I tend toward role-playing games, and as a result I often end up in long, Zen-like bouts of level grinding that involve hours of defeating monsters over and over again in order to overpower my team to the point they steamroll over the bosses. It's honestly the happiest I am as a gamer, and it lends itself well to my other favorite non-Doctor Who hobby, booze.
That's me on any given night that I'm not, ironically, writing an article about video games. Just me splayed out on the floor with a Final Fantasy or Xenoblade in front of me a-murdering like I was a flabby white electronic Conan with a drink at my elbow.
So to spice up the adventure some, I like to kick back with some specialty cocktails. Here are my favorite video game-inspired infusions of spirits. Follow the links for the how-tos and what-do-you-dos.
Loading is a combination bar and gaming center in the United Kingdom, so you already know it's amazing. When BioShock Infinite debuted earlier this year, they used their review copy to craft a couple of specialty cocktails. My favorite is a gin drink based on the vigour Possession, which allows you to turn enemy soldiers to your side. After a short duration where they shoot other enemies for you, they hilariously kill themselves in a fit of guilt.
OK, Maybe it's just hilarious when you're drinking. Loading's recipe uses only ingredients that would have been available in 1912 Columbia, so it's both authentic and righteous. The gin is topped with an absinthe froth for that extra special dose of historical goodness. It's a sort of involved recipe, but the finished product is like a kick in the head.
For the alcoholically inclined gamer, The Drunken Moogle is one of the greatest sites on the internet. Pretty much any of the cocktails we'll mention here are either their inventions or have been featured on the site at some point. Of the many entries from the Final Fantasy series they have recipe for, the Tonberry stands out.
Based on the long-running series of enemies with the ability to instantly kill you with their long knives, the Tonberry is another absinthe entry. Vix Kirk's mixture is much more simple than the BioShock offering with only three ingredients, and like the Tonberries themselves they sneak up on you after several rounds before they really hit.
Another from Drunken Moogle that you simply have to try if only for presentation purposes is the Metroid. It's an extremely fruity rum drink that uses three strawberries as a garnish in order to recreate the iconic look of Samus Aran's parasitic foes. You add Sprite to it for a nice acidic fizz, and you can serve it chilled from the freezer to make it even more refreshing while still offering a little bit of a sting. Best of all, it's a simple recipe that can be mostly cobbled together from ingredients you're likely to just have lying around.
Now, these are all great if you're drinking alone, and considering the subject it's a pretty safe bet that you are. What if you want to offer up a group drink? Well, the Insatiable Geek decided on a vodka punch that was inspired by the green, magic-restoring potions from The Legend of Zelda.
It's served in a five liter boiling flask or big punch bowl, with vodka as its base and three liters of Sprite and apple flavored soda to cut it. Lychee Liqueur lends it a more magical taste than the ghetto fruit drink the ingredients imply, and it makes for a perfect party concoction. For extra fun, serve in mason jars that you first hide around your house for guests to find.
EXP Bar is another nerd drinking haven like Drunken Moogle, and they decided the world need a God of War themed drink. You'd think that the most accurate way to represent Kratos would be to get drunk on cheap wine, bang a couple of serving girls, then kill a god with the shards of the broken bottle, but then you'd miss out on this treat.
You recreate the red lightening bolt tattoo sported by the Ghost of Sparta by dribbling a line of strawberry syrup down the inside of a martini glass then quickly zig zagging it to make the pattern. Then you add in a mix of rum, everclear and amaretto and proceed to try and drown your bloody past.
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Finally, we have Scroll Bar in Denmark that hosts many video game nights and hold competitions to let people innovate their own drinks. Their Portal-themed night brought a lot of really inventive drinks, but the most popular was the simplest, the teleportation shooters.
It's just tequila and orange juice in the first glass, and lime juice and Bols Blue. You down the yellow shot, then hop right to the blue just like in the portal puzzles. Finishing off the drinks with "This was a triumph!" is entirely optional, but not nearly as funny as you think it is after the second or third time.
As long as we're geeking out together, check out the 4 Fictional Alcoholic Beverages We Want to Order (And Actually Can!). or if you prefer your drinking to be spookier, there's always the Guide to Gothic Drinking.