Spirits of Westeros- Milk of the Poppy

Welcome to Spirits of Westeros where host, Jessica Kinney, helps you combine the love of Game of Thrones with the love of alcohol.

This weeks drink is named Milk of the Poppy after the painkiller and anesthetic offered to many characters in the show.  It is used throughout the seven kingdoms on those in severe pain.  Maesters make it from crushed poppy seeds and it is white in color, hence Milk of the Poppy.  It is first seen being used on Robert Baratheon in season 1 after he was fatally wounded by a boar.  Eddard Stark orders Maester Pycelle to give him milk of the poppy and then later that season, Ned needs it himself when a Lannister guardsman drives a spear through his leg.  His daughter Sansa even said that maybe that’s why her father would denounce King Joffery’s legitimacy because he was influenced by the drug.  Qyburn is giving it to Gregor Clegane to calm him while he performs secret experiments on him, but it has also been refused by people in severe pain including Maester Luwin and Jaime Lannister.  Jaime didn’t want any anesthetic when Qyburn was operating on his severely infected stump where his sword hand used to be. If that doesn’t make you want a little painkiller of your own, I don’t know what will.  Here’s what you’ll need:

2 oz Spiced rum

½ oz Bacardi 151

1 oz Banana cream liqueur

½ oz Baileys Irish Cream

1 scoop Vanilla Ice cream

Mix all the liquid ingredients into a shaker and give a dry shake.  Pour into your glass with the scoop of ice cream and garnish with a banana segment.

As you enjoy this creamy and stiff drink, know that no matter who dies on Game of Thrones, you can always wash away the pain with a little Milk of the Poppy.  Thanks for stopping by and remember to….stay thirsty Thronies.

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theStream.tv Fan Show Network presents Behind the Throne: Power Rankings.  Sign in each week, for review and rankings about the hit HBO television series. Game of Thrones is a dramatic and adventurous television series created by show runners David Benioff (Troy, X-Men Origins:Wolverine) and D. B. Weiss (Lucky Wander Boy).  It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones.  Set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the series chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the realm’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne.  Throughout the seasons, there have been so many talented actors to bring the multifaceted and complex characters to life.  They are including, but not limited to: Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, National Treasure), Richard Madden (Cinderella), Kit Harington (Pompeii), Gwendoline Christie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Lena Headey (300, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Mama, Oblivion), Peter Dinklage (X-Men: Age of Future Past, Elf), Charles Dance (Dracula: Untold, Last Action Hero), Aidan Gillen (The Wire), Ciaran Hinds (There Will Be Blood), Carice van Houten (Black Book), Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 & 2), Emilia Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Jason Momoa (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice), Iain Glen (the Resident Evil films) and Michiel Huisman (Nashville, Orphan Black).  The first narrative arc of the show follows a civil war among several noble houses for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the legendary creatures and fierce peoples of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty to reclaim the throne.  Game of Thrones has attracted record numbers of viewers on HBO and obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base.  The series has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series for its first four seasons, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in both Long Form and Short Form, and a Peabody Award.  The show premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. Two days after the fourth season premiered in April 2014, HBO renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season.

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