Food & Drink

Channel Lord Petyr Baelish with This Deceptively Strong Cocktail

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When it comes to Game of Thrones, no character is safe. In this series, writer and bartender Chris Vola crafts a cocktail and then pours one out for the major deaths in every episode of season 7 of Game of Thrones.

On the metaphorical ladder that represents Westeros’s never-ending, chaotic struggle for power, few climbed farther and more ruthlessly than Lord Petyr Baelish.

Littlefinger, as he was popularly—if not affectionately—known, had an unscrupulous ambition that quickly outgrew his family’s meager holdings on a rocky spit of shoreline in the Vale. After being fostered by Lord Hoster Tully at Riverrun, he moved to King’s Landing, where he bought a few brothels and slithered his way onto the Small Council, first as Master of Coin for Robert Baratheon and then, after helping to take out Ned Stark, for Joffrey (before he helped orchestrate the boy king’s murder). Later, he was granted the massive castle Harrenhal for his services to the Lannisters, and became Lord Protector of the Vale after marrying—and subsequently murdering—Lysa Arryn.

Still, Lord Baelish remained far from satisfied. His not-so-secret lust for the Iron Throne and his willingness to make any number of shady, homicidal, warmongering moves to ultimately sit on it was matched only by his intense, unrequited love for Catelyn Stark, and later (on an even creepier level), for her daughter Sansa. Despite using the once-innocent girl as a scapegoat during the Purple Wedding and marrying her off to the sadistic Boltons, Baelish believed that his triumphant role in the Battle of the Bastards and his subsequent support of the Lady of Winterfell would be enough to eventually win her over. His years of manipulative whispers would finally give him the queen he’d always desired.

But even with his legendary foresight, Baelish could never have imagined that Sansa’s younger siblings would return to their childhood home as a ninja-like killer and a living supercomputer capable of viewing all his past and current transgressions, or that Sansa would have been such a keen student of his unique brand of trickery. For the first time in his life, he found himself caught in a mess that he was literally unable to talk himself out of; with one tidy throat-slice courtesy of Arya (eerily reminiscent of Catelyn’s death at the Red Wedding), Littlefinger’s years of lethal scheming and final moments of pathetic pleading came to an abrupt and fittingly bloody end.

The Cloak & Dagger, originally described in Ted Saucier’s 1951 book Bottoms Up, seems like a fairly innocuous Daiquiri variation at first glance. However, the addition of Gosling’s black rum and Brugal dark rum—two individually complex spirits—creates a deceptively multi-layered potion worthy of the master of deception himself. Its mellow tartness and subtle bite are as effortlessly elegant as a Valyrian steel blade wielded by an expert swordswoman.

Like most Daiquiris, the Cloak & Dagger is a dangerously easy drink to knock back. It’s almost impossible to stop after just one, which might not be such a bad thing, because you’re going to need all the liquid assistance you can handle to survive the all the dark and terror-filled nights before the premiere of season eight.

Cloak & Dagger

1 oz Brugal Añejo dark rum
1 oz Gosling’s Black Seal rum
1 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker.
Shake and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lime wedge.