Celebrate the return of Game of Thrones with these exciting Scotch whisky cocktail recipes

To celebrate the return of the hit TV show, drinks expert Ervin Trykowski has put together some exciting cocktail recipes for the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky collection for fans to enjoy while watching the show. 

Published 17th Apr 2019
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Ervin, who is Global Scotch Ambassador at Diageo, created the recipes ahead of the eighth and final season using each of the limited edition single malt whiskies inspired by the fantasy series.

This article was published as part of a paid partnership with Diageo

The GoT Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection features eight expressions from the Diageo range each paired with one of the iconic Houses of Westeros, as well as the Night’s Watch, giving fans an "authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond".

From ‘The Salt Throne,’ which puts a salty twist on a classic whisky sour as a nod to the sea lords– to ‘The Kings of Winer,’ which brings some warmth to House Stark with Dalwhinnie’s classic heather honey sweetness that is perfectly complimented by the luxurious spice and warmth of dark hot chocolate, each cocktail is designed to be easy to make and to appeal to fans of all of the houses.


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“The Night’s Watch Oath”


• 50ml Oban – The Night’s Watch

• Big Ice Block

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Build in a rocks glass.

Erv says: "The block of ice represents the ice wall located in north. Chilling the drink over ice concentrates and focuses the key Oban flavours of salted caramel and fresh orange."

“The Salt Throne”


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• 50ml Talisker – House Greyjoy

• 20ml Lemon Juice

• 10ml Sugar Syrup

• 1 Pinch Seaweed Salt

• Seaweed garnish

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Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, shake with cubed ice, double strain into a coup glass and garnish with seaweed.

Erv says:  "This maritime Whisky Sour is a nod to the sea lords and a twist on a classic cocktail. The sugar and lemon beautifully amplify the signature smoke and coastal sweetness of Talisker."

“Old Lannister Gold”


• 50ml Laguavulin 9 – House Lannister

• 10ml Golden Syrup

• 1 Dash of Angostura Bitters

• 1 Pinch of Gold Luster (optional)

• Orange Peel to garnish


Add all ingredients into a mixing glass over cubed ice, stir and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of orange peel.

Erv says: "This rich and opulent twist on one of the oldest whisky cocktails in the world represents the oldest and wealthiest dynasty in the Seven Kingdoms. This indulgent, heavily-peated Islay whisky is encased in rich golden syrup for a bold and weighty drink."

“Kings of Winter”


• Glass 1 - Frozen Dalwhinnie – House Stark

• Glass 2 - Dark Hot Chocolate with a nutmeg dusting


Serve 50ml of Dalwhinnie straight from the freezer in your favourite glass which should also be frozen. On the side serve dark hot chocolate and grate fresh nutmeg over the top.

Erv says: "Bringing some warmth to the coldest and highest Distillery in Scotland. The resilience of Dalwhinnie, producing whisky in one of Scotland’s most challenging locations, echos the stoic strength of House Stark.

"Dalwhinnie’s classic heather honey sweetness is perfectly complimented by the luxurious spice and warmth of dark hot chocolate."

“The Unburnt”


• 40ml Cardhu – House Targaryen

• 20ml Sauterne

• 5ml Sugar Syrup

• 1 Dash of Ginger Bitters

• Gold encased in a large block of ice


Add all ingredients into a mixing glass over cubed ice, stir and strain onto the gold encased ice block in a small glass tankard.

Erv says: "The bold, focused style of this cocktail is a celebration of the pioneering, ambitious women behind both House Targeryen and Cardhu Distillery.

"Cardhu’s signature apple and pear notes combine perfectly with the ripe fruity nature of sauterne, with the golden ice adding a lavish touch."

“House Tyrell’s Rose”


• 30ml Clynelish – House Tyrell

• 30ml Dry Oloroso Sherry

• 10ml Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

• 10ml Lemon Juice

• 5ml Sugar Syrup

• Top up with Ginger Ale

• Seasonal Fruit and a Gold Dusted Rose Petal to garnish


Add all ingredients (except the ginger ale and garnishes) into a cocktail shaker with cubed ice and shake. Strain into a wine glass over fresh ice, top up with Ginger Ale and garnish with seasonal fruit and a single gold dusted rose petal

Erv says: "Just as the Tyrell golden rose hides sharp thorns beneath its beauty, this fragrant Scotch cobbler brings rich, bold flavours wrapped in the gentle subtlety of Clynelish."

“Family, Duty, Honour”


• 50ml Singleton – House Tully

• 25ml Salted Hibiscus tea

• 120ml Cola

• Lemon peel to garnish


Build in a collins glass over blocks of ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon peel.

Erv says: "This serve amplifies the fresh orchard fruits of the Singleton by combining with the toffee cola sweetness and the subtle salt and floral notes of the tea. A fresh style of drink, perfect for the Riverlands."


“Roberts Rebellion”


• 50ml Royal Lochnagar – House Baratheon

• 10ml Sweet Vermouth

• 20ml Cherry Heering

• 30ml Beetroot Juice

• 10ml Lemon Juice

• Salt & Pepper to garnish


Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, lightly shake and double strain into a small coupette glass or goblet. Garnish with cracked black pepper.

Erv says: "A savory twist on the classic Blood & Sand cocktail, this drink celebrates the rebellion against the mad king and the seizing of the throne.

"The bold, savoury flavours of this cocktail counterbalance the subtle spice and sweetness of Royal Lochnagar beautifully."

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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