The Spawn Lounge Project In Depth: Dragonblade
The Spawn Lounge Project is back, here to share with you our secret for a balanced soul! A steady blade, you say? Well, yes, or one of our delicious Overwatch-themed cocktails, which you can make at home by following the original recipe and its alcohol-free version we’re about to unveil! And if your warrior spirit burns so much that you want more of our recipes, check them out here on Omnic Post. Also, don’t forget to drop us a follow on Instagram if you’re not following us already – many more cocktails and drinks are there waiting for you!
This week’s cocktail was inspired by everyone’s favorite cyborg-ninja, Genji. Much like the young Sparrow, this drink is quite the rebel, cutting through tradition with an unusual and unique twist, while still being rooted into it.
When designing the drink based off Genji, we wanted to keep walking the path of bringing innovation into tradition, much as we did with the Dragonstrike, our Hanzo-inspired cocktail. This time, we modernized the traditional, solemn taste of warm sake by adding midori, a green Japanese melon liquor. In the video below, you can see the green flux slithering though the sake, originating directly from the sword – that is to say, the straw!
As an addition to this delicate balance of taste, we decided to use a blade of fresh ginger for a refreshing and lively note. But that’s also an inside-reference to our own work! As you might know if you follow us on Instagram, one of the main flavors of our Zenyatta-inspired cocktail The Orbs is ginger – since Zenyatta has been a key figure in shaping the cyborg’s character and personality as we know him today, we decided to include ginger in Genji’s cocktail as a sort of trace of and tribute to the omnic monk’s influence in his life.
Now, are you finally ready to tackle this recipe? Show us what you can really do, hajime!
- Fresh ginger
- A green straw
- Ice tray
Since the concept behind our designs of Hanzo’s and Genji’s drinks is the same, the recipes and procedures for these cocktails are pretty similar, apart from the connotative liquor. As for the Dragonstrike, the Dragonblade is best served in a clear sake cup, but a small glass will do just fine if you don’t have one.
You will need to start with the preparation several hours before serving. First of all, cut a green straw into smaller sections. Put water in the ice stray, then put a piece of straw in the water of a single cube, making sure it will stay vertical while the ice forms. The ice cube will need to create some kind of cap and block the bottom hole of the straw – this will keep any liquid inside the straw from flowing out, at least until the ice melts. Make sure that the ice is fully formed and there is no dripping before using this “sword”, otherwise the trick just won’t work!
Right before serving the drink, heat up the sake. While it gets warm, grab some fresh ginger and cut a long and thin slice, then place it in the cup. Grab a syringe and pour some Midori in the straw, then carefully remove the ice cube from the tray, pour the sake in the cup, and serve. Remember to keep the arrows and the drink separated – don’t put them in the sake until it’s actually time to drink it! Before drinking it, gently stir the sake with the sword-straw you created: the ice cube mounted on it will quickly melt, and the green Midori dragon will be released!
- Tonic water
- Fresh melon
- Green food coloring
- Fresh ginger
- A green straw
- Ice tray
Again, sake has a very peculiar flavor which is hard to replace, but you might be able to get a hint of its slightly bitter taste by using tonic water as a base for the cocktail. The melon-y taste of Midori can be achieved with a cold infusion of melon. Chop some melon down to chunks, then sink it in the tonic water and let it rest overnight. The water should get the right delicate hint of the melon-y flavor you need for this recipe!
Now that you have the substitute for the sake, just follow the original recipe and serve as described. To make the alcohol-free arrow-straws you can use water and green food coloring instead of Midori. You won’t need much colored water, so only a couple of drops of food coloring in a few tablespoons of water will do. Just make sure to get a nice and vibrant green color!
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