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

Johnnie Walker White Walker Game of Thrones whiskey

Johnnie Walker

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

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

Johnnie Walker Game of Thrones cocktail recipe

Johnnie Walker

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

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

Johnnie Walker Game of Thrones whisky cocktail

Johnnie Walker

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.

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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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Wildfire on Blackwater Bay

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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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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

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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.

Celebrate National Beer Day with These Beer-Infused Products

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Who doesn’t love a cold pint on a Sunday afternoon? This Sunday is National Beer Day—time to celebrate all that is beer. And we’re not just talking pours of whatever’s on tap. Check out this list of things you can buy that are infused with your favorite brew. Lather up in a stout or scent the house in bourbon ale…We’re here for it! (Any day!)

Beer Candle

Hoppy IPA Brew Candle, $19.99 on Amazon

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This is the cutest present for your beer enthusiast. Craft beer candles come in all sorts of different scents to appease any hop-lover. Swag Brewery candles are poured in recycled bottles that range from Breakfast Stout, Hard Cider, Hoppy IPA, Kentucky Bourbon, and Vanilla Porter. They don’t smell like stale beer. Each candle has different notes including spicy, grassy, roasty, and citrusy. A 6-pack of these bad boys, and you’re set for the year! (Or if you prefer, you can also buy a beer fragrance oil! Notes include banana, malt, musk, and rosewood.)Buy Now

Beer Jelly

House of Webster Beer Jelly, $6.95 at Artful Ellijay

Artful Ellijay beer jelly

Artful Ellijay

Beer can be an amazing addition to marinades and baking. This beer jelly varietal allows you to smear it on toast, add to a killer charcuterie board, and make for some smoky marinades for pork and chicken. One of my favorites is the Coffee Stout Fig jelly that infuses a rich dark ale with roasted coffee and figs. It is dark and sweet. Other flavors include Belgian Wheat Orange Fox Head, Strawberry IPA Bear Claw, and Summer Saison Hog’s Breath. The best part is that they’re made and shipped from a local mountain shop in Elijay, Georgia.

Beer Shampoo and Conditioner

BROO Craft Beer Shampoo and Conditioner, $16 on Amazon

BROO craft beer shampoo and conditioner

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Barley and hops aren’t just ingredients for the perfect pint, they also nourish, repair and soothe hair! Who knew? This shampoo and conditioner combo promises a malty lather and is also sulfate and paraben-free. It smells like hop flowers. (So don’t worry, you won’t smell like you’re walking out of a bar after you shower.) LUSH also makes an organic stout shampoo that adds volume, softness, and shine to dull hair. It’ll leave you smelling like a brandy, stout, and lemon cocktail. Mmmmm…Buy Now

Beer Soap

Aptos Trading Company Beer Soap, 2 for $13.98 on Amazon

Aptos Trading Company beer soap

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There are also plenty of beer-infused soaps on the market. Hops and barley are amazingly hydrating for skin, so why not lather them all over the bod? This set contains two scents: Refreshing Orange and Patchouli-Peppermint.Buy Now

Beer-Infused Hot Sauce

Torched Smoked Porter Hot Sauce, $14.99 at Torched Products

Torched smoked porter hot sauce

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Maybe you’ve tried habanero-infused beer (like Ballast Point’s Habanero Sculpin), but have you tried a beer-infused habanero sauce? Torched has a line of hot sauces, all combined with craft beer flavors. Check out their Habanero Homebrew and Smoked Porter hot sauces that promise to add the perfect spice to your beer and nachos combo. Add a dash to your eggs or a bunch to your burrito. And if it gets too hot, wash it down with a cold glass of beer!Buy Now

Check out some our of favorite beers for warmer weather, and the best beer subscriptions to keep yourself in suds.

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The Ultimate Guide to Eating (and Drinking) at Coachella 2019

Madre! barbacoa (Coachella 2019 food guide)

Southern California’s oh-so-anticipated rite of spring is nearly upon us. Scenesters, influencers, Kardashians, and even a few music fans are mere days away from making the annual migration to Indio’s Empire Polo Club for the dual-weekend extravaganza known as Coachella. For the hundreds of thousands making the desert pilgrimage: Great news! This year organizers have assembled what is, without a doubt, the festival’s best lineup ever–at least when it comes to food.

