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Khaleesi (Game of Thrones)

Mother of Dragons Cocktail

Cocktails & Beverages from Issue 11 – Summer 2017 – Heroines

Defiant, determined, both nurturers and aggressors, these two badass mothers each ruled over their own empires in different times and places: Cookie “I’m here to get what’s mine” Lyon in present-day New York and Daenerys “I will take what’s mine with fire and blood” Targaryen, aka Khaleesi, in Essos in 300 AC. For Cookie, we conceived of the chicest version of her namesake dessert adorned with cherries and gold dust, and, for Khaleesi, a dragonfruit slushie spiked for fire-breathing. A spicy take on a Hemingway daiquiri by Phoebe Esmon of Asheville’s Nightbell.

makes 1 cocktail

  • 2 oz rhum agricole blanc
  • ¼ oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup*
  • ½ dragon fruit, cut into chunks
  • 2 drops Bittermens Hellfire shrub
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Place all ingredients in blender with ¾ cup of crushed ice. Blend for 15 seconds. Serve in a goblet. Garnish with a slice of dragon fruit.

  • *Simple syrup: Bring equal parts water and sugar to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar, then cool and chill.