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 the Wildlings Wine for the group of outcasts from north of the Wall. It’s warm and strong, which is exactly the kind of drink you would need if you had to travel around with this legion.
Wildlings is actually a derogatory term used by the people of Westeros to describe the Free Folk who live beyond the wall. Normally they are divided into rival clans, but they rallied behind who they called their King-Beyond-the-Wall, Mance Rayder. Sadly, he was burned alive by Melissandre because he refused to kneel to Stannis Baratheon. With their leader gone, there is a good chance they will fall into chaos. Jon Snow is hoping that Tormund Giantsbane will be the one to reunite them. Jon was posing as one of the Wildlings for a short while when he was trying to save the men of the Knights Watch. He unexpectedly fell in love with one of them named Ygritte and broke his vows to be with her. They fought on opposite sides so it might never have worked out and even as Ygritte was dying, she told him…”You know nothing Jon Snow”. Well, something I know is that Jon Snow and the Free Folk could probably use a good stiff drink after all the hardships they have seen. If you want one too, here’s what you’ll need:
1 Bottle of red wine
½ Cup of Brandy
2 Cups of apple cider
¼ Cup of honey
3 Cinnamon sticks
1 Tbsp. Nutmeg
1 Tbsp. Clove
3 oz Orange Juice
Bring all of the ingredients to a light boil in a pot. Lower to a simmer and let reduce for about 25 minutes, stirring with a whisk as needed. Ladle out your warm spiced wine into your goblet. Add a few dried cherries as a garnish for an extra sweet treat at the bottom of your drink.
As you sip down this robust potion, just remember that even though it may be summer, the White Walkers are still out there. And as the show never lets us forget….Winter is Coming. Thanks for checking in 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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