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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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.

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It’s story-time!

Once upon a time, AFK had a Paranoia theme night, and it was epic. That’s right, and it was as strange as you would think it would be. All our TVs had giant eyeballs on them, interrupted by messages from The Computer. If you came in that night, we did not hand you a menu. You instead were asked if you wanted to participate in the theme night. If you chose to play, you were assigned a security clearance and told how many clones your server had. They would then hand you random paperwork. You had to fill out all of this paperwork correctly before your server ran out of clones. This theme was AFK in it’s finest form because there was no menu or way to get one. Just endless paperwork till your sever ran out of clones, and you were then out of the game. At that point, you’d be given a regular menu and thanked for playing.

However, keen players of the game noted all the advertisements for Bouncy Bubble Beverage. This cocktail turned out to be an orderable drink. It was the only drink from the “Tonight in Alpha Complex” menu.

Bouncy Bubble Beverage (Pint Glass /w ice)

  • 1/2 oz Cherry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Orange Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Rasberry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine
  • Fill Sprite & Full Throttle

Now at this point, you might be like, ‘Hey Kayla, the picture you took doesn’t have a pink drink in it?!’ And Friend Computer would tell you that ‘you’re wrong and adjust your input sensors Troubleshooter!’ But you’re right, above is pictured the Ultra Violet Edition of the Bouncy Bubble Beverage. It had a brief special to celebrate the relaunch of Paranoia a few years ago.

Bouncy Bubble Beverage UV Edition (Pint Glass /w ice)

  • 1/2 oz Cherry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Orange Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Blueberry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
  • Fill Tonic

The tonic is UV reactive, so it’s an enjoyable drink when you have a black light.

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AFK had a tradition of always being open on holidays. This policy was something I stated because I was one of those people on holidays who had nowhere to go. This year, due to AFK no longer having a physical location, we won’t be open. This single fact filled me with more unexpected sadness than most of the closing process. I always worked on holidays and enjoyed being there for others. This year, as we head into the winter months, I thought I’d share the recipe that became AFK tradition for holiday drinks. This way, a little bit of that can live on in your homes.

The AFK Wassail Tradition

If you stopped by one most holiday nights, you possibly tried the AFK Wassel. It was the hot cider drink that I kept in a hot hold by the bar. Customers have asked me for years to explain this drink. I struggled as this magical drink was more of an art form and expression than a recipe. I will do my best to break it down. I included a more friendly and less ad-hoc version at the end for people who don’t like mixing by taste.

Before we start, we need to understand the basic construction of Wassail before diving into more. Traditionally it’s just hot mulled cider. Mulled, meaning it has some if not all of the following spices: Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. There are plenty of optional things one can do after this. But that is essentially a Wassail. What we called Wassail at the Tavern looks like an abomination in comparison. So hold on to your fancy holiday hats!

The Dark Art of Making AFK Wassail

A warning before we start, this will feel like a very old school bartending guide recipe. To mangle my favorite quote from a drink guide from mid-1800s: “As it takes a genius to mix this, I don’t wish to insult you, I will not list further instructions.”  I will, however, will do my best.

This list is enormous! 

  • Cider concentrate
  • Hard Cider
  • Mead
  • Red Wine
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Dark Rum
  • Spiced Rum
  • Cinnamon or flavored Whiskey
  • Gin
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Whole apples

The essential Spice List:

  • Cloves
  • Peppercorns
  • Nutmeg

Now to the art of the AFK Wassail! I use a crockpot, but this can be made on a stove. First, as you may have guessed, I don’t water down the Cider concentrate.  Instead, I use hard cider, mead, and red wine to thin out the concentrate in place of the water. This process makes it sweet without having to add in any sugar. The Ration is about four parts hard cider, two parts mead, one part wine, one part pineapple juice, one part orange juice.  I slice up the apples and add them in before the liquid to not overfill the vessel. Add the cinnamon sticks and as many spices as your comfortable with (you can add more later), then let it heat for an hour or two (Don’t boil it) and make sure it’s covered.

Now here comes the important part! Stir it, then Taste it; if it’s too sweet, cut it down with some hot water. If it’s not sweet enough, add some sugar. Next comes the part where we add hard liquor. I usually start with the dark rum. Kraken is lovely for this as it imparts a vanilla taste to the drink. After I have that correct taste, I start with the spiced rum; this can reinforce many flavors already in the Wassail, so be careful. I splash the Whiskey in. I, for years, used Fireball till they changed their recipe; now I use pecan or apple whiskey. Lastly, about 1 oz cheap gin mostly for tradition, but the juniper flavor will complement things nicely.

Let all of this sit for a little longer. Then impress your friends with this VERY boozy Wassail.

