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Drink Your Way Through the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale With This Boozy Game

By now, you’ve probably heard that Game of Thrones‘ eighth season has been a disappointment—whether you’ve heard it from your disgruntled friends or from your own mouth, screaming at the TV. It’s difficult to watch characters we love and identify with have such anticlimactic endings unworthy of all that they’ve accomplished. The show has been on the air for eight years, and not everyone considers what a significant weight eight years can carry. In the span of eight years, a student could begin high school and graduate college. In the span of eight years, most successful romantic relationships become marriages (statistically, most couples date for two before engagement). Consider your own group of friends—how many have you known for that long, nearly the full span of a decade? But you’ve known Jaime, Cersei, Dany, Arya. Maybe you were a child back then—not a small one, but fifteen, sixteen, seventeen. It’s been eight years, and you aren’t anymore.

This is the reason people are so angry with the trajectory of the final season: not petty Twitter drama or ill-considered ingratitude, but real emotional investment, completely squandered.

So why keep watching? Eight years.

Booze & Books(tr) drinking games are usually celebratory, but this week, we’re guessing you won’t be raising your glasses to toast. Here are some predictions for the upcoming finale

 

 

Jon, Dany, & Arya - who will kill whom?

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Drink if…

 

1. There’s a line of sexist dialogue (i.e., Sansa’s sexual trauma made her stronger)

2. A beloved characters’ story arc is left hanging (i.e., Brienne’s story would have been complete once knighted, but instead, she made herself vulnerable and was abandoned after seasons worth of character development)

3. A beloved character does something we don’t love quite as much. In “The Bells,” Dany, Jaime, and Arya all make choices that many feel are out of line with the trajectory of their character development. (Whether or not I agree with all three complaints is something I’ll keep to myself.)

4. An unnecessarily long shot of a relatively unimportant event. YES, I’m referring to Arya’s deus-ex-machina white steed. If you didn’t catch that the white horse may have been a biblical allusion to Conquest, one of Revelation’s four horsemen, thirty extra seconds of screen time probably didn’t make a difference.

5. Yara Greyjoy does nothing. The writers this season seem to continually forget some of the coolest things about their own script until they’re absolutely necessary—for example, that dragons can breathe fire.

6. Major plot points are left unresolved. Audiences still feel that Bran and the Night King’s stories aren’t finished yet, particularly because the narrative places so much emphasis on this plotline and then offers a relatively quick solution.

 

 

Arya, face bloodied, stares at the pale horse

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TWO DRINKS IF…

1. Khal Drogo returns to life… if you can call it that. Click the link for the theory!

2. There’s a dragon out there that the audience doesn’t know about.

3. Varys poisoned Dany before his execution.

4. Sansa will rule Westeros. (Note: this is Stephen King’s preferred outcome.)

5. Arya kills Dany—she always intended to kill “the Queen,” after all.

6. Jaime isn’t dead. If he’s not, can we please get a fully-rounded character arc?

7. Dany becomes the Night Queen.

 

And as always…

FINISH YOUR DRINK IF…

Your favorite character dies—or all your hopes for the ending do, whichever comes first.

 

 

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Booze & Books(tr): A Cocktail for Every Harry Potter Book

Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’re bringing you another booze & book pairing. Our recommendation? Any booze and any book. Since that’s a little too general, we’re going to be pairing cocktails with Harry Potter books.

We would recommend not drinking your way through the entire Harry Potter series—if only because the books are long and, consequently, your lifespan would not be. That said, the series is bound to stir up an intense emotional response in any of its fans. While many books after this series have been called the ‘next Harry Potter,’ the truth is, there’s no such thing. The story itself is deeply meaningful, but what makes the series so important to so many people is more than what happens on the page: it’s that instant return to childhood and all the wonder that entails.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StonePumpkin Pie Mocktail

 

Pumpkin Pie Mocktail

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Ingredients: Canned Pumpkin Puree – 2 tbsp, Canned Peach Slices (in own juice) – 8-10 slices drained, Sugar – 2 tbsp, Sparkling Apple Cider – 2 cups, Pumpkin Spice – 1 tsp, Maraschino Cherries – 2, Mint leaves – a few

No alcohol for this one. These kids are eleven, and it’s likely you were around that age when you read their story for the first time! Show some solidarity—Ron survived a near-death experience that ended with an unfortunate spray of troll snot without a drink, and so can you. Instead, drink up and envision that glorious taste of pumpkin juice in the Great Hall.

