Celebrating the Courts of Prythian
I. Am. Excited. A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR) officially releases on May 2. ACOWAR is the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas (If you missed it, here are my posts on the first two books ACOTAR and ACOMAF).
Personally, this is one of my most anticipated releases of the year. So I’ve decided a countdown is in order! In the week leading up to May 2, I’ll post a new drink each day to pair with one of the seven courts. Each of the different courts represents either a season or a time of day, and my one complaint about the series is that we don’t get enough detail about the other courts. But maybe that will be rectified in ACOWAR? Here’s hoping.
To add to the all the Court fun, here’s a quiz from Playbuzz to determine which court you’d be in. Unsurprisingly, I would be in the Winter Court. Outside of being one of my favorite seasons, the description provided is pretty spot on (if I do say so myself):
“There’s something charmingly understated about you, inside and out. You’re thoughtful, composed, calm and graceful, but keep a sharp eye on the icy shrewdness that runs through your veins, you wily Winter Court dweller!” – PlayBuzz
Take the quiz and leave your court in the comments!
Spring Court: Moscow Mule
I thought it only fitting to start off with the court in which Feyre started her Prythian journey. The fresh flavors of lime and ginger combined with bright bubbly carbonation and the icy chill of a copper mug make the Moscow Mule one of the most refreshing drinks I could imagine – perfect for warm spring day spent watching the flowers bloom.
- 1.5 oz vodka
- 4 oz ginger beer (non-alcoholic)
- Splash of lime juice
Serve over ice in a copper mug
Summer Court: Summer Shandy
A bright beer with refreshing hints of lemon – it’s called a summer shandy for a reason. You can use really any light, citrusy beer for this one but I went with a hometown favorite, Boulevard Wheat.
- Lighter beer
Fill glass 1/4 of the way full with lemonade. Fill to the top with beer.
Autumn Court: Sangria
A pitcher to rival even the most brilliant autumn leaves. Filled with seasonal apples, the warmth of brandy, and a deep red wine – sangria is a perfect match for the changing of seasons.
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1 bottle of red wine (Malbec is always a good choice here)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup club soda
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
Starting with the sliced fruit, combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir well. Serve in a wine glass over ice.
Winter Court: Bailey’s Hot Cocoa
Charmingly understated. A simple, comforting classic that will warm you from the inside out. Perfect for curling up by the fire, watching the snow gently fall and all those cuddly winter cliches.
- Chocolate chips
- 1 oz Bailey’s Irish Creme
- 0.5 oz peppermint vodka
- Whipped cream
- Cinnamon and candy cane for garnish
Heat milk in a saucepan and add chocolate chips to taste. Pour into a mug and add the Bailey’s. Top with whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon and a candy cane stir stick.
Dawn Court: Tequila Sunrise
There’s just something about the fresh taste of orange juice to greet the day – and something even more special with a splash of tequila. Even if you don’t wake up at dawn, you can make your own sunrise in a glass.
- Orange Juice
- 1.5 oz tequila
- 0.5 oz grenadine
Combine ingredients in a lowball glass and serve over ice.
Day Court: Peach Bellini
A day spent enjoying the bright sunshine pairs perfectly with a bright, bubbly peach Bellini. Bellini’s have become an Easter tradition in my family, so I’ve come to associate them with laughter, sunshine and a day well spent.
- 2 oz peach nectar (easy to find this in a can at the grocery/liquor store. Or you can get really fancy and use homemade peach puree)
Pour peach nectar into the bottom of a champagne flute and top with champagne.
Night Court: Starfall
It’s hard to capture the enchantment and allure of the Night Court and especially the yearly tradition of Starfall, but this drink comes close. Between the shimmery liquor and this beautiful Korbel label, you can almost see the living fireworks and feel the falling stars smack right into you.
- Sparkling wine
- 1 oz purple Viniq
Pour Viniq into a champagne flute and top with your favorite sparkling wine, I especially loved the label on this Korbel bottle.