Casual Thursday: The Hot Winds are Rising

If you’re a huge Game of Thrones fan, you’ve probably spent the last few days since Sunday’s season finale mumbling about dragons and Whitewalkers and how stupid of a name Joffrey is. Anybody? Is that just me? If you’re not a huge Game of Thrones fan, you probably think I’m insane.

But regardless, the season is over. Lucky for us, we’re at the start of summer instead of the Long Winter. Temperatures are climbing and air conditioning is expensive, so why not sit down with a cold drink while you consider who really deserves the Iron Throne?

This week’s cocktail is a little complicated, but hey, what about GoT isn’t? It’s called Fire and Ice (after George R.R. Martin’s book series, A Song of Fire and Ice), and it comes to us from the Bourbon Blog.

Fire and Ice
1½ parts Basil Hayden’s bourbon (Ed note: or any bourbon, really)
¾ part fresh lime juice
1 slice jalapeno
1 part pomegranate juice
½ part simple syrup
Splash of soda water

Instructions:
1. Muddle lime juice, jalapeno, pomegranate juice and simple syrup in a mixing tin.
2. Add bourbon and shake lightly for 5 seconds.

3. Strain into a Collins glass, add ice and top with soda water.
4. Garnish with a lime wheel and pomegranate seeds.

Since, sadly, there are no more new episodes of GoT in the near future, we have to find ways to cope. First of all, if you’ve never seen the show, shame on you. Pick up the DVDs of the first season immediately and spend your weekend getting to know the Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, the puppies pictured above and this one guy called Hodor. If you have seen the show, also feel free to start watching it from the very beginning. It never hurts.

You can also go a more literary route and pick up the books the series is based on.  They’re just as much fun as the show and you can make friends when people see you reading them on the bus (note: that one might just be me).

Stay casual, Hoyas.

Photos: HBO, bourbonblog.com

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