Game Cocktails: Grog of Thieves

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails // Uncharted 4: A Thief's End // Grog of Thieves

The lust for adventure is a real wild beast to tame. We chain it in dusty attics and tuck it away into boxes. We feed it the same mundane dry food, hoping the beast will just settle. Like we have. But the faraway coasts keep on calling. Every keepsake is whispering about lands not yet discovered, artifacts not yet unearthed. With an aching heart, we check the quarantine restrictions. Nope. A tiki cocktail is still the only getaway to a tropical island. Shall we taste something… uncharted?

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Game Cocktails: Jin’s Saketini

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails // Ghost of Tsushima // Jin's Saketini

Loyalty, honour, and a stiff upper lip. For centuries, nobody had conducted proper SWOT analyses of the Bushido code, nor did anyone set reasonable katana-slashing KPIs. Clearly, there’d been a lack of samurai entrepreneurism on Tsushima. Until Jin Sakai came along. The old ways came tumbling down, as the Mongols trembled in their cowhide boots. The ghost was adamant to reclaim his home. Washing away battle fatigue and social inhibition with sake, he pushed onwards…

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Game Cocktails: Decoctions of the Grasses

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Witcher 3 Wild Hunt // Decoctions of the Grasses

I’m so done shoveling dung in Velen, mum. I’ve found the letter. It’s my ticket to becoming the talk of the town. Why wouldn’t I join the School of the Wolf? I know, I know. Slaying monsters and forging questionable alliances is not what you’d had in mind for me. But I’m destined to train with other witchers. It’s just a matter of surviving the trials, you know? And I’ve researched those potions properly…

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Game Cocktails: Dirty Wastelander

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Fallout 4 Dirty Wastelander

Ain’t post-apocalyptic life just grand. Gambling away at New Vegas casinos, chugging irradiated beers, advocating for ghoul rights, scavenging for toasters… I’ve taken shady jobs, sure. Stole a thing or ten until I couldn’t fast travel. But baby, there’s no denying. I’ve crawled out to the fallout and rejoined society! So come down to my speakeasy and have a Dirty Wastelander. It’s on the house, if you let me rant for once…

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Game Cocktails: All-Mother’s Embrace

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Horizon Zero Dawn All-Mother's Embrace

Nothing beats the thrill of the hunt. I’d tracked my prey for weeks, picking up on its earthly scent and losing it again in the valley of scattershot ideas. I’d kept chasing it as it grazed away my herb garden. Many dawns had passed. I’d paused. Nay, I let go completely. I held my breath to reflect on the vast landscape of the Sacred Lands. And there it was. My new cocktail recipe walking right into my trap… Gotcha.

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Game Cocktails: Gorący’s Brew

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Disco Elysium Goracy's Brew

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Disco Elysium is one helluva game… it’s just disco, my absolute GOTY 2019. It’s a slow-cooker stew of hilarious writing, tabletop RPG mechanics, and political commentary. You play as Harry Du Bois, an addict detective trying to solve a murder he’s too hungover to recall. It’s a breath of fresh air for dialogue choices, characterization and even its depiction of alcohol. So today we’re brewing a tribute cocktail to a side quest called “the *special* borscht”.

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Game Cocktails: Lemnos Sour

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails God of War Lemnos Sour

Focus, boy. These runic inscriptions guard a recipe desired by every soul from Midgard to Helheim, dead or alive. They speak of an unearthly beverage that ignites courage, charisma and an occasional dad joke. Many have fallen in pursuit of the Lemnos Sour, pecked to death by Odin’s ravens for seeking its taste after 8 p.m. But here, it’s a sanctuary. A safe place to learn how to mix my God of War tribute cocktail.

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Game Cocktails: Isabelle’s Whisky

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Animal Crossing New Horizons Isabelle's Whisky

The bobber twitched and her heart sunk. Duh, it’s a sea bass. It’s always just a sea bass. It was meant to be a spring of true escapism. An end to all her consumerist impulses and the rat race. But now they come knocking. Reminding her about the loan and so, so many errands. And just as politely, they manipulate her into replanting flowers… for five hours. For five stars. For the pursuit of every damn item in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And just like that, she mixes a cocktail based on a conspiracy theory.

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Game Cocktails: Noble Pursuit

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Noble Pursuit Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

Ah, the freedom of emergent cooking! Mixing toads, mushrooms, bokoblin horns, apples, and producing a foul mess. The brilliant Breath of the Wild features dozens of gastronomic and potion recipes to discover. But what about the booze? This week I’m paying tribute to a mysterious drink I’ve encountered in Hyrule. Psst…Just don’t tell Link about these delights. He should stick to milk bars for now.

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