Game of Thrones returns this Sunday with its sixth season, and we couldn't be more excited. Bring on the dragons, the White Walkers and the feasting, of course. Guilty as charged, we're thinking just as much about the show's gory feasts as the PG feast we intend to make for its premiere.
Wherever this season's first episode takes us, there's always a lot to . . . er . . . stomach, so we intend to stay fortified with abundant dishes and drinks based on some of the show's best food moments.
Come Sunday, at 9 p.m. EST, you can find us on the couch, eyes glued to HBO, in front of a feast fit for Tyrion Lannister and occasionally beckoning for "more wine, please."
Here are 11 ideas to get you inspired.
① The Red Wedding
If you're planning a wedding this season, we have one suggestion: Do not use the Red Wedding as inspiration. Everyone dies, there is enough blood to form a fifth ocean and it just doesn't stop. However, if you're planning a Game of Thrones party, go forth and make this cocktail from Charleston, South Carolina's Edmund's Oast. It takes the Southern bourbon-sweet tea to a darker level with murderously cold alcohol-based ice cubes.
② Seared Duck Breast with Glazed Sweet Potatoes
What better way to celebrate Game of Thrones than with game? Luckily, it's no longer the medieval times, so you don't have to hunt it yourself. With duck-fat-braised sweet potatoes, quick-pickled shallots and crisp apples, this is a dish that belongs at a Winterfell feast.
③ Lemon-Thyme Bars
We can relate to Sansa Stark, Winterfell's No. 1 fan of lemon cakes. She may not have been able to stomach them after the Red Wedding, but that's probably because she's never had our version.
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