SPOILER ALERT: PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT CAUGHT UP WITH THE CURRENT SEASON. That aside, man, is Arya the real MVP, or what? The Eye of the Needle, an Arya Stark Game of Thrones Cocktail, celebrates everything our favorite Faceless heroine is: tart, prickly, and sharp.
This Arya Stark cocktail is a nod to the classic tequila sunrise, but with a twist: less sweet and more nuanced. Beet juice instead of grenadine provides the bloody tendrils snaking down the sides of the glass, and instead of ubiquitous OJ, I chose to make a rosemary lemonade. So, really, it’s nothing like a tequila sunrise except that it is yellow and red and it has tequila. I garnished with rosemary (because it’s pointy, duh), but if you’ve one of those cocktail swords, by all means, add a cherry speared with one of those.
Stick ’em with the pointy end.-Arya Stark
I love to make homemade lemonades because they’re infinitely customizable. Whatever herbs and/or fruit you have on hand works. Blackberry and mint? Do it. Peach and basil? Absolutely, yes. Just make a simple syrup with a one-to-one ratio of sugar to water, and steep your herbs while it cools. Add lemon juice, soda water, and your choice of fruit.
I chose a tequila sunrise riff because Arya is the only reason anyone at Winterfell lived to see the sunrise the next morning. How’s that for a spoiler, eh? (Seriously, you shouldn’t be reading this if you haven’t seen S8Ep3.) Her fearless determination saved them all, and she deserves a hundred of these delicious cocktails. To top it all off, she’s a serious badass, and if I were on her List, I wouldn’t want to run into her into a dark alley (or anywhere else, for that matter).
This was a total accident, but check out these drops of beet juice clinging to the rosemary. Cool, eh? A little creepy, too.
The Pointy End
- 3/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 cups club soda
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 sprigs rosemary
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1.5 ounces beet juice
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- Rosemary Lemonade
- 1 rosemary sprig to garnish
To make rosemary lemonade, first make a rosemary simple syrup. Combine sugar and water together in a small saucepan.
Heat over low to medium heat.
Let simmer until sugar is dissolved and take off the heat.
Throw in the sprigs and let cool.
Remove rosemary and strain into a jar.
Combine all ingredients into a pitcher and stir until combined.
To make a Pointy End, fill a tall glass with ice.
Pour in tequila.
Top with rosemary lemonade (you will have extra. Drink it or save it for another cocktail).
Pour beet juice slowly over the top.
Garnish with rosemary.