When you sit down to watch your favorite show, get in the mood with these 5 best fandom drinks.
5. Downton Abbey Bordeux
In Edwardian England, Bordeaux was the wine of choice amongst the British nobility. Available in both Blanc (white wine) and Claret (red wine), these French wines are from Dulong Grand Vins in Bordeaux, France. Dulong Grand Vins has been in the winemaking industry for over 130 years, so Edwardian-era wine is definitely their thing. This vineyard wanted to honor Downton Abbey, so they name their wine after the show in dedication. Just think about it, you could be sipping the same drink the characters are. Shared experiences are simply the best, agreed? So get into the Crawley state-of-mind and sit back, relax, and sip on one of these Downton Abbey wines.
4. Game of Thrones Beer
New York brewery Ommegang is seriously dedicated to this show. They have three Game of Throne beers to choose from, depending on which side you fight for: Fire and Blood for House Targaryen, Take the Black Stout for the Night’s Watch, or Iron Throne for House Lannister. More will be coming (like winter, am I right?!) but for now you can enjoy these three very different beers. The creators of Larkable have cracked open the ‘Take the Black Stout’ and it’s polar opposite, ‘Iron Throne’, and thoroughly enjoyed both. We all actually favored ‘Take the Black’ as we tend to lean towards darker beers as personal preference (birds of a feather flock together), but every now and then (especially during the summertime) a lighter beer is in order and ‘Iron Throne’ fits the bill. As soon as we can get our hands on ‘Fire and Blood’, we’ll let you know how that stacks up against the other two.
3. Star Trek Sonoma
The City on the Edge of Forever, Mirror Mirror, and The Trouble with Tribbles are more than just fan-favorite episodes of the original Star Trek, but they are also names of this red wine collection from Sonoma, California. Viansa Winery, the vineyard that launched the collection, blended the wine from Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto, Tinta Cao, and Tempranillo. “The blend comes together to create a medium-bodied, easy drinking red wine that is full of depth and character.” It is only logical to combine this with a night of a 1960′s sci-fi TV shows. This writer is a fan of red wine, so a set of 3 is on its way. Live long and prosper *cheers*
2. BBC Teas
Ok, this is sort of like cheating: Adagio Teas has over 53,900 blends. Clearly, there’s not enough time or space to go through them all, but the British and tea go together like bread and butter. Someone came up with the brilliant notion of blending herbs and spices together to create sensational aromatic flavors that stir the senses to remind you of your favorite BBC show. You can enjoy a white/earl grey tea blended with blueberries, orange peel, and vanilla flavor in tardis while you curl up under a blanket for Doctor Who, or experience the mysterious, exotic, and a little bit insane cup of sherlock blend as you watch Sherlock magic happen. For some reason, ever since watching The Big Bang Theory and all of Sheldon’s tea drinking, I’ve really been into hot tea, and so far all of these have just been outstanding. Nothing feels more appropriate than taking tea with British TV.
1. Harry Potter Butterbeer
Speaking of magic, how can you make a list of fandom drinks without including Butterbeer? You can’t. Butterbeer isn’t exactly freely available, except at the Three Broomsticks in Orlando Florida, so in order to provide everyone the chance at this beverage, here is the recipe courtesy of Huff Post Food:
Start to finish: 1 hour (Sorry, we either do it right or not at all)
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
6 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda
In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.
Once you have your Butterbeer, you can even label your drink.
There you have it! Larkable’s 5 Best Fandom Drinks. Ok, so there’s a little bit of cheating because we squished a few different drinks into each category, but we couldn’t justify extending the list for each one, because that felt like a different type of cheating. (Inspiration Source)
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