Drinking is Coming: Game of Thrones Inspired Cocktails

To say that we’re horribly jealous of the girls over at Inn at the Crossroads would be the biggest understatement. With their phenomenal book, A Feast of Ice and Fire, they’ve become the greatest culinary experts on Game of Thrones inspired cooking – surpassing even Tom Colicchio! But I’ve got to say, while I love their recipes (over 200 of them), sometimes you don’t want to eat – you want to drink.

Mulled wine is delicious but hardly in season year around, so Tom and I tasked ourselves with crafting a series of drinks inline with our other attempts to remind everyone that winter may be coming, but you should cool off while the summer still lasts. Unlike most of our drinks though, many of these manage to have non-alcoholic varieties as well. Just omit the alcohol.

Iced Green Minty Drink
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
1/2 a honey dew melon, pureed
2 kiwi fruits, peeled and pureed
A squirt of lemon juice
4 tablespoons of mint infused simple syrup
2 sprigs of fresh mint
6 ounces of vodka
1 cup of ice

Puree the honey dew, kiwi and squirt of lemon juice together into a smooth mixture (this can be done in advance). Then blend together all the ingredients until smooth and serve immediately. Garnish with mint.

To make a simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a pot of boiling water and allow it to reduce by half. To make mint infused syrup, bruise eight sprigs of mint and simmer them in the syrup to extract the flavor.

With this drink, it was anything goes as long as it follows two rules: it’s green and it’s minty. This allowed for some extra creativity but we felt the combination of honey dew and kiwi kept the colors vibrant, while the mint allowed it to stay refreshing. In hotter climates, I would suggest chilling everything before making the drink.

Dothraki Fermented Mare’s Milk
Makes 2 glasses or 4 tastings

Ingredients
6 ounces of coconut milk, unsweetened
4 tablespoons of dried coconut, finely diced or ground
4 tablespoons of simple syrup
3 ounces of yogurt, plain
4 ounces of rum
Ice

Whisk together the ingredients and serve over ice.

The idea of fermented mare’s milk is disgusting, I’m not going to lie. So when I tried to concept out how this drink could possibly work, I drew inspiration from the mango lassi. But I felt coconuts would give the texture and color I was searching for. This drink is heavy, but would pair up well with a curry.


Lemonsweet

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
4 lemons
6 tablespoons of simple syrup
6 ounces of vodka
12 ounces of water or sparkling water

Juice the lemons then combine the juice, simple syrup and vodka together. Divide evenly between the glasses, then top off with cold water or sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon slice.

What is essentially lemonade, Lemonsweet is a great starter. The core flavors are begging to be improved upon, like the inclusion of basil which gives it a much more interesting depth of flavor.

Cersei’s Sangria
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
750 mL of white wine, like a sauvignon blanc
18-24 fresh cherries, pitted and sliced
1 lime
1/2 cup of raspberries
1/4 cup of triple sec

Pit and slice the cherries and add them to a large pitcher along with the juice of half a lime. Pour the wine and triple sec in and allow it to steep for at least an hour. Immediately before serving, add in the berries and dice the remaining lime. Serve chilled.

Originally, the sangria was going to be made with blood oranges but those were out of season. Without those, we felt the task of trying to turn cherry limeade into a kind of sangria was both delicious sounding and a challenge. A word of caution, do not add all the lime at once otherwise your drink will be horribly bitter. Also, don’t add the raspberries too early either.

Iced Milk with Honey
Makes 1 drink

Ingredients
1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
2 ounces of milk
2 ounces of bourbon
1 tablespoon of honey

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve cold.

When Ned attempts to down a glass of iced milk with honey, the overly sweet taste didn’t appeal to him. But thanks to the summer we’ve been having, a milkshake seemed like a perfect compromise. The use of bourbon adds some delicious depth.

When we get closer to winter, fully expect us to return to Westeros with a series of drinks for the wall, Winterfell and King’s Landing!

Our other drinks of fantasy and lore include:

Harry Potter Series
Hogwarts House Sorting Shots | Butterbeer | Pumpkin Juice
The Dark Mark, the Rubeus Hagrid, Fire Whiskey & the Golden Snitch

The Hunger Games
The Katniss, the Haymitch, the Peeta & the Mockingjay

Star Wars
Blue Bantha MilkĀ