Blue Milk: A guide to making Star Wars most well-known beverage

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Ever wanted your own blue milk from Star Wars?

Blue Milk, which in Star Wars lore is derived from the Bantha’s found on Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine, has garnered a cult following from both Star Wars fans and geek chefs worldwide. In fact, if you search the Internet you’re likely to come up with a multitude of variations.

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Here’s one of our own.

The following below are blue milk recipes inspired by the original film version, the Galaxy’s Edge version, and a quick, simple version of my own.

Blue Milk (The Original Film Version)

According to Mark Hamill answering a Tweet, Blue Milk was “Long Life milk (used by campters because no refrigeration is needed) w/ blue food coloring.”

Long life milk, also known as UHT milk,  is made by heating milk at over 275 degrees Fahrenheit for two to five seconds, then packing it immediately in a sterile container. It is a perfect substitute for campers, desert dwellers, soldiers, or other folks who want milk but lack a means of refrigeration. UHT milks shelf life can extend up to three months if you don’t open or refrigerate it.

One shouldn’t choose this version though if you’re looking for something pleasant to drink. In fact, Hamill recalled that it was “oily, warm, and slightly sweet,” and that “ it was an acting challenge to appear as though I enjoyed it.” So, unless you’re looking to relive the full movie experience, I’d advise choosing a more tasty alternative.

However, if you feel you must accept the challenge, here is a somewhat more tasty alternative. Instead of using Long Life/UHT milk, I suggest using Evaporated or Powdered Milk. Next, add in a spoon-full of cinnamon, sugar, and/or honey for taste. Lastly, add in a couple of drops of blue gel dye for that beverage’s distinct blue color. Stir it up, and enjoy.