LTA Happy Hour: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

The Fire & Blood and Dragon Eye cocktails

Winter is here. Well, maybe not at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. But winter has come in HBO’s Game of Thrones, and to celebrate the season premiere (July 16), the hotel is hosting a viewing party at its Koi Bar. Festivities include a green screen for guests to envision themselves as the king or queen, canapés, and themed cocktails.

The Game of Thrones-inspired drinks include:

Fire & Blood

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  • 1.5 oz. Etiqueta Negra Whiskey
  • 1 oz. guava puree
  • 1 oz. ginger syrup with royal lemon peel
  • touch of red wine

Garnish: Lime twist with cuts simulating a dragon skin and sprig of rosemary
Method: Combine puree, syrup and whiskey in a glass then top with red wine.

Dragon Eye

  • 2 oz. Don Julio 70
  • 1 oz. passion fruit puree
  • 1 oz. agave syrup
  • 1 tsp. lime juice

Garnish: Rim of Tajín and a slice of royal lemon carved into a dragon crest
Method: Combine all ingredients in shaker and pour over ice

Themed bites for the evening include: Dracarys (High Valyrian for "Dragonfire"), a crab salad topped with a cream cheese rolled in caviar dressed with Sriracha; and Song of Ice & Fire, seared red tuna topped a seaweed nori ice cream ball.

Koi opened last year after a $600,000 renovation of the space with a 26-by-26 foot projector screen, marble bar, and a DJ and karaoke at night. The bar also has its own extensive martini menu.

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