Every big sci-fi/fantasy franchise worth its salt has its own fake beverages. Star Wars has blue milk, which one can now purchase at Galaxy’s Edge. J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world has butterbeer. And the granddaddy of beloved franchises, Star Trek, has several in-canon drinks. There’s Klingon Blood Wine, Cardassian Sunrises, and most famously Romulan ale.
Romulan ale is ubiquitous throughout the franchise’s 53 year history as the illegal drink of choice for Starfleet officers. Usually to show how much they don’t care about breakin’ the rules from some mean old admiral. Now the YouTube channel How To Drink is showing us Earth-bound 21st century humans how to mix a proper Romulan ale. Or at least the closest we can get in our primitive era.
Romulan ale has a long history in Star Trek canon. Although blue-tinted alcoholic drinks debuted as far back as the original series episode “The Enterprise Incident,” they weren’t officially named until Dr. McCoy gave Captain Kirk a bottle of the contraband drink as a birthday gift in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. From there on, they got name checked in three more films and several episodes of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.
How to create your own Romulan ale is just one of the many pop culture inspired drinks you can learn to make yourself on the How To Drink channel. You can make a “Flaming Moe” from The Simpsons, and also Doc Brown’s “wake up juice” from Back to the Future III. And there are several Game of Thrones inspired drinks, including Milk of the Poppy. You know, for those of you out there who find yourselves dying on the battlefields of Westeros and want to go out a bit more pleasantly. Ever wanted to drink Big Trouble in Little China’s “six demon bag?” Now ya can. Isn’t the internet grand?