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What beats killing the summer doldrums with a great video game? Chasing it with the perfect cocktail. We share our picks for both!

Article by USgamer Team, .

Summer should be a time for relaxing. And if you're reading this site, you most likely prefer to relax by playing a video game, right?

When we think of gaming in the summertime, our minds tend to slip back to the carefree days of youth, when the long lazy months between school semesters stretched ahead of us, begging to be crammed full of gaming. These days we don't have the same luxury of taking a few months off we did as kids, but the tradeoff is that we have legal access to liquid forms of relaxation.

Summer is as much a time for kicking back with refreshing cocktails as for playing video games, so we figured, why not combine the two? We've paired together some of our favorite summertime games with some of our favorite summertime drinks for the ultimate in dog-days relaxation. We've even included simple recipes to help you along! Just remember to drink (and game) responsibly. And obviously you should only test out our recommendations if you're of legal age to consume alcohol in your state, city, or country!

Photography by Catherine Nguyen.

Bubble Bobble

Bubble Bobble | "Bub and Bob's Gin Fizz"

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 egg white
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp. superfine sugar
  • 1/2 oz. half and half
  • 1 oz. club soda
  • 2 to 3 drops orange flower water

Pour ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously – more than you would for a usual cocktail. Strain into a highball glass over ice.

For a few years I worked in a town that had no arcade - which, as an avid coin-op player, used to drive me nuts. However, every summer I'd get a week's reprieve when a traveling fair would come to town, which included a couple of small arcades. When it arrived, it'd go over to the main square where the fair was set up, and check out which coin-ops were being unloaded from the trucks.

I remember seeing one that I'd never heard of, called Bubble Bobble and it had these really cute dinosaur characters on its side that I thought looked so cool. Needless to say, as soon as the place opened in the evening, I sought the game out, and after a couple of goes fell in love with it. This cocktail is the perfect match — light, fizzy, sweet, fun — and moreish. — Jaz Rignall

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Chrono Trigger | "The End of Mai Time"

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. spiced rum
  • 1.5 oz coconut rum
  • 1 tsp. grenadine
  • 3 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. orange juice

Combine ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake gently, then strain over a punch glass of ice. Garnish with the tropical fruits or umbrellas of your choice.

Chrono Trigger launched the last summer of my life before I had to get a real job, when I could afford to be a lazy irresponsible slug and not show up for my boring summer job and suffer no real penalties for screwing over my coworkers. I'm not saying I'm proud of myself, but I am saying Chrono Trigger is awesome and that my two-week obsession with the game was totally understandable. It's the kind of spirited high adventure that feels like it belongs to the summer months: A vast world stretching out before you, just like the carefree months ahead. And the innovative (not to mention addictive) New Game + mode meant the adventure didn't have to end even after the credits rolled.

Given what a layabout the game turned me into, I can think of no better adult beverage to accompany it than the classic mai tai. It's the official drink of lounging about on the beach, watching the sun set over the waves, listening to the kind of music they pipe into the produce section of grocery stores and loving it unironically. For a game about bending time to your will, there could be no more fitting beverage than a fruity concoction that says, "I have all the time in the world." — Jeremy Parish

Defender

Defender | "Humanoid Pick-Me-Up"

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Brandy
  • 1 tsp. of Grenadine
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • Champagne

Build brandy and syrup in shaker with 3-4 ice cubes and squeeze the lemon juice into it. Stir (don't shake) and strain into a highball glass. Fill the balance with champagne.

Back in the summers of the '80s, I spent much of my time in my local arcades practicing for video game tournaments. One of the games I put a phenomenal amount of time into was Defender. I'd wait outside the arcade in the early morning so I could go in the moment it opened, and would spend literally spend all day playing it on a single quarter, notching up as high a score as possible before the place closed at around 3:00 am.

It was tiring work, but this refreshing, fast-acting pick-me-up has a citrusy kick, would have been the perfect cocktail to lift the spirits during those marathon gaming sessions. — Jaz Rignall

Bimmy's Cup

Double Dragon | "Billy & Jimmy's Bimmy's Cup"

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Pimm's No. 1
  • 3 oz. Ginger ale or 2 oz. lemon juice and 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. Des Ribauds Orange Dragon Liqueur
  • 1 cucumber (slices or spears)
  • Lemon twist

Fill a highball class with ice, cucumber slices to taste, and ginger ale or lemonade. Add the liqueur and Pimm's, then garnish with lemon.

