The long night is over: Game of Thrones is returning to HBO this Sunday for its penultimate season. To celebrate, toast the show with a cocktail that embodies your favorite character. Here, 25 GOT personalities (living ones—sorry, Hodor fans) and their corresponding cocktails. Bend the knee and declare your allegiance, and pray to the Seven Gods, Old Gods, Lord of Light, Drowned God and God of Death that your favorite survives the season.
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Let’s see. Who do we know that enjoys wine and a midday murder, and is rapidly turning into the Mad King? Oh right, Queen Cersei of the House Lannister, First of Her Name. In the Death in the Afternoon, Champagne combines with wildfire-green-tinged absinthe, a spirit with a (misguided) reputation for making people hallucinate and go, well, mad. They do say the Mad King heard voices in his head telling him to “burn them all,” and Cersei didn’t even need that encouragement the first time around.
After he was rudely murdered by his own men and then resurrected by the Red Woman, Jon Snow returned to his roots to take his “father’s” place as Lord of Winterfell and his “brother’s” as King in the North. The Old Fashioned is an honorable, humble, yet incredibly powerful drink and as classic as they come, making it the ideal choice for the White Wolf. After all, the Old Fashioned is the king of all cocktails, and we know no king but the King in the North whose name is Stark...er, Snow...um, probably Targaryen.
At long last, the Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains (etc. etc. we can only include so many words in this article) is coming to take her rightful place on the Iron Throne—but she must take it with fire and blood. Celebrate her impending reign with the Coronation, made with sherry, vermouth and maraschino liqueur. It’s a noble drink for the soon-to-be Queen of just about everywhere. Sip gleefully as her dragons burn through the army of the dead.
It’s hard to imagine Tyrion drinking anything besides red wine, but he may be open to trying this lesser-known, port wine- and rum-based cocktail after spending some time in the exotic land of Meereen. Much boozier than its predecessors and a touch sweeter, this cocktail has been pushed aside for far too long. It’s about time for it to make a comeback, reclaim what it’s always deserved, and finally ride a dragon...ok, we may not be talking about the cocktail anymore.
The eldest trueborn Stark, a survivor of two abusive relationships, and the entire reason the Battle of the Bastards was won, Sansa Stark is not to be underestimated—especially with her first kill under her belt. The White Lady cocktail may look sweet and delicate (and taste slightly like Sansa’s favorite lemon cakes), but this old-school, snowy gin cocktail is tougher than it appears, and has lasted longer than anyone expected.
No longer “no one,” Arya is back in Westeros with more blood on her hands than most and an ever-shortening kill list. Now with the assassin skills of a Faceless Man, the youngest Stark girl will definitely be bloodying those hands even more. Savor a Bloody Mary every time Arya crosses another name off her list, and make it extra spicy to suit her fiery personality.
Becoming the Three-Eyed-Raven takes its toll (see: our dearly departed Hodor and consequentially giving the White Walkers power to move without boundaries). The Mind Eraser blends vodka and club soda with coffee liqueur, for a (third) eye-opening cocktail that’ll keep you awake through his slow-moving journey.
The golden son of the Lion—literally, he has a golden hand—Jaime has always wrestled with his sense of morality and his irrevocable devotion to his sister/lover. This golden cocktail also combines several conflicting flavors—sweet bourbon, spicy allspice dram, sour lime juice, herbaceous bitters—but blends to create a well-balanced drink that will ultimately never let you down.
Theon’s seen some dark times, only having just shaken off the torture-induced alter ego of Reek, and is still struggling through some PTSD. But for all of his faults and errors, he is trying to redeem himself. Likewise, the Black Pearl is pungent and bitter, thanks to Fernet Branca, but sweet and creamy orgeat slowly reveals its lighter side.
You never know what you’re going to get with Littlefinger. He keeps both his friends and enemies confused, betraying them one day and coming to their aid the next. Since trusting Lord Baelish is a 50/50 gamble, especially for Sansa, this Martini variation is especially appropriate. Equal parts dry vermouth and gin seesaw between low and high ABV, while dashes of orange bitters add even more layers of complexity.
