George R.R. Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Drinks

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to eat one of George R. R. Martin’s delicious medieval meals? If you were to make a list of books to read that had mouth-watering foods and savory drinks Game of Thrones would certainly be on the list. From chilled breakfasts on The Wall, sweetcorn fritters in King’s Landing, to the honey-sweetened wine Across the Narrow Sea; George R.R. Martin had me craving his epic meals. It was no surprise that with all the delicious dinners, the drinks would be extravagant as well. Get ready to make a trip to the store to pick up these ingredients because these drinks are a must have!

Tyrion, pouring himself that big drink we all need.

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Mulled Wine

1 bottle of inexpensive red wine (Cabernet, Mablec, and Pinot Noir are good choices)

1 1/2 TBSP Poudre Douce

Handful each of dried cranberries, raisins and almonds

Poudre Douce: commonly known as “Sweet Powder” was a common medieval spice mix. Ingredients are: 4 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 cup sugar, pinch of galangal and a pinch of nutmeg.

Directions

Bring the wine to a simmer. Stir in spice, nuts and dried fruits and continue to simmer for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. After sitting, the spice mixture will create a thick residue that will settle to the bottom. Using a ladle, serve into individual glasses. Try not to disturb the layer of spices at the bottom of the pot. Enjoy!

 

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Tyroshi Pear Brandy

1 cup sugar

1 bottle brandy (750ml.)

1 cup water

1 tsp fruit protector powder (optional)

1 1/2 lbs ripe pears ( 3 to 4)

Directions

Cook the sugar and water over medium-high heat until the solution is clear, this will make a simple syrup. Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature. Cut the pears into quarters, core them, and slice them thinly. Combine the pears, sugar syrup, brandy and fruit protector in a clean 2-quart jar with a lid. Cover the jar and place it in a cool, dark place for 1 month. Don’t refrigerate!

After a month, filter the liquid through a cheesecloth into a new, clean container, removing the solids. Either discard the pear slices or use them in another recipe. Allow the brandy to age for 1 to 3 months before serving. Store sealed for several years or up to 1 year after initially opening. Enjoy!

spiked iced milk

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Spiked Iced Milk with Honey

1 cup milk

1 cup Vodka

2 TBSP honey

Pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Directions

Pour milk into a saucepan and warm it over low heat. Do not scald the milk! When steam begins to rise from the surface, add the honey and stir until combined. Remove milk from stove and stir in vodka. Place the sweetened milk in the fridge to cool off.

To serve, place either cubes or small chunks of ice into a glass. Pour the sweetened milk over the ice, sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired, and serve. Enjoy!

 

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Honey-Sweetened Wine 

12 ounces semisweet wine

2 TBSP honey

3 lime wedges

Directions 

In a glass or pitcher, mix the wine and honey. Squeeze the juice from one or two of the lime wedges into the mixture and stir until everything has been mixed. This beverage can be made ahead of time and chilled. To serve, pour into three decorative glasses and garnish with lime.

Lemonsweet – The Inn at the Crossroads

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Lemonsweet

6 Lemons

2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 Oranges

2 1/2 cups of sparkling water or champagne

Directions

Zest half a lemon and half an orange. Juice the lemons and oranges into a large pitcher or bowl. Add the sugar and peel, then stir or shake vigorously. Pour the lemonade through a cloth or paper towel to strain out the zest and citrus pips. Add water and champagne and serve chilled. Keep refrigerated and Enjoy!

 

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