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"Master Solo's Rodian splice has several poisonous ingredients that need to be used in the exact proportions to render them safe."
―MK-1[src]

A Rodian splice was an alcoholic beverage created with several toxic substances that had to be mixed in precise proportions to prevent the drink from being lethal when consumed by most species. Han Solo, a smuggler and human male, enjoyed the cocktail and ordered it on multiple occasions. Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs, however, was afraid to prepare it or consume it despite including a recipe in The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook.

Description[]

"Despite its deadliness, folks have said the intense flavor of a Rodian Splice is nearly as intoxicatin' as its abundance of alcohol. I'll take their word for it, though, as I prefer a drink that don't make me worry over whether each sip might be my last."
―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook[src]

Rodian splices were alcoholic beverages created with multiple toxic ingredients.[1] If the cocktail was not prepared with perfect proportions of the poisonous ingredients, it would become lethal for most species to consume; for instance, an Artiodac[3] or a human could survive drinking it only if it was mixed correctly.[1] The drink was highly intoxicating and had a strong flavor that many beings enjoyed despite the risk of death.[3]

Part of the cocktail's name was shared with the planet Rodia and its native Rodian species.[4]

History[]

"This caustic cocktail is made from a bunch of ingredients that are already extremely toxic on their own. Even worse, if they're not mixed together in exactly the right proportions, the drink becomes lethal to most species. It's the kind of libation ordered by desperate smugglers with somethin' to prove."
―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook[src]

Rodian splices were typically enjoyed by smugglers such as Han Solo.

The drink was enjoyed by[1] the human male smuggler[5] Han Solo,[1] but he often could not find a cantina that served a satisfactory one.[1] Between 1 ABY and 3 ABY,[6] on the Outer Rim location Barnahof, he ordered a Rodian splice at a bar that served the beverage, but he was forced to abandon the drink without consuming it due to the arrival of a stormtrooper patrol. The Galactic Empire was searching for Solo and his Rebel Alliance cohorts Leia Organa, and Luke Skywalker after the three had gone into hiding following the Battle of Mako-Ta.[1]

When the trio found refuge at Thane Markona's estate on the isolationist moon Hubin, the thane's butler droid MK-1 served them drinks while they sat in the estate grounds awaiting an audience with Markona. The droid mixed a large container of Rodian splice at Solo's request, but made substitutions for some of the poisonous ingredients due to the risk of producing a beverage that was not safe for human consumption.[1] Solo was content to relax and enjoy the drink, but Skywalker had grown impatient and declined Solo's suggestions that Skywalker enjoy the cocktail.[2]

In 34 ABY,[7] the Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs published his cookbook The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook and included a recipe for the cocktail, along with multiple warnings about its dangers. In his description of the beverage, Tuggs characterized it as the type that would be ordered by smugglers who were desperate and had something they wished to prove. He also admitted to his personal fear about preparing or consuming the potent and potentially fatal cocktail.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

Rodian splices first appeared in issue 56 of the 2015 comic book series Star Wars,[1] which was published by Marvel Comics on November 7, 2018[8] and was written by Kieron Gillen with art by Andrea Broccardo.[1] The beverage was colored green in the subsequent issue 57.[2]

The 2019 cookbook Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, which was written by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Marc Sumerak, includes a recipe for the cocktail. Equal amounts of Coffee liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, and either bourbon or whiskey are poured into a glass in that order to create a multicolored layered drink.[3]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Star Wars (2015) 56
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars 57
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook
  4. StarWars-DatabankII.png Rodia in the Databank (backup link)
  5. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  6. The Assault on the Mako-Ta Space Docks in issue 55 of the 2015 Marvel Comics series Star Wars is placed by Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition around one year after the Battle of Yavin, an event that Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 0 BBY, which means issue 55 takes place in 1 ABY. Additionally, the comic book series takes place before the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places in 3 ABY. As issues 56 and 57 take place after the events of issue 55 and before The Empire Strikes Back, they must take place between the standard years 1 ABY and 3 ABY.
  7. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook establishes that the in-universe book was published at the same time as when the First Order was searching for the Resistance base on Batuu. As that search occurs in Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, which is set in 34 ABY according to the reasoning here, the cookbook must have been published in 34 ABY.
  8. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars (2015) #56 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
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