Ever since the first season of Game of Thrones aired way back in 2011, there have been Game of Thrones cocktails—bright, neon green Wildfires, dry ice-filled Dracarys, blue curaçao-filled White Walkers. But good drinks based on the epic HBO series have been few and far between. An entire menu of exceptions, though, can be found at Junoon, a Michelin starred Indian restaurant in New York City.
Bartender Hemant Pathak was a late-comer to the show. “I promise I wasn’t living under a rock,” he says. “I was busy creating concoctions.” But he quickly caught up when the idea came to him two and a half years ago. The menu began with the King’s Landing (Great King Street scotch, Amaro Nonino, Punt e Mes, citrus essence) and now includes nine themed cocktails, with a new one in the works, to be debuted for the 2019 premier of the final season of GOT (which the bar will screen).
Each drink, while inspired by characters from the show, still fits in with the restaurant’s spice-forward cocktail menu.