Dark Souls - Estus

The Dark Souls series is, in my opinion, one of the greatest to ever be created. (Although at the time of writing this I’m in the middle of a lover’s spat with Dark Souls 2 - we’re currently not talking due to the Royal Rat Authority… ) I love Dark Souls because it captures the essence of why I fell in love with video games to begin with; the challenge, the sense of mystery, exploration and discovery. I’d been wanting to do a post for Estus for quite a while, and ‘lo, with the revival of Gourmet Gaming, comes the very revival of the soul.
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What you will need: A suitable vessel.
Ingredients:
50ml Smirnoff Gold Vodka
150ml Apple Juice
Elderflower Cordial
Angostura Bitters
Ice
Filling the Estus:
Fill the vessel with ice. Add the Smirnoff Gold and top up with the Apple Juice. Add a dash of Elderflower Cordial and Angostura Bitters - mix well.

Praise the sun! This drink is so grossly incandescent, so very golden and pure, it could only be restorative. The apple and elderflower provide a sweet bite to the warm notes of the Smirnoff Gold. 
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This recipe was inspired by the ‘Yours & Mine’ cocktail which can be found at uk.thebar.com.

Dark Souls - Estus

Difficulty: 0.5 Heart

The Dark Souls series is, in my opinion, one of the greatest to ever be created. (Although at the time of writing this I’m in the middle of a lover’s spat with Dark Souls 2 - we’re currently not talking due to the Royal Rat Authority… ) I love Dark Souls because it captures the essence of why I fell in love with video games to begin with; the challenge, the sense of mystery, exploration and discovery. I’d been wanting to do a post for Estus for quite a while, and ‘lo, with the revival of Gourmet Gaming, comes the very revival of the soul.

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ChristMMOs: League of Legends - Eggnog Health & Mana Potions

Merry ChristMMOs! This festive season, Gourmet Gaming will be celebrating with a selection of treats from your favourite MMOs to bring a little bit of gaming to your table this holiday season.
The League of Legends seasonal event is known as the “Snowdown Showdown”. During this time, many festive fares slip into the world with one of the regular changes being the trade-in of the traditional Health and Mana potions for ones of the Eggnog variety! Here in the UK, Eggnog isn’t very popular. So when I saw my chance to taste the drink that saturated my favourite Christmas cartoons and movies as a kid, I couldn’t turn it down.
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This recipe serves 4-6.
What you will need: A whisk, three mixing bowls, a piping bag and nozzle, and a fine grater.
Ingredients:
4 Eggs (Separated & Room Temperature)
75g / ⅓ Cup Caster/Superfine Sugar
500ml / 20 fl oz. Whole Milk
225ml / 1 Cup Double/Heavy Cream
85ml / 3 fl oz. Bourbon
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Fresh Nutmeg
Blue Food Colouring
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
To Garnish:
110ml / ½ Cup Double/Heavy Cream
1 Tablespoon Icing/Confectioners Sugar
Blue Food Colouring
1 Teaspoon Cocoa Powder
Fresh Nutmeg
Making the Garnish:
Whisk together the cream and icing/confectioners sugar until soft peaks form. Divide the cream in half. Add blue food colouring to one half, and cocoa powder to the other. Mix well and set the cream aside while you prepare the drinks
Making the Eggnog Potions:
In a bowl, beat the egg yolks until pale, then gradually add the sugar and continue to beat for about 5 minutes. Add the milk, cream and bourbon, a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg, and mix well.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, then add the two tablespoons of sugar and continue to beat until the peaks stiffen. Whisk the egg whites into the prepared egg yolk mixture until well combined.
At this time, divide the mixture in two. One will become the Health potion, the other will be the Mana potion. To one mixture, add a dash of blue food colouring and mix. To the other, sieve in the cocoa powder and mix.
Pour the Eggnog Mana and Health potions into individual glasses, top with a piped swirl of corresponding whipped cream and a garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

I was apprehensive about making Eggnog as I don’t usually enjoy bourbon, but the sweet cream and the spiced nutmeg cut the flavour just perfectly. Chilled in the fridge, this drink is both refreshing and warming. So whether you’re in need of health or in need of mana, I have discovered Eggnog is always the answer.
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ChristMMOs: League of Legends - Eggnog Health & Mana Potions

Difficulty: 2 Hearts

Merry ChristMMOs! This festive season, Gourmet Gaming will be celebrating with a selection of treats from your favourite MMOs to bring a little bit of gaming to your table this holiday season.

The League of Legends seasonal event is known as the “Snowdown Showdown”. During this time, many festive fares slip into the world with one of the regular changes being the trade-in of the traditional Health and Mana potions for ones of the Eggnog variety! Here in the UK, Eggnog isn’t very popular. So when I saw my chance to taste the drink that saturated my favourite Christmas cartoons and movies as a kid, I couldn’t turn it down.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent – Amnesia Drink

I’m a huge fan of all things horror, which explains why Halloween is my favourite time of year - endless horror movie marathons and extended surival horror game sessions. Although I can brave the most gruesome of films, I get sucked into games more than I should. After I had to stop playing Dead Space due to palpitations, you’d think I’d know better than to even attempt to play Amnesia; a game which I credit as both the most terrifying and well made horror game in recent years. I’ve managed to play about an hour of Amnesia, and this Halloween I’m determined to finish it. Although I may need a sip of its very own drink to forget the fear…
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A small pot, a blender and a cocktail shaker.
Ingredients:
6 Cubes Rose Turkish Delight
280ml / 1¼ Cup Milk
Ruby Red Food Colouring (Optional)
35ml / 1.2 fl oz. Vanilla Vodka
Ice
Making the Amnesia Drink:
Finely chop the Turkish Delight into small pieces, then place it in the pot along with the milk. Bring the milk to a gentle simmer on a low heat until the Turkish Delight begins to melt.
After about 5 minutes, pour the mixture into a clean vessel and blend until smooth. Allow the rose flavour milk to come to room temperature before chilling in the fridge. If the drink isn’t quite pink enough, add some ruby red food colouring to reach the desired shade.
Once the milk has chilled, pour it into a cocktail shaker over some ice. Add the vodka then shake it up. Strain the drink into a glass, adorn with rose petals and serve.
“That taste… That fragrance… Damascus Rose…”
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent – Amnesia Drink

