The Hunger Games Cocktails

The highly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling YA series The Hunger Games opens today to much fanfare. It’s already grossed millions in pre-sale tickets alone.

I was sent these cocktail recipes and, as a fan of the books, thought they were pretty clever. If you’re heading to the theaters this weekend or even if you’re just at home paying tribute – get it, tribute – here are some delightfully decadent cocktails worthy of both fans and Capitol-residents to get you in the mood the the Games.

Haymitch’s Hooch


2 oz Silver Tequila

1/2 oz Blanc Vermouth

1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth

1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 oz Italian Amaro

3 oz Ginger Ale

Mint for Garnish


Combine tequila, blanc vermouth, sweet vermouth, lemon juice and Italian Amaro in a highball glass. Mix well. Fill glass to brim with ice. Top with ginger ale and stir gently with a bar spoon. Garnish with mint.

Girl on Fire


1 oz Tequila

1/2 oz Spiced Orange Syrup*

1/2 Lime Juice

2 dashes Classic Bitters

2 oz Brut Champagne


Combine tequila, syrup, lime juice and bitters in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled champagne flute. Garnish with orange twist.

*Spiced Orange Syrup


Zest of 1 Orange

10 to 12 Whole Cloves

1 heaping tablespoon Whole Allspice

3/4 cup water

1 1/2 cup Cane Sugar


Place all ingredients in saucepan over medium heat. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved (approximately 5 minutes). Strain. Discard zest and spices. Refrigerate syrup.

Katniss Everdeen’s Ever After


4 oz Jalapeño-Infused Silver Tequila

3 oz Fresh-Squeezed Blood Orange Juice

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

2 oz Orange Liqueur


In a cocktail shaker, combine jalapeño-infused silver tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice and Cointreau. Fill with ice, shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a blood orange peel.

*Jalapeño-Infused tequila

To make jalapeño infusion, slice up a fresh jalapeño pepper and allow it to steep in 1 cup of silver tequila for 2 hours. Taste to check the heat level, and continue to steep if a stronger infusion is desired. Once infusing process is complete, remove the slices by pouring the mixture through a mess strainer.

Just to be fair, we should add that we were sent these recipes by a liquor rep. and that these recipes were created to go with Camarena Silver Tequila and Camarena Reposado Tequila (Girl on Fire). Whatever the case, they still sound yummy.

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