I was a kid the summer I obsessed over the NES version of Double Dragon, so alcohol would have been totally inappropriate. But I worked hard to earn the money to buy a copy for myself, spending a week or two of hot afternoons helping to repaint my grandparents' house to ready it for sale. It was absolutely worth the labor. Double Dragon was marketed as a premium release, with a glossy red box and a price tag $10 higher than anything else available for the system, and I wrung every ounce of entertainment I could from the game. Even though it lacked a proper two-player mode, its bare-knuckle brawling and mild RPG elements made for a game I could enjoy again and again... especially back in the day when I had the time and patience to deal with the complete unfairness of the final stage, with its random traps and a boss who could take me out in a single hit from across the screen.

As an adult, this dragon-themed variant on the classic Pimm's Cup would have been a perfect accompaniment to my house painting endeavors. Light and refreshing, the Pimm's Cup is the official drink of Wimbledon for a good reason - it's delicious and decidedly low in alcohol content, so you won't feel completely trashed after downing a few of them. The proper recipe doesn't call for the orange liqueur, but the added hint of a citrus note nicely complements the fresh cucumber and the spices of the Pimm's. — Jeremy Parish

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Elevator Action 2 | "Elderflower Action"

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. sparkling wine (dry or prosecco)
  • 1/2 oz. St. Germain's (or other elderflower liqueur)
  • 2 oz. tonic
  • 1 blackberry

Pour tonic into a champagne flute. Add the St. Germain's, then top with sparkling wine. Drop the blackberry into the cloud of fizz.

I always loved Elevator Action as a kid, so my unexpected discovery about 10 years ago that Taito had produced an arcade-only sequel in the '90s grabbed my attention. During the aimless summer before I relocated to the West Coast and began a career in the gaming press, Elevator Action became a sort of mild obsession for me. Combining the best of Elevator Action, Rolling Thunder, and '90s anime, it was precisely the sort of game that had no business being in a Michigan arcade in the 21st century... but I'm glad it was.

The perfect cocktail to accompany this lovely but obscure arcade classic? My wife's favorite go-to, a bubble blend of sweet champagne and tonic graced by just a dash of St. Germain's elderflower liqueur. The bubbles cause the lone blackberry to float to the top, so its progress down the champagne flute is just like your heroes' trip down the maze of elevators. And Elevator Action 2 is a short game, which is ideal; the high sugar content of this fizzy cocktail means the alcohol goes straight to your head. — Jeremy Parish

Mega Man X

Mega Man X | "Mega Mojito X"

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 oz. blue Curaçao
  • 1 1/2 oz. Bacardi Limon rum or Bacardi white rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. chilled soda water
  • Mint Leaves

Mix ingredients, garnish with mint leaves. Bonus round: Use mortar and pestle to muddle mint leaves with the simple syrup. Mix resulting paste with the alcohol. Win.

I remember the arguments we used to have when Mega Man X first came out. Was it Mega Man "X" or Mega Man 10? It was one of those arguments you could have as kids back in the day, because your only source of news Nintendo Power or a errant issue of Diehard Gamefan. These days, when faced with that conflict, kids probably just look it up online, probably without ever leaving the lunchroom.

Mega Man X remains one of my favorite games in the entire Mega Man franchise, despite my deep abiding love for Mega Man 2. When Capcom finally re-released its collected edition, there's a reason I went with Mega Man X Collection instead of Mega Man Collection. That was my Mega Man: just me, my friends, a Super Nintendo, and X wasting away the summer days. — Mike Williams

Pokémon Yellow

Pokémon | Bulbasaur Julep

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1 oz. minted simple syrup [mint, water, superfine sugar]

This one requires some prep: In a saucepan, dissolve 1 cup superfine sugar in 1 cup water over medium heat. Remove from heat and add one bunch fresh mint leaves. Steep for 15 minutes, then strain syrup and refrigerate until cold.

Combine minted syrup with bourbon over crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

I didn't have a lot of money back in the summer of 2004. I was living in a garden apartment just off campus at the University of Minnesota, where I had no Internet, cable... or basically anything. In the mornings, I watched Cops and The Price is Right on local television, then braved the muggy heat to walk over to the school library and play Pokémon on one of the computers.

