​5 Killer Cocktails for Your Game of Thrones Premiere Party

Food & Drink

We may be in the thick of summer, friends, but winter is here. This Sunday, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Baelish, the Hound and the rest of our Westerosi pals return for new and exciting adventures, camaraderie and murder, murder, murder. And while theories abound on what may happen this season—Cersei and Euron Greyjoy join forces; the Hound and the Mountain duke it out; Jaime ditches Cersei; the Wall comes tumbling down!—no one knows for sure what Season 7 will bring. That is, except for an excuse to get together with your fellow fans for a Game of Thrones watch party. And we’re here to help. From drink recipes to a basic bingo “GOT” scorecard, we’ve got what you need to make it through the first of what is likely to be many hard-to-bear episodes of everyone’s favorite fire-breathing, family-betraying, back-stabbing, white-walking show.

Everyone has their favorite Game of Thrones character. There are lots of Tyrion fans out there, people love Jon Snow, a few are intrigued by Cersei’s crazy and who doesn’t want to see Daenerys on a dragon? Your party is likely to have guests from each of these factions (and then some), and as a wise host, you’ll want to make drinks that speak to each type of fan. Behold, our “House” recipes. Based on the four major families (and a little extra) and spilling over with pride and booze, these drinks will get your guests in the mood to cheer and jeer as everyone watches the drama unfold.

We all know the connection between House Targaryen and dragons—their sigil is a three-headed dragon, Daenerys has her three flame-breathing pets and of course we’ve seen her on their backs frequently enough to know they’re tight. Add this to the fact that the Targaryens tend to be tolerant of fire, what better way to celebrate this house than with a flaming drink? But since that is dangerous and chances are you’re not fireproof, we’ve come up with something less flammable but still flavorful and fiery.

What to use

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • ½ oz. maraschino syrup
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • Finely ground black pepper
  • Slice of lime

How to use it

Pour the gin, juices, syrups and lime juice into an ice-filled shaker, shake and strain into glass. Drop a pinch of black pepper on top and garnish with slice of lime.

PRO-TIP: Know what’s just as fun as soaring around on a dragon? Making your own gin! And it’s far less dangerous. Plus making it yourself means you can infuse your own favorite flavors, should you be so inclined. Added bonus is that you know exactly where your drink came from, eliminating any chance of evil poisoners from slipping something funny into your drink.

Everyone knows the Lannisters have insane amounts of money (or do they?). Their house heraldry has a golden lion—rawwwrr!—and their unofficial motto is “A Lannister always pays his debts” (certainly a double meaning with that one though). It’s only natural their drink should be as golden as their pile of gold and their formerly blonde locks.

What to use

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1½ oz. ginger liqueur
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup
  • Gold sugar for rim

How to use it

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Get extra fancy and start by rimming the glass with gold sugar.

The Starks have been telling us for years that winter is coming. Heck, it’s their family motto. Seems an ice cold vodka drink would be fitting for our favorite wolf-loving crew, don’t you think? We do. A splash of minty business makes this tipple just as refreshing as a day spent out in the cold, cold tundra.

What to use

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. white creme de menthe
  • ½ oz. simple syrup

How to use it

Mix all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Stir, pour and watch out for White Walkers.

True, the Baratheon line is officially dead, but one member still remains, even if he is unacknowledged: Gendry, Robert’s secret son who got away. He’s likely to show up again at some point and he just might be furious. Gendry’s had some tough times: forget being unacknowledged—this guy’s been captured and then escaped more times than he’d probably like to recall. So when he does return, at the very least, he’s likely to have some business to take care of. And he’ll probably need a strong drink to help take the edge off.

What to use

  • 2 oz. Scotch
  • ⅔ oz. dry sherry
  • ⅓ oz. simple syrup
  • Dash angostura bitters

How to use it

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled shaker, shake and serve in a chilled glass.

