Kessel Run Cocktail

La Cuevita's Kessel Run, a Star Wars-inspired Cocktail

Recipe by Sol Trece, La Cuevita, Highland Park, CA

“The Kessel Run is a smuggler’s route. This info isn’t even in the movie, but an illegal substance, Glitterstim, a spice, comes from the planet Kessel. Smugglers have to be crafty and smuggle the spice out,” says Rahad Coulter-Stevenson, bartender and manager at Thirsty Crow, a member of the 1933 Group of bars, including La Cuevita, where this drink is served. A lot of the ships don’t make it. In the first movie, Han Solo brags about making the Kessel Run. The drink is a take on an Aviation cocktail, which is a gin-based cocktail. Both planes and starships are flying devices, so it’s a pilot’s cocktail. With mezcal.”


  • 2–3 blackberries (or mix of blackberries and raspberries)
  • 1½ ounces Mezcal Espadin Blanco
  • ½ ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ¼ ounce crème de violette
  • Lemon wedge, for garnish
  • Speared berries, for garnish

Muddle blackberries in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and add remaining ingredients, except garnish. Shake well, and strain over ice. Garnish with lemon wedge and speared berries.

Published on December 17, 2015
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