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11 Game of Thrones-Inspired Drinks

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If you’re one of the millions of people who spend their Sunday nights getting whisked away to Westeros, you probably have noticed that most of the characters are either getting their drink on or at least talking about getting said drink on.

You really can’t blame them either, because Westeros is a pretty intense continent full of war, treachery, harsh winters, dragons, and zombies known as wights. Even just watching the show makes you want to have a couple of drinks to take the edge off.

Thankfully, there a number of Game of Thrones-inspired drinks that you can sip on while you enjoy The Lannisters battling The Starks or any of the other twists and turns throughout the hit HBO series.

Iron Throne Blonde Ale

Brewery Ommegang, a Belgian brewery in Cooperstown, NY, teamed up with HBO to unveil their debut beer just in time for the third season premiere. The ale’s color is blonde, just like the locks of the characters in the House Lannister. Brewmaster Phil Leinhart said “With a Lannister currently on the throne, it made sense to do a delicate but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops,” which retails for about $8.50 for a 750 ml bottle.

Medieval Mulled Wine

The drink of choice on Game of Thrones is wine, so why not enjoy the show with a Medieval Mulled Wine? Here’s a recipe from Inn at the Crossroads.

1 bottle of an inexpensive red wine- sweet works better than dry, such as Cabernet.
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbs. each of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg
Handful each of dried cherries, raisins, and almonds (slivered or sliced is best)

Directions: Bring wine and honey to a simmer.  Add honey as necessary after tasting for sweetness. Remove from heat, stir in spices, and continue stirring occasionally.  Let it sit so that  the spices create a thick residue, which will settle to the bottom. Use a ladle to serve into individual mugs or other heat-safe vessels. It’s suggested that the cloves be placed in a mesh tea ball, or cheese cloth, so that there won’t be any cloves in your goblet.

Highland Park Loki

Looking to impress your follow Game of Thrones fans, then this 15-year-old single malt Loki should do the trick, get it? Sure, it’s expensive, $249 to be exact, but the scotch is known for its shape-shifting characteristics. It starts off with a citrus aroma, which is followed  by a smoky taste and finishes with notes of cloves and vanilla. Also, the wooden Viking-ship style packaging that embraces Norse mythology is a perfect match for the realm of Game of Thrones.

The Winterfell

If you want to add some punch to your beer, try this recipe from the LA Times.

1 bottle Irish stout beer
2 ounces apple brandy
1 ounce amaretto
1 ounce maple syrup, preferably grade “B”

Directions: Pour the beer into a beer mug or other glass approximately two-thirds full. In an old-fashioned glass, combine the brandy, amaretto, and maple syrup. Pour the brandy mixture into the pint glass with the beer and enjoy.

Mother of Dragons and Dragons Tail

Here’s another suggestion from the LA Times.

2 blood oranges, supremed or segmented
2 ounces gin
1 ounce elderflower liqueur, preferably St. Germain
Tonic water

Directions: For “Mother of Dragons,” combine orange segments with the gin and elderflower liqueur. Muddle segments so that juice is released. Add ice and fill the rest of the glass with tonic water. Serve immediately.

To make the “Dragon’s Tail,” combine the orange segments, gin and elderflower liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Muddle until orange juice is released and add ice. Shake and strain into an old-fashioned glass. Serve immediately.

Fire & Ice

This cocktail, named loosely after the book that season three is based on, comes to us from of Iron & Oak.

1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
3/4 parts Fresh Lime Juice
1 Slice of Jalapeño
1 part Pomegranate Juice
1/2 part Simple Syrup
Splash of Soda Water

Directions:
Muddle lime juice, jalapeño, pomegrantate juice and simple syrup in a mixing bowl.
Add mixture and Basil Hayden’s into a shaker and shake lightly for five seconds.
Strain into a Collins glass, add ice and top with soda water.

The Red Priestess

Here’s a fiery cocktail from Clifton Hyde and Joe Peretore.

2 oz white rum
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz Campari
1/2 oz simple syrup

Directions: Shake and strain into a coupe.

Bronn of the Blackwater

Another, yet stronger, cocktail from Clifton Hyde and Joe Peretore

2 1/2 oz rye whiskey
1/2 oz 151-proof rum
1/2 oz simple syrup
5 dashes angostura bitters

Directions: Stir and strain into a cup. Set a piece of lime peel in the drink. Pour 151-proof rum on the peel. Light peel with match. Make sure you blow out the fire before it warps your cup.

The Maid of Tarth

One final suggestion from Clifton Hyde and Joe Peretore, these guys have plenty more to share.

2 oz light fruity blended scotch (e.g., Johnny Walker Red, Compass Box Asyla)
1/2 oz Curaçao
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz Crème Yvette (or Crème de Violette)

Directions: Shake and strain over a huge ice cube into an old-fashioned glass.

Arya

Here’s a simple enough drink suggested from Game of Thrones Cocktails.
1/2 pint of porter poured over 1/2 pint of mead

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