Whether you’re slumming it as a general admission attendee or rubbing elbows with the hoi polloi in the V.I.P. zones, plenty of stellar sips and bites await for vegans, vegetarians, ketos, the gluten-free, and boozehounds alike. Scroll down for a list of all the vendors, but read on for more details on some of the best bets.

Take a Trip to Kogitown

Coachella wasn’t always a food lovers’ paradise. Prior to 2009, the availability of quality food reflected the fest’s desert locale. But then a decade ago, Roy Choi rolled in with his groundbreaking Kogi truck and suddenly it was “thank u, next” to the old guard.

Chego rice bowl (Coachella 2019 food)

Chego

In honor of the tenth anniversary of Choi’s Coachella debut, the fest will be devoting a large swath of the Food Court to the man, the myth, the legend. KogiTown will feature the Los Angeles and Las Vegas-based chef’s famed Korean-Mexican fusion creations along with the hits from his rice bowl sensation Chego.

Be sure to pay homage to the dude that started it all–and don’t forget to order the Ooey Gooey Fries.

More Food for the Masses

Shade is perhaps the hottest commodity at Coachella, and thankfully the Indio Central Market offers a refuge from the heat along with killer food. This year you can fill your belly under the tent with fried chicken sandwiches from chef David Chang’s popular Fuku chain, burgers courtesy of Watts icon Hawkins, and the photogenic egg salad sando from Konbi–a must for the Yeezus Easter Sunday service on weekend two.

Konbi egg sandwich (Coachella 2019 food)

Konbi

For dessert, cool down with ice cream from Brooklyn’s Van Leeuwen but don’t neglect scoops from West Coast rival Salt & Straw at the Boardwalk. There you’ll also find “Top Chef” favorite Marcel Vigneron’s Tacos Lobos and vegan selections from Seabirds.

Over in the Beer Barn, chow down on BBQ sandwiches from chefs Bruce Kalman and Tyler Anderson’s Square Peg, pizzas fired in a flash at 800 Degrees, and potatoes, wings, and Oreos fried up for your gluttonous pleasure at Beer Belly.

Joining KogiTown in the Food Court is familiar favorite Shake Shack, fried chicken specialist Wingman, and yet another ice cream must, Santa Barbara-based McConnell’s.

Van Leeuwen ice cream cone (Coachella 2019 food)

Van Leeuwen

V.I.P. Eats

Tame Impala aren’t the only Aussies that will be representing the land down under this year. Culinary wizard of Oz Curtis Stone and his brother Luke will be bringing a full-service pop-up of their popular Hollywood restaurant Gwen to the main V.I.P. area.

The Stone boys will be accompanied by several more casual eateries behind the proverbial velvet rope including L.A. deli favorite Freedman’s which will be serving up a Pastrami Crunch Wrap Supreme (drool) along with Pizzanista! and their carbtastic mac & cheese slice. For substantially lighter fare, you can’t go wrong with Backyard Bowls or Sweetfin poke, one of several vendors at the fest that can be ordered via Postmates for quick and easy pickup.

Freedman's pastrami Crunchwrap (Coachella 2019 food)

Freedman’s

Perhaps the most anticipated dining spot at Coachella is Tacos 1986 which will be making its festival debut. Essentially the Billie Eilish of the L.A. culinary scene, these exciting newcomers achieved near-instant success slinging addictive Tijuana-style street tacos prepared with homemade tortillas and a variety of stellar fillings.

Kazu Nori (Rose Garden) + Outstanding in the Field

Sugarfish handroll spin-off KazuNori and Honolulu’s Chingu Korean BBQ will be among the all-day stalls in the V.I.P. Rose Garden but at 6 p.m. each night the floral retreat will play host to the popular Outstanding in the Field dinner series which features multi-course meals from a rotation of big-time chefs. Week one features spectacular all-female lineup including “Top Chef” alums Shirley Chung, Casey Thompson, and Nyesha Arrington, James Beard award winner Jessica Largey, and Tartine L.A. trio Elisabeth Prueitt, Katie Hagan-Whelchel, and Leah Chin-Katz.

L.A. dominates the second week with chefs Adam Sobel, Ray Garcia, Jason Neroni, and the legendary “Too Hot Tamales” tandem of Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken taking center stage.

Though you don’t have to have a V.I.P. ticket to attend Outstanding in the Field you do have to pay up–tickets for each meal will you set back an additional $225.

Drink Up

Coachella is known to attract the thirsty but the festival is well equipped to quench. Attendees can get their caffeine fix from a number of spots including Third Wave coffee roaster LAMILL, MatchaBar, and boba tea purveyors Milk Box.

