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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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

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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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The new season of the Expanse starts on December 16th, and I could no be more excited! I’m a massive fan of the books, and AFK had two Expanse theme nights and an Expanse section on the menu just because of that. I’ve been bouncing around these ideas for a couple of weeks, and I finally took the time to experiment with them on Thursday.

The first one is a re-work of one of the best-selling drinks off the Expanse theme menu and the Expanse section of the main menu—the Mariner Valley.

Mariner Valley #2 (Hurrican /w ice)

  • 1 1/2 oz Mezcal
  • 1/2 oz Saffron Simple Syrup
  • Fill Orange Juice
  • 1/2 Grenadine
  • 1 oz Carrot Juice

Before you put the ice in on this drink, pour in the Saffron Simple Syrup, this will make a cleaner visual line for the colors. Then add the splash of carrot Juice, after that the Mezcal, then fill with Orange Juice. Lastly, you’ll want to pour the Grenadine down the side of the glass to give it a little more of a color gradation. If you don’t care about presentation, pour them all into a shaker haphazardly, then shake & strain it into a glass (no one will judge you.)

If you’re a fan of the IP then you know Holden loves his coffee. I wanted to do an excellent hot mixed coffee drink to honor the Roci. I messed with some ideas on the original menu, but it never panned out.

The Roci (Mug)

  • 1 1/2 oz Grind Expresso Liqueur
  • Oregon Chai Tea Mix
  • Milk (or milk substitute, I used Goats Milk)

This drink can be hot or cold, depending on your liking. I had mine hot, so I followed the instructions on the Oregon Chai Tea mix for a hot Chai tea, then added the Grind and some Goat’s Milk to taste. If you’re going to want it cold, use a Liquid Chai Tea concentrate to make it easy on yourself.

If you can’t find Grind, you can substitute Kapalli Coffee Liqueur just fine. However, Grind is genuinely one of the best coffee Liqueurs I’ve ever had, and I suggest it highly.

I’ll be coming out with more Expanse drinks as the show runs for this season, I’m sure!

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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.

 

 

 

We’re 24 hours away from Cyberpunk 2077, and I can’t wait! Naturally, while watching videos and reading reviews, I made some drinks themed on the hype for the game. I assume after it launches and I’ve played it; I’ll make some drinks based on the actual game. 

Rockerboy (Large Beer Stein)

  • 1 oz Midori
  • 1/2 oz Cherry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Passion Fruit Rum
  • 1/2 oz Gin 
  • 1/2 oz Silver Tequila
  • Can of Rockstar

Rockerboys are straight from the Cyberpunk RPG. Since they have Jonny Silverhand making an appearance, and as far as I remember, he is a Rockerboy. I figured I should ‘stat out’ a drink! 

The 2077 (Double or Whiskey Glass)

  • Banana Creme Puree
  • Kracken Rum

Everyone on the internet was doing cool things in Cyberpunk 2077 colors and logos. From Graphics cards to Chairs, people are doing so many cool “in the theme” stuff for Cyberpunk 2077. So naturally, I wanted to do a drink with the 2077 colors! Kracken and Banana might seem odd, but we had a drink with both of those flavors that sold quite well for ten years! For best results, this shot should be chilled. However, it’s also fine on the rocks for sipping.

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Drinking in the Apocalypse: We’re all in this together

Now that I’m developing more…segments? Article? Sections? I will be getting to them faster I think. With that in mind, welcome to a new one of those things. “Drinking in the Apocalypse!” Where we go over the extraordinarily bizarre things that I scavenged up during the first Shutdown and beyond.

This week we’re going to look at the “We’re all in this together!” I came up with this for obvious reasons, and it requires no further explanations. The concept had to be a Long Island Modification because it’s all in there just about. And who doesn’t need a long island to help get through this shit? We ended up with my favorite Long Island mod, a Tokyo Tea, then added OJ.
We’re all in this together #1 (Pint glass or 16oz jar with light ice)
  • 1/2 oz Orange Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Passion Fruit Rum
  • 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz Midori
  • Splash Sprite
  • Fill OJ
Oh yes, there is a lot in there. That’s why you need to be light on the ice. I designed this drink for the To-Go jars; thusly, light ice would be stronger and not get watery on delivery. However, there was more than one version of this drink.
We’re all in this together #2 (Pint glass or 16oz jar with light ice)
  • 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Passion Fruit Rum
  • 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Sour Apple Pucker
  • 1 oz Midori
  • Splash Sprite
  • Fill OJ
I called this the “we’re running out of everything” version. As we got to the final days of the Tavern, we just ran ourselves down on everything. Trying to keep some items from falling off the menu, we modified lots of recipes.
The “We’re all in this together” ended up being one of the best selling drinks on the Covid menu. It brought a laugh to quite a few people’s voices when they order it. I also loved pouring it because it was just an angry drink to make, plus I love the coloration.
(Also, if you were wondering, the glass is from a collection of glasses we made for people in the Warrior/Alchemist Guilds back in 2017ish time)

