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'Game of Thrones'-themed cocktail menu at Junoon NYC adds The White Walker

Winter is here, and it’s bringing a White Walker cocktail with it.

It is the latest addition to a “Game of Thrones”-themed cocktail menu at Junoon NYC, a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in the Flatiron District.

Over the past 2 1/2 years, head mixologist Hemant Pathak has concocted a total of nine drinks that pull inspiration from the hit HBO show, which wraps up its seventh season this Sunday.

You can try them for yourself at Junoon's "Game of Thrones" finale viewing dinner party, or just drag your friends to the bar at 27 W. 24th St. (If you're buying them one at a time, they'll cost you between $15 and $17 each.)

May the drinks below bring you good fortune, however and whenever you imbibe them.

King's Landing

This reinvention of a classic whisky cocktail, the
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This reinvention of a classic whisky cocktail, the Rob Roy, combines scotch, an herbal Italian amaro and a spicy, sweet Italian vermouth. Bartenders finish off the drink with lemon essence and peel. It packs more of an alcoholic punch than most because, according to Pathak, "King's Landing is where everything started."

The capital of the Seven Kingdoms, "represented the prosperity and power" of Westeros, he added.

Greyjoy

The Greyjoy, Pathak said, combines
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The Greyjoy, Pathak said, combines "out-of-the-box ingredients" to capture the essence of Iron-born Theon Greyjoy, one "very weird" character whose behavior as both a captive and free man is decidedly erratic.

"Nobody knows what he's going to do next," Pathak said.

Gin, elderflower-flavored St. Germain and aged balsamic vinegar blend together to make a drink with floral notes and an unexpected cocktail onion garnish.

Lannister

Capturing the banner colors of a mighty clan
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Capturing the banner colors of a mighty clan that always pays its debts, Pathak's cocktail blends 8-year-old dark rum, Grand Marnier, Crème de cassis and a house-made puree of raspberries and dark chocolate.

"When you see a glass of Lannister in front of you, it tells you this is powerful in terms of flavors," the mixologist said.

Arya Stark

The younger Stark daughter's travels with the Hound
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The younger Stark daughter's travels with the Hound and her training with the Faceless Men have made her tough, but she's still beautiful, Pathak said.

"I tried to guide her aura and persona into this cocktail ... by making it more floral and look-wise very pretty," he added.

The gin drink gets its personality from Japanese plum wine, lemon juice and a house-made plum compote spiced with saffron, star anise and cinnamon. It's garnished with an edible flower that we can't actually imagine Arya wearing, but we'll allow Pathak some creative liberties.

Red Viper

Pathak's take on the classic Singapore Sling is
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Pathak's take on the classic Singapore Sling is named after Oberyn Martell, the hot-headed Dornish prince known for his sexual appetites and agility in battle. Flavors of Thai lemongrass and black peppercorn come through in a mixture of gin, the Danish liqueur Cherry Heering, orange and lemon juice, Aperol, orange juice and cinnamon-orange bitters. The finishing touches are a maraschino cherry and orange peel.

Littlefinger

Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger, is a
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Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger, is a "very complex character," Pathak noted. "He's a big politician, he can murder."

A complicated, duplicitous man deserves a complicated drink: with herbal flavors coming from the amaro and micro cilantro, citrus from grapefruit and lemon juice, and bitters, your taste buds won't quite know what snuck up on them.

But your eyes will recognize the long cucumber spiral as serpentine in shape, because Baelish is nothing if not a snake.

Jon Snow

The fifth season finale of
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The fifth season finale of "Game of Thrones" left the fate of Jon Snow up in the air.

That's why the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch deserved a "mysterious cocktail," Pathak said. His namesake cognac and scotch drink features flavors of vanilla, white chocolate and bitters. It's served with spiced smoke trapped beneath a coaster.

"That smoke is a mystery," the mixologist said. "And inside the glass is a cherry."

Mother of Dragons

The spicy Junoon masala syrup in this Sazerac-remix
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The spicy Junoon masala syrup in this Sazerac-remix named for Daenerys Targaryen -- "that's the power of a dragon, of Khaleesi for me," Pathak said. The garnish is a grapefruit peel in the shape of one of the queen's three fire-breathing beasts.

White Walker

The most popular item on Junoon's
Photo Credit: Hemant Pathak

The most popular item on Junoon's "Game of Thrones" menu right now, Pathak described the new White Walker as a challenge to create.

Essentially a whiskey sour made with Dewar's 12-year-old scotch whiskey, the $17 cocktail gets its intense bite from a rye and turmeric infusion and its fluffy top from a whipped egg white. Bartenders imprint the face of the enemy beyond the Wall on top by spraying Angostura bitters through a stencil. Two drops of blue-orange liqueur make the White Walker's piercing eyes.

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