At that time, I was heavily into IGN's Pokémon community, which was where much of the competitive community was centered. Online battling programs with GUIs were still in their infancy in those days so we mostly stuck to mIRC, where I would log in to play on #rsarena. That summer, one of the mods kicked off a massive tournament called the IGN ICE League. Named for the chatroom in which everyone congregated, we all participated in a three-month ladder, after which the top eight finishers would participate in a knockout tournament.

Suffice it to say, I made it my business to finish first in that league. With little else to do, I hung out on mIRC at the library and battled until my eyeballs were about to fall out (you'll find that this is a common theme with my summertime gaming). By then I knew the 386 Pokémon backward and forward, and most people knew me for being an utter terror with sub-punching Gengar and supporting Venusaur. I did actually end up winning the league; and to my surprise, I won the tournament as well (I usually choke during such events). The ICE League would be my last hurrah in the Pokémon community until early 2007, as the next year I got back into the Emperor's Hammer, then moved to Japan. I've played on and off since then, sometimes quite seriously, but I've never really been as good as I was back then. As a final act though, it was pretty sweet. — Kat Bailey

Mint juleps are traditionally served in silver cups. By combining both metal and plant, this makes them super-effective against both Water and Fire types. And also against the summer heat.

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Sonic the Hedgehog | "Gin & Sonic"

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Hendrick's gin
  • 1 tsp. blue Caracão
  • 3 oz. Fever Tree or Q tonic
  • lime wedge

I was still saving up for a Super NES when my friend down the block let me borrow his Sega Genesis for a few days. He packed in two games: Strider and Sonic the Hedgehog. Strider didn't do much for me; I'd played so much of the arcade version that the changes and compromises present in the home port put me off. At the least the NES version had the good grace to be something completely different! But Sonic — well, that was a revelation. I never quite managed to finish the game in the short time I had with it, but it was my first true taste of proper next-gen power. Blindingly fast and wonderfully colorful, Sonic truly offered a major step up from my humble Super NES. It wasn't enough to sway me to the dark side of Sega (I needed my Mario and Castlevania games, dammit), but it definitely renewed my determination to go 16-bit as soon as possible.

The gin and tonic makes a great match for Sonic, and not just because of the convenient pun built into the name. The G-and-T is by far the simplest cocktail, but it's no less refreshing for its minimalism. Use high-quality tonic and Hendrick's wonderfully floral gin and you have something to sip that tastes as light and summery as the green grass and blue skies of the Green Hill Zone. Add just a dash of blue Caracão (to give it the look of Sonic himself and the slightest hint of citrus) and you have a perfect pairing. — Jeremy Parish

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Street Fighter II | "Shadaloo Negroni"

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Tanqueray Rangpur gin
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. Carpano Antiqua vermouth

Lightly shake ingredients in a mixer and pour into an old fashioned glass over ice or neat into a martini glass, then add an orange twist.

In the early '90s when I was working on Mean Machines magazine back in the UK, we were lucky enough to have a Street Fighter II coin-op in the office. One of my enduring memories of the time is the staff constantly throwing down challenges to one another. Working in an ancient pre-Victorian office building, it had no air conditioning, so our gaming room used to get absolutely roasting — but we'd still play.

But I'd have loved to have this cocktail to help cool me down — plus it packs a real punch. The lime-infused Rangpur gin doesn't just tie the drink to Southeast Asia, where the series' villains call home, it also pairs wonderfully with the astringent grapefruit quality of the Campari to create a truly tasty concoction. — Jaz Rignall

Super Mario Kart

Super Mario Kart | Koopa Colada

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. light rum
  • 2 oz. coconut milk
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz. Midori

Serve in a punch glass over ice. Garnish with a cherry and pineapple wedge.

This was my game when I was a child. At the time I owned a Sega Genesis, but at some point Toys R Us got a Super Nintendo demo unit with Mario Kart loaded on. I didn't particularly care about the console war at that point; my dad was the one who bought the Genesis. So I stepped up one Saturday, took the SNES controller in my hand, and played Mario Kart for the first time. It was a revelation.

