ThinkGeek recently reached out to me about showcasing some of their Star Wars items, and my mind went in overdrive on what I could do. I decided to throw a Star Wars Cantina-themed potluck, and to use some ThinkGeek items to inspire and create themed drinks. I’ll show you the party soon, but for now, let’s make some geeky drinks!
The Death Star
What do you make when you have a Death Star ice sphere? A Death Star drink, of course! “The Death Star” is an actual cocktail, I found out, that’s pretty similar to a Long Island Iced Tea. It’s POTENT . As it should be. (And seriously, whether you want to make the drink or not, the Death Star ice sphere is one of my new favorite things. It’s super easy to fill, looks amazing, and really classes up a glass of whiskey.)
Death Star Recipe
- 1 oz Jagermeister
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz whiskey
- 2 oz sweet and sour mix
- 2 oz (or more) cola
- Place all ingredients into a glass with a Death Star ice sphere in it.
- Stir to mix ingredients.
You can’t have a Star Wars party without blue milk, right? I decided to make a drink that was a bit more fun: a blue milkshake! R2-D2 helped me out with measuring the ingredients. (Aren’t the R2-D2 measuring cups the CUTEST?)
Blue Milkshake Recipe
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream (the whiter the better!)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tsp blue Jell-O powder
- blue food coloring (optional)
- Mix the milk and Jell-O powder together.
- Pour the milk/Jell-O mixture and ice cream in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add a few drops of blue food coloring to heighten the color, mix until even.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
The Sith Lord
I received the lightsaber ice pop maker and instantly knew what I was going to do with Luke’s lightsabers: Mountain Dew. Duh. What else. But What would be fitting for ol’ Darth Vader’s? It hit me in the soda aisle: Mountain Dew Code Red. The dark force of the Mountain Dews. I placed a tsp of cherry vodka in the ice pop mold and filled the rest of it (approximately 1/3 cup) up with the Code Red. A bit of vodka makes it a bit more “naughty” without preventing it from freezing. Creating the ice pop made me decide to make the drink form as well. It’s super easy and quite tasty!
Sith Lord Recipe
- 1 shot cherry vodka
- 1 can Mountain Dew: Code Red
- Fill a highball with ice.
- Pour in the vodka shot, fill the rest of the way with the Mountain Dew.
Just be careful when you’re eating those ice pops. REMEMBER: IT’S A LIGHTSABER! THAT’S A LIGHTSABER IN YOUR MOUTH!
What’s your go-to Star Wars drink? Will you be trying any of these?
(And a big shout-out to ThinkGeek for supplying the amazing tools to make these drinks! Check them out at ThinkGeek.com!)
I got way too excited when I saw this item come up in ThinkGeek’s email today. This R2-D2 measuring cup set looks adorable on your kitchen counter, and is actually super practical. Take a look at all it holds: This is a licensed ThinkGeek exclusive, and you can get it for only $19.99. It seems like the perfect host gift, wedding gift, or “whoops, all of my measuring cups mysteriously broke, guess I have to get new ones” gift for yourself.
Will you be picking one up? What character would you like to see made into measuring cups?
How cute are these Minecraft cookie cutters?
ThinkGeek just announced this set of 5 cookie cutters. You get a pickaxe, sword, player, cookie, and creeper all wrapped up in a Minecraft-themed tin. While the creeper is cool because of the cutout in the middle, my favorite shape is the cookie. Make your best sugar cookie recipe, use the Minecraft cookie cutter, and as the cookies come out of the oven and are still warm, stick some square chocolate chunks into them. They’ll look and taste like the chocolate chip image you’re used to seeing! Talk about awesome presentation for a game night.
The Minecraft cookie cutter set is $19.99 at ThinkGeek.
It seems like every workplace has them now. You have a price limit and you have to find a fun and quirky gift to bring. Here are some suggestions for fun geeky white elephant gifts that people will be fighting over. These gifts also make great stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts, or gifts for acquaintances/co-workers–every item here is under $20!
Liven up your keyboard with these cute decals made to fit your keys! They have a variety to choose from, or you can have custom keycals made. I love their nebula design as well as their smaller set of Star Trek-inspired keycals. $7 for a small set, $16 for a full set at Kidecals.com.
