*If you have not seen the latest episode, skip to the recipe*
This episode was action packed and was all about Jon Snow. Plus there were giants and mammoths. Giants AND Mammoths. But, I decided to make a drink after Ygritte. I couldn’t decide between her and Jon Snow, and I even thought about doing one for both, but I eventually decided on Ygritte. I have a feeling that I will get a chance to make a Jon Snow cocktail for the last episode of the season. Also, how is it that there is only ONE episode left, ONE!?
Ygritte is one of my favorite female characters in the show, after Cersei and Danaerys. She is strong, wild, and not afraid to kill…anyone, even Jon Snow.
It seems like every episode since like the second one, a major character dies in this show, which is part of what makes it awesome. This week, sharp-shooting Ygritte goes down. Her best moment was last season, when she put like 6 arrows into Jon Snow for turning his back on her.
In this episode, on the eve of the war between the Crows and the Free People, she makes it clear that she wants to be the one to destroy Jon Snow. Ygritte, in full rage and fury to avenge her broken heart, kills like a bunch of Crows. When she finally sees Jon Snow, and has the chance to take him out, she stares a little too long(without the rage and the fury), and is killed by the little elevator boy, with one arrow. Ironic. In the end, despite all of her badassery, she couldn’t do it. She couldn’t put more arrows into Jon Snow, and kill him. She ends up dying in the arms of Jon Snow and tells him that they should have stayed inside their cave.
Episode 9: The Ygritte Cocktail
This drink looks good and it is. It’s refreshing and there is just enough zest and sweetness. I made two small changes. I like it better with ginger beer, instead of ginger ale. I also added a tad bit more of cranberry juice, and it was perfect. You can find the recipe here.
1.5oz Vodka (I used Reyyka, because Wildlings and Ygritte are cold)
0.75oz Cranberry Juice
0.5oz Fresh Lemon Juice
a splash or two of ginger beer (I used Cockbull)
2 large strawberries
Muddle strawberries in a shaker. Add vodka, cranberry juice, and lemon juice, and ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with strawberry and ENJOY!!
*Game of Thrones images from hbo.com*