 

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Snakebite Shots

 

Snakebite Shots

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Ingredients: 2 oz honey-flavored whiskey (such as Yukon Jack), 1/2 lime juice

Okay, so twelve-year-olds aren’t really supposed to have alcohol either. But that doesn’t mean you can’t! With some hard liquor and a sour dash of lime juice, this drink has more bite than any basilisk. After you take one, make another the exact same way to pay homage to the way in which Gilderoy Lockhart copied other wizards’ achievements… and, like those wizards, you too will probably lose your memory.

 

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Pruno

 

Pruno (also known as prison toilet wine)

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Ingredients: An unwavering faith that you’ll survive whatever comes next

Yes, Pruno is prison wine (a.k.a. ‘toilet wine’), and it can be created from everything from bread, to fruit, to ketchup. It necessitates resourcefulness and is incredibly dangerous to consume, making it comparable to the book we’re pairing it with. There isn’t much happiness in Azkaban—what little there is doesn’t come from any of this this. (And, like dementors, Pruno can kill you.)

Note: Pruno can actually kill you. Bookstr is definitely not responsible for your death on the off chance you poison yourself with botulism. We may or may not be responsible for your Thursday drinking habits.

 

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fireblood

 

Fireblood Cocktail

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Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Fireball Whisky, 4 oz. Bloody Mary mix, 1 lime wedge, 1 celery stalk

Kick back, relax, and have some Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fireball. The Fireblood cocktail thematically encapsulates the intensity of the Triwizard Tournament, from the fire (think the Hungarian Horntail) to the blood (think Cedric Diggory’s horribly tragic character death). This drink is NOT a shot—so, like the climactic scene when Harry and Cedric touch the portkey, this one’s not gonna end quickly.

 

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Jellyfish

 

Jellyfish Cocktail

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Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounce vodka, 1 1/2 ounce blue curaçao, 1 1/2 ounce white sambuca, 1/2 ounce cream

Any thoughts on what this beverage looks like? If you’re feeling particularly pensive, you might identify what memories this swirling blue liquid might stir up in Harry Potter fans. Book five is all about gaining insight into the minds of others, even when this insight is too personal or uncomfortable. Though Snape & Harry’s Occlumency lessons play a larger role in this installment than the pensive itself, you’ll wish you had one when you wake up after drinking a few of these.

 

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Dark & Stormy

 

Dark & Stormy

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Ingredients: 2 oz dark rum, 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (optional), Ice, 1 candied ginger slice, 3 oz chilled ginger beer, 1 lime wheel

While most fans prefer the books to the movies, no one can deny that the film gave terrifying gravitas to Dumbledore’s death and the events leading up to it: dead hands reaching from the surface of the water, the echoed shouts in the remote cave. The Dark & Stormy captures the mood of that fateful evening in which everything we knew came undone… plus, it blunts the emotional impact.

 

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Everclear

 

Everclear

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Ingredients: Existential torment, grain alcohol

Listen, the last book was an emotional experience for all of us, and this is the only drink that can handle the task at hand. “But this is a cocktails list,” you exclaim. “What are we supposed to mix it with?” Everclear. You’re supposed to mix it with more Everclear.

 

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Tyrion, pouring himself that big drink we all need.

Booze & Books(tr): Your ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Drinking Game

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. Since this week is in honor of the Game of Thrones TV show, we’ve got one major recommendation: a shitload of booze. This post is dark and full of spoilers, so don’t continue if you haven’t gotten a chance to endure episode 3. The battle’s lighting may be dim, but don’t worry: we’re about to get LIT.

 

Image result for game of thrones cersei drinking wine

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Listen, sometimes you have to just drink and know things. For instance, you KNOW that at least one of your faves is going to die by the end of Season 8… if they haven’t already. (Pour one out for Lyanna Mormont.) And you KNOW that, if you drink for every on-screen death, you’ll be as dead as George R. R. Martin’s characters. So, let’s stick with the following rules and show a tad more temperance than Cersei, shall we? Read up & drink up, keeping in mind that many of these rules are based upon popular online theories of things that could happen to our protagonists (let’s not call them all heroes). By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

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TAKE A DRINK IF…

  1. There is further tension between Dany and Sansa
  2. Dany wins the majority of the credit for defeating the Night King (as it appears in the episode 4 trailer)
  3. Jon and Dany are incredibly awkward around each other…
  4. OR Jon and Dany full-on fight it out.
  5. Tyrion betrays Daenerys.
  6. The Night King isn’t dead; BRAN is the Night King
  7. Or Bran is the Lord of Light?
  8. Daenerys’ dragons die.
  9. Tyrion and Sansa remain married.

