Three More EXCLUSIVE Game of Thrones Cocktails! (Can you even handle it?)

Tomorrow is the season finale of GoT. To celebrate, I bring you three more EXCLUSIVE cocktails to enjoy.

(Below has SPOILERS for the 8th episode for those who haven’t seen it.)

All drinks by Joe Peretore. Please credit if you post elsewhere.

 

oberynviper

The Red ViperChilean pisco for a Chilean actor, with a little spice for Dorne

  • 1.5 oz Chilean pisco
  • 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Red Hots tincture

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a lemon kiss.

To make the Red Hots tincture: Place two packages Red Hots with 6 oz vodka and 2 cinnamon sticks in a sealed jar for 4 days, shaking twice daily.

 

 

oberynspearPoisened spear

The Poisoned SpearOberyn is so nice, he gets a cocktail twice. Dry and rich with Spanish Mediterranean influences.

  • 1.25 oz Manzanilla sherry
  • 1.25 oz Aperol
  • 1.25 oz Cocchi Rosa
  • 2 dashes Dr. Adam Elmegirab Spanish Bitters

Stir and strain into an old fashioned glass with rocks. Garnish with 2 brandied cherries on a spear dipped in bitters.

 

 

lysalysastand

Lysa’s Last StandFor those awkward moments when your spouse tells you he really only loved your sister. Inspired by an Aviation…you know, cuz she flies when she dies. It contains Lemon, Crème Yvette, Sorel and Applejack – L Y S A. You see what we did there?

  • 3/4 oz lemon
  • 1/2 oz Crème Yvette
  • 1/2 oz Jack from Brooklyn’s Sorel
  • 1.5 oz applejack
  • barspoon of powdered sugar

Shake and strain into a coupe.

 

 

Another Armwarmer: Hightower!

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Winter Is Coming Came and Now Has Decided Not Leave. So even though it’s spring, I’m still in a keeping-warm mindset. Today we’re giving some attention to a house that has been mentioned only in passing in the books: House Hightower. I’m hoping that they become more important in future books (they’re super smart and into necromancy – how have they not become more popular?), but for now, we only have a smattering of history and a sigil of a tower topped with a flame.

This pattern follows the same instructions as my Tarth armwarmer, with a different pattern, obviously. Luckily, this pattern is also simpler.

You will need: 176 white beads, 18 red beads, 9 orange beads and 3 yellow beads.

String them onto your yarn in the following order:

60w

3r

14w

1r

2o

2r

14w

1o

2y

1o

2r

14w

1o

1y

2o

3r

14w

1r

2o

3r

10w

3r

50w

And this is the pattern to follow:

hightowerpattern

 

And stay tuned, because I should be posting more exclusive cocktails for the season 4 premiere soon!

Going International with Game of Thrones

Today I bring you a very special, although not craft-related, treat. Recently, I went to Japan, and one of my goals was to snag some Japanese copies of ASoIaF. It took visits to a couple of bookstores, but I was successful!

BEHOLD:

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I spent way more time than I should have standing in the bookstore aisle trying to decide which volumes to get. The Japanese versions of the books were all printed in multiple volumes, with Storm of Swords and Dance of Dragons in three volumes and the other titles in two. So I had a cornucopia of options; the bookstore I was in had 8 of the volumes, all with beautiful cover art. So finally, I decided to choose one of each from Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings and Storm of Swords.

Notice how all of the have a cute little wraparound advertising the TV show? Here’s a close up of the entire thing.

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Now, I can read a little bit of Japanese (translation: I can read katakana and hiragana okay, and kanji hardly at all), but I thought that the cover art made it worth the cover price for these, especially since my English books are the mass market trade paperbacks, which are not as aesthetically pleasing.

First up, we have the first volume of A Game of Thrones, which goes from the prologue to chapter 37 and has Jon Snow on the cover.

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Also, Ghost is terrifying here. Look at his eyes!

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The second volume of A Clash of Kings covers chapters 33-69 and features Bran. I think. It might also be Arya, but there’s a tree there, so I don’t know.

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And a closeup.

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And the first volume of A Storm of Swords, which goes up to chapter 27 and is my favorite out of the three. I’m pretty sure the cover features Sansa with her hairnet, if that gives you a clue.

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Gorgeous, right?

The books also have what look like the same maps as the English versions (except, you know, in Japanese).

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And they also provide the list of characters (although they include theirs before the story rather than at the end). Here is a section from (if my translation is correct) Meereen.

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What do you guys think? Is there any cover art you’ve seen that you prefer?