Happy Hunger Games Week! Here at FYA HQ, we're always happy to lend a helping party-planning hand, especially when it comes to the Hunger Games. We have costume and beauty tips worthy of Cinna and his team, baked goods to rival Peeta's, and -- don't worry -- we'll be posting drinking game rules later in the week. But! We know you like to be prepared, so I'm here to help you get a head-start on the drinking game -- or at least make sure your flask is full of Haymitches.
Compiled from our own imaginations, our vault, and the genius brains of our readers, here's a handy little bartender's bible that's sure to make you the star of any Hunger Games party. Or just very hungover. Those Effies are killer. Delicious, but killer.
Oh, yes, those are Effies in those red plastic cups.
Introducing two new drinks!:
The Greasy Sae
Use a stick for a cocktail stirrer.
1 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1 oz Bailey's Irish cream
Mix butterscotch shnapps with Bailey's, then pour milk over the mixture. Add crushed ice. Let it sit for just a minute to mix well.
Classic cocktails from our vault:
1 part Pernod Absinthe
seedless green grapes
1 dash bitters
1 1/2 part Gin
3/4 part ginger syrup
1/2 part fresh lime juice
Muddle grapes, Absinthe and bitters.
Add gin, ginger syrup and lime juice.
Shake and strain into an ice-filled collins glass, top with soda water.
Garnish with grapes
1/2 bärenjäger, a honey liquer available at many fine booze-selling establishments
Combine in a highball glass. Drink the shizz out of it.
The Cinna by Erin
For a drinking game and more detailed instructions for the next few drinks (mainly including Erin's hilarious jokes, which I edited out so you guys didn't think I was the funny one and then have inflated expectations that I'll never be able to meet), check out her original post.
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugar (plus more for the rim, if desired)
3 oz vodka
Wash and trim strawberries. Place three of the strawberries in a bowl, combine with balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp sugar. Let macerate for about 10 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the strawberries from the balsamic vinegar (reserving the vinegar/sugar mixture) and place them in a small bowl. Muddle the shizz out of them.
Meanwhile, in a cocktail shaker, combine ice, vodka, and balsamic vinegar/sugar mix. Shake.
Make a lengthwise slice in your remaining strawberry, stopping midway up the berry. Place the strawberry on the rim of your martini glass and run it all along the rim. Then dip your martini glass in sugar.
Add your muddled strawberries to the glass** and then strain the vodka/balsamic vinegar over. Voila!
**You can also add your strawberries to the shaker and mix the martini that way.
The Effie by Erin
1 part Pink Lemonade
2 parts Vodka
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Then pour in the lemonade and vodka. Shake.
Strain into a martini glass -- aim to fill the glass about 3/4 full.
Top it off with a pour of pink champagne.
The Haymitch by Erin
1/2 oz Tennessee Whiskey
1/2 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz Scotch
1/2 oz Seagrams 7
In a cocktail shaker, combine the four liquors and ice and give a hearty shake. Strain into a chilled double-shot glass.
The Arena Punch by Erin
2 bottles of Everclear
2 bottles of Vodka (100 Proof)
12 cans of Fruit Punch
Fruits of the forests! (strawberries, grapes, watermelon, oranges, whatever you have on hand)
Get a large container. Throw lots of ice into it. Pour all of the ingredients into the container. Mix. Enjoy. Don't operate a vehicle or other heavy machinery for a week.
And finally, some excellent recipes from our readers (that's you!):
(strong, dark, subtle and hot. And, let's face it, bitter)
2 oz bourbon
2 dashes angostura bitters
pinch of all-spice
pinch of clove
pinch of sugar, muddled at the bottom (he's sweet when you least expect it)
sliver of lemon rind
splash of club soda
We all know that Finnick is a serious sex god, I mean he shmoozes the ladies every time he visits the Capitol. Plus, he's gone down in history as the most flirtatious tribute and heck he got like the best and most awesome gifts in the arena, like a freaking trident.
2 oz of Midori Melon Liqueur (which is sea-foam green, just like his EYES)
2oz of Strawberry flavoured Vodka
Topped up with fresh orange juice.
Put it all in a cocktail maker with ice and shake it, shake real good. Then pour it all into a nice fancy cocktail glass (one that preferably is curvy, like the woman's body, because we all know Finnick is a player.), filled partway with crushed ice.
Top it off with a nice cocktail stirrer, preferably in the shape of a trident!
The President Snow
2 oz. Rose Liqueur in a short glass over ice, topped off with blood orange juice.
Also, my boyfriend just came up with a Johanna (from the book, not me)
2 ounces of gin dash of bitters straight up --- because "Gin tastes of pine, she's a bitter bitch, and she's frequently naked"
Ok, I have a classic drink that we could rename 'The Finnick" or really, just "District Four". I have an obsession with seriously dirrrrrrrty (southern 'cause thems my roots) martinis, and I've always thought that really really really dirty martinis taste like the ocean. In a good way. So, I submit the "District Four":
The District Four
Splash of Vermouth, swished around then discarded
Lotsa Gin (Yes GIN 'cause, you know, CLASSYish); if you're feeling District 12ish, I GUESS you can use Vodka
A ridiculous amount of olive juice (sea flavoring)
Olives if you must
Stirred, not shaken. Obvs. We don't want more actual water than necessary, right?
And...yr xtra dirty martini tastes like District 4! Huzzah!
The Greasy Sae
(We call it something less PC in the States.)
1 TB mayo
shot of tequila
Stir gently and serve.
The Buttercup tastes better if you wear this shirt while drinking it!