Recapping Game of Thrones in 7 Delicious Recipes (spoilers!)
Game of Thrones Season 8 is almost here! And we cannot wait to find out who lives, who dies, who becomes a white walker, who has secretly been a whitewalker for months (lookin’ at you, Bran), who kills their sister (come on, Jaime!), and who ultimately wins the throne.
We wanted to help you prepare for the new season by reviewing some highlights of the past seven. And what better way to romp through the recent history of Westeros than with an Arctic Buzz cocktail in hand? We are serving up one recipe per season, inspired by the moments that made that season great.
The series starts off (relatively) slow. Afterall, they are introducing us to about 100 new characters in just 10 hours, so plot takes a slight backseat here. We meet the Stark family, they find some cute puppies, move to King’s Landing, and Sean Bean is executed (classic move). Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, we meet Daenerys Stormborn. She marries the mighty Khal Drogo, gets pregnant, accidentally kills her husband and child one night, but makes up for it by hatching three baby dragons. And back in Westeros, way up North at the Wall, the bastard Jon Snow takes his Night Watch vows. This season closely follows Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin: Game of Thrones. In honor of these humble beginnings, we are starting off with less of a recipe and more of a neat trick.
A Cup of Fire & Ice Cream
- 2-3 scoops of Arctic Buzz (pick your favorite flavor!)
- 100+ Proof Liquor
- 1 large sugar cube
- A pinch of cinnamon
- Soak the sugar cube in the liquor
- Serve over ice cream
- Light the cubes on fire
- Toss a pinch of cinnamon on the flame and watch the sparks fly!
One of the major themes running through Season 2 is betrayal. Jon Snow heads North of the wall with his Night Watch brothers and joins the wildlings as a double agent. Meanwhile, the Ironborn, led by an overly ambitious Theon Greyjoy, have torn through Winterfell and taken control of the city. In the following episode, however, Theon is betrayed by his own men.
And, in the second to last episode of the season, one of the best battles of the whole series takes place: The Battle of the Blackwater. This battle happens between Stannis’ army and the Lannisters. This is where Bronn earns a name for himself, Joffrey proves himself a coward, Sir Davos loses four of his seven sons, and Tyrion wins the day by setting Blackwater Bay (where Stannis’ ships are conveniently floating) on fire. So, in honor of this incredible moment in GoT history, we present the Battle of the Blackwater Brew.
Battle of the Blackwater Brew
- 1 scoop of Arctic Buzz Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
- 2 shots of Kahlúa
- 1 shot tequila (blanco)
- 1 lime wedge
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Mix the sugar, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon on a plate
- Wet the rim of your glass with the lime wedge and dip into the cinnamon, cayenne, and sugar mixture to coat
- Pour the tequila and kahlúa into the glass and mix
- Top with a scoop of Arctic Buzz Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
- Garnish with the lime wedge
We won’t spend too much time on season three, because there’s really only one moment that matters. Yes, Dany takes out Astapor’s masters in a spectacular way (Dracarys!), Jon gets freaky with a wildling (“You know nothing, Jon Snow” – R.I.P. Ygritte), and Sansa marries Tyrion. But, episode nine is the infamous Red Wedding. During his Uncle Edmure’s wedding to one of the Frey women, Robb, his pregnant wife, and his mother are murdered. Getting upset just remembering the shock and horror of that moment? Drown your feelings in a delicious Red Sangria Wedding.
Red Sangria Wedding
- 2 scoops Arctic Buzz Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 shot brandy
- 1 cup raspberries
- 10 ice cubes
- Crush the raspberries
- Shake together the ice cubes, cranberry juice, red wine, crushed raspberries and brandy and pour into a glass
- Gently mix in 2 scoops of Arctic Buzz Vanilla Ice Cream
This season has a few truly winning moments. Bran meets the three eyed raven, the Mountain fights the Viper, Castle Black successfully defends against the Wildlings, Lysa Aryn is pushed through the Moon Door, and Tyrion murders his father. Fun fact: Lannisters do NOT shit gold. And finally, in a move of excellent revenge and color coordination, we have the Purple Wedding. This one is named for the beautiful shade of lavender that Joffrey’s face turns as he chokes down some poison. Toast to the end of a truly horrible character with a sip of Purple Poison Floater.
