It’s here!! The final season of Game of Thrones!! It’s about time! And I have the perfect cocktail for it. This white walker cocktail is an easy cocktail to make but it’s also quite creative. It involves sugar candy spikes, blue salt, a liqueur that will make your cocktail go blue and more!!
So, who is excited about the new Game of Thrones Season!? I know I certainly am! If you aren’t a GOT fan then that is absolutely fine too! You can create whatever theme you wish out of the blue cocktail.
We will go over how we colour the cocktail and the candy, and we will also go over a few other tips that may help you in your future cocktail making. Let’s get into it!
So how do you make this cocktail blue?
It’s a liqueur call blue Curaçao. And you may be surprised that this is an orange liqueur!! Now, Curaçao is actually an island on the Southern Caribbean Sea.
And laraha trees are grown on this island, which is are citrus trees that have very bitter oranges hanging off of them. I believe the fruits themselves are so bitter and fibrous that they aren’t even considered edible. However, it was then discovered that the peel of this fruit was quite aromatic, and you can make a lovely infusion with it.
This discovery is what eventually led to the creation of this blue Curaçao awesomeness.
The blue colour just comes from food colouring so unless that blue colour has some sort of special or historical meaning to it (perhaps because of the Carribean Sea?), I don’t think it’s blue for any other reason than the fact that it allows you to make blue cocktails.
Okay, well how do you make the sugar candy that colour?
Here is a safety tip I always go over every time I share a recipe that involves boiling sugar. And that is, as you simmer/boil the caramel….do not touch it! It will stick to your fingers and it will leave a horrible burn. Please keep that in mind and be wary when kids are around.
Ok, with that being said, I go over making caramel like this in greater detail in my Classic Tart Tatin post. How to prevent the sugar from crystallising, What I like to do before I start simmering the syrup etc. So feel free to check that post out if you wish!
Ok, so the answer to how I colour the caramel is simple, blue food colouring, that’s it. Now two important points here.
One, when you use food colouring you only need a tiny bit! And when I say a bit, I mean 1-2 drops, no more. Don’t overdo it.
And two, you need to pour the caramel out on to a non-stick surface, so keep in mind that regular baking paper will not do the job unless you want bits of paper stuck to your caramel. You’ll need to use either greaseproof paper or the best option, in my opinion, is to buy a silicon mat. They’re reusable and they are easy to clean.
If you buy one of these, I promise you that no caramel or baked good will stick to that bad boy, and you’ll thank yourself in the future. Especially if you enjoy baking.
But I don’t have crushed ice!
Not a problem, it’s very easy to make your own crushed ice. Before I show you how to do it though, I’ll just mention a couple of things you may want to consider.
First, I recommend you put a bowl in the freezer, you’ll understand why soon. Also, do not take the ice out of the fridge to crush it until you start making the cocktail, otherwise it will melt by the time you’re ready to use it.
Ok, so it’s as simple as wrapping your cubes of ice in a tea-towel and basing it with something like a rolling pin. I like to use a tenderiser. After I have bashed my ice into crushed bits, I take the bowl out of the freezer and put the ice in that bowl.
So do you see why I put the bowl in the freezer? It’s just to ensure that the ice doesn’t melt too quickly.
Anything else I should know when making this cocktail?
There are a couple of other pointers I’d like to mention. So I add lemonade to this drink to create something around the lines of vodka and lemonade cocktail. However, since the colour matters when making this drink, try to find a lemonade that is clear, not coloured.
A lemonade that has a yellow colour could cause the cocktail to go green. Which isn’t the worst thing in the world, however, it will no longer make a whole lot of sense when trying to create a white walker cocktail. Maybe it could be a wildfire cocktail? who knows.
And lastly, you don’t have to leave the sugar candy in the cocktail. In fact, I advise that you don’t leave it in there for too long otherwise the cocktail will end up being too sweet. The candy is only there for the theme, not so much because of how it will flavour the cocktail.
And that’s it! If you decide to make this cocktail, I hope you like it!. If you want to subscribe to my blog, feel free to do so. And you can use #blogtastic.food on Instagram or just tag me to show your results of how you went with any of my recipes.
Game of Thrones White Walker Blue Cocktail
A white walker themed cocktail with dragon glass spiked candy sticking out of it. A very easy cocktail to make, yet it's creative at the same time.
The Dragon Glass Candy:
- 150 g of sugar
- 150 ml of water
- Blue food colouring
The White Walker Cocktail:
- 1-2 tablespoon of kosher salt
- blue food colouring
- 1 quarter of a fresh lemon
- Plenty of crushed ice
- 1½ oz of vodka
- 1 oz of blue curacao
- Lemonade (that has a clear colour, not a yellow colour)
The Dragon Glass Candy:
Put your sugar and water in a pan, then bring it up to a boil over the stove. Once the syrup is boiling, turn the stove down to medium heat.
After approximately 10-15 minutes, you should start to see the syrup go slightly golden.
Once you the sugar syrup turns into caramel (meaning it's a nice golden colour), turn the stove off and then carefully add a small drop of blue food colouring and mix it through.
Pour the caramel out onto greaseproof paper or a silicone mat, then wait for it to cool.
The White Walker Cocktail:
Put your glass in your freezer for about 5 minutes.
Put your salt on a plate, then add 1-2 drops of food colouring and then smear it on the salt. Mix it through until the salt turns blue, then spread it out a bit onto the plate.
Take your glass out of the freezer, rub the lemon wedge around the rim of the glass, then dip the wet rim into your blue salt.
Fill a quarter of your glass with the crushed ice, then add your vodka, blue curacao and then squeeze in the juice of your lemon wedge. Slowly mix it everything together with a spoon.
Top the cocktail up with your lemonade, then finish it off with a little more crushed ice if you wish.
Finally, break off long shards of the candy, and stick it into the cocktail to make it look really cool. Serve the drink straightway and enjoy!
- Remember, one or 2 drops of blue food colouring will do the job, be careful not to add too much.
- Do not touch the caramel/syrup as you simmer it!!
- If you can't get crushed ice from your fridge, crush it yourself by wrapping it in a tea-towel and bashing it using something like a rolling pin.
- Use a clear lemonade, not a coloured lemonade.