Day 55: The Hero of Naboo
"Artoo is a hero of Naboo." Padmé continued, "He repaired our hyperdrive when we were running the Trade Federation blockade, and he was an important part of the battle to retake the planet. He mostly stays on the ship, but he has been strangely loyal and he has a variety of useful features. Also, sometimes he just makes me smile." Our heroes can come from the most unlikely places it would seem, and they can make us smile as well.
Welcome back again, my thirsty readers. Here we are on another Sunday, and you know what that means. (Cue Star Wars opening theme) It's easy to remember the more exciting characters, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and of course the "very presidential" Jabba, but if you watch the stories closely, none of our heroes would make it out alive without their loyal droids.
Meaning Second Generation Robotic Droid Series-2, R2-D2 has appeared in all but one of the films in the Star Wars franchise, the exception being 2018's Solo: A Star Wars Story. Originally one of Queen Amidala's astromech droids aboard her Naboo Royal Starship, this would come to be no ordinary droid. When the ship took a hit from a Trade Federation battle ship, R2-D2 was the only remaining droid, with a big job to do. Bringing the shields back online, they were able to narrowly escape.
"Artoo" changed hands several time over the course of the films but always had the same lovable demeanor, communicating with a "beep-boop" here and there. It's easy to take heroic helpers like R2-D2 for granted. Always doing what's needed, without being asked, most of us have someone who's cleaned up our messes over the course of our lives. I guess with it being Mother's Day today, I've been thinking a lot about how much our mothers have sacrificed for us, pretty much saving he day, without us even realizing.
Throughout my life, I've had a lot of people who didn't believe in me. Even today, I still find it difficult to explain what I even do for a living to most of my family. It's hard going home sometimes, but my mother makes it all worth while. She's believed in me since day one, and I'll never forget that. I know my mom really enjoys her rum and tropical fruit notes, so this one is for her. I don't even know how many times she's been there to save the day for me, just like Artoo.
The Hero of Naboo
1.5oz Overproof Jamaican Rum
.5oz Cherry Heering
.5oz Pineapple Liqueur (Giffard Caribbean Pineapple, or you could use some fresh pineapple syrup, if you just so happen to have some on hand)
.5oz Vanilla Syrup
1oz Lemon Juice
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
R2-D2 Tiki Mug
Whip shake and pour unstrained.
Top with crushed ice.
Garnish with pineapple fronds, parasol, and a large lemon rosette.
It might sound strange to compare the heroic deeds of our maternal figures to the war-time actions of a beeping droid, but I am a pretty strange guy after all. Let's raise a toast to all of the mothers out there. I mean, without them, we wouldn't be here. I hope you all stay safe, be kind, and keep shaking.