Purple Poison Floater
- 2-3 scoops Arctic Buzz Vanilla ice cream
- 1 shot vodka
- 4-5 oz grape soda
- Mix the grape soda and vodka in a glass
- Add 2-3 scoops of Arctic Buzz Vanilla Ice Cream and mix gently together
Season five is rough… Ramsay marries Sansa, Jon fights the white walkers at the Battle of Hardhome (it doesn’t go particularly well), Jorah Mormont is infected with grayscale, Myrcella is murdered by the Sandsnakes, Cersei endures the Shame Nun, Stannis burns his daughter at the stake, and Jon Snow is brutally murdered by his own men. But let’s try not to focus on all the negative. Let’s celebrate one of the -very few- positive moments of the season: when Danerys first rides a dragon. Cheers to Dany & Drogon with a Coconut Drogonfuit Smoothie.
Coconut Drogonfruit Smoothie:
- 1 2-shot container of Arctic Buzz Coconut Ice Cream
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1/2 cup of strawberries
- 1/2 cup of dragonfruit
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- Combine the chia seeds, frozen banana, strawberries, dragonfruit and Arctic Buzz Coconut Ice Cream in a blender. Blend until smooth
- Top with shredded coconut pieces
Season six is our personal favorite season (Actually writing this while rewatching episode nine: Battle of the Bastards… Damnit, Jon! Don’t charge at Ramsay! That’s what he WANTS you to do!) In this season, Jon is resurrected by the Red Woman, Arya learns to fight with the Faceless men, Hodor dies, we learn about Jon’s parentage, Dany sets sail for Westeros, Arya kills the Freys, and the Starks take back Winterfell in the Battle of the Bastards. And, in the final and truly spectacular final episode, Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor, killing about a third of the cast in one incredible explosion. So an ode to the mighty power of wildfire, I give you Death by Wildfire
Death by Wildfire
- 1 scoop of Arctic Buzz Vanilla Ice Cream (or try a scoop of the seasonal Arctic Buzz Candy Cane Ice Cream in winter!)
- 1 shot of Absinthe
- 2 tbsp simple syrup
- 1/4 cup of soda water
- 6–8 mint leaves
- Crush the mint leaves at the bottom of a glass
- Mix in the Absinthe, simple syrup, and soda water
- Top with one scoop of Arctic Buzz Vanilla Ice Cream
And we finally come to Season 7. A far cry from the first season, we are now burning through plot with abandon. Jon bends the knee to Dany, Olenna dies after confessing to murdering Joffrey, Arya returns to Winterfell and reunites with Sansa, Dany attacks the Loot train (LOOT TRAIN!!), Cersei gets preggers, Jon captures a wight (not a white walker – that’s something different!) on an expedition north of the wall, we get a bunch of the main characters all meeting for the first time, and Arya and Sansa kill Littlefinger. And last, but not least, we get an ICE DRAGON. That’s right – a f***ing ICE DRAGON.
- 1 scoop Arctic Buzz Vanilla Ice Cream (or try a scoop of the seasonal Arctic Buzz Eggnog Ice Cream in winter!)
- 1 shot Hpnotiq Liqueur (blue)
- 1 cup of Lemon-lime Seltzer
- Shake together the ice, seltzer and Hypnotiq
- Pour over ice cubes
- Gently mix in one scoop on Arctic Buzz Eggnog Ice Cream
No long goodbyes on this blog post. I’ll just leave you with Tyrion’s wonderful words of wisdom: “Everything’s better with some [Arctic Buzz] in the belly.”