To celebrate the launch of the new Hearthstone Innkeeper’s Tavern Cookbook, I’m hosting a virtual drinkalong. I’d happily serve you all myself, but until we actually get Wonka-vision up and working, we’ll have to make do! Each week I’ll be sharing a drink recipe, starting with several from the Hearthstone cookbook and moving on to some other quirky beverages.
Each week I’ll post the recipe on Wednesday, then we’ll make the drink on Thursday, sharing the photos of our drinks online. Be sure to tag your photos on Facebook and Twitter with #HearthstoneDrinkalong, along with the name of the weekly beverage. This should be a blast, and give you a taste (literally) of what the new recipe book has to offer.
Also, don’t forget to comment under this post for a chance to win some sweet Hearthstone prizes next week, including a couple copies of the cookbook!
Bottoms up! :D
Week 1: Grimy Goose
Week 2: Starseeker Sour
Week 3: Tauren Tumbler
Week 4: Deathrattle
Week 5: Mystery drink?
Week 6: Mystery drink!
So this week’s entry is the Grimy Goose. This is a classic beverage from the heart of Gadgetzan, served up by the famous Talan in his bar:
It’s a variation of the classic vodka martini, dirtied up a little for the Gadgetzan crowd with some pickle juice. Combined with a bit of sweet vermouth, rather than the dry stuff, you get a thoroughly pleasing drink that has just enough nuance to keep things interesting. Give it a go!
For the photo, I tried to put together something that was both elegant and just a little grimy. The dishware and props are darker colors, and the background is dim to give the impression of a lengthy bar. The jars of pickled vegetables got mostly cropped out, but down on the bottom of the tray you can see a feather or two, just a little visual hint of “goose”. ;)
Grimy Goose Recipe
- 3 oz. vodka
- 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
- splash of pickle juice
- ice for shaking
- pickles, olives, and/or onions for garnish
- a chilled glass
Combine the vodka, vermouth, brine, and ice in a cocktail shaker (a mason jar also works in a pinch!). Shake everything together and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with your pickled veg, and consider serving alongside an antipasto plate, fried food, and anything Italian.
Be sure to snap a photo of your delicious new drink and share it online with the hashtags #GrimyGoose and #HearthstoneDrinkalong.