 

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Finish Your Drink if…

  1. Brienne and Jaime end up in a relationship
  2. Gendry is killed when Dany discovers his claim to the throne
  3. Daenerys ends up the final villain
  4. Jaime is the one to kill his sister-slash-ex-lover
  5. ARYA is the one to kill Cersei (brown eyes, blue eyes, GREEN eyes, y’all)
  6. Cersei dies giving birth to Jaime’s child (which would still follow the valonqar prophecy)
  7. ARYA USES JAIME’S FACE TO KILL CERSEI
  8. Your favorite character dies (if anything happens to Sansa, there’s not a drink in this world strong enough…)

 

 

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'Avengers: Endgame'

Booze & Books(tr): Shots in Respect of Our Fallen Avengers!

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’ll be changing it up for all you comic book fans! Given the hype of Avengers: Endgame, we wanted a booze pairing that would get you SUPER lit. (Yes, it’s a superhero pun.) If you think you might need a drink before OR after you see the movie, this is the place to start. Friends, read up & drink up. By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

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1. Iron Man – Millionaire Sour

 

No booze? No problem. Just substitute the whisky in this drink with a little ginger ale. all the delicious minus the hangover. Recipe here.

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Ingredients: (PER GLASS) 2 ounces Lemon Simple Syrup, 1 ounce Bushmills Irish Whiskey, 1/4 cup crushed ice, 1/4 shot grenadine, lemon slice & cherry for garnish

Okay, maybe let’s change the name to ‘Billionaire Sour.’ But this really is the perfect drink for our favorite billionaire genius playboy philanthropist… a rich man with a bad attitude (and a better heart than his witticisms would let on).

 

2. Black Widow – Moscow Mule Mocktail

 

Moscow Mule Mocktail @themerrythought

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Ingredients: 1/2 cup ginger beer (non-alcoholic), 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 3 tablespoons club soda

You’ll be RUSSIAN to finish this drink when you remember just how many tears Infinity War made you cry!

 

3. The Incredible Hulk/Bruce Banner – Whiskey Smash

 

Tart lemons and fresh mint are muddled with sugar to form the base of this classic Whiskey Smash. Think you don't like whiskey? Think again!

Image via The Wanderlust Kitchen

 

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons mint leaves (about 7 or 8 leaves), half of one lemon, cut into four pieces, 1 tablespoon white sugar, 2 ounces whiskey, 1 cup crushed ice

Prepare to get hulk SMASHED with a drink almost as powerful as Thanos himself. A few of these, and you too might be left fading from existence…

 

4. Thor – Whipped Lightning

 

Whipped Lightning Painkiller

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Ingredients as stated above.

For obvious reasons, this drink is the perfect pairing for our Asgardian hero. Listen—Chris Hemsworth has all of us whipped. You could even say he’s… shockingly attractive.

 

5. Loki – Frost Bite Mocktail

 

Blueberry, pineapple, grape and mint makes for one delicious-tasting bubbly mocktail. Recipe here.

Image via Buzzfeed

 

Ingredients: Ice, 1 oz lime juice, 1 oz pineapple juice, 2 oz white grape juice, fresh mint leaves, fresh blueberries, 3 oz Sierra Mist Natural

This drink is so delicious that it’ll be sure to TRICK you into having even more.

 

6. Captain America – Virgin Mimosa

 

Best Virgin Mimosa

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Ingredients: Orange juice, Limeade or Lemonade, Sprite (or spritzer), Cocktail rimming sugar, Tangerines (garnish)

If you didn’t get the obvious joke about Captain America never getting laid, why don’t you go back and read that drink name for us one more time? Don’t worry—Cap didn’t exactly ‘get it’ either.

 

7. Spiderman – Mike’s Hard Lemonade

 

Mike's Hard Lemonade

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Listen, Tom Holland is a precious baby who looks about twenty-one years too young to be let anywhere near liquor… and it sure was HARD to watch him go!

 

 

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"Happy Hour": 3 cartoon alcoholic beverages smile, as if not knowing they will soon be consumed

Booze & Books(tr): 7 Cocktail Pairings to Get You Lit(erary)

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’re bringing you another booze & book pairing. Our recommendation? Any booze and any book. Since that’s a little too general, we’re going to be paring classic & popular novels with cocktails to help you get what all the buzz is about. Admittedly, some of these cocktails are pretty vile. But since vile people often feature heavily in books, the drinks make for appropriate pairings. (That is, these cocktails are nasty unless you actually WANT to put milk into beer. If you do, you may be one of the aforementioned vile people.)

