The Metroid was on one of the last theme menus we ever got to do. It joined the new and final printing of the drink menu in February of 2020. In March, it would for the last time it made for a customer. The photo above that is my banner on Patreon. I took this photo ‎Friday, ‎February ‎28, 2020, in a large batch of “New drinks for 2020!” shots I was setting up to promote through March. Not all of them got posted. It was one of the final things I did that was normal in 2020, and the drink photo and drink have come to mean something strange and undefinable to me over the last year.

ANYWAY… Here is the recipe for the Metroid.

Metroid (wine glass /w light ice)

  • 1/2 oz Cherry vodka
  • 1/2 oz Orange vodka
  • 1/2 oz herbal gin
  • 1/2 oz silver rum
  • 1/2 oz Midori
  • Pineapple Juice fill
  • Garnish with three cherries and gummy worms

 

 

 

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Falcon Punch is the classic birthday drop shot of AFK. It’s done best with friends, even over a video call.

Falcon Punch

Shot:

  • Overproof Rum
  • Watermelon Sours

Glass:

  • Energy Drink (The Tavern used full throttle)

 

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Ready for a Naxx run? In this real quick, I’m going to show you one of our most popular series shot! Each of these is based on a wing from Naxxramas. They first joined the menu in late 2011 to honor a small group of really cool folks from the Feathermoon server.

Construct

  • 1/3 Apple liqueur
  • 1/3 Melon Liqueur
  • 1/3 Pineapple Juice

Plague

  • 1/2 Coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 Creme de Menthe.

Military

  • 1/2 Butterscotch
  • 1/2 Jagermeister

Arachnid

  • 1/2 Irish cream
  • 1/2 Peach schnapps

Frostwyrm’s Lair

  • 1/2 Rumplemintz
  • 1/2 Hazelnut Liqueur

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Red Dragon’s Hoard

Greed for all that glitters; gold and fire inspire this drink. This cocktail will be the first and very last Fireball appearance on this menu.

Red Dragon’s Hoard (Pint Glass /w ice)

  • 1 oz Goldschläger
  • 1 oz Rye Whiskey
  • .5 oz Fireball
  • Fill Cranberry Juice

Power of the Black Dragon

This cocktail is smokey with a touch of peaty whiskey. Tastes good enough to raise the dead.

Power of the Black Dragon (Collins glass /w ice)

  • 1.5 oz Peaty Whiskey (I used Peat Week Westland for mine)
  • .5 oz Jagermeister Manifest
  • Fill Artisanal Rootbeer

Green Dragon’s Breath

Tasty enough to warrant suspicion, but hey, it’s greenish; what could go wrong drinking it? Lesser known (made up) fact: Green Dragons are the sugar-free dragon.

Green Dragon’s Breath (Hurricane glass /w ice)

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Sugar-Free Mint Watermelon Vodka
  • 4 drops Ginger bitters
  • Sugar-Free Energy Drink (I used Rockstar in the original)

The Chill of the White Dragon

Like the first winds of a long winter ripping the hope from your heart in drink form.

The Chill of the White Dragon (collins glass /w ice)

  • 1 oz Rumple Minze
  • 1 oz Giffard’s Cacao
  • 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • Fill Half & Half

Storm of the Blue Dragon

Don’t be shocked by this one! Avid drink mixers will get this recipe joke; trust me, it’s hilarious.

Storm of the Blue Dragon (Large wine glass w/ice)

  • 1/2 oz Bacardi Dragonberry rum
  • 1/2 oz UV blue vodka
  • 1/2 oz Empress Gin
  • 1/2 oz Peligroso Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • 1 oz Sours
  • Fill sprite

This menu was initially made as a mini-theme night menu in August of 2019. I intended this menu to be the first of a small dragon series of menus running in 2020. However, we know how that turned out. With the Onxyia drink being this week’s drink, I thought it would be a perfect time to restart this idea!

Red Dragon’s Hoard

Greed for all that glitters; gold and fire inspire this drink. This cocktail will be the first and very last Fireball appearance on this menu.

Red Dragon’s Hoard (Pint Glass /w ice)

  • 1 oz Goldschläger
  • 1 oz Rye Whiskey
  • .5 oz Fireball
  • Fill Cranberry Juice

Power of the Black Dragon

This cocktail is smokey with a touch of peaty whiskey. Tastes good enough to raise the dead.

