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For the throne 

Yes Cocktail Co. from Paso Robles might be onto something. Their PR people sent out an email with the subject line: "The Mother of Cocktails: Game of Thrones inspired." Who wouldn't open that? I definitely opened it, and yes, it's a couple of recipes created with Yes Cocktail Co.'s hancrafted cocktail mixers and syrups. But wouldn't you like to sit down with an icy glass of the Night's Watch or the Red Wedding as you dig into the final season of Game of Thrones? "The Night's Watch is the perfect way to start the party, like Jon Snow says, 'Night gathers, and now my party begins.' While the Red Wedding cocktail is a toast to those that will forever be in our hearts," the email stated. OK, I'm convinced. Let's do this. Here are their recipes:

Night's Watch

  • 1 1/2 ounces Cognac
  • 3/4 ounces bitter amaro
  • 1/4 ounce green Chartreuse
  • 1/2 ounce Yes Cocktail Co. orange clove mixer

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice sphere or cube. Get your royal drink on.

Red Wedding

  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • 3/4 ounces Yes Cocktail Co. blood orange and chili pepper mixer
  • 1/4 ounce Ancho Reyes Verde Liqueur
  • 3/4 ounces fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Strain into a rocks glass with ice and a salted rim. Come on. You know what to do.

Find more recipes at, where incidentally you can also find the array of cocktail mixers this local company is peddling—which include an intriguing charred oak and maple syrup mixer that sounds like it will do my bourbon right. Δ

Editor Camillia Lanham is all about a cocktail that includes bourbon, or really, just bourbon, period. Send your tasty tidbits to

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