 

 

Welcome to a new month and a new series? section? category of post? Anyway it’s called the From the Archive: The Lost Drinks! Where I go into some of the short-lived marvels of AFK. I’m in the process of cleaning up the actual physical archive here at home. It’s huge. Beyond the digital, we have every theme menu, print menu, and almost every recipe page ever made at the Tavern. I’m enjoying looking through these so much I thought you all might want to learn about some of them. So let’s explore one of the shortest-lived drinks at AFK! Thanks so much to the humans at my Patreon for making this AFK Afterlife content available.

The Great Maker

On the Pre-Open November 3 drink menu, the last drink on the back page of the menu was a small nod to one of my favorite TV shows: Babylon 5. I thought of making a drink from Makers Mark to reference the “Great Maker.” Sadly, due to the cocktail’s complexity and our business level for the first month, it wouldn’t grace the menu for more than a week. I would replace it with a drink called “The Highlander” that was close, but not the same.
The Great Maker (Pint Glass w/ ice)
  • Two lemon wedges
  • Two lime wedges
  • 4-8 mint leaves
  • 1.5 oz Makers Mark
  • Sugar (1 to .5 oz)
  • Soda Water Fill
Start by adding the lemons, limes, and sugar into a shaker or pint glass. If you don’t feel comfortable adding the sugar before muddling, you can add it after. Muddle them fully till all the juice is out of the fruit. Add the 1.5 oz makers Mark. Fill your glass with ice, then shake with a shaker. Pour the contents into a Pint glass (you can use the same one.) Fill with soda, and give it a small stir. Enjoy!
You may at first see the Limes and mint and think Mojito! But With the lemons, mint, and whiskey, it’s also related to a Smash. However, Lemons and Limes make sours, so we could call this a fizzy mint whiskey sour if we wanted to. Anyway you label it, it’s a fantastic drink for a warm day, or if you’re like me on a cold night.

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A letter: The Wines of Roshar

From: A World Hopper
To: My home The AFK
Author’s Notes: My friends at AFK, this letter contains a short Vorin descriptor I found of the various Wines of Roshar. I’ve added my notes for their approximate recreation within the Tavern. It should be stressed to the reader: The people of Roshar seem to be confused about what wine is, also what chicken is, but that’s an entirely different letter I will send another day.

 

 

Violet  – The strongest of all the Roshar wines. With a sandalwood smell, a strong liquor taste.

Author’s Notes: The recipe I’ve sent recreated this with huckleberry, Aquavit, soda water, and special sandalwood oil. I’m quite proud of myself on this version; it could fool most who drink it.
Violet/Purple (Wine Glass large with ice)
  • 1.5 oz Huckleberry Syrup
  • 2 oz Taffel Aquavit
  • 1 drop sandalwood extract
  • Fill Topo Chico
This is a semi layered drink. You’ll want to add the Huckleberry Syrup first before the ice. Drop a small amount of the sandalwood extract on the ice, pour over your choice of Aquavit over the top. We used Bluewater Aquavit for ours. Then fill with Topo Chico; most soda will do, but if you’re serious, you’ll use the best. And the best is Topo Chico, fight me.

Blue – Complex with lemon and fruit flavors.

Author Notes: This really reminded me of Limoncello, not sure how they made it blue. So we’ve tried to make raspberry, Limoncello, soda, and something a little blue! It ends up coming close enough to perhaps trick one without first-hand experience.
Blue (Martini Glass)
  • 1.5 oz Limoncello
  • 0.5 oz Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1.5 Powerade or Blue Sports
Take the Blue Sports drink and Limoncello with ice in a shaker, shake until ice forms on the shaker. Strain into the Martini glass. Layer the black raspberry liqueur by pouring it down the side of the glass.

Sapphire – Made from fermented lavis grain with nutty and honey taste.

Author notes: This one was a sophisticated little devil to get my head around. But I finally ended on Frangelico, Honey Whiskey, and a splash of the good old fashioned Blue Curacao.
Sapphire (Collins Glass /w ice)
  • 1 oz Honey Whiskey
  • 1 oz Frangelico
  • Blue Curacao for color ~ 1oz
  • Fill Topo Chico
Pour in Blue Curacao first.  Add in the Honey Whiskey and Frangelico and fill with the chilled Topo Chico. Stir with a straw lightly for the best visual effect. If you’re not a fan of Whiskey, you can swap out the Honey Whiskey for an unflavored mead or Honey Liquor of your choice.

Red – Flavorful, simple, and smooth.

Author’s Notes: While the bartender part of me was reasonably sure it was a vodka cran, the world hopper in me couldn’t quite bring myself to say that’s what it was. In the end, I settled on the vodka cran, though. It really does work.
Red (Pounder with ice)
  • 2.5 oz vodka
  • Fill Cranberry Juice
Fill a pounder with ice, pour in vodka then add the Cranberry juice. If you’re looking for some fun with this drink, use a flavored vodka. Even vanilla vodka can work with cranberry juice. Muddle some real cranberries for a neat look.

Amber – Spicy and Earthy.

Author’s Notes: Instantly, I was reminded of a reinforced wine upon drinking this. Oaked Chardonnay fortified with a rye whiskey, bourbon, ginger bitters and really emulates this almost entirely.
Amber (Large wine glass)
  • 1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
  • .5 oz Bourbon
  • Oaked Chardonnay fill
  • Buckspice Ginger Bitters (4 drops)
This drink should be served at room temperature or chilled for the best result. If you don’t mind the color being wrong, use your favorite wine here in place of an Oaked Chardonnay. For the original served at AFK version, we used Rock & Rye whiskey and Jim Beam. But at home, I have used Templeton Rye and Burnside Bourbon. As pointed out when we served this at AFK, you can also use a Hopped Mead like Gl. Dansk in place of the wine as well.

Yellow – A fantastic morning drink, refreshing.

Author’s Notes: This one was quite the thinker.  The Alethi, who spoke of it, was quite enamored by its flavor; he called it the pre-dual drink of choice. I found that an excellent handcrafted Gin, muddled lemons, sugar, bitters, and soda really nail the drink’s character. Perhaps I just like Gin, though. I will write to you further about that.
Yellow (Pounder /w ice)
  • 2 oz Gin
  • 5 lemon wedges
  • Sugar to taste (~2 tablespoons)
  • Hibiscus bitters (1 drop)
  • Fill Topo Chico
Add the lemons and sugar to the bottom of the glass with 1 or 2 small pieces of ice. Muddle them furiously. Add the ice, then add the bitters and pour in the Gin. Finish with the Topo Chico and mix with a straw.

Orange – Lacking in strength, suitable even for the clergy.

Author’s Notes: This one was quite an easy one: oranges and a solid spiced mead. Or perhaps a ginger mead. Relatively easy compared to the rest. Quite good, though, not strong enough for me personally.
Orange (Pounder /w light ice)
  • 4 oz spiced mead
  • Orange Juice fill
Mixing these is quite simple: you add them both together in the pounder with ice. We originally used Hidden Legends Spiced mead. But you can use any spiced mead for this mix. It also works well with carrot juice, oddly enough.

Pink – Wakes you up and quite Floral.

Author’s Notes: This one, I am sure, didn’t have a drop of anything resembling alcohol. Roshar’s energy drink is found here. It’s not coffee, but it does the trick. A combination of caffeinated cherry soda, lavender syrup, and a splash of pomegranate get the color and the flavors.
Pink (Pounder /w ice)
  • .5 oz Lavender Syrup
  • .5 oz Pomegranate Syrup
  • Bawls Cherry
Start with the ice and add the syrups. Pour the energy drink over ice. Any clear energy drink should work.

White – Strong.

Author’s Notes: This is clearly a clear whiskey or moonshine. It lacks the most refinement, but it does the job very well.
White (Bucket /w or w/o ice)
  • 2 oz White whiskey
This could be pretty much any white whiskey. Or if you’re feeling fancy, any clear liquor.

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Harley Quinn Drop Shot

A shot of Kinky Blue, dropped into energy drink, strawberry liquor, and a splash of cran.

Poison Ivy

Based off our poison bottle drink, sour apple, melon liquor join Botanist Gin and soda.