Published on April 4th, 2013 | by Jickie Torres3
Cheers to That: Game Of Thrones is Back Pt. II
The epic fantasy Game of Thrones returned to HBO last week and to commemorate the occasion we devised a four-part series of cocktail menus inspired by the show’s intrepid characters and puckish personalities. Last week, we divulged a drinks list inspired by the devilish Lannisters. This week, let’s catch up with those noble underdogs, the Starks.
The young and newly crowned king of Winterfell, Robb Stark is our first muse. Because he’s good-hearted and stout and in need of a boost of confidence (in the form of Absinthe), we think the English Blackthorne cocktail is the perfect fit. It’s a long-forgotten classic that’s due for its moment in the sun. Just like our dear Robb.
2 ounces Sloe gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
3 dashes angostura bitters
A splash of absinthe
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled lowball glass and enjoy.
Next in line in age though not in rank is Jon Snow. He’s a member of the Stark family, yet he doesn’t share their name because he’s the illegitimate child of patriarch Eddard Stark and some floozy. Last season, Jon was busy fighting the creepy White Walkers in the snowy outer regions of Westros, earning himself a reputation as a badass that finally seemed to surpass his reputation as the most famous bastard in town. This season will he rise in the ranks of the Wildings that live beyond the wall? Or will he hop the wall back to Westros to fight alongside his king brother to restore the fallen reputation of his father? If there was ever an underdog in an underdog family it’s Jon and because we think he might just be the one to destined to claim the top spot in all the land, we’re bestowing upon his name the cocktail aptly called, The Magnificent Bastard.
The Magnificent Bastard
recipe by Bryan Swanson
2 ounces Bulleit Bourbon
1 ounce Berentzen Apfelkorn
Splash of Laphroaig 10-year scotch
2 dashes angostura bitters
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and stir vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass and enjoy.
We love her sass, we love her spunk. The young Arya Stark may be the youngest daughter in the clan but make no mistake, she’s a tough cookie. Because she’s little and lethal we think this alcoholic adaptation of a Shirley Temple, fits the bill.
The Lady Arya
1 ½ ounces bourbon
1 ounce grenadine
1 ½ ounces lemon juice
lemon peel for garnish
Splash of San Pellegrino Limonata
Place the bourbon, grenadine and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled glass, add a splash of Limonata, garnish with a lemon peel and enjoy.
And for our last and certainly biggest menu item, we refer to Jeremiah Bonjean, who by day is a wedding photographer and Director of Social Media for Totally Rad! Inc. , and by night is a whiskey aficionado with a penchant for working his way through all the drinkable regions of scotch. This alone makes him apt for the job. But the fact that he’s one of the biggest Game of Thrones nerds we know (and we mean the original books, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin) makes him absolutely perfect for it. Take it away Jeremiah…
Hodor, Hodor, Hodor. He may be a minor character, but I love him. First, as a faithful servant to Bran, one of my favorite members of house Stark. Second, because he has yet to rape or murder anyone. And third because “Hodor” is just so fun to say. Try it. Go ahead. We’ll wait…
In honor of everyone’s favorite gentled giant I have a twist on an old southern recipe for “Apple Pie.” The batch makes more than enough to satisfy the thirstiest of giants, which means it’s perfect for a Game of Thrones viewing party. Be warned if you’re not over seven feet. It may be sweeter than the pies your grandma used to make, but the mash is 125 proof. If you drink too much of it you’ll be left with a one word vocabulary too.
Hodor’s Apple Pie
2 Cups Sugar
1 Cups Brown Sugar
1/2 Gallon Apple Juice
1/2 Gallon Apple Cider (I prefer unfiltered)
5 Cinnamon Sticks
750 ml Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1
(Traditional recipes call for Everclear or traditional ‘shine. However, I’m not insane so I always use White Dog Mash.)
Pour sugar, apple juice, and apple cider into a large pot. Bring to boil and then let simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add Cinnamon sticks, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, and add the White Dog Mash.
The “apple pie” mellows with age. If you can keep your hands off it for a couple weeks it just gets better and better.
Photography by Jickie Torres