Mixologist’s Recipes: Hunger Games Shots & Mixed Drinks

In honor of the Hunger Games movie launching tomorrow, I was tasked with seeing if lightning can strike thrice after the massive success of our Harry Potter Sorting Shots and Harry Potter shots. So taking inspiration from the characters in the books and my liquor cabinet, I set out to make four drinks worthy of surviving the Hunger Games.

Katniss, the Girl on Fire
A cinnamon infused tequila sunrise 

20 ml Orange juice
20 ml Tequila
5 ml Cinnamon schnapps, 1 drop of red dye
Cinnamon stick for garnish

Using chilled ingredients, layer the ingredients with the cinnamon schnapps on the bottom, then orange juice and finally tequila in a shot glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

“I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.” – The Hunger Games, page 120

This drink should be stirred before drinking, but the layered flame effect is too nice to pass up. A unique twist on the Tequila Sunrise, the cinnamon adds an extra kick that blends nicely with the orange and tequila. Plus I love the visual queue of the cinnamon stick evoking the imagery of her bow.

Haymitch, the District’s Champion
“You don’t interfere with my drinking, and I’ll stay sober enough to help you.” 

150 ml Hawaiian Punch
45 ml Everclear

Combine the punch and Everclear in a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Pour into a glass and serve.

Haymitch is well known for his drinking antics, but he’s also the only character to have a drink described:

…[Haymitch]’s knocking back a glass of red juice that he keeps thinning with a clear liquid from a bottle. Judging by the fumes, it’s some kind of spirit.” – The Hunger Games, page 56

It was obvious that Haymitch would take the strongest alcohol he could. As for the Hawaiian punch, it seemed like the reddest “juice” I could think of, and I think Haymitch was just using it as a way to drink more.

Peeta, the Bakers’ Son
A chocolate chip cookie shot

35 ml Adult Chocolate Milk
5 ml Jägermeister
5 ml Cinnamon schnapps

Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake until chilled. Pour into a shot glass and serve with a cookie.

“It’s him. I do not want to lose the boy with the bread.” – The Hunger Games, page 297

As the son of bakers, Peeta is known for his baking skills. Instead of doing something boring like a drink that tasted like bread, it was an easy choice to go with the classic baker item: chocolate chip cookies! Now, if you don’t have access to Adult Chocolate Milk (yes, it’s real), you can make your own by combining some Bailey’s with some chocolate syrup or chocolate creme liqueur.

Mockingjay, Bane of the Capitol

180 ml Collins mix
45 ml  of Blueberry or raspberry vodka

Mix the ice and vodka together in a Collins glass and top off with the Tom Collins mix.

“The bird is connected to the ring only by its wing tips. I suddenly recognize it. A mockingjay. They’re funny birds and something of a slap in the face to the Capitol.” – The Hunger Games, page 42

The most abstract of drinks in concept, I wanted the Mockingjay to look like one thing but taste like something else. Since the Mockingjay looks like a blue jay, but white, I wanted to make a drink that looks white but tastes blue. Yes, I know how weird that sounds.

By using blueberry or raspberry vodka, the flavor beautifully combines harmoniously with the relatively plain Collins mix. If you don’t have access to Collins mix (it’s just club soda, confectionery sugar and sour mix), Sprite or 7-Up will do in a pinch, but you’ll loose the color.