The end of things

The game may be over, but there is still fun to be had
By Rob Allanson
So that’s it, or at least it will be by the time you read this. Winter was coming, it arrived, and then apparently left again. Westeros will have its new ruler, or rulers, and everything will be decided. Friends reunited and foes vanquished.
You see I couldn’t possibly comment right now. Currently sitting here we still have two episodes to go in the Game of Thrones epic, and the path to the Iron Throne is wide open. The main contender, Daenerys, is left with one dragon, a brooding nephew with a moral love crisis and a better claim to the throne, and a formidable and prepared adversary in Cersei.

The constant threat of the last few series, the White Walkers, have been vanquished in the flick of a knife by Arya; and theories abound as to the results of the final, closing episode. I think at this point I still have an outside bet on a Deus ex Machina-style meteorite wiping all of them out.

But as you are sitting there now reading this, wondering what to do on a Monday night (for UK and Europe) or Sunday night if you are North America way, our friends at Diageo have come up with a host of salient cocktails for you to enjoy while watching the reruns and 'best-of' compilations.

Diageo and HBO teamed up to release a limited-edition collection of single malt whiskies celebrating the show. The Game of Thrones Collection features eight scotches, each paired with one of the iconic Houses of Westeros, as well as the Night’s Watch, giving fans an authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond.

If you’re planning to celebrate the end of the end and want to reminisce of the highs and lows, these cocktails will be the perfect accompaniment for those “Did that really happen” moments in the conversations.

From ‘The Salt Throne,’ which puts a salty twist on a classic whisky sour as a nod to the sea lords, to ‘The Kings of Winter,’ which brings some warmth to House Stark with Dalwhinnie’s classic heather honey sweetness that is perfectly complimented by the luxurious spice and warmth of dark hot chocolate; to ‘The Unburnt’, a bold and simple classic cocktail to celebrate the pioneering, ambitious women behind both House Targeryen and Cardhu Distillery – there is something for the supporters of each house.

Let’s not forget the limited Johnnie Walker White Walker bottling as well, which will give you a chance to make your own and experiment a little; perhaps a frozen blueberry...

House Tyrell’s Rose

  • 30ml Clynelish – House Tyrell
  • 30ml dry Oloroso sherry
  • 10ml freshly squeezed orange Juice
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • 5ml sugar syrup
  • Top up with ginger ale
  • Seasonal fruit and a gold dusted rose 
    petal to garnish

    Add all ingredients (except the ginger ale and garnishes) into a cocktail shaker with cubed ice and shake. Strain into a wine glass over fresh ice, top up with ginger ale and garnish with seasonal fruit and a single gold dusted rose petal

    Just as the Tyrell golden rose hides sharp thorns beneath its beauty, this fragrant Scotch cobbler brings rich, bold flavours wrapped in the gentle subtlety of Clynelish.

    Kings of Winter

  • Glass 1 - Frozen Dalwhinnie – House Stark
  • Glass 2 - Dark hot chocolate with a
    nutmeg dusting

    Serve 50ml of Dalwhinnie straight from the freezer in your favourite glass which should also be frozen. On the side, serve dark hot chocolate and grate fresh nutmeg over
    the top.

    Bringing some warmth to the coldest and highest distillery in Scotland. The resilience of Dalwhinnie, producing whisky in one of Scotland’s most challenging locations, echos the stoic strength of House Stark. Dalwhinnie’s classic heather honey sweetness is perfectly complimented by the luxurious spice and warmth of dark hot chocolate.

    Old Lannister Gold

  • 50ml Laguavulin 9 – House Lannister
  • 10ml golden syrup
  • 1 dash of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 pinch of gold luster (optional)
  • Orange peel to garnish

    Add all ingredients into a mixing glass over cubed ice, stir and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of
    orange peel.

    This rich and opulent twist on one of the oldest whisky cocktails in the world represents the oldest and wealthiest dynasty in the Seven Kingdoms. This indulgent, heavily-peated Islay whisky is encased in rich golden syrup for a bold and weighty drink.

    The Unburnt

  • 40ml Cardhu – House Targaryen
  • 20ml sauternes
  • 5ml sugar syrup
  • 1 dash of ginger bitters
  • Gold encased in a large block of ice

    Add all ingredients into a mixing glass over cubed ice, stir and strain onto the gold encased ice block in a small glass tankard.

    The bold, focused style of this cocktail is a celebration of the pioneering, ambitious women behind both House Targaryen and Cardhu Distillery. Cardhu’s signature apple and pear notes combine perfectly with the ripe fruity nature of sauterne, with the golden ice adding a lavish touch.