Winter's Here! Game of Thrones Ice and Fire Inspired Cocktails

What better way to enjoy the Season Premiere of Game of Thrones than having a Game of Thrones inspired cocktail party? I know that I'll be sitting on the edge of my seat with cocktail in hand watching to see who Arya Stark's next victim will be, who will be the next to sit on the Iron Throne and what does it mean for all of Westeros that Winter is here? 

L: White Walker, R: The Night's Watch                 Stunning photography by Nathan Hubble of Follow That Fork

For this post, I once again partnered up with Nathan Hubble of Follow That Fork.

Nathan took his inspiration from the men on The Wall, The Night's Watch and from the original title of the book by George R.R Martin, "Song of Ice and Fire." 

I took my inspiration from the White walkers and their icy blue eyes. I had a fun time creating this cocktail (a little too much fun with all the taste testing :) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

Each cocktail is pretty easy to make (minus the fiery flare and cinnamon sparks) and each tastes delicious! 

As we all wait to see how "The Song of Ice and Fire" plays out, here are our Game of Thrones inspired cocktails...

White Walker

2 oz gin (I used Ford's) non- gin drinkers can substitute w/ vodka 

**1 oz lychee syrup

1 oz coconut milk

3/4 oz lime juice

3/4 oz Liber & Co Gum Syrup

*Make ahead: Blue Ice cubes made with B'lure

To make the White Walker,  start by placing the cocktail glass in freezer for a nice frosty cold glass. In a cocktail shaker filled with plain ice add the ingredients and shake well. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass, garnish with B'lure Blue ice cubes

**Make Ahead:  The night before make the blue ice cubes. I used Tovolo's perfect ice cube tray. Each tray makes 15 - 1  1/4 inch cubes.  In a glass measuring cup I added a cup of warm water and approximately 1 tablespoon B'lure Natural flower extract. Freeze overnight. The B'lure is a bright blue all natural flower extract, when citrus is added it changes from blue to purple and then to pink. As your cubes melt, the cocktail will change colors. Variation: If you like a little more tropical tartness, use Liber & Co's Passion Fruit Syrup. I originally made this cocktail using the passion fruit syrup but to make it turn out a littler whiter I switched to the gum syrup. 

**Lychee Syrup: Here's my disclaimer... I used a shortcut! I went for quick results and just used the syrup from the can of lychee fruit. For me it worked great and wasn't as sweet as a homemade lychee simple syrup.  
FYI: Lychee fruits are tropical fruits that when peeled resemble a water chestnut but have the texture of a peeled grape. The taste is a cross between a delicate rose and a pear. They've also been described as tasting like a flower and a melon or grape. 

Gum Syrup? Gum syrup is a classic cocktail ingredient from the days of pre-prohibition. What it is: it's a rich simple syrup (2:1) with gum arabic added. Why use it? Gum arabic is an emulsifier and unlike regular simple syrup it creates a silky smooth cocktail. Here's an easier analogy, Simple syrup is like a heavily chaperoned, high school slow dance, whereas gum syrup is the Tango. SImple syrup interacts with the cocktail and is pleasant but holds flavors at arms length. Gum syrup is cheek to cheek flavors creating a silky smooth dance on your tastebuds.  

 

 

The Night's Watch

2 oz espresso

2 oz black vodka (Blavod -can be ordered at select retailers online) 

1 oz kahlua 

6 drops of Crude Coffee & Cocoa Bitters

This cocktail comes with a warning... Playing with fire and booze is dangerous. Proceed at your own risk!  Of course, this is a pretty tasty cocktail that doesn't actually require you to play with fire but it does look pretty cool in the photo!  

In an ice filled cocktail shaker, add espresso, vodka, kahlua and the coffee & cocoa bitters. Shake and strain into cocktail glass.

If you can't find Blavod (which is the only black colored vodka on the market) You can add black food coloring or use your favorite vodka. A few Luxardo cherries on a cocktail pick are a perfect garnish. Their sweetness and red black color are a nice compliment to the cocktail. 

Nathan achieved the fire and sparks by reserving 1 oz of vodka from the cocktail. After it was poured into the cocktail glass he layered the remaining ounce on top of the cocktail and carefully lit it. The sparks were created by throwing a bit of cinnamon towards the flame and the rest is camera magic!

 As a mom, a safety advocate and the wife of a firefighter... I strongly suggest enjoying the photo, skip the fire and add the full 2 oz vodka to your cocktail shaker... after all why burn off a whole ounce of vodka when you could be enjoying it in your cocktail? :) 

 

A huge THANK YOU to Nathan Hubble for his endless creativity and wonderful talent! If you don't already know this... Nathan is a food stylist, photographer and recipe developer. His blog is Followthatfork.com and he can be found on instagram @nhubble

 

Thank you also to the young lady who came into Happy Hour Collection a week or so ago looking for Game of Throne Cocktail ideas... I hope your party was a wonderful success! This post was inspired by you! Cheers!