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.



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.




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.



Game of Thrones Cocktails, Part 8,462

Blog A Heaping Spoonful has posted a list of very lovely looking GoT cocktails, and I know how much you all like those, so you guys should head on over there and check it out! It includes cocktails for everyone’s favorite troll Littlefinger and a shot called The Imp. Bonus points for GIF usage!


Another Armwarmer: Hightower!


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:
























And this is the pattern to follow:



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!




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.



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.


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



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.


And a closeup.



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.


Gorgeous, right?

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



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.



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

Four MORE Exclusive Game of Thrones Cocktails

I promised you more drinks, and I’m delivering, just in time for the halfway mark of the season! Here are four more cocktails focused on sidekicks from GoT. Mild spoilers for the new season.

Drinks by Clifton Hyde and Joe Peretore. If you post these elsewhere, please credit.


Jaime Lannister’s Severed HandLike a hand that’s been on a rope for several days, this is mostly grey cocktail with a puddle of blood at the bottom

  • 2 oz reposado tequila
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Maraschino liqueur
  • Slightly less than 1/4 oz Crème de Violette

Shake and strain into coupe. Pour a small amount grenadine into the center of the glass.


Wine of CourageA real-life fortified wine paired with a liqueur made by monks, this cocktail will make you brave enough to have your nipple cut off (but seriously that’s a terrible idea, don’t do that)

  • 1 1/2 oz dark port
  • 1/2 oz Fernet-Branca
  • 1/2 oz green Chartreuse
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a glass over a single small ice cube.


The Translations of MissandeiA frappacino-esque drink that will loosen your tongue and keep you awake during long nights of multilingual negotiations

  • 2 oz brandy
  • 1/2 oz dark crème de cacao
  • 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 oz port

Dry shake the bejeezus out of it. Shake with ice. Strain into glass.


Farewell, Hot PieIt tastes like an apple pie. What more do you need?

  • 2 oz apple brandy
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 oz spiced apple syrup
  • 1/2 oz heavy cream

Dry shake, then shake with ice; pour into glass. Top with cinnamon.

Four New EXCLUSIVE Game of Thrones Cocktails


I have a treat for you guys today! Last night, I was involved in a cocktail lab focused on creating four new cocktails based on four supporting characters from Game of Thrones. Well, okay, the two mixologists actually did the creating; I provided background information and photography skills. The results are quite fabulous! The premier is only hours away; why not serve up one (or more) of these at your viewing party?

Drinks by Clifton Hyde and Joe Peretore. If you post these elsewhere, please credit.


The Red Priestessbright red and slightly bitter, this drink will light a fire inside you

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz Campari
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

Shake and strain into a coupe.


The Maid of Tarthokay, so it’s more purple than sapphire, but it’s still a strong yet surprisingly sweet concoction

  • 2 oz light fruity blended scotch (e.g., Johnny Walker Red, Compass Box Asyla)
  • 1/2 oz Curaçao
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Crème Yvette (or Crème de Violette)

Shake and strain over a huge ice cube into an old-fashioned glass.

Bronnis and Tyrion walk throughthe streets and witness civil unrestIMGP1215

Bronn of the Blackwatera strong, stiff drink that gets set on fire

  • 2 1/2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz 151-proof rum
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 5 dashes angostura bitters

Stir and strain into a cup. Set a piece of lime peel in the drink. Pour 151-proof rum on the peel. Light peel with match. Make sure you blow out the fire before it warps your cup.


The Spiderlightly colored, seemingly innocuous, yet packs a big punch

  • 1 oz Beefeater gin
  • 1 oz Dolin Blanc vermouth (not dry!)
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 12 drops rose water

Stir and strain into a cocktail glass.

I hope you guys enjoy these drinks as much as we enjoyed making them! Please comment with any feedback you have.

As a final note, are there any characters you would like my resident mixologists to make a cocktail for? Issue the challenge in the comments and I’ll debut them here at the halfway point in the season!