Episode 2 of the final season of our beloved Game of Thrones is upon us. (What did you think of episode 1? Didn’t they promise us episodes longer than an hour?! I call B.S.) I think this may just be the week that winter falls on Winterfell (I mean, Night King-style), so to get your watch party in the mood, serve up our icy Winter is Here Cocktail. (Try it with our Drinking Game of Thrones – though be warned, you may want to switch to ale or wine after one or two rounds.)
Winter is Here Cocktail Recipe
You can probably guess the star ingredient of this vibrant cocktail: Blue Curacao. Made with the peels of laraha citrus fruit, this liqueur has a slightly sweet & slightly bitter taste. It’s true coloring should actually be light orange (read more about its blue hue here), but its one of the only liqueurs available to give drinks a true blue vibrancy.
This cool cocktail is quite simple. Because the curacao is easy to pair, it can be made with vodka or gin. (I prefer gin, as I think the juniper flavor adds more of a chill.) You may also add dry vermouth or a bit of lemon juice, depending on your personal preferences. Finally, some people will finish the drink by dropping a cherry in the bottom of their glass, but I prefer a fresh blackberry. (The sugared rim is beautiful in photos, but honestly a tad sweet for my palate. Test it on the “Instagram Martini” and see if you like it.)
- Ice cubes
- Blue Curacao, a “splash” or slightly less than .5 oz
- Vodka or Gin, 1.5 oz (or possibly a splash more)
- Dry Vermouth, dash (optional)
- Lemon Juice, dash (optional)
- Fresh blackberries (or maraschino cherries)
- Sugar (optional, for Instagramming purposes)
- In a martini shaker (or a mason jar with a lid, or even two glasses that fit together with one slightly inside the other) filled halfway with ice, add gin or vodka, blue curacao, and the optional dry vermouth or lemon juice.
- Shake vigorously, like a polaroid picture.
- Strain mixture into a martini glass (preferably, though any see through glass would work) and garnish with a fresh blackberry or two.
- Pro tip: if you’re going for the sugared rim look, rub a slice of lemon around the rim of your empty martini glass & swirl it on a plate with sugar before straining your cocktail.
And finally, enjoy both your cocktail & the new episode of Game of Thrones! Pair it with our Fiery Dragon Cocktail Recipe to really get into the mood of fire & ice. (And don’t forget to play our Drinking Game of Thrones as you watch!)