Every weekend or free day I had, I rode my bike to Toys R Us and played Mario Kart until I got kicked off the system. Mario Kart became religion in my tiny child mind. I had Battle mode mastered before I ever even owned a Super Nintendo. Eventually, my father bought me a Sega CD, which I returned for an SNES and Mario Kart, allowing me to play the game at home. But I'll never forgot those summer months spend biking out to Toys R Us for just one more race. — Mike Williams

SSX

SSX | "Muddy Avalanche"

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. Kahlua
  • 2 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream

Toss everything together in a blender and blend until creamy. Enjoy the results with gusto.

I don't particularly like summer. I like in the DC Metro area, so summer is just muggy and unbearable. The sun itself just makes me hot and sweaty, because I have dark skin and sunlight just means more heat. I'm not a big fan of the beach because I lived in Japan and beaches hear on the East Coast aren't even comparable.

Which is all just a long way of saying I prefer colder climates and winter sports. SSX is bar-none the best winter sports game I've ever played. I remember the first time I picked it up at rental on a whim. I prefer watching winter sports, but I stay away from them because I don't want to die horribly. SSX and its sequels give me the ability to enjoy the magic of snowboarding, without breaking all the bones in my body. Is SSX realistic? No, but it is fun and will keep you playing long through the summer nights. — Mike Williams

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WarCraft III | "Gimlet the Dwarf"

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 oz. simple syrup (to taste)

Combine ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake, then strain and serve in a martini glass, neat.

I wasn't in the best place in the summer of 2002. I was broke, I was fighting with my parents, and most of my summer was spent alternately working and walking to the Metrodome to watch Twins games for $5. But that July, Blizzard released WarCraft III, and suddenly I had something to pass the time with until the school year started. Pretty soon, I was playing online for as long as 8 hours a day. It wasn't a healthy lifestyle by any means, but it was an escape.

Along the way, I actually got pretty good, and I even started writing tips for one of the many fansites that popped up around that time. Writing under the name "The Chieftess Kat" (I was an Orc player), I garnered a surprisingly large following in a short time. It got to the point that I was able to fill a chatroom with just the people who PM'd me for matches when I was in-game. That might have actually been my first real experience with blogging.

At the end of August, it was time to go back to school, and the PC I was using to play WarCraft III left with my roommate, who was moving out. I was sad to be leaving the community, but I knew that it was probably for the best because I was a little too obsessed with WarCraft III for my own good. On some days, I would get home at 7am after pulling an all nighter at work and log into WarCraft III to play until I almost literally dropped. I don't exactly look back on that summer very fondly, but I suppose WarCraft III and its community was there for me at a time when few others were. For that I'm grateful. - Kat Bailey

X-Wing

X-wing vs. TIE Fighter | "Rebel Sangria"

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle dry red wine (750 mL)
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 bottle club soda or sparkling water, chilled (750 mL)
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • One apple, cut into thin wedges
  • One lemon, thinly sliced
  • One orange, thinly sliced

Combine everything but the soda/sparkling water into a glass pitcher. Cover a chill until cold. Serve in red wine glasses combined with soda or sparkling water.

I was an utter nightmare to fight in an X-wing. It wasn't as maneuverable as a TIE starfighter or an A-wing, but it did have just the right mix of sturdiness, firepower, and speed. Just a couple blasts from my quad-linked lasers was enough to profoundly mess up any interceptor I ran into; and in those days, I rarely if ever missed during head-on attacks.


My secret was almost constant practice. A 14-year-old home alone for the summer, I passed my time playing X-wing vs. TIE Fighter. I quickly realized that I needed to improve my accuracy, so I started setting up large furballs against Top Ace level computers where I would fly a TIE Fighter. With virtually no room for error, I soon got very good at snapping off a shot while evading the subsequent return fire. As you've probably noticed, I can be pretty single-minded when I'm set on improving at a game. This was one of those instances.