Difficulty - 2 Hearts

I’m a huge fan of all things horror, which explains why Halloween is my favourite time of year - endless horror movie marathons and extended surival horror game sessions. Although I can brave the most gruesome of films, I get sucked into games more than I should. After I had to stop playing Dead Space due to palpitations, you’d think I’d know better than to even attempt to play Amnesia; a game which I credit as both the most terrifying and well made horror game in recent years. I’ve managed to play about an hour of Amnesia, and this Halloween I’m determined to finish it. Although I may need a sip of its very own drink to forget the fear…

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Mass Effect 2 - Serrice Ice Brandy

This week’s Gourmet Gaming was posted over on The Drunken Moogle in celebration of Mogtoberfest! In case you missed it over there, here it is! Dr Chakwas sends you on a fetch quest to find her a bottle of her favourite drink, Serrice Ice Brandy. Incredibly rare, it’s the perfect drink to remember the fallen crew of the Normandy or celebrate a triumph over the Reapers…
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This recipe serves 1.
What you will need: A cocktail shaker and a lidded container.
Ingredients:
1.5 fl oz Vodka (or Soda Water if you want to lessen the alcohol)
¼ fl oz Apricot Brandy
½ fl oz Blue Curaçao
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
Ice
Garnish:
½ Cup Granulated Sugar
1-2 Teaspoons Water
Red Food Colouring
Wedge of Lime
Making the garnish:
Place the sugar in a small container and add the water with a few drops of red food colouring. Shake the container to mix the colour and dye the sugar red.
Rub a wedge of lime around the rim of the glass then dip the glass into the sugar to coat it.
Making the drink:
Pour all the ingredients into the cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake it up until chilled.
Add a few cubes of ice to the prepared glass, pour and drink upon defeating the Reapers.

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Mass Effect 2 - Serrice Ice Brandy

Difficulty - 0.5 Hearts

This week’s Gourmet Gaming was posted over on The Drunken Moogle in celebration of Mogtoberfest! In case you missed it over there, here it is! Dr Chakwas sends you on a fetch quest to find her a bottle of her favourite drink, Serrice Ice Brandy. Incredibly rare, it’s the perfect drink to remember the fallen crew of the Normandy or celebrate a triumph over the Reapers…

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Fallout: New Vegas – Sunset Sarsaparilla

Since making the ‘Wasteland Omelet' I picked up Fallout: New Vegas and have been playing it for the past few weeks. While I enjoyed Fallout 3, for me New Vegas is in a league of it's own. I've of course been playing it on Hardcore so I could cook up some survivalist snacks and get the most in-depth experience, and while I'm well over 60 hours into the game, I feel like I've hardly made a dent into the main plot. One thing I've become obsessed by, as my completionist nature dictates, is finding the Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle caps, but my motivation isn't the mysterious prize offered by Festus; it's personal. Here you'll find my own version of the homebrew recipe for Sunset Sarsaparilla, the most popular beverage in the west!
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A bottle with a cap/lid, a funnel and a sieve.
Ingredients:
250ml / 8.5 fl oz. Cola (Not Diet)
100ml / 3.5 fl oz. Dandelion and Burdock
150ml / 5 fl oz. Ginger Beer (Non-alcoholic)
1 Teaspoon Angostura Bitters (Optional)
1 Tablespoon Fresh Orange Juice
1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Whole Cloves
1 Star Anise
Fresh Mint
Ice
Making the Sunset Sarsaparilla:
In a large bottle with the aid of a funnel, pour in the cola, dandelion and burdock and ginger beer. Add the Angostura Bitters, squeeze of fresh orange and lemon juice as well as the cloves, star anise and mint.
Mix it all together, close the bottle and return it to the fridge to chill and infuse for about an hour. Allow the mixture to lose some carbonation, this will add to the flavour and authenticity!
Strain the mixture through a sieve into a clean vessel of your choice, then serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint and a twist of lemon.

Please do not sue Gourmet Gaming if you experience any of the following while enjoying homebrewed Sunset Sarsaparilla: Kidney damage, nausea, digital numbness, anxiety, loss of visual acuity, dizziness, occasional nosebleeds, joint inflammation, tooth decay, sore throat, bronchitis, organ rupture or halitosis.
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Fallout: New Vegas – Sunset Sarsaparilla

Difficulty - 1 Heart

Since making the ‘Wasteland Omelet' I picked up Fallout: New Vegas and have been playing it for the past few weeks. While I enjoyed Fallout 3, for me New Vegas is in a league of it's own. I've of course been playing it on Hardcore so I could cook up some survivalist snacks and get the most in-depth experience, and while I'm well over 60 hours into the game, I feel like I've hardly made a dent into the main plot. One thing I've become obsessed by, as my completionist nature dictates, is finding the Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle caps, but my motivation isn't the mysterious prize offered by Festus; it's personal. Here you'll find my own version of the homebrew recipe for Sunset Sarsaparilla, the most popular beverage in the west!

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