A twist on the Greyhound, this bracing vodka drink is perfect for one very salty Hound, indeed. Grapefruit juice makes the cocktail a little bittersweet, much like how we felt watching the Brotherhood Without Banners tear through his new hippie lifestyle, but knowing that means he’ll finally (probably) come toe to toe with his brother, the Mountain, any day now. #CleganeBowl #Confirmed #WhatIsHypeMayNeverDie
She may be the daughter of the Sapphire Isles, but no man would ever mistake her for a proper lady. This bold, visually-striking cocktail is stiffer and stronger than most other fruity, “girly” blue drinks, with its potent blend of vodka, bitter Cocchi Americano and blue curaçao, and it will never shy away from doing its duty (which, in this case, is to get you tipsy).
Tormund would scoff at the Southerners’ fancy cocktails and the weakness of their ales. The Depth Charge, on the other hand, he could definitely get into, since all it requires is beer and a shot of hard booze. Perhaps the wildling could share this tough, no-frills beverage with his (hopeful) new lady love, Brienne?
What better cocktail for the Onion Knight than the onion-garnished Martini? Apart from the on-point garnish matching his one-man house sigil, this cocktail is also sturdy, reliable and a bit unconventional. Smuggle a few down your gullet as a toast to everyone’s favorite (nubby) Hand.
Poor Jorah can’t catch a break. First he gets banished to Essos. Then he falls into an unrequited love. Then he gets banished two more times by said love of life. And now he’s slowly turning into The Thing from the Fantastic Four. Here’s a Painkiller for your sorrows, Jorah the Andal. Let its comforting mix of rum, pineapple and orange juice cure your Greyscale, or at least the pain of the friend zone.
Pure of heart, there is no one warmer than Samwell Tarly. Whether he’s watching over Gilly and Little Sam or having Jon’s back as a Maester-in-training, Sam is always a trusty companion. The warming Hot Toddy is just as dependable, with its sweet mix of whiskey, honey and baking spices. It’s the perfect cozy beverage to sip while pouring over the Citadel’s library, hopefully finding the secret to killing White Walkers en masse.
Yara spent her entire life as an exemplary Greyjoy, traversing the dark and stormy seas and always paying the iron price. But now that she’s been ousted by her uncle, she’s embracing a new way of life under the grace of Queen Daenerys. This Dark ‘N’ Stormy variation uses the traditional dark rum, lime and ginger beer, but defiantly adds Angostura bitters for greater depth.
Thanks to killing the right people, Ser Bronn of the Blackwater is a knight now, but he’s still a humble sellsword at heart. The Black Velvet blends the highbrow and lowbrow halves of his life, mixing fancy Champagne with hearty Guinness stout. It may hold a station above the average ale, but it can still knock you on your ass.
The little birds sing in the west, they sing in the east, but no matter where he goes, Varys will hear them all. The Jungle Bird’s exotic mix of blackstrap rum and bitter Campari creates a cocktail that, like the Master of Whisperers, will always keep you guessing—at once warm and inviting, yet also dark and mysterious.
Too on the nose or just on the nose enough? If you’re still somehow supporting Ellaria and the Sand Snakes, ideally out of allegiance to Oberyn, sip the Martell-orange Blood and Sand. Made with scotch, Cherry Heering and orange juice, this cocktail may be divisive, but no one doubts its ability to pack a punch.
There is no sharper tongue in all of the Seven Kingdoms than the Queen of Thorns, and whether she’s shutting down the idiocy of the Sand Snakes or hatching plans to take revenge on Cersei for killing her entire family, you can bet she’ll have the last word. Have your own with this equally sharp gin, green Chartreuse and maraschino liqueur cocktail.
No one knows what exactly Qyburn did to turn The Mountain into Frankenstein, but we do know that he is our worst waking nightmare. Drink the hell-raising, rum-soaked Zombie (sometimes called the Skull Puncher, naturally) in his honor—taller and stronger than all other tiki cocktails like it.
There’s a lot to hate about Melisandre (*cough* burning Shireen at the stake *cough*), but she revived Jon Snow from the dead, so we’re forever in the Red Woman’s debt. This cocktail gets fiery heat from Cognac and a ruby-esque hue from sweet vermouth. Drink a few of these as you hope she’s right this time about the Prince That Was Promised. For the night is dark and full of terrors.
Ned Stark always promised, and now, winter is here. If you don’t fight for the living, drink the Corpse Reviver #2. Unlike the original, this gin, absinthe and Lillet cocktail is snow white—a perfect cocktail for those who have been raised from the dead from ice instead of fire. It’s powerful enough to bring the Wall down.