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The first time Luke Skywalker saw blue milk, also called Bantha Milk, was at a meal with his aunt and uncle in Star Wars: A New Hope. While I can’t guarantee that this tastes exactly like the blue milk that the female Banthas of Tatooine produce, I can guarantee that you’ll enjoy this Star Wars Blue Milk Recipe.
It has a blue and milky appearance, but the fruity and reviving flavor is well worth the effort.
Does It Have a Milky Taste?
Let’s explore the history of Star Wars’ blue milk, beginning with its first appearance in the movies, to give a complete answer to that question. Luke Skywalker drinks blue milk with his aunt and uncle on Tatooine in the 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope, the fourth installment in the series.
Blue milk, or Bantha Milk as it’s also known, is said to be produced by female banthas, gigantic beasts native to the outer rim territories.
Let’s discuss the real-life blue milk consumed by the actors during those scenes. Milk with a bit of blue food coloring was used on set, as reported by numerous sources to be shelf-stable “long life” milk. Tempting, right? Not really Apparently, the oily, artificially colored concoction made Mark Hamill gag, according to the actor.
Not surprisingly, given that Disney now owns the Star Wars franchise and has built a new attraction, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, blue milk (and its close relative, green milk) will be available for purchase.
Disney wisely decided to make some substantial flavor changes to their blue milk, and it is commonly reported that the blue milk served in the parks has a base of rice and coconut milk with the flavors of lime, dragon fruit, watermelon, and pineapple. The drink at the park is called “milk,” but it actually has no dairy.
Blue food coloring can be added in any amount you like.
- In place of the more common kiwi, the park serves a blue milk flavored with dragon fruit, which can be quite pricey and difficult to find. A kiwi can stand in for dragon fruit in most cases. To make the blue milk, I blended a kiwi and strained out the pulp before pouring the liquid into a glass. But if you don’t feel like making the effort, you can substitute a few tablespoons of fresh pear juice, which tastes very much like dragon fruit.
- In order to get the most authentic pineapple flavor, I used only pure pineapple juice.
- Add a splash of lime juice for a refreshing tang.
- Simply Watermelon Juice is a great way to add watermelon flavor with minimal effort, so that’s what I did.
- Rice Milk – To counteract the tartness of the other ingredients, use fully sweetened rice milk.
- Cream of Coconut – I used the full-fat canned variety but the low-fat version would work just as well.
- Add a few drops of blue food coloring to give the drink its signature pale blue hue.
- I discovered that a teaspoon of simple syrup was all that was needed to balance out the sourness of the drinks. Sugar can be substituted with honey or agave nectar, or omitted altogether.
- Instead of using ice to thicken the blue milk, I used xanthan gum to give it a frothy, creamy consistency. Approximately a quarter of a teaspoon is all that is required.
There are a few things to keep in mind when making this Star Wars Blue Milk Recipe so that it turns out looking as good as possible. Some kiwi seeds may remain in the final product, giving it a spotted appearance, depending on the size of the holes in your fine mesh strainer.
This didn’t bother me because the flavor was still there, but if you’re looking for a more “pure” blue milk, try straining it through a very fine sieve or omitting the kiwi and replacing it with pear juice.
Way better than regular milk in terms of flavor.
Can I Prep This Ahead Of Time
The Star Wars Blue Milk recipe requires that you prepare it right before serving. It’s best to blend the ingredients together right before serving because the drink will separate after sitting for a while.
In what ways can I freeze this version?
Freeze a small handful of ice cubes with your favorite smoothie ingredients and enjoy! However, the xanthan gum is still necessary to achieve the desired frothy creaminess, much like in a Wendy’s Frosty.
This version of Star Wars Blue Milk is more like the one served at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios than the food-colored shelf stable milk product from the Star Wars movie sets or actual blue milk from female Banthas.
For best results, I suggest starting with chilled ingredients.
- 1 Kiwis that are just at the perfect stage of ripeness
- ½ cup Fruit juice derived from pineapples
- ½ cup Liquid extracted from watermelons
- ½ cup rice milk
- ½ cup Milk from matured Coconuts, Canned
- 1.5 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon syrup, simple *
- Additive used to color food blue
- 1/25 of a cup Polysaccharide Gum Xanthan
- Kiwis should be peeled, halved, and blended until almost completely smooth. Empty the contents of the blender into a small bowl through a fine mesh strainer. Refresh the blender with a quick wash.
- Put some blue food coloring, some lime juice, some simple syrup, some rice milk, some coconut milk, some watermelon juice, and some lime juice in a blender. Add the equivalent of 2 tablespoons of kiwi pulp to the blender. Combine in a blender until smooth.
- After adding the xanthan gum and blending for an additional 20-30 seconds, the blue milk should thicken slightly. If necessary, add more xanthan gum, 1/8 teaspoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached. Blueness can be achieved by adding more or less food coloring.
In place of simple syrup, you can use honey (which will add flavor) or agave nectar.
Dragon fruit can be expensive and hard to come by, so kiwi is used as a stand-in. Both will make the seeds in the blue milk more apparent. Use up to a quarter cup of pear juice instead if you’d like a more polished look.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 3 mins
- Category: Beverage
- Method: Blender
Keywords: blue milk, blue milkshakes, star wars, and cultural ripoffs
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