Power of the Black Dragon (Collins glass /w ice)

  • 1.5 oz Peaty Whiskey (I used Peat Week Westland for mine)
  • .5 oz Jagermeister Manifest
  • Fill Artisanal Rootbeer

Green Dragon’s Breath

Tasty enough to warrant suspicion, but hey, it’s greenish; what could go wrong drinking it? Lesser known (made up) fact: Green Dragons are the sugar-free dragon.

Green Dragon’s Breath (Hurricane glass /w ice)

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Sugar-Free Mint Watermelon Vodka
  • 4 drops Ginger bitters
  • Sugar-Free Energy Drink (I used Rockstar in the original)

The Chill of the White Dragon

Like the first winds of a long winter ripping the hope from your heart in drink form.

The Chill of the White Dragon (collins glass /w ice)

  • 1 oz Rumple Minze
  • 1 oz Giffard’s Cacao
  • 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • Fill Half & Half

Storm of the Blue Dragon

Don’t be shocked by this one! Avid drink mixers will get this recipe joke; trust me, it’s hilarious.

Storm of the Blue Dragon (Large wine glass w/ice)

  • 1/2 oz Bacardi Dragonberry rum
  • 1/2 oz UV blue vodka
  • 1/2 oz Empress Gin
  • 1/2 oz Peligroso Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • 1 oz Sours
  • Fill sprite

This menu was initially made as a mini-theme night menu in August of 2019. I intended this menu to be the first of a small dragon series of menus running in 2020. However, we know how that turned out. With the Onxyia drink being this week’s drink, I thought it would be a perfect time to restart this idea!

 

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The first food item on the business plan for AFK was the Alchemist Pasta when we assumed we’d have a small bar menu. When I came up with the concept for AFK I didn’t intend to have a full menu. That came as part of the WSLCB regulations. The Alchemist Pasta was simply a dish I learned to make as a kid. I made it pretty consistently at parties as it was an easy dish to prep ahead of time and be brought to people’s houses.

This pasta posed many problems for a few of the Tavern’s cooks and was only available for a couple of years. However, it laid the groundwork for the Firebat, and that was one of the more legendary things AFK made. It has been one of the items people have begged to bring back numerous times over the last ten years. But alas, it was never meant to rejoin the menu. I genuinely wish it could have; it was a personal item for me, but c’est la vie.

My favorite weird fact about it is that it somehow was still in many pictures of our menus online on some websites that didn’t bother updating much. So we’d get someone about once a month trying to order it over the phone. It was always nice to think people still wanted it after all that time.

I retained a lot of cooking information from my childhood. Alchemist pasta was first taught to me as a kid and referred to as Thieves Pasta; as a kid in love with the archetype of noble thieves from fantasy novels, I always connected with this dish and have been making it since then. It’s a quick dish and easy to modify to add your favorite protein or take out parts you don’t enjoy, so play around with it some. There are no wrong answers with this dish.

Alchemist Pasta (Serves 3-5 people)

  • Thick Spaghetti
  • Arugula (About two handfuls or 2 cups)
  • Baby Spinach (About two handfuls or 2 cups)
  • 6 oz of Olive oil
  • 2-10 peeled garlic cloves (depending on how much garlic you enjoy)
  • Red Pepper flakes (as many as you’re comfortable with, I use about 3 oz)
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Basil about 5-10 leaves
  • 2-4 fresh sprigs of Oregano
  • One small can of Olives
  • Optional Capers

First, cook the spaghetti until it is al dente, then strain it, rinse it, and set it aside.

Next, we make the oil.  We have a few methods here, so use the one that works best for you. I’ve used all of them and prefer the pan method. In a small saucepan, pour in the olive oil, then add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Add a small amount of salt and pepper, then turn on your heat. Roast the garlic in the oil till brown, but careful not to burn any of the red pepper flakes. This step may require medium heat or taking the pan on and off the heat till you get the hang of it. Alternately you can do this in the oven at 300 for ~20 minutes. I check every few minutes after 20 till they are browned. A third alternate method is using a small slow cooker on high overnight. Any way you do it while the oil is cooling, add in the oregano and basil whole (so you can take them out before mixing in with the rest of the dish)

While the oil is cooling, roughly chop some of the basil leaves, then add them to the Baby Spinach and Arugula in a large bowl. Toss the greens until they are thoroughly mixed. Next, add in the mostly cooled pasta (it’s okay if it’s still a little warm. That’s preferred.) Toss until evenly mixed. Next, add the warm oil mix (not hot), cheese, and olives. Keep tossing till everything is mixed. Evenly divide onto plates, garnish with some extra cheese and capers! Enjoy!

