Published on April 13th, 2013 | by Jickie Torres3
Cheers to That: Game of Thrones is Back. pt. III
To the delight of fans of epic fantasy fiction stories and grand blockbuster HBO productions (or people who’ve just grown to adore Peter Dinklage), Game of Thrones has returned to television for it’s third season. We’ve be chronicling the return with our special menu of cocktails inspired by iconic characters from the show, you can check out past posts here and here . For our third installment, we tackle the wily bunch beyond the walls of the Seven Kingdoms called the Wildings. More kindly known as the Free Folk, this band of outsiders have a heritage untied to any kings or queens. Some consider them savages or barbarians, we like to think of them as well-armed hippies.
Ygritte is our first muse. We first met this fiery redhead when she and her gang of Free People kidnapped John Snow. She’s feisty, cunning and tough so we’ve created a drink that’s as spunky and gingery as she is.
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce cranberry juice
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
splash of ginger ale
2 large ripe strawberries
Muddle the strawberries in a cocktail shaker with a bit of ice. Add the cranberry juice, lemon juice and vodka and shake well. Pour into a rocks glass, add a splash of ginger ale, garnish with strawberries and enjoy.
Next up we’ve created a cocktail for the group of men called the Night’s Watch, a crew who guard the wall from beasts that reputedly lurk in the area and threaten the safety of those over the wall in Westros proper. Sure, these creatures haven’t reportedly attacked in a millenia (or have they?). And sure, this once-noble squadron seems to now be populated by a band of mistfits and half-witted criminals. All we know is that John Snow has joined their ranks and bringing some legitimate sword skills to their team. And what we for sure know is that a crew like that will need a drink with muscles to keep them alert and vigilant, that is, a drink with coffee. This has caffeine for punch, and Benedictine, an herbal liquor said to have been invented in a monastery in the 16th century to revive tired monks.
The Night’s Watch
3 oz. chilled coffee
1/4 oz. Bénédictine
1/4 oz. maraschino liqueur
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake and strain into a glass and enjoy.
Before we leave the outer lands we drink to the most mystical of mysteries beyond the wall, The White Walkers. This menacing race of villains has the reputation of killing everything it it’s path. They can even reanimate the dead and turn them into lethal zombies who kill at their bidding. So aptly so, this this drink is strong, biting and snowy white.
The White Walker
2 ounces dry gin
1 ounce Johnny Walker
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 egg white
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled glass and enjoy.