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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.

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Elder Scrolls Skyrim

What comes first, the drink or the pun? In this case, the name certainly came first. This was created as part of our Guardian Games of the Year 2011 recipes, this has been on the menu ever since and seen almost as many re-releases as Skyrim itself, here’s our current recipe for Elderflower Scrolls Skyyrum.

Ingredients

  • 30ml Skyy vanilla vodka
  • 25ml Spiced rum (Sailor Jerry)
  • Orange peel
  • 175ml Sparkling elderflower presse
  • Sugar
  • Saucer
  • Ice
  • High-ball Glass

Method

First, create a sugared rim by rubbing the lime wedge around the lip of your high ball glass, dip this into a saucer with 5ml of the vanilla vodka, and then into a plate of sugar. Now put ice into the glass and pour in the remaining vanilla vodka & 175ml of the presse down the side (the inside, of course). Add a measure of spiced rum on top of that, and garnish with an orange peel/dragon’s tongue.

The Game

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth main instalment in The Elder Scrolls series, following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and was released worldwide on November 11, 2011.

The game’s main story revolves around the player’s character, the Dragonborn, on their quest to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world. The game is set 200 years after the events of Oblivion and takes place in Skyrim, the northernmost province of Tamriel. Over the course of the game, the player completes quests and develops the character by improving skills. The game continues the open-world tradition of its predecessors by allowing the player to travel anywhere in the game world at any time, and to ignore or postpone the main storyline indefinitely.

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Alien Isolation

We’ve got a bit of previous with Creative Assembly (Rum Total War) when we heard the studio had been working on an Alien title we decided it was about time we paid tribute to the franchise, this Alien Inebriation is a bit of a monster!

Ingredients

  • 30ml Patron XO Tequila
  • 30ml Vanilla Vodka
  • Kinder Egg
  • Strainer
  • Boston Shaker
  • Ice
  • Martini Glass
  • Shot Glass

Method

Put your glass in cryo by filling with ice and set aside to chill. Next, take your Patron and Vanilla vodka and add to the Boston shaker along with a lot of ice, shake heavily, bring back your chilled glass, throwing out the ice and place a shot glass in the middle. Top with the Kinder Egg, strain and slowly pour your cocktail mix around the Alien Egg and serve.

The Game

Alien: Isolation is a 2014 survival horror video game developed by Creative Assembly Based on the Alien science fiction horror film series, the game is set 15 years after the events of the original 1979 film Alien, and follows engineer Amanda Ripley, daughter of Alien protagonist Ellen Ripley, as she investigates the disappearance of her mother.

Unlike previous game adaptations of the Alien franchise, Alien: Isolation places an emphasis on stealth and survival horror gameplay, requiring the player to avoid and outsmart a single Alien creature with tools such as a motion tracker and flamethrower. It was designed to resemble the original film rather than its more action-oriented 1986 sequel Aliens, and features a similar lo-fi, 1970s vision of what the future would look like.

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Bioshock Devils Kiss

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.

Part of a set this is our Devils Kiss giving the drinker the power of flame and potentially a nasty hangover. The picture featured a glass-coated in latex to look like burning wrists, having still not fully cleaned up the mess we’d recommend skipping that part of the creation.

Ingredients

  • 25ml Spiced Rum
  • 25ml Chambord
  • 10ml Grenadine
  • 15ml Overproof Rum
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 50ml Cloudy Lemonade (carbonated)
  • 50ml Ginger Beer
  • Lime
  • Cinnamon
  • Ice
  • Saucer
  • Lighter or matches
  • Highball Glass

Method

Fill a high ball glass with ice, pour in grenadine, Chambord and dashes of bitters to begin. Carefully pour in cloudy lemonade and ginger beer down the side of the glass leaving the grenadine sitting in the bottom, add the juice of a lime and finish the drink with a shot of Spiced Rum to the top. To serve place drink on a saucer and place the measure of overproof rum around the base, light with a match and begin to flick cinnamon onto the drink/flame, extinguish, add a straw and serve. Anyone looking to savour every last drop can drink the rum left in the saucer when it’s cooled.

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.