(Image: “Tywin Lannister” by Michael Komarck in The Art of A Song of Ice and Fire, 2005)
Requiem for Castamere; or A Lannister pays his debts
¾ oz Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
¾ Martell Cognac
¾ Dolin red vermouth
1 tsp Bénédictine
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Gold sugar rim
Like most other things involving Tywin Lannister, approach with caution.
This drink is based on the Vieux Carré, a Louisiana concoction from the late nineteenth century when drinks were insanely strong and Peychaud’s* bitters were used medicinally. It seemed appropriately intimidating for the late Lannister patriarch.
I knew that for Tywin it would need to be complicated, because Tywin Lannister is nothing if not really fucking complicated. Also evil. Pure, complex, frustrating, brilliant evil.
So, as you may or may not have guessed from the ingredient list, each of the ingredients represents a family who Tywin has fucked over in one way or another.
Northern Harvest Rye for the Stark family and the Army of the North, whose massacre Tywin orchestrated at the Red Wedding.
Martell cognac for Elia Martell raped and murdered in King’s Landing with her children; and for Oberyn Martell, killed in trial by combat against Ser Gregor Clegane.
Dolin red vermouth for House Tully whose lands have been devastated by Lannister’s armies during the War of the Five Kings. Alternately, for Houses Reyne and Tarbeck, wiped out by Tywin Lannister and immortalized in “The Rains of Castamere.”
The bitters for his children, all of whom he has in some way destroyed.
Oh, Tywin. The Lannisters wouldn’t be Lannisters without you. But, dear God, you’re a terrible father. And a terrible human.
- Intro & Martini of Whisperers
- The Red Viper
- Queen of Roses
- Impin’ ain’t easy
- A Drink Has No Name
- Requiem for Castamere; or, A Lannister always pays his debts