Winter. Is. Coming.
If you are confused by that statement, stop reading now. We are no longer friends. (Jk, you can keep reading.)
This Sunday is a special day. Yes, I know it's Easter Sunday and that is a very special day to many, but that is not what I'm talking about here.
I'm talking about the battle for the Iron Throne...A Storm of Swords...the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones. If you haven't seen HBO's hit show based on George R.R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, that's okay -- there's still time! Just On Demand or Netflix the shit out of seasons 1 and 2 right now.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm freaking pumped. Pumped enough to borrow my sister's Daenerys costume and throw myself a party full of GoT-inspired snacks and libations.
Join me in my Feast of Ice and Fire, but beware: There are spoilers ahead for those who haven't enjoyed the books or seasons 1 and 2 of the TV show quite yet.
Iron Throne Beer
Try this limited edition release of Iron Throne Blonde Ale from Ommegang Brewery. They collaborated with HBO and brewed delicate Belgian-style blond ale with noble hops to represent the Lannister family's current rule of the Iron Throne.
If a few mugs of mead don't make you feel like you're a part of the Seven Kingdoms, I don't know what will. Try this homemade version.
Tears of Lys
"A rare and costly thing; as clear and tasteless as water; it leaves no trace." Lord Varys, Game of Thrones
Well, okay, maybe this cachaça-based cocktail is not rare, tasteless or deadly...but you get the point.
Snacks and desserts ahead...
Khaleesi's Deviled Dragon Eggs
Make colorful dragon eggs by soaking slightly cracked hardboiled eggs into a mix of water and food coloring. Then take your dragons eggs to a new level by using them in your favorite deviled egg recipe.
Take The Black Bean Dip
This spicy dip is a must-try if you plan to join the Night's Watch.
Tyrion's Bacon-Wrapped Jumbo Shr-IMP Celebrate our favorite Imp's wit and larger-than-life charm with bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp.
Wild Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Sure, the wildfire didn't completely take Stannis out, but you can still serve this peppery dip with veggies and a rustic loaf of bread. Pick up some from your local grocery store or try a homemade version.
Iron Island Fish Stew
A bounty of the sea, this chowder has mussels, crab, and three kinds of fish. Theon Greyjoy's been missing out.
Hounds in a Blanket
Serve sausage or hot dog-stuffed crescent rolls named after Sandor Clegane, Joffrey's personal bodyguard, a.k.a. "The Hound." You can even dot half of each roll with spicy brown mustard to mimic his burnt face.
Ned's Honey Chicken Wings
It may be season 3, but I'm still mourning the loss of Ned Stark and cannot wait until the day someone chops Joffrey's head off. Pay tribute to the fallen king with this syrupy, raisin-soaked chicken from Winterfell. Simmer 1/3 cup honey, ½ cup apple cider vinegar, chopped fresh mint, a handful of raisins and 1 tbsp butter. Bake chicken wings until browned and cooked through. Then toss into the simmered sauce and serve.
Dothraki Blood Pies
Made with blood sausage and spices, this Mongolian blood pie is not for the faint of heart.
Jon Snow Cones
Yes, I went there. Serve these sweetened shaved ice cones in honor of everyone's favorite member of the Night's Watch.
Sansa's Lemon Cakes
Only nobles can enjoy this tasty treat.
Set out a bowl of bite-sized butterfingers for master manipulator Lord Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. "Littlefinger."
These powdered-sugar-dusted Russian tea cookies are for the others from the Lands of Always Winter.
Enjoy and remember...
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"When you play the game of thrones you win or you die." -- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones