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A letter: The Wines of Roshar
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
.5 oz Lavender Syrup
.5 oz Pomegranate Syrup
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)
This could be pretty much any white whiskey. Or if you’re feeling fancy, any clear liquor.