 

 

 

(This is my first time making a recipe for something other than the AFK kitchen. This is also my first time doing any food Photography at home. So if you have any questions please ask.)

 

 

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Seeing how the Sereni-tea is shaping up to be our next drink recipe dive. I thought I’d share another Firefly reference from the menu. Coming from the 2018 Firefly theme night menu, this drink found it’s spot on the main menu from the sheer volume of requests for it. This cocktail twice a modified version of modified Smith & Wesson called a Colorado Bulldog plus Creme de Cacao. The similarity to a White Russian lent it to be a trendy drink with the wander-ins.

Ship and a Gun (Bucket /w ice)

  • 1 1/2 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Whipped vodka
  • 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
  • Fill Cream
  • Dash some Coke

Make sure to stir a little after you pour in your ingredients. For Coffee Liqueur, we used Kapali at the Tavern as our go-to Coffee Liqueur; I made the one in the photo with Grind, and it gives it far more of a kick. This cocktail is a perfect dessert drink for after a meal or breakfast before you load up on your starship.

Seeing how the Sereni-tea is shaping up to be our next drink recipe dive. I thought I’d share another Firefly reference from the menu. Coming from the 2018 Firefly theme night menu, this drink found it’s spot on the main menu from the sheer volume of requests for it. This cocktail twice a modified version of modified Smith & Wesson called a Colorado Bulldog plus Creme de Cacao. The similarity to a White Russian lent it to be a trendy drink with the wander-ins.

Ship and a Gun (Bucket /w ice)

  • 1 1/2 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Whipped vodka
  • 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
  • Fill Cream
  • Dash some Coke

Make sure to stir a little after you pour in your ingredients. For Coffee Liqueur, we used Kapali at the Tavern as our go-to Coffee Liqueur; I made the one in the photo with Grind, and it gives it far more of a kick. This cocktail is a perfect dessert drink for after a meal or breakfast before you load up on your starship.

 

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Why hadn’t I had this idea years ago? When I was doing the write up for the Mei drink, I had this moment where I realized that I had been missing out on this idea for YEARS. Super – Whiskey – Smash Bros. So this weekend, I got to work and made the first six cocktails. I will add more to these later, but I had to start somewhere.

Now all the drinks will be based on a Whiskey Smash. That is Whiskey, Lemon, Mint Leaves, Sugar, water. We are using Soda or juice in place of all the water for all of these recipes. Most of them will modify the source of the sugar or add an extra ingredient.

The instructions to make all of these is:

Muddle the lemons and mint in the bottom of a pint glass. Add ice, then the simple syrup, then the whiskey, and other liqueurs or liquor. Give one toss in a tumbler to mix thoroughly. Top with the fill, stir and serve in the same glass.

Super Whiskey Smash: Mario (Pint Glass w/ice)

  • 1 1/2 oz Whiskey
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Two lemon wedges
  • 6-11 mint leaves
  • Topo Chico fill

My first thought here was to use Campari; being Italian and cherry red would work for Mario. He’s an old guy, and I could see him telling all the kids that they haven’t had a real cocktail till they’ve had a perfect Boulevardier. Campari does pair will with this drink, giving it a surprisingly subtle flavor.

Super Whiskey Smash: Princess Peach (Pint Glass w/ice)

  • 1 1/2 oz Whiskey
  • 1 1/2 oz Creme de Peche de Vinge
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Two lemon wedges
  • 6-11 mint leaves
  • Pink Lemonade fill

Her name is Peach; how could we not go with a peach flavor? But Giffard’s Peche de Vigne happens to be one of the best Peach liqueurs I’ve ever had. Add in the pink lemonade for color, and this drink becomes ultra-smooth and very accessible.

Super Whiskey Smash: Yoshi (Pint Glass w/ice)

  • 1 1/2 oz Whiskey
  • 1 1/2 oz Sour Apple Liqueur
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • Two lemon wedges
  • 6-11 mint leaves
  • Topo Chico fill

This one was another easy modification. Yoshi and apples a perfect match. Sour apple flavor adds to bring out the flavors in the whiskey and complement the mint surprisingly well.

