Here’s the Deal with the $5,000 STAR WARS Cocktail

Nerdist joined the christening cruise for Disney’s newest cruise ship, the Disney Wish, on Wednesday. One of the first places we visited was the new Star Wars bar on the ship, Hyperspace Lounge. It’s the first-of-its-kind-bar on a Disney cruise ship. Mysterious liquids bubble in vessels in the corner. Jars showcase oddities and relics throughout the lounge. And the vast screen behind the Dryden Vos’ yacht-inspired bar takes guests throughout the galaxy. The screen takes hyperspace leaps between familiar locales. The travel features imagery crafted by ILM. The cocktail menu samples beverages across the galaxy, with both characters and locations inspiring various drinks. The menu includes the “Kaiburr Crystal,” a $5,000 Star Wars cocktail. And no, Kaiburr crystal is not a typo. It’s a Star Wars object that dates back to Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.

Disney Wish Star Wars lounge

But what is the $5,000 Star Wars cocktail? It wasn’t easy to find out.

The menu describes it as “the galaxy’s rarest and valuable cocktail” with no other details. On our first night in the lounge, the server couldn’t share any insight, only mentioning it wasn’t yet available. We interviewed a Walt Disney Imagineering representative and a bartender, but they would not share any details about the $5,000 cocktail. They asked if I’d heard about it from spies. All they would confirm is that, yes, it is real. We saw in the below video that the cocktail is presented in a camtono that opens to reveal multiple shot glasses.

Then I heard details from friends and a bartender elsewhere on the ship (the bartenders cross-train for all the various bars aboard) that the cocktail is more than a cocktail. It includes a trip to Skywalker Vineyards, which is not open to the public, as well as some pricy alcohol. Theme park journalist Arthur Levine heard this information as well and shared the details in About Theme Parks. The $5,000 Star Wars cocktail includes the following:

The galactic beverage is primarily made with Camus cognac. It also includes the Japanese citrus fruit, yuzu, as well as kumquat. Apparently, ritzy cocktails can never have enough cognac, because the Kaiburr Crystal also features Grand Marnier Quintessence, which is considerably pricier than Camus cognac. Speaking of pricey, the bartenders add shots of ultra-expensive Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year bourbon and Taylor’s Fladgate Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny Port.

Guests ordering the Kaiburr Crystal also get a bottle of Skywalker Vineyards wine delivered to their room. Plus, they receive a trip to Skywalker Vineyards. We don’t know how many people the trip covers. Skywalker Vineyard is located within George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch property in Marin County, California. We also don’t yet know how booking that trip works. I also heard from a bartender that ordering the $5,000 Star Wars cocktail comes with a character moment with stormtroopers, but I haven’t been able to verify that.

I’ve reached out to confirm details, but Disney declined to make an official statement on the Kaiburr Crystal cocktail.

Amy Ratcliffe is the Managing Editor for Nerdist and the author of Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, The Jedi Mind, and more Follow her on  Twitter and Instagram.

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