Cha Cha Matcha (Coachella 2019 food)

Cha Cha Matcha

For attendees not looking to stay sober, boozy options abound. Nightlife impresarios the Houston Brothers will be offering their patented brand of kitsch with the return of their mountain retreat-themed The Cabin. Oenophiles can sip rosé all day in the Rose Garden at Augustine Wine Car which will be popping bottles near Broken Shaker, a mainstay on the World’s 50 Best Bars list.

If you have a thirst for high-octane fruity rum drinks, you’ll want to post up at PDTiki assuming you can find it–the NYC speakeasy will set up shop in a mystery location.

Block Party slushy margarita (Coachella 2019 food)

Block Party

Below you’ll find the full lineup for your eating and imbibing needs at Coachella:

Indio Central Market

Fuku spicy fried chicken sandwich (Coachella 2019 food)

Fuku

Beer Barn

100 Degrees pizza (Coachella 2019 food)

800 Degrees

Main V.I.P.

Tacos 1986 Coachella 2019 food

Tacos 1986

Rose Garden

  • Augustine Wine Car
  • Broken Shaker
  • Cha Cha Matcha
  • Chingu
  • KazuNori
  • Me’ze
  • Nana Lu
  • Chefs Shirley Chung & Casey Thompson (Outstanding In The Field, April 12)
  • Chefs Nyesha Arrington & Jessica Largey (Outstanding In The Field, April 13)
  • Chefs Elisabeth Prueitt, Katie Hagan-Whelchel & Leah Chin-Katz (Outstanding In The Field, April 14)
  • Chefs Adam Sobel & Ray Garcia (Outstanding In The Field, April 19)
  • Chefs Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken (Outstanding In The Field, April 20)
  • Chef Jason Neroni (Outstanding In The Field, April 21)
Me'ze Coachella 2019 food guide

Me’ze

Boardwalk

Tacos Lobos Coachella 2019 food guide

Tacos Lobos

Food Court

Wingman Kitchen Puff Daddy (puffle waffle with chicken), Coachella 2019 food guide

Wingman Kitchen

Beer East

Mystery Location

Camping

If you can’t go, you can always livestream Coachella 2019 on YouTube. And to make it feel more authentic, order up some delivery from the best taco place near you.

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This Baby Burrito Tortilla Blanket Is Too Cute (and the Perfect Baby Shower Gift)

baby burrito blanket (tortilla print baby blanket)

Dressing babies up like food is nothing new, and it’s never NOT adorable. But this tortilla blanket that lets you swaddle your little one into a baby burrito may be peak cute.

The internet was just going wild over adult-size tortilla blankets on National Burrito Day (as was only right and good), but it’s a cardinal rule that almost anything is more appealing when miniaturized, so this baby tortilla blanket is especially squee-inducing, even if you don’t have a kid. In that case, just buy one anyway and hold on to it, whether for your future self, your cat/small dog, or your next friend or relative to have a baby shower. (Although, with this going viral, we predict many prospective parents in 2019 will end up getting multiples of these as gifts. But hey, babies are notoriously messy, so it’ll be good to have back-ups!)

Tortilla Baby, $48 on Uncommon Goods

This baby burrito blanket and matching hat? The whole enchilada. (Baby not included.)

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The Tortilla Baby blanket is available from Uncommon Goods for $48—you won’t be surprised to hear that it’s backordered, but they expect to ship by April 23. Handmade in Brooklyn, the tortilla-print blanket is ultra-soft and stretchy but plenty breathable to keep your baby comfy as well as cute enough to eat right up. It also comes with a matching cap, and is meant for babies from newborn to four months old. It is—naturally—machine-washable.

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May as well throw in this adorable taco toy set. After all, what’s a burrito without guac?

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Honestly, the only surprising thing about this is that it took so long to be invented, or at least to come to prominence. A popular baby swaddling method is called the burrito roll (and the resulting swaddled tots affectionately referred to as baby burritos), and Lord knows we’ve all encountered actual burritos approximately the size of human babies. This was destiny. So buy this baby burrito blanket and bring joy to all who behold it.

If you want your own grown-up burrito blanket, you can still buy adult-size tortilla blankets too. Your Sunday night Netflix snuggles just got so much better—and your food-themed Halloween costume? Way easier!

Vesaints 59-Inch Burrito Blanket, $41.62 on Etsy

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