Make These ‘Game of Thrones’ Inspired Cocktails for Your Season 8 Premiere Party

Game of Thrones drinks cocktail recipes

As we near the premiere of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” you might need a drink (if only to quell the nagging anxiety over which beloved character will get bumped off next).

While the plotlines of the show may be as nerve-wracking as trying to predict the Democratic 2020 presidential field, one thing is for certain: the characters of “Game of Thrones” love to imbibe. From clove-infused mulled wine and the spirit-forward “proper northern drink” to the pear brandy of Essos and fresh ingredients like lemon, melon, pomegranate, sour cherry, and blackberry which are frequently consumed in between epic battles; there’s no shortage of cocktail inspiration in fictional Westeros. Throw in some straight-up whimsy (neon blue White Walkers milkshake shots, anyone?) and you’ve got plenty of potential drink combinations to work with.

If you’re looking to coordinate your beverages for the evening and want an experience that goes beyond a neat pour from the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection or cracking open a Hand of the Queen beer, here are some GoT cocktail recipes that are perfect for a premiere night toast.

The Night King’s Sour

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Named after the formidable master of the White Walkers, we think Jon Snow would agree that this cocktail “brings the storm.” A wintery take on a classic whisky sour; never has the raising of corpses tasted so sweet.


  • 1 ounce White Walker by Johnnie Walker
  • ½ ounce Blue Curacao
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce white grape juice
  • ½ ounce vanilla syrup
  • 1 egg white


Add all ingredients into a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish.

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Dragonglass Old Fashioned

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Dragonglass is one of the two known substances capable of killing White Walkers. Chock full of warm and smoky flavors, this Westeros take on an Old Fashioned will bring the “frozen fire” to your premiere night.


  • 1 ounce White Walker by Johnnie Walker
  • ¼ oz Zacapa rum
  • ½ oz smoked cinnamon syrup
  • 2 dashes of Dram Palo Santo bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 rosemary stalk


Burn the rosemary stalk with a torch gun. Smoke the glass. Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for at least 30 seconds. Strain into the smoked rocks glass filled with a diamond shape ice block.

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Army of the Dead

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If you’d prefer something tropical to ward off the hoards of snow zombies, this incredibly simple cocktail will surely do the trick. The combination of whisky, coconut, and a fresh lemon or mint garnish make this drink impossible to screw up.


  • 1 1/4 ounces White Walker by Johnnie Walker
  • 5 ounces coconut soda


Combine all ingredients in a highball glass, add ice and stir for 2 seconds. Garnish with a lemon wheel or a mint sprig.

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The Heart Tree

It’s often said you can’t tell a lie in front of a heart tree. The same could be said after you down a few of these white cosmopolitans. The mix of white and red cranberry is so good, you might just cry (red) tears of joy. Get the The Heart Tree Cocktail recipe.

The Red Woman

The night may be dark and full of terrors, but this cocktail inspired by Melisandre is sure to warm you up. A mix of sweet fruit flavors (cherry, grenadine, and pineapple) are paired with fiery tequila and Fireball to recreate a drink that resembles The Red Woman’s very own ruby necklace. Get the The Red Woman recipe.

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Last nights #gameofthrones still has me needing a drink. I’m totally hyped up for the finale for this season that I’m already starting to plan it. My Wildfire Cocktail will be involved but so will some other stellar favorites. You can go to the link in my profile to grab the Wildfire recipe but also my #GoT Party Pinterest board for more inspiration. Will you be celebrating next Sunday? What has been your favorite part of this season this far? . . . . #ABMHappyHour #HappyHourClub #BoozyTalk #CraftCocktails #CocktailsAndDreams #liquorgram #drinkstagram #liqpic #bartendersbible #ImbibeGram #libations #firstroundonus #SoBestFriendsForFrosting #BAReaders #HuffPostTaste #FeedFeed #YahooFood #f25Food #FoodAndWine #TheKitchn #jonsnow #wildfire #asoiaf #targaryen #lannister #watchparty #hbo

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“Game of Thrones” is based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” so it makes sense that there’s a GoT inspired cocktail that involves actual flames. With a mix of melon liqueur, vodka, and overproof rum, this drink is potent enough to destroy Stannis Baratheon’s fleet. Note: Pyrophobic bartenders need not apply. Get the Wildfire Cocktail recipe.