The only thing that could stop me was the Internet itself. This being the dial-up era when usage was capped, I ended up going over the limit one too many times and getting grounded from the PC for the last month before school started. By the time I got back, my entire clan had moved on to Ultimate Online and left me to find new people to fly with. But for that summer at least, I really was one of the best snubfighter pilots you'll ever meet. — Kat Bailey


Bob's Summer Beer Sidebar

Summer is an active, fleeting season, and not all of us have the time to sit and wait for the mixing of drinks and adding of garnishes. If you prefer your alcohol contained in no-fuss bottle form, check out the following brews. — Bob Mackey

EarthBound | Fat Tire Amber Ale (New Belgium Brewery)

Though the season of the game isn't explicitly stated, EarthBound has always felt like a summer game to me-it released during the summer of 1995, so I associate the EarthBound experience with sitting in front of my TV for those three months, playing and replaying as my window-mounted air conditioner hummed noisily nearby. Sadly, I didn't have a taste for beer as a 12-year-old, but in my current status as aged man, I'd have to go with New Belgium's Fat Tire as a pairing. Like EarthBound, it's a reliable, dependable standby, with a crisp, refreshing taste-plus, it doesn't sit in your stomach like you've just drank a glass of bread. And its logo featuring a bright, red bike parked in the shade of a tree evokes the same spirit of freedom and adventure as EarthBound.

StarTropics | Pliny the Elder Double IPA (Russian River Brewing Company)

This obscure Nintendo series is essentially a tropical version of The Legend of Zelda, developed primarily for Americans-because I guess that's what we all wanted in 1990? StarTropics dominated my summers via multiple rentals, because no matter how many times I tried, the game's crushing difficulty would always cut my progress short. Unlike resort-based tropical vacations, StarTropics features invisible pits and unavoidable death traps-which is why it's so important to get nice and hammered.

A double IPA might seem a little too heavy and boozy for light summer drinking, but Pliny the Elder's citrusy taste gives it the perfect summer flavor. Plus, that 8% alcohol content really helps smooth over the frustrations of fighting giant octopodes over and over again.

Super Mario Sunshine | Pyramid Hefeweizen (Pyramid Breweries, Inc.)

Super Mario Sunshine seemed destined to be the perfect summer game. This GameCube platformer dropped Nintendo's mascot into a distinctly tropical backdrop, so what better release date than... the tail-end of August? Just as a country of children returns to school, you release a game about Mario's summer vacation!? That's just cruel, Nintendo.

Well, it's been more than a decade now, and we're all damned adults who can play video games whenever we want, so Super Mario Sunshine can finally be a true summer game. And now we can enhance the experience through the power of intoxication! I recommend Pyramid's Hefeweizen, which is the one of the few beers that isn't made more disgusting with the addition of real fruit. Drop an orange slice in that bad boy, and you'd almost think it was good for you! (But it's still beer.)

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  • Avatar for ptatherton #1 ptatherton 2 years ago
    I would love to try all those beers but I do not think I'll find them here in London, Ontario. We do get some imports but not nearly as many as I'd like.
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  • Avatar for jeremy.parish #2 jeremy.parish 2 years ago
    @ptatherton Have you consider hiring a mule to smuggle them over the border for you?
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  • Avatar for renatocosta90 #3 renatocosta90 2 years ago
    Fantastic article. The USGamer staff is going round and round talking about my passions in these features. Gaming, PC Building, Drinking. If you guys start talking about cooking and cigars, I'll be worried you guys are following me around.

    For more gaming-related drinks, I'd recommend the Drunken Moogle, as it contains a vast amount of inspired drinks and they all bring something else to the table.

    For most of my gaming sessions, my beverage of preference is coffee, preferably black and sugar-free. When the going gets hot enough, I try my hand at doing a southern brazillian drink we call Terêré, using Mate herb (Erva Mate, here), Ice and lime juice.

    I also like to pair some drinks to more laid back games. Something like the Tomb Raider reboot, or Enslaved, that is based on a straight-forward, linear path, I consider beer, mostly wheat based. Down here we have brands such as Paulaner and Eisenbahn Weissbier, though I'd highly reccomend weihenstephaner (both weiss and weissenbock versions).

    And for text heavy games such as adventures, I usually like some whisky or cognac, along a cigar sometimes.
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  • Avatar for marchalatsis77 #4 marchalatsis77 2 years ago
    Thought I'd get Retronautical with an alternate Classic Mai Tai - that created by Trader Vic Bergeron in 1944:

    1 oz Fresh Lime

    1/2 oz Orange Curacao

    1/4 oz Orgeat (Almond Syrup - easy enough to find, but easier still to make one's own)

    1/4 oz. Simple Syrup

    1 oz Aged Jamaican Rum (Other Dark/Black rums work too! I use Trinidadian rum myself. For the most authentic though, make sure your rum comes from an English speaking Caribbean nation)

