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BB-8 Layered Drink

BB8 drink

Every droid had its own manifest personality, and most that he’d encountered were predictable to certain stereotypes–bossy, sullen, grumpy–within their respective programming. BB-8 was his own case, sometimes childlike, sometimes precocious, but every now and then Poe wondered if the droid wasn’t daydreaming, which was absurd, of course, because that would imply that BB-8 had an active imagination.

–”Poe”, Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka

          It’s Baby-8! The cutest little astromech! Companion to the resistance fighter pilot Poe Dameron, BB-8 rolled his way onto screen in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, and continued rolling right into my heart! (haha, so corny, but he’s roly-poly and oh-so adorable!) Some day soon the little Sphero BB-8 will be mine (ง︡’-‘︠)ง . Two of my favorite scenes in TFA were with BB-8 and R2D2, especially when BB-8 first rolls up to R2D2, and it was as if BB-8 was in awe of meeting such a famous astromech (I mean, R2D2 has seen and done it all! He’s a hero just as much as any other character, and was with Anakin since the very beginning). It was almost like a passing of the torch to the new generation. It was precious and emotional and so meaningful–and they only speak in beeps and boops!

BB-8, secure in the astromech socket behind the cockpit of Poe’s X-wing, burbled a question. Plugged into the fighter, the droid’s binary-speak was automatically decoded and displayed on the console, but Poe didn’t actually need to read the translation to understand what the droid was asking.

–”Poe”, Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka

          There are many different combinations that you can use for this layered effect. I experimented with several and came up with the one below as the simplest and most visually appropriate for BB-8. Plus, it tastes like an orange creamsicle. I’ve included other suggestions at the end of the recipe though, just so you can have fun experimenting. They turn out great as well, I was just more partial the the soda and milk one. Basically, it’s science; you want to use drinks with varying densities–in this case determined by sugar content–so that the most dense remains at the bottom and the least dense floats on the top. But it’s not like oil and water separation; you need ice and slow pouring to make it work.

bb8 drink 2

BB-8 Layered Drink

  • Lots of Ice (enough to fill your glasses), at least semi crushed or chunked up a bit.
  • Orange Soda (I used Crush)
  • Coconut Almond Milk (or other similar milk)

Fill a clear glass with ice all the way to the top. Fill 1/3 of the glass with orange soda. Next, slowly pour the milk through the ice so that it doesn’t mix with the soda, but instead, sits on top (there will be a little bit of overlap, but it shouldn’t be too much). Serve with a purple straw, or grey if you can find it.

Alternatives:
Orange soda + Carrot Mango V-8 Splash (great color), then Gatorade Frost + Minutemaid Light Lemonade
SoBe Piña Colada, then Carrot Mango V-8 Splash

Listen to the episode! Fiction Kitchen Episode 29: Star Wars

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3 Comments

    1. Diana

      🙂 Thanks! I’ve done a few other character-inspired drinks, but this is my first layered one. It was fun experimenting. I’m looking forward to doing more!

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