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SF x Tekken Hugo

Served in a tall, skinny, half pint glass to reflect his massive frame. Don’t let the soft drink like appearance fool you, this drink is one to wrestle with.

Ingredients

  • Long Island Mix
  • 1 part Silver Tequila
  • 1 part Gin
  • 1 part White Rum
  • 1 part Triple Sec
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • 20ml Pink Sambuca
  • 200ml Pink Lemonade
  • Ice
  • Boston Shaker
  • Chain (optional)
  • High-ball glass

Method

Pour all the long island alcoholic ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain the mixture into a highball glass over fresh ice and finish with the pink lemonade.

The Game

Street Fighter X Tekken is a crossover fighting game developed by Capcom and released in March 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it also made its way to PC and Vita. The game features characters from both the Street Fighter franchise and Namco’s Tekken series. In the game, each player selects two characters respectively and face each other as duos in tag-team fighting matches, with the objective to knock out one of the members from the opposing team. In addition to the traditional multiplayer modes, the game also features a single-player Story mode with a plot revolving around a mysterious object called the “Pandora”.

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Street Fighter x Tekken

With Street Fighter x Tekken close to launching we were approached by a PR agency who were handling the launch party to create six drinks that could be served on the night and made for the press during previews. Because the game had such a large character list and we rarely like to follow orders we upped the drinks list to 8 as we wanted to cover a good selection of fighters.

These drinks were served at the launch and made to battle at the event with guests voting on their favourite cocktail, unsurprisingly for a drink that’s basically an alcoholic milkshake finished with a chocolate flake, ‘Furry Cup’ beat ‘Poison breath’ to the title.

Ingredients

  • Hugo
  • Chun Li
  • Bison
  • Dhalsim
  • Paul Phoenix
  • Kuma
  • Nina
  • Yoshimitsu

Method

You can find breakdowns for each recipe by clicking on the names above.

The Game

Street Fighter X Tekken is a crossover fighting game developed by Capcom and released in March 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it also made its way to PC and Vita. The game features characters from both the Street Fighter franchise and Namco’s Tekken series. In the game, each player selects two characters respectively and face each other as duos in tag-team fighting matches, with the objective to knock out one of the members from the opposing team. In addition to the traditional multiplayer modes, the game also features a single-player Story mode with a plot revolving around a mysterious object called the “Pandora”.

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Dark Souls

The Journey of an undead has always traced the bonfires, and no journey of import has been made without an Estus Flask. For this Estus Cask we needed something golden that would help revive, provide courage and perhaps burn a little.

For a game with old fashioned sensibilities, this take on an Old Fashioned uses cask whisky.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Jameson Caskmates IPA
  • 15ml Rye Whiskey
  • 2 Dash Angostura Bitters
  • 2 Dash Orange Bitters
  • Sugar cubes
  • Orange Peel
  • Ice
  • Muddler
  • Tumbler
  • 250ml Wine Carafe

Method

To start add two sugar cubes into a tumbler, add both of the bitters and muddle until finely ground. Add the Caskmates and Rye add two cubes of ice and stir continuously, add two more cubes to dilute the drink, add two more cubes to the carafe and transfer your Old Fashioned, add the orange peel and serve.

The Game

Dark Souls is a 2011 action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games. A spiritual successor to FromSoftware’s cult classic Demon’s Souls, the game is the second instalment in the Souls series. Dark Souls takes place in the fictional kingdom of Lordran, where players assume the role of a cursed undead character who begins a pilgrimage to discover the fate of their kind.

Prepare to die

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Thomas Was Alone

With the move to London and developers being kind enough to drop into the bar and lend support it seemed to good an opportunity too good to pass up to pester Mike Bithell to let me create something based on Thomas Was Alone. Again the pun came first, Thomas Was Patron then it was about matching the character colours and getting Mike to craft a little narrative to match

Ingredients

  • Patron Tequila
  • Square Shot Glasses

Method

After that much Patron I don’t remember

The Game

Thomas Was Alone is an indie puzzle-platformer video game created by Mike Bithell, originally released as a Flash-based browser game in October 2010. Before being expanding and making its way to consoles a few years later.

In the game, the player controls one or more simple rectangles representing several out-of-control artificial intelligence entities, working with the shapes to get each to their individual endpoints on each level. Each shape is characterized with a unique name and personality, including the eponymous Thomas, which are conveyed to the player through the use of a narrator voiced by Danny Wallace, whose performance earned the game a BAFTA Games Award.

