Published on March 30th, 2013 | by Jickie Torres11
Cheers to That: Game of Thrones is Back
Fire-breathing dragons, familial backstabbing, and plenty of expository sex. Game of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday March 31st and season three of the epic fantasy show promises more blood, guts and sword-wielding glory as the seven noble families of Westeros each vie to be the rulers of all.
What makes this heady cocktail of drama so addictive? For one, there’s intrigue, adventure and magic! From incestuous power plays to dragon smuggling to the fate of one family in the hands of a bastard son, the show takes scandal to new snowy heights. For another, the intricately woven plot lines, the meticulous characterizations and the lavish production value are so well executed that all this far-fetched madness makes so much delicious sense.
So inspired by all the ruthless debauchery, we give you a four-part series of cocktails to enjoy ringside. We’ll start by honoring the most fun of the dysfunctional families, the Lannisters.
First up, inspired by our most unlikely diminutive hero Tyrion Lannister, played by the incomparable Peter Dinklage, is the Vodka Implet. It’s a play on the classic gimlet made with key limes, naturally. We also serve it in a double rocks glass. You know, cuz Tyrion has some pretty big rocks for a small guy.
The Vodka Implet
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce fresh key lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled double rocks glass, garnish with a key-lime slice and enjoy.
Next, for the Queen bitch herself, Cersei Lannister, we have a concoction that captures her brazen spirit, her vindictive will and her dirty deeds. And we serve it a glass that will almost always make you lose your shit.
Blood Orange Martini
3 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces fresh-squeezed blood-orange juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with a blood orange slice and enjoy.
Finally, for the the spawn of evil himself, Joffrey Baratheon, the young son of Queen Lannister, we created a dark, smokey cocktail spotted with bits of blackberry and it’s plenty bitter.
1 ounce smokey scotch
1 ounce cognac
1 ounce campari
1 bar spoon blackberry jam
dash of Peychaud’s bitters
dash of Woodford Reserve spiced cherry bitters
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and enjoy.
Photos by Mark Mendez and Jickie Torres