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Game Of Thrones Cocktails To Prep For The Upcoming Nashville Convention And Bar Crawl
by TJ Anderson
Remember a while back when I mentioned that a Game of Thrones convention was coming to Nashville? Two follow-up notes:
1) It’s almost here — the Con of Thrones is set to go down June 30 through July 2 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, with actors and actresses from the obsessed-over HBO series (from rotten Ramsay Bolton to mysterious Melisandre), and thousands of fired-up (and iced-up) fans.
2) If you’re not a Game of Thrones fan and were hoping the revelry would be confined to the convention hub, bad news: There’s a pub crawl too.
About that last part: On Friday, June 30, Crawl Nashville 615 leads a Crawl of Thrones, kicking off at Tin Roof Broadway downtown at 6 p.m., and wandering through a mix of to-be-named locations for themed drink specials, costume contests and more.
For con-goers, costumes tend to be legit business, so if you’re out and wandering downtown that night, there’s a good chance you’ll see some serious Night’s Watch fur and leather, despite it being nearly July in Nashville. Be prepared (and impressed).
With the Con and the Crawl coming, I started thinking about what the best Game of Thrones-themed drinks might look and taste like. While I was sketching ideas in my head, it occurred to me to ask the Internet… and of course there's a spectacular glut of Game of Thrones cocktails out there, concocted by bartenders of note and amateur mixologists alike.
Below, a few of the favorites I came across. I’m not gonna make the crawl, myself, but I may try a few of these at home — if not that night, definitely when the seventh season premieres on July 16.
‘Game of Thrones’-inspired cocktails
Mother of Dragons
Lucid Absinthe, Sobieski black cherry vodka, lemon-lime soda, raspberry liqueur
The Night’s Watch
Chilled coffee, Benedictine, maraschino liqueur
Recipe: Paste Magazine
White chocolate liqueur, vanilla cream soda, Blue Curaçao
Usquaebach Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, black tea, honey syrup, aromatic bitters, lemon peel
The Red Wedding
Gin, cranberry shrub, sparkling wine, cardamom bitters
Recipe: Mother Magazine
Absinthe, crushed ice, Byrrh Grand Quinquina, grapefruit peel
Melon liqueur, Gin, Bacardi 151, lighter
To be fair, some of these actually sound pretty gross. But they definitely look the part. Any go-to Game of Thrones-inspired cocktail recipes to share? Ideas welcome.
And if I can help you find a new home to host your next viewing party in Nashville, let me know. (And hurry, we’re cutting it close for this season.)
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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