Gotta drink 'em all! Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres Cocktails for Your Pokemon GO team

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#146 Moltres

Team Valor knows the value of a hard day's work. They are strong, motivated, and fiery of spirit -- just like the bird that represents them. Inspired by these values, we've created the Moltres cocktail for Team Valor. The drink requires some elbow grease, but the payoff will be more than worth it in the end.

To begin, make some cinnamon simple syrup. If you've made the Ninetales, you know how to do this already, but for those of you who haven't, it's very easy. Just plop equal parts water and sugar in a pot, and put it on low heat. Once all the sugar dissolves, add 2 cinnamon sticks and reduce the mixture until it becomes thick and takes on a deep cinnamon color.

After that, you're going to cut a ripe peach into slices, and peel a piece of ginger about the size of your thumb. Put about half of the peach slices into a glass with the ginger, and add a few shakes of cayenne pepper (and possibly sugar) to taste.

Then, using a muddler, prove that you're worthy of Team Valor by crushing the flesh of the peach and ginger together with the cayenne pepper. Don't half-ass this. There should be no large pieces of peach or ginger left after you're done muddling. Sure, you could always use the blender, but Team Valor is too proud to rely on the help of a machine like that. Once you're done, fill the glass about halfway with soda water and stir gently.

Now's the fun part. Fill a shot glass about half-way with your cinnamon simple syrup, and then carefully fill the rest of it with any 151-proof rum, so that the rum is lying atop the syrup. Be sure that you don't overfill this shot, and that there's no rum on your table, because we're about to use Fire Blast on this drink.

Now's the time where I tell you that if you've never lit a shot aflame before, don't try this drink. Or at least, have a fire extinguisher ready. Before you ready your match, wipe your table down with a damp rag to ensure that there's absolutely no alcohol there, then carefully wipe the outside of the shot glass as well. Once you're sure you won't burn your house down, light a match and then bring it to the top of your shot glass. The rum will ignite. Don't freak out, it's supposed to do that. Now simply wait for a bit. You want to burn off some of the alcohol, and ideally give the cinnamon simple syrup a bit of burnt flavor.

Then, all that's left is to drop the Fire Blast into the drink.

Stir, and enjoy. You worked hard for this cocktail, and you'll be rewarded with a complex, spicy-sweet cocktail full of freshness and intrigue. Enjoy it.

TL;DR VERSION

In a tall glass, muddle half the flesh of a ripe peach with a thumb-sized piece of ginger and cayenne pepper to taste Fill the glass about halfway full with soda water. Then, prepare the Fire Blast by filling a shot glass about halfway full with cinnamon simple syrup, layering 151-proof rum atop it. Light the Fire Blast aflame, and drop it into the drink. Stir to incorporate the cinnamon simple syrup into the drink and enjoy.

Have you enjoyed our cocktails so far? Let us know your favorites in the comments! We've got much more in store for you guys, so be sure to check out the constantly updating National Drinkedex for a complete list of all of our Pokemon cocktails so far.

Published Aug. 19th 2016
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