Instant Wassail

So if you read that and immediately had a panic attack at how imprecise it was. First, I’m sorry. Second, this next recipe is for you.

Perhaps you’re spending the holiday months alone or limiting contact this year. And an entire crockpot of warm alcohol isn’t your thing or might be too tempting. You’d like to have a cup of the stuff to enjoy under a blanket. So this is my instant Wassail. Much fewer items to pick up, and overall pretty easy.

Instant Wassail (Irish Coffee glass, or ~8.5oz mug)

  • A packet of hot Apple Cider Mix 
  • 1 oz holiday spiced mead or holiday spiced wine
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Hot water

In your mug or glass, pour in the mead/wine rum and Apple cider mix. Stir with the cinnamon stick to get as much of the cider mix dissolved as you can. Then pour in hot water while stirring. Careful not to burn yourself! Let cool enough to drink, and you’re good to go.

AFK had a tradition of always being open on holidays. This policy was something I stated because I was one of those people on holidays who had nowhere to go. This year, due to AFK no longer having a physical location, we won’t be open. This single fact filled me with more unexpected sadness than most of the closing process. I always worked on holidays and enjoyed being there for others. This year, as we head into the winter months, I thought I’d share the recipe that became AFK tradition for holiday drinks. This way, a little bit of that can live on in your homes.

The AFK Wassail Tradition

If you stopped by one most holiday nights, you possibly tried the AFK Wassel. It was the hot cider drink that I kept in a hot hold by the bar. Customers have asked me for years to explain this drink. I struggled as this magical drink was more of an art form and expression than a recipe. I will do my best to break it down. I included a more friendly and less ad-hoc version at the end for people who don’t like mixing by taste.

Before we start, we need to understand the basic construction of Wassail before diving into more. Traditionally it’s just hot mulled cider. Mulled, meaning it has some if not all of the following spices: Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. There are plenty of optional things one can do after this. But that is essentially a Wassail. What we called Wassail at the Tavern looks like an abomination in comparison. So hold on to your fancy holiday hats!

The Dark Art of Making AFK Wassail

A warning before we start, this will feel like a very old school bartending guide recipe. To mangle my favorite quote from a guide from mid-1800s: “As it takes a genius to mix this, I don’t wish to insult you, I will not list further instructions.”  I will, however, will do my best.

This list is enormous! 

  • Cider concentrate
  • Hard Cider
  • Mead
  • Red Wine
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Dark Rum
  • Spiced Rum
  • Cinnamon or flavored Whiskey
  • Gin
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Whole apples

The essential Spice List:

  • Cloves
  • Peppercorns
  • Nutmeg

Now to the art of the AFK Wassail! I use a crockpot, but this can be made on a stove. First, as you may have guessed, I don’t water down the Cider concentrate.  Instead, I use hard cider, mead, and red wine to thin out the concentrate in place of the water. This process makes it sweet without having to add in any sugar. The Ration is about four parts hard cider, two parts mead, one part wine, one part pineapple juice, one part orange juice.  I slice up the apples and add them in before the liquid to not overfill the vessel. Add the cinnamon sticks and as many spices as your comfortable with (you can add more later), then let it heat for an hour or two (Don’t boil it) and make sure it’s covered.

Now here comes the important part! Stir it, then Taste it; if it’s too sweet, cut it down with some hot water. If it’s not sweet enough, add some sugar. Next comes the part where we add hard liquor. I usually start with the dark rum. Kraken is lovely for this as it imparts a vanilla taste to the drink. After I have that correct taste, I start with the spiced rum; this can reinforce many flavors already in the Wassail, so be careful. I splash the Whiskey in. I, for years, used Fireball till they changed their recipe; now I use pecan or apple whiskey. Lastly, about 1 oz cheap gin mostly for tradition, but the juniper flavor will complement things nicely.

Let all of this sit for a little longer. Then impress your friends with this VERY boozy Wassail.

Instant Wassail

So if you read that and immediately had a panic attack at how imprecise it was. First, I’m sorry. Second, this next recipe is for you.

Perhaps you’re spending the holiday months alone or limiting contact this year. And an entire crockpot of warm alcohol isn’t your thing or might be too tempting. You’d like to have a cup of the stuff to enjoy under a blanket. So this is my instant Wassail. Much fewer items to pick up, and overall pretty easy.

Instant Wassail (Irish Coffee glass, or ~8.5oz mug)

  • A packet of hot Apple Cider Mix 
  • 1 oz holiday spiced mead or holiday spiced wine
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Hot water

In your mug or glass, pour in the mead/wine rum and Apple cider mix. Stir with the cinnamon stick to get as much of the cider mix dissolved as you can. Then pour in hot water while stirring. Careful not to burn yourself! Let cool enough to drink, and you’re good to go.