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Batman Arkham City

Created back in 2011 for the Guardian this shot set sees some of Gotham’s most dastardly villains taking on the Dark Knight and is paying tribute to Rocksteady’s excellent Arkham City.

Ingredients

  • Two Face
  • 25ml Amarula Cream
  • 25ml Harvey’s Sherry
  • Gelatine sheets or similar
  • Riddler
  • 30ml Cachaca
  • Bane
  • 25ml Black Sambuca
  • 25ml Absinthe
  • Mr Freeze
  • 25ml Blue Curacao
  • 25ml Sambuca
  • Poison Ivy
  • Fresh Mint
  • 35ml White Rum
  • 5ml Sugar Syrup
  • The Joker
  • 20ml Blue Curacao
  • 20ml White Rum
  • 10ml Cranberry Juice
  • Popping Candy
  • Harley Quinn
  • 10ml Gin
  • 10ml Vermouth
  • 15ml Pink Lemonade
  • 10ml Peach Schnapps
  • 5ml Lemon Juice
  • Boston Shaker
  • Ice
  • 50ml Shot Glasses

Method


Two-Face
, 25ml Amarula Cream (Set as a Jelly) To do this you need to add gelatine and use tape to seal off half the top of the glass. Carefully balance a glass on its side to set in a fridge then add a second jelly made with 25ml Harvey’s (couldn’t resist the reference) sherry.
Riddler, Like a Caipirinha: Sugar, muddled Lime and the 30ml Cachaca.
Bane, A brutal mix with the Black Sambuca and a 15ml hypodermic of Absinthe.
Mr Freeze, fill the shot glass with 20ml Blue Curacao and 20ml Sambuca topped up with crushed ice.
Poison Ivy, take the mint leaves and clap between your hands then add to the shot glass and mix with the rum and syrup
Joker, mix all the ingredients together.
Harley Quinn, our take on the classic ‘harlequin’ cocktail, mix everything in the shot glass.

The Game

Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure game developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It is the sequel to the 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum and the second instalment in the Batman: Arkham series. Written by veteran Batman writer Paul Dini with Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill. In the game’s main storyline, Batman is incarcerated in Arkham City, a super-prison enclosing the decaying urban slums of fictional Gotham City. He must uncover the secret behind a sinister scheme orchestrated by the facility’s warden, Hugo Strange. The game’s leading characters are predominantly voiced by actors from the DC Animated Universe, with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively.

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Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid on the original Playstation is one of the games that blew me away when it came out. Clever touches such as bosses that read your save game files and allowing players to fake death with ketchup bottles. With the 25th anniversary of the series in 2012 and Konami being a company Loading had never worked with, we put out a tweet and Konami UK got in touch. Hideo Kojima was visiting the UK to give a Bafta talk so we had the perfect deadline to create something appropriate and the whole history of MGS to be inspired by.

After some team sketching, we had the ridiculous idea to create a tribute along the lines of pixel art but with shot glasses instead of dots. After checking with our resident photographer that it could be done, we commissioned designer Joseph Payne to create a design template, 25 Shades of Snake. A shade for each year.

We used that template to slowly (very slowly, about 8 hours and 2100 shot glasses later) put together the image like a giant paint by numbers

The finished creation was then captured, printed and framed to be gifted to Hideo Kojima after his Bafta lecture. If anyone ever visits his office let us know if he kept his promise to mount the creation.

Ingredients

  • 2100 Shot Glasses
  • Empty Warehouse
  • Buckets of Booze
  • Heroic Volunteers

Method

Avoid at all costs

The Game

Metal Gear is a series of action-adventure stealth video games created by Hideo Kojima and developed and published by Konami. The first game, Metal Gear, was released in 1987 for MSX home computers. The player often takes control of a special forces operative (usually Solid Snake or Big Boss), who is assigned the task of finding the titular superweapon “Metal Gear”, a bipedal walking tank with the ability to launch nuclear weapons.

Several sequels have been released, which have expanded the original game’s plot, adding characters opposing and supporting Snake, while there have also been a few prequels exploring the origins of Metal Gear and recurring characters. The third game in the series, Metal Gear Solid for the PlayStation, marked the beginning of a whole new line of 3D for Metal Gear. As of September 2019, over 55 million copies of games in the franchise have been sold worldwide.

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GTA V

Another of the Bafta Game Award creations, for GTA we wanted a taste of the highlife with this Godfather, with the series being created in Scotland we opted for Scotch and a chocolate cigar

Ingredients

  • 50ml Scotch
  • 25ml Disaronno 
  • Chocolate Cigar
  • Ice
  • Tumbler glass

Method

Stir the Scotch and Disaronno over ice until chilled then add to a fresh tumble with large ice cubes.