Lady Sansa Stark

It’s no secret that Sansa adores lemon cakes, so naturally a cocktail named in her honor combines a mix of tangy citrus with warm, spicy notes of cardamom and saffron. The recipe suggests using a vodka that’s been infused with rose petals (we suspect it’s to pay homage to the “dusk rose tea” made from a flower grown in fictional Slaver’s Bay). Get the Lady Sansa Stark Cocktail recipe.

White Walker Milkshake Shots

If you’ve ever fantasized about annihliating a few White Walkers, now you can with the help of some vanilla ice cream and a blender. These Creamsicle-like shots make the perfect companion for a “Long Night.” Get the White Walker Milkshake Shots recipe.

To go along with your drinks, get our “Game of Thrones” recipes for a fully on-theme menu.

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Side Dish Sundays: Bacon Roasted Carrots.

Nothing brings in spring like bacon roasted carrots.

Aren’t you so excited too? A sweet + savory side dish is exactly what I need.
Okay guys. First, I can’t believe I am going to say this, but… this is the recipe that has made me love carrots. In fact, this is the recipe that has made me CRAVE carrots.
Second, I could eat the entire contents of this baking sheet for a meal.
They are THAT good.

While carrots seem to be the go-to for kids (they’re sweet! You can dip them in delicious stuff!), I always loathed raw carrots. If I’m being honest, I still don’t like raw carrots at ALL but I will semi-fake it for my kids. As a result, I find myself not even liking carrots in salad. Unless I spiralize or shave them.
Cooked carrots were a different story. I could handle them in soups and stews and if they were served with something else and they were roasted and warm, I was fine with it. But carrots weren’t a side dish my mom ever made for dinner (she was strictly team green beans with almonds with the occasional corn dish) and I just never grew to love them. Meanwhile, I don’t think anyone else in our house liked them either.

However! Eddie absolutely LOVES carrots – and he especially loves cooked carrots. I’m always looking for new ways to kick up a carrot side dish for dinners. Because the other thing that you probably already know is that Eddie lives for a side dish.
He might enjoy a side dish better than the entrée. He is always VERY interested in the side dish.

And that’s how these bacon roasted carrots were born! Salty, crispy bacon. Caramely, tender carrots. There is so much flavor here and so few ingredients! It’s such a winner. I even kind of want to throw these on a salad by themselves and go to town.
That would be amazing, right?!

What I love to serve with bacon roasted carrots.
This is a simple side dish with loads of flavor, so I find that it complements SO many dishes! Be it meat or veg, this is a great dish to make and one that even tastes great when it’s reheated.
Kalua Pork Sliders
Goat Cheese Roasted Chicken
The Best Lemon Roasted Chicken
Spaghetti Squash Parmesan
Bourbon Fig & Gorgonzola Pork Tenderloin
Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken
Pomegranate Braised Short Ribs
Crispy Rice Salad with Kale
Portobello Mushroom Galette
Herb Butter Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Veggie and Cheese Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Chimichurri
Crispy Brussels Sprouts Tartines

Bacon Roasted Carrots

Sweet carrots are drizzled with bacon fat and chopped bacon, then roasted until they are tender, sweet and caramely. So much flavor!

3 slices thick-cut bacon, (chopped)
2 pounds of carrots, (peeled)
pinch of salt
½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the chopped bacon. Cook, stirring, often, just until the fat is rendered and the bacon starts to crisp up. Turn off the heat.
Peel the carrots and place them on the baking sheet. I like to drizzle the carrots with the bacon grease that is in the pan. Toss the carrots to cover them evenly with the bacon fat. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the carrots, along with the pepper and garlic. Top with the bacon.
Roast the carrots for 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crisped and the carrots are fork tender.
Remove the baking sheet and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve immediately!

These colors give me all the heart eyes.
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Nine Favorite Things.

Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post. Happy first Sunday of April everyone! In the midst of a crazy work schedule, we’ve also been working hard to bring on some new HBH team members. I’m not sure if this is the place to talk about this type of thing, but hey, it’s […]
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What Is White Asparagus?

what is white asparagus?

My youth was haunted by a literary character in the form of a vampiric rabbit, aptly named “Bunnicula,” who was believed to suck the juice out of vegetables, leaving them a ghostly white. I was much older than I’d care to admit before I accepted that this was not the probable cause for pale produce such as cauliflower, radishes, parsnips, and especially white asparagus. I mean, white asparagus? C’mon, there’s even an OG green version that looks exactly like it! That was all the evidence I needed; clearly one vegetable was before Bunnicula and the other after Bunnicula. How can evolution and science possibly team up to justify and explain a white plant in a world where health messages are all about “eating the rainbow,” or at least eating greens? White food in general is hardly synonymous with that which is nutritionally impactful, so what possible purpose can white asparagus serve?