    1 oz Aged Martinique Rum (I find these French [Haitian, Martinique] rums hard to find. A solid Light or Golden Spanish [Cruzan, for example] will make a decent sub)

    Shake all but the dark rum w ice (ideally crushed, but who has time?). Pour into an old fashioned glass. Sink the lime shell, float the dark rum, add a sprig of mint. Much less fruity, super fantastic.
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  • Avatar for kidgorilla #5 kidgorilla 2 years ago
    Street Fighter III: Third Strike | "Strike Out":

    1oz Blue Curacao
    1oz Kettle One vodka
    4oz Soda water
    Lime Wedge

    Perfect for enjoying a precision-based fighting game without dulling the senses, the vodka will certainly give you the confidence boost needed for parrying Yun's Ginei Jin without going overboard with alcohol. While a simple vodka/ soda will certainly do, the added Curacao elevates such a basic cocktail.

    Final Fantasy Tactics paired with Founders' All Day IPA

    A session IPA, the Founders' All Day... is crisp and slightly citrusy, but also low in APV for long play sessions (or, at least it was until two weeks ago).

    Pro Wrestling (NES) | bottle of Old Grandad

    Opponent drinks when a move hits him. You do the same. Continue until the game is good.
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  • Avatar for marchalatsis77 #6 marchalatsis77 2 years ago
    @marchalatsis77 like classic games, classic cocktails (esp tiki drinks it seems) are a black hole you can sink in forever. Check out Beach Bum Berry's Tiki+ app for iOS, it's awesome.
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  • Avatar for kidgorilla #7 kidgorilla 2 years ago
    @ZenRain That sounds like a punch in the face
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  • Avatar for nimzy #8 nimzy 2 years ago
    I've been looking for a good mead after Skyrim. Frightening how hard it is to find one.
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  • Avatar for hal9k #9 hal9k 2 years ago
    Awesome photos, fun article. I appreciated Bob's beer corner, since I'm too lazy to mix drinks. I was heavily into stouts during the PS2 days, and have fond memories of drinking Mackeson while playing Gran Turismo 3. That was more of a winter thing, though, since that stuff makes Guinness look like a light beer. No wonder I gained weight...
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  • Avatar for kidgorilla #10 kidgorilla 2 years ago
    @nimzy I live in the Midwest, and there are a lot of meaderies popping up lately. Cleveland has one, and plenty of local beer/ wine stores are selling more and more of it, and the Detroit area is the same. Check with some of the larger beer stores in your area and you should be able to scare some up
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  • Avatar for Mindwater #11 Mindwater 2 years ago
    SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE ALTERNATIVE:

    When I think of Mario's FLUDD, I think of a geyser. When I think of a geyser, I think of Bière de Champagne. When I think of Bière de Champagne, I think of "DeuS Brut des Flandres."

    For Late Afternoon/Evening: Place bottle of DeuS in bucket, fill with ice. Once cold, carefully open, pour into flute glass, enjoy!

    For Morning/Early Afternoon: Combine 32 ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice, 4 ounces of Galliano L'Autentico, one 750ml bottle of DeuS into a pitcher, and gently stir. Pour into flute glass, garnish with orange peel, enjoy!
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  • Avatar for airbagfin51 #12 airbagfin51 2 years ago
    @renatocosta90 If we're talking straight-forward, linear path, a bottle of the Glenlivet 12 through a night of Final Fantasy 13 can be pretty decent. Cigar optional.
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  • Avatar for abuele #13 abuele 2 years ago
    Excellent choices, attractive recipes, I will have my pick this next weekend.
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  • Avatar for PreposterousWhitey #14 PreposterousWhitey 2 years ago
    Loved the article, since it was a very unique idea. Can't say I've seen this kind of thing anywhere else.

    Personally, I've never been much of one for mixed drinks mainly due to inexperience. But Bob's Beer Corner really spoke to me. Nothing is better to unwind than a nice long game and a couple of growlers of craft beer.

    This just reminds me how envious I am of those Bioware guys who gave up their medical careers to make games, and then gave that up to gallavant around the world sampling beers. Oh to live that life.
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  • Avatar for pdubb #15 pdubb 2 years ago
    Bookmarked, I had the bright idea that I would try them all in one gaming session and then it kept going and going, and when I realized one involved an entire pitcher of sangria... Yeah.