Super Whiskey Smash: Pikachu (Pint Glass w/ice)

  • 1 1/2 oz Whiskey
  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • 1 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Two lemon wedges
  • 6-11 mint leaves
  • Topo Chico fill

The cocktail alone is pretty yellow. But what would make it more Pikachu? Limoncello! This change gives the sour lemon taste a more robust candied feel. I’d garnish it with a couple of cherries if I had them to give the cocktail a real Pikachu flair.

Super Whiskey Smash: Samus (Pint Glass w/ice)

  • 1 1/2 oz Whiskey
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 oz Orange Curacao
  • Two lemon wedges
  • 6-11 mint leaves
  • Topo Chico fill

After just finishing the history of the Power Suit Samus Tavern drink orange was a no brainer. Orange Curacao in place of the simple syrup brings the right color to the cocktail.

Super Whiskey Smash: Link (Pint Glass w/ice)

  • 1 1/2 oz Whiskey
  • 1 oz Kinky Green
  • 1 1/2 oz Midori
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • Two lemon wedges
  • 6-11 mint leaves
  • Topo Chico fill

Have you met his die-hard fans? I have, and most of them also asked me for Midori in something.  Midori’s flavor and color make a real statement. The Kinky Green adds a pear flavor that brings the whole thing together. If the cocktail is too sugary, you can omit the simple syrup. I considered making this drink a blue drink, and I’ll possibly make another version at a later date.

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This drink may contains spoilers. So please don’t read on if you are not caught up yet.

This drink is called the Stealth Orbital Strike.  The shot itself is called a Stealth Bomber, so we drop that into something nice and blue like the earth.

Stealth Orbital Strike (drop shot)

In shot (layered):

  • 1/2 oz Irish Cream
  • 1/2 oz Kracken

In glass:

  • 1 oz Blue Curacao Syrup
  • Topo Chico

In the shot pour in the Kracken, then pour Irish Cream down the side of the shot glass to layer it. In the Pint Glass pour the Syrup in then the Topo Chico till it’s about half full. Drop the shot into the glass, and drink quickly! Careful not to let the shot glass hit you in the face or teeth, it can cause physical damage and harm also let it drop from a safe hight and to not add force or you could break the glass.

(I used the spatter in mine for effect. Please don’t do that at home it causes a mess.)

 

There is almost nothing better than a Whiskey Smash to end your day. It’s just one of the best drinks in the world next to a well-executed Whiskey Sours. A Smash is one of those old classics included in the 1862 guide to mixing drinks that sits on the side of my desk.

When making the first Overwatch menu, I was also playing it heavily. Mei was, and still is, pure evil. So I just had to do a drink based on her. I wanted it to be minty, but mint and AFK have a sorted history. Enter a solution: Cold Spell Whiskey! A Mint Whiskey from 2015ish that tried to fall into the flavored whiskey shot market that Fireball was rampaging. The fact that it was a Mint Whiskey named Cold Spell was handy in lots of cocktails. The problem was, the drink was brownish-yellow. After many back and forths, we just ended up adding a little food coloring to make it blue.

Mei’s Endothermic Smash (Hurricane)

  • 1 1/2 oz Cold Spell Mint Whiskey
  • 2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Three lemon wedges
  • Soda Water fill
  • Blue Food Coloring

In a separate glass, muddle the three lemons, add ice, the whiskey, simple syrup, and one small drop of blue food coloring. Shake with your shaker till frost shows on the metal. Then pour the drink without straining into the Hurricane. Fill with Soda Water and serve.

This drink stuck around on the menu for a few years, but eventually, sales fell, and it went away. However, the cocktail has always been one of my wife’s favorite. She was a huge fan of Cold Spell Whiskey, and I’m sorry to say that it seems Cold Spell Whiskey has gone the way of so many things this year. There are still some bottles in stock when I’m writing this, but I assume it won’t be coming back once those are gone. So we have a different version we make at home.

Mei’s Endothermic Smash Home Version (Pint Glass /w ice)

  • 2 1/2 oz Bourbon
  • 1  oz Simple Syrup
  • 6-11 mint leaves
  • Four lemon wedges
  • Topo Chico Fill

In the Pint Glass before you put in ice, muddle mint and lemon wedges. Add ice, then pour the simple syrup over the ice, followed by the bourbon.  Flip the drink in a shaker (just one or two shakes to mix it) pour the content back into the Pint Glass. Fill with Topo Chico.

That’s it for this From the Archives! See you next time.