Test Tube Tea Infuser
Everyone likes tea, right? And science? People like science? This test tube tea infuser isn’t just a cute novelty product, it honestly seems like a nicer design than other infusers I’ve seen. Pair it with some of your favorite loose leaf tea for a fantastic gift! $11.99 at ThinkGeek.com.
LEGO USB Drive
I’ve had a pink version of this LEGO USB drive on my keychain for a couple years now, and I absolutely love it. It’s cute and geeky without being too flashy or cumbersome, and it actually serves a purpose. I can transfer files, photos, videos, music, etc. back and forth without worrying about forgetting it somewhere (since it’s on my keys). Bonus? The 4 GB Drive is only $12.99 from Amazon.
Charles Dickens-inspired Candle
Paddywax’s Library candle collection features scents inspired by different classic authors. The Dickens candle is perfect for the holidays, and will inspire the recipient to cozy up with a book. The scent mix includes tangerine, juniper, and clove. The travel tin is available for $14.20 from Amazon. Pair the candle with a favorite book for a fantastic gift!
What are you bringing to gift exchanges?
In other badass apron news, we have this amazing thing. Whether you’re cooking for an army, the apocalypse, or just want to be prepared for your barbecue, you’ll be set. Add some cooking utensils to the apron for a great all-in-one gift!
Tactical BBQ Apron, $34.99 at ThinkGeek.com.
GMing a campaign and the players have decided to deviate off the set path? Need some fresh ideas on how to layout a dungeon? Want to play an impromptu campaign out and about and don’t have your notes with you? Grab these dice!
The dungeon-building dice set allows you to roll to put together a dungeon map. The five dice included in the set are all different, but all connect with each other through two separate pathways. I’m down for any excuse to roll more dice!
You can find them for $19.99 at ThinkGeek.com.
You’ve most likely heard of the drama surrounding the Jayne hats… Fox sent out a Cease and Desist to Etsy sellers and others without a license. ThinkGeek does have a license for the hat, and was getting some flack for carrying something mass produced that others aren’t allowed to hand-make anymore. So, being the awesome company they are, they decided to give all proceeds from the sales of the hats to Can’t Stop the Serenity, a charity organization run by Browncoats. If you missed out on getting a Jayne hat, you can grab them now AND feel good about the decision. They’ll continue doing this until they run out of the hats. Find them at ThinkGeek.com.
Prefer hand-made? You’re still able to make the hats, and I’m guessing you’ll still be able to find hand-made hats for sale, just not with the words “Jayne” or “Firefly” associated with it.
Every year, ThinkGeek creates a list of some new “April Fool’s Day” products on what Mr. Geek and I lovingly refer to as “the pre-order page.” You see, they have a tradition of picking one or two products after April 1st and turning them into actual products. You can pick the ones that you like best and get notified by email if/when they become real by clicking “Buy Now” and then scrolling down the page a bit. You can see all of the new products on the homepage, but my top three are below:
This Death Star Trench Toss is just a gussied up cornhole set, but it looks ridiculously cool. Perfect for barbecues and tailgating those new Star Wars movies! The price is a little steep though. At $124.99, it better be huge.
This can very easily be made into a real product, and I’m positive they’ll announce it soon.
Bane Mask Walkie Talkies? Why not? You won’t be able to understand each other, but they’ll still provide hours of fun. Not too sure if this would be practical as a real product, but the image of the little boy using the walkies on the product page is good enough for me.
3D printers are all the rage, so it would make sense that Play-Doh would get in on it. I just don’t think technology’s quite advanced enough yet, as much as I’d like. Since this product would need to be created by Play-Doh, not by ThinkGeek, I doubt this one will see the light of day. But it never hurts to wish!
What were some of your fave April Fool’s announcements/pranks today?
ThinkGeek is having a “Hoth Winter Sale” featuring many of their warmest, coziest items. In addition to things I’d highly recommend like a heated blanket and an electric kettle, they’ve got a great selection of mugs starting at $3.49 each. Replace your old, cracked mugs with something a bit cooler or grab something a bit more eye-catching to keep on your desk. I’m loving the four featured above!
Visit the entire winter sale at ThinkGeek.com!