    Still I am inspired to make these and make my team hate me in Battlefield 4.
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  • Avatar for Mega_Matt #16 Mega_Matt 2 years ago
    Bob has good taste in beer. I've had Pliny the Elder a few times but I can't get it over here on the East coast :(. I like Russian River's sours a lot and some day I'll get to try Pliny the Younger.

    This is a great feature! I, like Bob, prefer beer over mixed drinks for alcoholic beverages. I had never thought to pair a specific game with a certain beer before although I was drinking a lot of Lagunitas "Sucks" during my time with the first Dark Souls. So those two pair well in my head.

    I think tonight I'll drink a Heady Topper and maybe a Hanssens Oude Gueuze and play some Castlevania and Pushmo. It will be a good time.
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  • Avatar for renatocosta90 #17 renatocosta90 2 years ago
    @airbagfin51 I'm afraid I'd fall into a coma if I play that game again. I was playing Ni no Kuni last week, though, and it just felt really wrong drinking whisky during that. I guess the Ghibli style of family friendliness is really effective
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  • Avatar for EnderTZero #18 EnderTZero 2 years ago
    Ah, Bob, I see you mentioned some beers. I've got a gospel I need to spread.

    Have you considered accepting the bottle-conditioned ale as your Lord and personal Savior?
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  • Avatar for metalangel #19 metalangel 2 years ago
    My 'cocktail' of choice while gaming has, for over a decade, been a simple 7up and vodka. You can quickly mix up another one while the next map or race is loading.

    For several years a group of friends and I would play on Live, usually Forza, Burnout Paradise and Halo 3. As the nights wore on, we'd get drunker and louder and our skills would begin to worsen. One night of Halo 3 will live in infamy, it lasted much of the afternoon and evening, with one of my buddies drinking an entire bottle of whisky, going into the kitchen and throwing up into his controller before passing out on the floor. We still talk about it to this day!
    @ptatherton: Unfortunately only the really big LCBOs tend to have a good weird beer section. My local little crappy one has a small selection but it's right next to where the huge line up for the cashier is so there's no opportunity to browse.
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  • Avatar for wizardofvideogames #20 wizardofvideogames 2 years ago
    I drank a lot of Fat Tire, until one day I got distracted and paused just as I was about to take a drink. My nose lingered longer than it ever had over my pint of Fat Tire and the unmistakable odor of cat food wafted into my nostrils. The beer tasted the same, but I'll never be able to drink one again. You can avoid similar tragedy by drinking straight from the bottle, but, if you feel you can live without Fat Tire, give it a whiff and tell me I'm wrong.
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  • Avatar for Daryoon #21 Daryoon 2 years ago
    Take a couple of fingers of absinthe and top it up with lemonade, to create a bubbling green potion we call a "Severus Snape".

    Drink this while racing your friends to get the best time on Sonic 2's Emerald Hill zone.
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  • Avatar for ArugulaZ #22 ArugulaZ 2 years ago
    I'm no good at making video game-themed cocktails. I'd probably take some grape Manischewitz, dump in a bunch of Swedish fish, and call it "Warning: A Dangerous Hangover is Approaching!"
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  • Avatar for SargeSmash #23 SargeSmash 2 years ago
    I don't drink, but I love the names on some of these. Seriously entertaining idea. :)

    Also, StarTropics got mentioned. Nicely done.Edited July 2014 by SargeSmash
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  • Avatar for scarritt #24 scarritt 2 years ago
    This is great, definitely trying some of these.
    @jeremy.parish is Catherine Nguyen your wife? Regardless, I love her work on her website and in this article.
    @zenrain I'm also a fan of gaming with some cider. I'm only recently getting into cider, and I haven't found too many varieties yet, but I do prefer it over beer; I do enjoy Angry Orchard, though.
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  • Avatar for WeAreVenom #25 WeAreVenom 2 years ago
    Playing Hearthstone and drinking Pabst. That's about as clever as I'm willing to get.
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #26 cldmstrsn A year ago
    This is so awesome guys! I think ill try the Chrono Trigger End of Mai Time!
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  • Avatar for Toelkki #27 Toelkki A year ago
    Any recipes that don't include alcohol?
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  • Avatar for nimzy #28 nimzy A year ago
    Funny this article should pop up now -- I tried a Moscow Mule for the first time yesterday. It's like an aggressive limeade that will cool you off in the middle of a hot summer day.