The Game

Grand Theft Auto V is a 2013 action-adventure game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It is the first main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series since 2008’s Grand Theft Auto IV. Set within the fictional state of San Andreas, based on Southern California, the story follows three protagonists—retired bank robber Michael De Santa, street gangster Franklin Clinton, and drug dealer and arms smuggler Trevor Philips—and their efforts to commit heists while under pressure from a corrupt government agency and powerful crime figures.

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Last of Us

Part of our Bafta Games of the Year work in 2014, the Last of Ice: Cliqueur saw a whole bunch of game icons roam the after-party wielding baked bean tins, we’re sorry! Taking its name from the Clicker enemies, the apocalypse never tasted so good!

Ingredients

  • 25ml Advocaat 
  • 25ml Banana Liqueur 
  • 15ml Baileys
  • 3 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Fresh Pistachios
  • Something to grind the nuts
  • Ice
  • Blender
  • Straw
  • Washed out baked bean can/Tumbler

Method

Add all the ingredients (except the pistachios) into a blender to craft your milkshake, then grind the pistachios and sprinkle the dust over the top to finish. Serve with a straw to avoid any can related injuries from drinking out the can.

The Game

The Last of Us is a 2013 action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Players control Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Ellie, across a post-apocalyptic United States. Players use firearms, improvised weapons & can use stealth to defend against hostile humans & cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus.

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Earthworm Jim

This drink came around when we were failing to think of well-known games to launch our first menu, the self-imposed rules meant it had to be a game title but with a spirit pin, overhearing our woeful attempts a regular (Arthur Spear) threw out Earthworm Gin and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use that name and acknowledge the greatest worm in gaming history.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Gin
  • 10ml Lemoncello
  • Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • 100ml Lemonade
  • Ice
  • Boston Shaker
  • Tea cup
  • Highball glass

Method

Start by brewing two tea bags with just 50ml of boiling water after 2mins add in the gin, Lemoncello and sugar syrup. Allow to brew for 2mins then strain leaving the bags behind into a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled. Add this mix to a part filled glass of lemonade and add the lime wedge for garnish. Sip at your leisure while playing this full blast!

The Game

Earthworm Jim is a 2D side-scrolling platform game featuring an earthworm named Jim, who wears a robotic suit and battles evil.with elements of a run and gun game as well. The player controls Jim and must manoeuvre him through levels as part of the quest to rescue Princess What’s-Her-Name while avoiding obstacles and enemies. Players can use Jim’s gun as a method of shooting enemies, or his head as a whip for whipping enemies.

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Bioshock Possession

We were lucky enough to get to sample the first 2 hours of Bioshock Infinite at the tail end of 2012 to gather data to use in creating real-world versions of the vigour’s consumed in the game.

The second of the creations was Possession, the main part might taste mellow with basil-infused gin but that absinthe foam isn’t to be taken lightly.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of Basil
  • 50 ml Tanqueray Gin
  • ½ Lemon
  • ½ Lime
  • 25 ml Sugar Syrup
  • Strainer
  • Blender
  • Ice
  • Tumbler Glass
  • Absinthe Froth recipe (Serves 4)
  • 25 ml Absinthe
  • 1 Egg White
  • 25 ml Water
  • 25ml Sugar Syrup

Method

Add a lot of Basil and Lemon half into a cocktail shaker and muddle the two heavily. Next, add a shot of sugar syrup to the mix, then add in the Tanqueray gin double measure, fill to the top with ice and shake vigorously. Finally, strain and use a small sieve forcing any remaining liquid out of the ingredients. The gin should have taken on a nice green tint. Serve in a rocks glass with fresh ice. Add some Absinthe froth to the top of the drink.

To make the froth, combine the ingredients in a blender and whisk until foam forms, skim some off and add to the top of the drink. Serve with a fresh basil leaf.

The Game

Released in 2013 BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. 

The game is set in the year 1912 and follows its protagonist, former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, who is sent to the airborne city of Columbia to find a young woman, Elizabeth, who has been held captive there for most of her life. Though Booker rescues Elizabeth, the two become involved with the city’s warring factions: the nativist and elite Founders that rule Columbia and strive to keep its privileges for White Americans, and the Vox Populi, underground rebels representing the underclass of the city. During this conflict, Booker learns that Elizabeth possesses strange powers to manipulate “Tears” in the space-time continuum that ravage Columbia, and soon discovers her to be central to the city’s dark secrets.