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If you've always fancied becoming a mixologist, or if you enjoy a tipple while you drop into Warzone, a British bar has released a load of their video game-themed cocktail recipes for you to try at home.
The bar in question is Loading, which is based in Brighton and London. It sports video game-themed décor, and is a relaxed place where customers are welcome to order a freshly ground coffee, nibble on light snacks, or carouse themselves a cocktail while playing a selection of freely available board games and video games on site. Usually, the bar would hold small meet-ups or events to celebrate game launches and other events in the industry. However, the ongoing pandemic means that they've had to press pause on that front for now.
So, in lieu of trying to tempt people out of their homes at a time where that's about as advisable as getting your locks changed by a locksmith from Raccoon City, Loading have recently published a bevvy of recipes for their video game inspired cocktails. From the Baileys, cinnamon, and apple infused "Crash Brandyfruit," to the spiced rum and pineapple based "Assassin's Mead," these recipes offer enough toothsome tastes and inventive puns to please gamers of all stripes.
The range on offer is impressive, with nearly 40 recipes to peruse. If you're a novice and you're worried about the intricateness of these drinks, never fear. Take the "Miyamojito." The clue's in the name: it's essentially a mojito. However, Loading has adapted the standard set of ingredients to reflect "a Japanese twist and includes a boozy nod to Mario's favourite powerup." Imaginably, a few of the constituents you'll already have in the fridge, like the butter, button mushrooms, and ... ice. Tick in the box.
Moreover, the recipes are amazingly simple, too. With clearly marked amounts and volumes, ingredients that you won't have to scour the Sainsbury's aisles for, and instructions which rarely move beyond two or three steps, any of these 36 recipes could be attempted by anyone with the enthusiasm to try. Plus, all of the ingredients are generally edible. Generally.
To celebrate a night in with the newest Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC, we had a go at the "Pokémon Sloe," which is inspired by the Bramble cocktail. We might have had to look up what grenadine looks like while in the shop, and we might have learned that our flatmate is allergic to it only after we'd spilled a little on the countertop. However, I can confirm that it was a very successful undertaking. A few more tries and we'll be chucking the tumbler and/or the Boston shaker all over the place like one of the pros.
Featured Image Credit: CD Projekt Red, Irrational Games
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