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.

Gerudo Town is a women-only establishment in the middle of the Gerudo desert. A welcome retreat from the scorching heat and sandstorms, it also hosts the Noble Canteen. The locals kept referencing its signature drink, the Noble Pursuit, so I sent Link to investigate. Aaand he was ID’d. Sorta. The bartender turned Link down, saying they make “drinks that are definitely just for adults”. But there’s a fun quest behind it, so seek out the Misae Suma shrine for more… We’ll be focusing on the recipe here!

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

What is the Noble Pursuit? Furosa described as having a “light, sweet taste” with a “cool sensation with every sip”. Or simply as “distilled motivation”. Others just kept raving that “it’s teh best drink ever!!!1”. Lots of room for interpretation here.

So, here’s my take:

Hydromelons are a must. A native fruit to the Gerudo region, the hydromelon hydrates and provides a cooling effect… Eureka! So I made some fresh watermelon juice and froze it in sphere molds to mimic the shape. Simply blend the fruit’s flesh, strain it, and freeze it into whatever ice molds you have. This frozen accent is also a nod to the questline, as Link hauls a huge block of ice for the sake of mixology.

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

Basics of basil. Personally, picking herbs is a crucial part of my Breath of the Wild experience. So I’ve featured basil here. It’s the master herb. Period. Don’t question it. Its refreshing profile complements the watermelon well, so we’ll be mixing a basil gimlet. A true Hyrulian would use the Cool Safflina herb from Gerudo mountain regions, which means… saffron IRL? Feel free to experiment with that and your wallet.

Let’s fast travel to the full recipe, then!

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

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Cocktail ingredients:

45 ml (1.5 oz) Strange Love London Dry Gin
20 ml (0.7 oz) Lime Juice
15 ml (0.5 oz) Simple Syrup (homemade)
6 Basil Leaves
Ice Sphere: Watermelon Juice (homemade)
Garnish: Twig of Basil

Instructions:

  1. Freeze some watermelon juice in a sphere ice mold.
  2. Chill a martini glass in the freezer or by topping it with ice.
  3. Gently muddle 6 basil leaves in a (Boston) shaker. Gently, kkthnx! Don’t mush the basil, but press to release its aromas.
  4. Add the gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Add a few ice cubes.
  5. Seal the shaker and shake vigorously for about 8-10 seconds. Once the shaker’s frosty on the outside and the ice “sounds” lighter, you’re good.
  6. Place the frozen watermelon sphere into the chilled glass.
  7. Strain the cocktail into the glass. I double strained it using a Hawthorne strainer over a fine mesh strainer. Helps trap all those pesky pieces of basil.
  8. Garnish with a twig of fresh basil.
  9. Press (A) to sip!
  10. Take your time. This cocktail evolves from a zesty start to a sweet last drop. Just like a well-designed boss fight.
PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Noble Pursuit Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

Suggested Sipping Soundtrack:

Gerudo Town Medley from the game itself.

Japanese psychedelia such as Kikagaku Moyo.

So stock up on those Noble Pursuits before you go adventuring in Hyrule! One can’t have too much heat resistance on those desert sands.

Oh, and… Suggest a video game cocktail I should mix next!

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