rye Whiskey, Coffee Liqueur, Hazlenut Syrup and is garnished with either chocolate or cinnamon powder along with a few toasted marshmallows, it is bound to make your guests smile and toast your good health. Or there is the ‘T’Pol’s Vulcan Grasshopper‘ instead. You will need Creme De Menthe, White Creme De Cacao, Single Cream, and Ice with a mint sprig, and dark chocolate sprinkles to garnish, this cocktail may be perfect for your guest’s tastes.

Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium
Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium – Kirk’s Old Fashioned

It’s time to turn the music up and get the party started as we dive into the ‘Neelix’s Celebration Cocktails‘ selection. You and your guests can hit the dancefloor with a ‘Warp Core Breach‘ in hand. This recipe is for two cocktails so please don’t make it just for yourself! Otherwise, you could easily suffer your own Warp Core Breach in the bathroom later. This cocktail contains White Rum, Spiced Rum, Dark Rum, Cointreau, Lime Juice, Guava Juice, Cranberry Juice, Strawberry Juice, and crushed Ice. Quite the combination. Or for the gentlemen (and ladies), there is always the ‘Tilly’s Ping Pong Beer‘ to try. This is not so much a cocktail, more like a rite of passage. For this, you will require a bottle of any Mexican beer of your own or your guest’s preference, Cayenne Pepper or Chili Salt, Sea Salt, a couple of limes, some Mexican Tabasco, Worcestershire Sauce, and Ice. You will need to pour the beer into a glass and combine the ingredients as per the instructions but it will certainly give the person drinking it a good old fashioned kick in the pants.

Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium
Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium – Odo’s Chameleon

After tasting the ‘Warp Core Breach‘ and attempting ‘Tilly’s Ping Pong Beer‘, you may need to reset and recover. Thank goodness for the ‘Emergency Medical Cocktails‘ section. It is here where we will find the recipes to relax and recover ourselves. We start with ‘Beverley’s Bone Crusher‘. This will sort out the wheat from the chaff..literally. It contains White Rum, Vodka, Gin, Triple Sec, Grenadine, Lime Cordial, a dash of lemon juice, Ice, and optional champagne. If you decide not to add the champagne, then substitute it for lemonade. Or why not try the ‘Uhura’s Distress Call Dawa‘. This concoction contains Vodka, White or Brown Sugar, Honey melted in a little hot water, Lime slices, and crushed ice. And it is also here that we find the recipe for the classic ‘McCoy’s Mint Julep‘. The drink was seen in the original series and contains Bourbon, Simple Syrup, Mint Leaves, Ice, Mint, Cardamom, or classic bitters which are optional and garnished with Mint Sprigs.

For those lonely nights, the ‘From Vic Fontaine With Love‘ section is for you. Here, we will discover how to make ‘Scotty’s Rusty Nail‘, a mixture of Scotch Whisky, Drambuie, Ice, and garnished with Orange Peel. Or we have ‘The Grog Of Khan‘, a drink that is best served cold! In this drink, we have Demerara Rum, Jamaican Rum, White Rum, Honey and Water mix (in equal parts), Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Soda, and garnished with a slice of lime or orange pierced with cloves. Or there is the ‘White Romulan‘ which is simply Vodka, Kahlua, or any other coffee liqueur, Double Cream, and garnished with grated nutmeg. Simple.

Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium
Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium – Klingon Bird Of Prey

And for those after-hours moments, we have our final section namely ‘Risan Sun’. Here, we are tempted to try ‘Riker’s Midnight Sun‘, a delightful mix of Vodka, Cointreau, Apricot Brandy, Lemon Juice, Grenadine or Cherry Brandy, Ice, and garnished with a Maraschino cherry. Or could you be tempted with ‘The Sherry On The Edge Of Forever‘? Combining Dry Sherry, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Slices, optional Simple Syrup, Ice, and garnished with berries, a lemon or orange wheel, and mint to make a refreshing concoction to end the day with.

Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium

Verdict:

If you are a Star Trek fan or know someone who is, then this book is a perfect little addition to a library. Many of the ingredients contained in the drinks are probably already lying around in a cupboard, or a drinks cabinet, gathering dust and feeling unloved. Well, now it’s time to rescue them from their purgatory and for them to be put to good use. And these recipes are the perfect way to use them all up. These are but a handful of what you will find contained within the pages of this incredibly enjoyable and handy cocktail book. With the season of goodwill fast approaching and the possibility that we may be able to see our loved ones, even if only for a few hours or so and some of our family and friends, the book will prove invaluable. Hell, it could easily be used to mix some cocktails for the neighbors to celebrate the season with you just as long as social distancing is followed. In that respect, this book is the ideal way to enjoy some much-needed cheer and to spread some friendship and goodwill. And I will drink to that.

 

Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium by Glenn Dakin is published by Eaglemoss/Hero Collector and is available to buy NOW!

 

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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!

 

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Editors Note | A big thank you to our friends at Hero Collector for sending over our advance review copy.

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