When Star Trek first debuted in 1966, it captured the country’s collective imagination, with strange new worlds and incredible characters like Captain Kirk and the pointy-eared Spock. Since then, there have been 741 episodes of Star Trek over a whopping 31 collective seasons. And that’s not even getting into the movies.
Every fan has their favorite series (Next Gen? Deep Space Nine?) as well as their favorite Captain (*cough* Picard *cough*) and crew members. And for everyone of those characters, there’s a corresponding drink. So mix up the cocktail that matches with your favorite character and sink into your couch; there’s almost 800 hours of Star Trek to binge watch.
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Captain James T. Kirk needs no introduction. Beguiling, a touch smarmy, slightly arrogant and always one step ahead of everyone else, Kirk is the pinnacle of ‘60s machismo. The Kamikaze shot, like the barrel chested Captain, is a brazen powerhouse of liquor. It comes out swinging, sets phasers to stun, and asks questions after. While there might be repercussions later—like a waylaid race of supermen seeking revenge or an epic hangover—everything always works itself out in the end.
This pointy eared Vulcan would be the perpetual designated driver in your crew, or the one that was always chilling with a low-ABV cocktail in hand, mocking you with an ice cold stare while you knock back shots. He is the yin to Kirk’s yang, and if his captain is the Kamikaze shot, Spock is the cool, calm and collected aperitif. The Chrysanthemum, made with herbaceous, once-medicinal ingredients like Bénédictine, sweet vermouth and absinthe, sneaks up on you like the Vulcan Neck Pinch. It is the ideal libation for the blunt-banged science officer.
Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise in The Next Generation series (better known as TNG amongst fans), Jean Luc Picard is one of the most revered Star Trek characters (besides Spock and Kirk, obviously). Known for his sharp diplomatic abilities, and his calculating demeanor, Picard deserves a cocktail as regal as his perfectly bald head. With vintner parents, Jean Luc is perfectly suited for a cocktail spiked with a wine-based spirit. Enter the Vieux Carre, one of the most handsomely delicious classic cocktails in the galaxy, made with Cognac, spicy rye whiskey and sweet vermouth. This is the kind of cocktail that’s so good it could broker peace among warring alien species—something Picard could do in his sleep.
There’s no denying that Lieutenant Worf, a Klingon (warrior aliens who were once Starfleet’s main adversary), is one of the most badass Star Trek characters in the history of the show. He’s honorable—he’ll take death before dishonor—and tough as nails—he always prefers hand-to-hand combat with his Bat’leth to using a phaser—yet compassionate too. If you identify with Worf’s warrior code, you need a no-bullsh*t, no holds barred cocktail like a Zombie. With enough rum to kill a horse, it is almost as powerful as Klingon bloodwine, a liquor made from fermented blood that’s too strong for humans to consume.
No character is as frustrating and arrogant, yet lovable, as this bearded commander. With a strong disregard for orders, William Riker is like the moody, sleeze-ball hipster of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Salute his unctuous charms with the king of all hipster cocktails, the Absinthe Frappé, an icy, deceptively boozy, snake charmer of a cocktail that will have you seeing stars.
The trouble with Tribbles is that they multiply and multiply and multiply. If food sources are adequate, several Tribbles can evolve into 100,000 Tribbles within a matter of days. The best thing about Tribbles (besides being adorable fuzz balls) is that they emit a soothing, cooing sound when touched that has a tranquilizing effect on humans. The Fuzzy Navel, a calming blend of peach schnapps and orange juice, is so easy to drink (and make) that you’ll find yourself having multiple. The cocktail’s only downside is that it isn’t self-reproducing like Tribbles.
The ever cantankerous Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy was the U.S.S. Enterprise’s original chief medical officer. Known for his abrasive sense of humor, keen wit and love of Romulan ale, the this grouchy doctor is best honored with a shot and a beer to chase it. There’s nothing that this boozy duo can’t cure.
Ro Laren is beloved by Star Trek fans for her character's complexities. With an aggressive, cutthroat nature, Ro Laren is one of the only Star Trek characters who regularly conflicted with her fellow crew members. (In the end, her dark past caught up with her, and she ended up defecting to join an intergalactic terrorist organization.) To celebrate the character's unparalleled depth, internal darkness and abrasiveness, mix yourself this mischievously delicious variation on the Manhattan.
Scotty / Rob Roy
If you’re a fan of Montgomery J. Scott—the jovial chief engineer with a thick Scottish brogue—there’s simply no better way to praise his ingenuity than with a smoky, scotch-based cocktail. Essentially a Manhattan made with scotch instead of rye, the Rob Roy is the pinnacle of scotch cocktails.
Kathryn Janeway is the first—and only—female captain in the Star Trek universe. Known for her headstrong demeanor, Captain Janeway’s prime directive is to get the crew of the Voyager safely home at any cost, even if that cost is her own life. To celebrate Janeway’s tenacity, mix up a Mary Pickford, a vibrantly quaffable cocktail named for the Canadian-American silent film star who was equally as strong headed as this singular captain.
Nyota Uhura is one of those rare characters who just gets better and better. Though she was originally scripted as a background character with a pretty face, Uhura’s fan base grew and grew—and her screen time grew right along with it. Her role shifted from a simple communications officer to a multi-lingual expert who became a central protagonist in The Original Series. To honor this exceptional character, mix up this extraordinary cachaça cocktail, which takes linguistic gymnastics to pronounce correctly.
Half human, half Betazoid—an alien race with telepathic abilities—Deanna Troi is the counselor aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise in The Next Generation series. During her stint on the show, Troi managed to have a relationship with both Lieutenant Worf and Commander Riker (who she later married, putting an end to his playboy ways), get impregnated by an alien force, died multiple times in multiple universes, and ate a disturbing amount of chocolate. If this empath is your favorite character, mix up a boozy variation of her favorite indulgence.
The “Spock” of The Next Generation series, Data is an android built by Dr. Noonien Soong. As the show progresses, Data becomes less and less dependent on logic and more and more human. To celebrate his more robotic tendencies (and his eerily green eyes) mix up this logistically measured cocktail made with all equal parts. Its refreshing, thirst quenching acidity and herbaceous hit of gin will please even the most discerning human palate.
A member of the El-Aurian species, Guinan is the possibly immortal, mysterious bartender onboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. Always a keen listener and giver of sage advice, Guinan plays a key role in some of the best TNG episodes. If you want to pair a cocktail with this universally loved character, try an Old Fashioned, one of the oldest and most agreeable cocktails in the bartending world.
Simply put, Q is a jerk. He is quite possibly the most annoying villain ever created in a sci-fi series. His sole function as a “god” is to toy with humanity to see how much they can tolerate and to decide whether or not our species is worth saving. To honor such an incredibly taxing character, try mixing up one of the most complicated and annoying cocktails to make: the Mojito. Just ask any bartender how they feel about mixing up a dozen Mojitos in a night and you’ll understand the torture that Picard feels every time he has to deal with Q.