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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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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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.