    2 oz vodka
    1 lime
    ginger beer

    Fill a glass with ice. Chop that lime into quarters, squeeze three and drop 'em in a glass. Pour in the vodka, then top off with ginger beer. Then you put the last slice of lime on the rim. Pretty simple drink but oh so refreshing.
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  • Avatar for victorehunter #29 victorehunter A year ago
    Ctrl+F 'Boktai' - No results

    For shame!

    Awesome read though. Love hearing about your personal tastes outside of games.
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  • Avatar for Monkey-Tamer #30 Monkey-Tamer A year ago
    I like some straight bourbon with one ice cube to take the edge off usually. My brother bought me some Knob Creek smokey maple for my birthday. I call it Monkey Repellent because the simian says I stink when I'm drinking it.
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  • Avatar for RedStripe #31 RedStripe A year ago
    This article is a tad odd, to be honest. Call me a bitter cynic but themed drinks and the strange tendency for geeks to strong-arm video games into everything leaves me cold. There are many great cocktails out there, many with a wonderful story behind them, they don't need a sloppy gamer tie-in. If you want to get nerdy about alcohol you can spend your life on it without naming cocktails after your favourite franchises.

    I know you're usgamer not eurogamer, but I'm sure your audience is fairly wide and the initial premise of having to wait until adulthood to drink as an opening statement probably doesn't ring true for many readers, myself included. Really sorry guys, love you to pieces and I'm sure I'll get called out for a negative view on a light-hearted piece but this rubs me the wrong way. Let games be games and let everything else be everything else.
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  • Avatar for RedStripe #32 RedStripe A year ago
    @jeremy.parish The M.U.L.E. booze market price is outrageous these days.
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  • Avatar for jeremy.parish #33 jeremy.parish A year ago
    @RedStripe You're right, that's a pretty curmudgeonly response.
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  • Avatar for SimonGreedwell #34 SimonGreedwell A year ago
    The Bimmy's Cup is very, very funny.
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  • Avatar for BrianClark #35 BrianClark A year ago
    @Mega_Matt Speaking of Bob and Dark Souls, I'm surprised he didn't pair one with Dark Souls.

    Perhaps something like Guinness because it's dark? Too easy?

    Maybe Bud Light because it tastes like sadness and despair?
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  • Avatar for RedStripe #36 RedStripe A year ago
    @jeremy.parish Yeah ... sorry, not really the place for it. Nearly deleted it but felt I should at least stand by it.
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  • Avatar for MonkeyDSomething #37 MonkeyDSomething A year ago
    I was expecting some amateur cocktails with cheesy game associations (Goldeneye 007...white russian?), but, speaking as a fairly seasoned bartender, I have to tip my hat. These drinks are damn fine, and the connections are perfectly hilarious. Well done, team.
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  • Avatar for nimzy #38 nimzy 6 months ago
    I switched it up a bit this year and went over to the Dark and Stormy, a Moscow Mule made with dark rum instead of vodka.
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  • Avatar for Patrick-C #39 Patrick-C 6 months ago
    Well, this was as fun as hell.

    Another game/beer pairing idea: Guacamelee with Blue Moon's new (and surprisingly good) cinnamon horchata lager.
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  • Avatar for danquemeams #40 danquemeams 6 months ago
  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #41 cldmstrsn 6 months ago
    In the summer I love me some Gin, la croix lime and a little bit of limeade. I drink it so fast I forget their is alcohol in it and when im ready to go back out to do some yard work or play some Breath of Fire 3 (my current project in the ol' backlog) im a little bit drunk. Yay for summer!Edited July 2016 by cldmstrsn
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  • Avatar for Captain-Gonru #42 Captain-Gonru 6 months ago
    @nimzy To be fair, I think the D & S came first. So a Mule is a Stormy with vodka ;-)
    I only mention it because I was coming back to post my favorite, a Dark and Stormy while playing any version you like of Pirates! Because pirates and rum go together like chocolate and peanut butter.
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  • Avatar for Toelkki #43 Toelkki 6 months ago
    Came here to ask if there are any nonalcoholic options, then saw that I had asked the same question a year ago. Ah well, back to sipping Old Jamaica Diet Ginger Beer.
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