Charged with learning the truth, turns out there’s a pretty basic explanation. (I’m still gonna pin cauliflower on Bunnicula, though.) Since white asparagus is one of the first spring vegetables to bravely poke through the barely-thawed ground, let’s spend a few moments getting to know this enigmatic shoot and collect a few recipes to celebrate this year’s glorious return of plants.

What is white asparagus?

In short, white asparagus is simply green asparagus that hasn’t seen the sun. (Boring compared to vampire rabbits, amirite?) The asparagus spears have either remained under ground, or have grown in complete shade (natural or man-made) to prevent photosynthesis from taking place and therefore halting the development of chlorophyll, that which makes things green. Biologically, white and green asparagus are identical, and share the same seasonal produce timeline. The difference between them is simply evidence of nurture versus nature.

Where does white asparagus grow?

Growing white asparagus is the same as growing green asparagus, which has a very wide climatic range of possibility, so long as someone or something wants to provide the sunscreen. Asparagus stalks are perennial plants that will start to show themselves annual once the temperature reaches about 50 degrees. White asparagus production is rarely done in the United States, though you may catch it at a farmers’ market or two, but it is a prized crop in both Peru and Germany especially, where is is known as Spargel and is the cause of much fanfare in the spring during white asparagus season.

Is white asparagus good for you?

Even minus the greenery, yes. White asparagus has nearly the same beneficial nutritional impact of green asparagus, fiber and antioxidants chief among those benefits. (Bunnicula be damned! You haven’t got the best of white asparagus!) To be fair, green asparagus has more of both of these, but seriously, so long as you’re consuming vegetables no need to split hairs over micro doses of the good stuff. Eat the rainbow. And some white veggies too while you’re at it.

How should you cook with white asparagus?

Dishes highlighting white asparagus generally keep it pretty simple to let its natural tenderness and subtlety of flavor shine. Try the most delicate spears raw, or else try cooking it by blanching in boiling water and then shocking it in an ice water bath to preserve its character and texture. No need to bury it like your winter body under complicated layers. Butter, lemon, herbs, eggs, and hollandaise tend to be white asparagus’ favorite dance partners.

Tangy Lemon Dill White Asparagus

Short of of just cutting it from the ground and eating it fresh, this simple, effective recipe just brightens the white asparagus up with a flash of lemon and dill in a gently sweet vinaigrette. Get the Tangy Lemon Dill White Asparagus recipe.

White Asparagus, Spring Herbs, and Crepes

This is legit the most springtime dish I’ve ever seen. Delicate crepes freckled with herbs, within which are gently folded tender spears of white asparagus. A light, delicious sauce adorns the plate and yes, just a bit of ham to remind you that it’s springtime in Germany, too. Get the White Asparagus, Spring Herbs, and Crepes recipe.

White Asparagus Soup with Pistachios

white asparagus soup recipe


White asparagus meets another pale twin, potatoes, in a light soup that works as well hot when the chill still finds the air, or cold, when the thermostat inevitably spikes to 80 sometime this month for no apparent reason. Get our White Asparagus Soup with Pistachios recipe.

White Asparagus with a Provençal Lemon Mustard Mayo

White asparagus is as good an excuse as any for dusting off one of my favorite dinner party tricks: making mayonnaise from scratch. (Seriously your friends will be dazzled.) A dose of mustard and a touch of herbes de Provence bring some easy jazziness to the occasion. Get the White Asparagus with a Provençal Lemon Mustard Mayo recipe.

Bonus hint: Try asparagus of any color with its natural wine pairing, Austria’s Gruner Veltliner, to echo its unique vegetal taste.

Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey meatloaf is a favorite in our house! This healthy meatloaf recipe made with lean ground turkey is easy and delicious.

Turkey Meatloaf
If you like meatloaf as much as I do, you might also enjoy this Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf or this Bacon Topped BBQ Turkey Meatloaf. Serve it with garlic mashed potatoes or loaded cauliflower mash and a vegetable on the side and dinner is done!

Skinnytaste Meal Plan (April 8-April 14)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®.