So, friends, read up & drink up. By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

1. The Great Gatsby – Long Island iced Tea

 

'The Great Gatsby' & Long Island Iced Tea

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Ingredients: Gin, white rum, silver tequila, vodka, triple sec, simple syrup, lemon juice, cola. Alternatively, whatever you found in your mom’s cabinets dumped into the sublte water bottle that clearly no longer contains water.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t I pair The Great Gatsby with a classy beverage, like a Tom Collins or anything with an umbrella in it? It’s pretty simple—Gatsby’s not all that classy of a guy. He may have some serious panache, but in the end, he’s new-money who likes to show off what he’s got: the biggest house, the best parties, the hottest ride. It all seems romantic because it’s set in the roaring 20s, but if this were the 2000s Gatsby was after a girl who went to the Ivies while he got a practical degree at State, you know he’d be trying to impress her with his McMansion and excessive Instagram stories of his house parties. ESPECIALLY given that the novel is set on Long Island, a place that may as well have been named after the drink.

Also, a Long Island Iced Tea will get you drunk, which is maybe the only thing you’ll have in common with this cast of high-society characters.

 

 

2. Landline – 1-900-FUK-MEUP

 

'Landline' by Rainbow Rowell & 1-900-FUK-MEUP

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Ingredients: Absolut Kurant, Grand Marnier, Chambord raspberry liqueur, Midori melon liqueur, Malibu rum, Amaretto, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, whatever tears you have left to cry. 

‘1-900-FUK-MEUP’ is an accurate description, both of the story and what the story does to our fragile little hearts. If you’re not familiar with this newer release from #1 bestselling author Rainbow Rowell, the gist is that Georgie, a TV writer in a failing marriage, discovers a way to communicate with her husband—a phone that makes calls to the past. It seems like a second chance, an opportunity to talk to a younger Neal and fix the problems in their marriage before they begin. But maybe fixing the relationship isn’t the thing Georgie is supposed to do. Maybe she’s supposed to prevent it from happening. Emotional, right? Drink up.

 

3. The Metamorphosis – A Short Trip to Hell

 

'The Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka & A Short Trip to Hell

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Ingredients: Peach, strawberry, and wildberry Schnapps, Red Bull, Jägermeister, profound existential pain.

At only fifty-five pages, Franz Kafka’s novelette is a short trip down into the blackest depths of human consciousness. If you can for a moment forget that you’re alone in the world and strapped to a mortal body that may never reflect your internal self-perception, Kafka is here to make sure you remember. We’re all just bugs on this Earth, baby!

 

4. Equus – Horse Jizz

 

'Equus' & Horse Jizz

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Ingredients: Beer, milk, a sudden loss of dignity.

Whether or not you’ve read Equus, just look at that cover and tell me the pairing doesn’t work.

Also, don’t Google search ‘horse jizz.’

 

5. The Old Man and the Sea – The Old Man and tHE sEA 

 

'The Old Man and The Sea' & Drunken Sailor

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Ingredients: Rum, Luxardo Maraschino, lime juice, grapefruit juice, years of substance abuse.

Of course Hemingway, literary icon and known drunk, would have a cocktail named after his own work—an accomplishment that, while less impressive than naming a university wing after yourself, may or may not be cooler. Back in 1935, a mystery man in a Cuban bar downed a daiquiri that was left sitting unattended (classy move, E.H.). His response was as to-the-point as his dialogue: “that’s good, but I prefer it without sugar and double rum.”

Apparently, the reason Hemingway wanted less sugar was so he could drink more of them—which makes him as relatable as he was talented.

 

6. GOOD OMENS – The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

 

'Good Omens' Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett & The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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Ingredients: Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Jameson, Johnnie Walker Black, Bacardi 151, at least one bad idea.

Listen: a flaming shot is a beverage that was not created for the flavor. If you start your night off drinking one of these, you’re going to be getting into some shenanigans. And shenanigans is basically the plot of Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett’s Good Omensshenanigans and the End of Days, which are, apparently, exactly the same thing. So why not drink this one at the end of the world? When you wake up the morning after, it’s going to feel like the apocalypse anyway.

 

 

7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Fearless Redneck

 

'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' & Fearless Redneck

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Ingredients: Jim Beam Black Label Bourbon, Sobe No Fear energy drink, a blatant disregard for your own mortality.

You’ve got to be pretty fearless to start smoking at the age of eleven.

 

 

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