An eerie dawn awaits us in tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones. The long night is over and the Night King is dead. Who saw that coming? It seems it can only mean one thing: what is in the cards now is a yet unimagined and unpredictable horror dealt by Cercei’s hand. And maybe we are in for an even longer night still…
It does appear we may have mistaken the Night King for the bigger enemy of the two and have underestimated the level of Cersei’s evil intent. But come to think of it, she really is not that different from the Night King, as her deepest desire is basically to eradicate everyone, excerpt for maybe one or two loyal and scared subjects! And since so surprisingly many of our favorite characters survived the (first) long night, more are bound to go soon.
While this drink, ‘Eerie Dawn’, celebrates a House whose downfall sent a lot of balls rolling in the great Game it also provides us with something strong, yet soothing, much needed to get us through what happens next. So we hold our breaths and brace ourselves for what is to come.
‘Eerie Dawn’ – GOT drinks, part IV
Ingredients (for 1 drink)
1.5 oz brandy
1.5 oz Bénédictine
2.5 oz whole milk (3.5% fat)
1/2 tsp clear honey
1 slice blood orange
Caramel decoration (100 g sugar – see directions below)
1. Start by preparing the caramel decoration. Pour the sugar into a sauce pan with a thick bottom, and put it over low to medium heat on the stove. Let the sugar melt slowly and stir gently till it turns into a golden mass. This may take up to 10-15 minutes. You might have to turn down the heat at the sugar warms up to make sure it doesn’t burn, because once the sugar melts, it turns into caramel fast.
2. Place a large piece of baking parchment on the kitchen counter. Test if the caramel is ready by pouring a small amount onto the parchment to see if it sets. But don’t touch it as it will be burning hot! Once the caramel is ready, you need to work fast. Take out a spoonful at a time and pour onto the parchment, and then drag the spoon through the caramel to make something that looks like a ray of lightning. Leave the caramel decorations to cool.
3. Now prepare the cocktail by pouring the brandy, Bénédictine, honey an milk into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Put 2-3 large ice cubes into a champagne coupe (champagne saucer) or cocktail glas and pour the drink over immediately. Garnish with a slice of blood orange on the side of the glass as well as a caramel lightning.
Need another drink? Here’s a line up of our other Game of Thrones drinks so far:
Let the Game begin! ‘No poison has ever tasted sweeter’ – GOT drink, part I (in honor of House Tyrell)
And the game contuinues… ‘Red Viper’ – GOT drink, part II (in honor of House Martell)
The night closes in – ‘Fury’ – GOT drink, part III (in honor of House Baratheon)