Happy weekend everyone! Just a quick reminder, I will be doing a book signing tomorrow (Sunday) April 7th, hosted by Le Creuset at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, from 2 PM – 3:30 PM at 869 Adirondack Way, Central Valley, NY. If you’re in the area stop by and say hello and bring your cookbooks (they will be selling cookbooks there too)! I will also have book signings at their Mohegan Sun location the following Saturday, April 13th 2 PM – 3:30 PM and at their Massachusetts location in Wrentham the following Sunday, April 14th 2 PM – 3:30 PM. Save the date!
If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, 7-day flexible healthy meal plans (you can see my previous meal plans here) that are meant as a guide, with plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food, coffee, beverages, fruits, snacks, dessert, wine, etc or swap recipes out for meals you prefer, you can search for recipes by course in the index. You should aim for around 1500 calories* per day.
There’s also a precise, organized grocery list that will make grocery shopping so much easier and much less stressful. Save you money and time. You’ll dine out less often, waste less food and you’ll have everything you need on hand to help keep you on track.
Lastly, if you’re on Facebook join my Skinnytaste Facebook Community where everyone’s sharing photos of recipes they are making, you can join here. I’m loving all the ideas everyone’s sharing! If you wish to get on the email list, you can subscribe here so you never miss a meal plan!
Also, if you don’t have the Skinnytaste Meal Planner, now would be a great time to get one to get organized for 2019! There was a print error last year, but it’s perfect now! You can order it here!

Breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, are designed to serve 1 while dinners and all meals on Saturday and Sunday are designed to serve a family of 4. Some recipes make enough leftovers for two nights or lunch the next day. While we truly believe there is no one size fits all meal plan, we did our best to come up with something that appeals to a wide range of individuals. Everything is Weight Watchers friendly, I included the updated Weight Watcher Freestyle Points for your convenience, feel free to swap out any recipes you wish or just use this for inspiration!
The grocery list is comprehensive and includes everything you need to make all meals on the plan. I’ve even included brand recommendations of products I love and use often. Cross check your cabinets because many condiments you’ll notice I use often, so you may already have a lot of them.
And last, but certainly not least, this meal plan is flexible and realistic. There’s plenty of wiggle room for cocktails, healthy snacks, dessert and dinner out. And if necessary, you can move some things around to make it work with your schedule. Please let me know if you’re using these plans, this will help me decide if I should continue sharing them!
MONDAY (4/8)
B: ½ cup dry quick oats cooked with water (4) with 1 teaspoon honey (1), ½ cup blackberries (0), 1 tablespoon skim
milk (0), 2 teaspoons chopped pecans (1), pinch salt.
L: Chicken Shawarma Salad* (6)
D: Best Skinny Eggplant Rollatini with Spinach (5) with a green salad (2)*
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 19, Calories 871**
B: 2 hard-boiled eggs and 1 cup grapes (0)
L: Chicken Shawarma Salad (6)
D: Madison’s Favorite Beef Tacos (9) with 1 ounce avocado (1)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 16, Calories 959**
B: ½ cup dry quick oats cooked with water (4) with 1 teaspoon honey (1), ½ cup blackberries (0), 1 tablespoon
skim milk (0), 2 teaspoons chopped pecans (1), pinch salt.
L: Chicken Shawarma Salad (6)
D: LEFTOVER Madison’s Favorite Beef Tacos (9) with 1 ounce avocado (1)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 22, Calories 951**
B: 2 hard-boiled eggs and 1 cup grapes (0)
L: Chicken Shawarma Salad (6)
D: Cilantro Lime Shrimp (1) with Quick and Delicioso Cuban Style Black Beans (1) and Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 14, Calories 959**
FRIDAY (4/12)
B: PB + J Yogurt (6)
L: Egg Tomato and Scallion Sandwich (4) and an apple (0)
D: Asian Farro Medley with Salmon (7)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 17, Calories 968**
B: Strawberry Peanut Butter Swirl Smoothie Bowls (7) (Recipe x 2)
L: BBQ Chicken Quesadilla (5) (Recipe x 4)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 12, Calories 585**
SUNDAY (4/14)
B: Spinach Ricotta Quiche (5) with ½ cup strawberries (0)
L: Greek Nachos (5) (Recipe x 2) with 8 baby carrots (0)
D: Turkey Meatloaf (3) with Loaded Cauliflower “Mash” Bake (2)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 15, Calories 821**
*Prep Chicken Salad Sun night, if desired. Freeze any leftover Rollatini you/your family won’t eat. Green salad
includes 4 cups romaine, 2 scallions, ½ cup each: tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas and 2 tablespoons light
**This is just a guide, women should aim for around 1500 calories per day. Here’s a helpful calculator to estimate
your calorie needs. I’ve left plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food such as coffee, beverages, fruits,
snacks, dessert, wine, etc.