Some GOT fans love the underdog/jerk antics of Petyr Baelish. With meager beginnings and not much of a lineage, Baelish had to climb his way up the ladder using cunning and cleverness and maybe some murder. Nicknamed “Littlefinger” (in reference to his size and the location of landholdings), his personal sigil is a mockingbird, perhaps a nod to his ability to imitate and say the right thing to the right person to push along his agenda. Littlefinger is shrewd and most likely a sociopath, but he just might be the dark horse that takes this race. If nothing else, the guy sure knows how to make things happen (heck, he got the entire show rolling by killing John Arryn). His drink should reflect this. Made from the leftovers of the four other cocktails, Three Fingers of Littlefinger is sure to pack a punch, while possibly leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Baelish would be proud.

What to use

The remains of other drinks

How to use them

Mix them together and drink with a smirk

It’s likely the stress will be high during this premiere. A powerhouse snack game will help keep your guests sated while also balancing out some of that anxiety. And of course an actual game will help keep things light. Or at least a little lighter. Enter Bingo, which is easy to play and good for breaking tension. We’ve created a template to get you started—it’s got both quotes (if they say it, you get the square) and scenarios (if it happens, you get to mark it off). Just mix up the squares, create some additional cards and you’re ready to go.

All that’s left to do is invite your favorite fans over and hope your Westeros faves are on the winning side. As we all know, when you place the game of thrones, you either win or you die.

Hopefully you’re all caught up on things and know where everyone stands. The last thing you want is to be asking questions and interrupting the action of a season premiere as hotly anticipated as this one. But in case you’ve fallen behind or forgot what went on in the last season (it was a year ago), let’s do a brief recap of our main characters:


  • Jon Snow
    Not dead anymore thanks to Melisandre (who he later banished for killing poor little Shireen). Defeated and pummeled Ramsay Bolton (whose actual death came by way of his own dogs—gruesome, but nice touch). Was declared King in the North despite being a bastard, which, turns out, he isn’t—Bran had a vision that showed that Jon is in fact the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Aww, yeah.
  • Daenerys Targaryen
    Finally got some boats courtesy of the Greyjoy kids, who themselves are on the run from their Uncle Euron who killed their father and is lining up to be pretty crazy. Like Ramsay-level crazy. But back to Daenerys—she’s headed to Westeros to claim the Throne, she’s got Tyrion and Varys at her side, as well as a bunch of other folks and she means business.
  • Cersei Lannister
    Oh, Cersei. Instead of attending her trial, she found old King Aerys’ wildfire stash and used it to destroy the Great Sept and everyone in it, including the High Sparrow, her Uncle Kevan and a few Tyrells. This made Tommen sad, since one of those dead Tyrells was his beloved Margaery, so he jumped out a window. This set the stage for Cersei to declare herself Queen. Oh, and she’s also got the undead Mountain at her side for any help she may need.
  • Tyrion Lannister
    Made his way to Daenerys, was named Hand of the Queen and is bound for Westeros at herside. Still has great lines and still likes wine.
  • Jaime Lannister
    Jaime took Riverrun and shared a nice little goodbye with Brienne—will these two fight? Will they kiss? Who can say? All speculation. But he got back from Riverrun in time for Cersei’s coronation and of course learned that she went all wildfire on the place and he did not appear to care for any of that very much.
  • Arya Stark
    She ditched Braavos and went faceless assassin on the Freys—served Walder his sons in some pie, eww, and then cut his throat as revenge for the Red Wedding.
  • Sansa Stark
    Helped give Ramsay Bolton what he deserved and also helped Jon Snow secure Winterfellwith an assist from her new bud, Littlefinger, who seems to have her ear pretty solidly.
  • Bran Stark
    Spent most of the season with his eyes rolled back and in a trance. Saw some interestingstuff in his visions, the most important of which was that Jon Snow is actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.

Like most seasons, this last one saw its fair share of deaths, timely or otherwise. Let’s pour some out for the folks who met their end in Season 6 (some will be more missed than others):

  • Hodor
  • Rickon Stark
  • Shaggydog
  • Summer
  • The Blackfish (Or is he??)
  • Trystane Martell
  • Grand Maester Pycelle
  • Lancel Lannister
  • The Three-Eyed Raven
  • A bunch of Khals
  • Roose Bolton
  • Ramsay Bolton
  • Osha the wildling
  • Alliser Thorn

Enjoy the premiere and what sets up to be a pivotal Season 7!