Magic the Gathering Planeswalker Cocktails

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This year Magic the Gathering is celebrating 25 years. That’s 25 years of drafting, deck building, and planeswalking across the multiverse.

To commemorate this special year, The Nifty Nerd has partnered up with the podcast team at  Dragons, Sexy Robots and Adventures: A Nerd Manual. My husband, Ron, and I put together 5 different planeswalker cocktails for players to sip on while enjoying their favorite Magic the Gathering format. Co-hosts Claire and Kyle, producer James, and their friend Nikita enjoyed the cocktails while participating in a celebratory 25 year draft on their podcast.

Dragons, Sexy Robots and Adventures: A Nerd Manual podcast team members doing a Magic the Gathering draft
(Left, moving clockwise) Claire, James, Nikita, and Kyle doing an MtG draft and enjoying Chandra's Fireball Old Fashions.

Dragons, Sexy Robots and Adventures: A Nerd Manual’ is a podcast that researches and discusses the history and production behind nerd creations. Nerd culture is so prevalent now but very few people know the history of where it comes from and what goes into developing it. We want to shed more light on these things so that people can better appreciate and enjoy their favorite fandoms.

Our Magic the Gathering podcast [which goes live Monday, July 16th] will talk about the History of Card Games and how/why Wizards of the Coast developed MtG.

Our podcast can be downloaded on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or on our website at and we can can be found on twitter @dsrapodcast.

-Claire, DSRA Podcast

The 5 cocktails Ron and I  put together have a 2-fold purpose. 1. Each cocktail embodies the essence of a different, well-known planeswalker; Jace, Garruk, Elspeth, Chandra, and Liliana. 2. We created a variety of different cocktail types to hopefully hit everyone’s flavor palate with at least one drink. We hope you enjoy, and cheers to 25 years of MtG…it is, after all, how my husband and I met!

Garruk’s Wild Crasher


  • 2-ounces ginger beer
  • Mint leaves
  • 2-ounces vodka
  • Splash of fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1-ounce Suja Juice (or substitute with V8 Healthy Greens juice)

Directions: Muddle the mint leaves in a copper cup, fill your cup with ice, then add all the other ingredients and stir together.

Garruk's Wild Crasher

Chandra’s Fireball Old Fashioned


  • 2-ounces Fireball whiskey
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon of sugar
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Ice

Directions: Add all ingredients to a highball glass with ice, garnish with an orange wedge and cherries.

Chandra's Fireball Old Fashioned

Elspeth’s Shining Light


  • 1-oz vanilla vodka
  • Cherry 7-Up
  • Slice of lime
  • Ice

Directions: Fill a short glass with ice and poor all ingredients into it, then stir gently.

Elspeth's Shining Light

Liliana’s Death Potion


  • 1-ounce Jägermeister
  • 1-ounce vodka
  • 1-ounce coffee liqueur
  • 2 drops grenadine
  • Ice
  • Dry ice (optional)*

Directions: Add a small piece of dry ice to the bottom of  a martini glass. Combine the rest of your ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake with ice, strain and poor into the martini glass.

*Remember to never touch dry ice with your bare skin and never directly consume it.

Liliana's Death Potion

Jace’s Mind Melder


  • 1.5 oz tequila blanco
  • .5 oz blue curacao
  • .75 oz blueberry syrup*
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • Ice
Directions: Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker, poor into a highball glass on the rocks, garnish with blueberries.
*Blueberry syrup
  • .5 cups water
  • .5 cups sugar
  • .5 cups blueberries
Bring ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool, then strain out blueberries.
Jace's Mind Melder
Kyle from DSRA Podcast participating in a MtG draft
Kyle deciding his plan of attack.
James playing Magic the Gathering
James declaring blockers.

We don’t currently own a lot of fancy cocktail glasses, so I used what we had on hand…although I was sad to serve the martini and margarita in not martini and margarita glasses. 🙂 Since I didn’t have a short glass for Elspeth, I just doubled the vodka to keep the ingredients balanced.

So, who’s your favorite planeswalker? What is/are your favorite Magic color(s) to play with? Let me know in the comment below.

Personally, it’s hard to pick a favorite planeswalker, but I did create an Elspeth cosplay. As for colors, I’m very much a Mardu player. I love the combination of red, white, and black and what each offers for an excellent balance of both threats and answers.

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  • Julie Pospeck

    I want to try Elsbeth,sounds refreshing.Great Summer cocktails to go along with Magic play.

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      We can arrange for this to happen 😉

  • Mija

    Very creative!!!! Love this idea!!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy.

  • Pepi

    OMG!!! This post is gold!! And those cocktails!!! I want to give them a try!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Thanks Pepi. Give them a taste and let me know which is your favorite.

  • Steve

    What would be your suggestions for multicolor walkers. For example, Sorin (my wife’s favorite) or Narset (mine) and Nicky B

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Ooo, I love it. Give me a couple days to mull this over and I will get back with some options.

      • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

        Okay, here we go! 2 colors isn’t so bad, but 3 starts to get tricky 😉
        For Sorin I would recommend:
        1 ounce coffee liqueur (OR 1.5 ounces chocolate liqueur)
        IF you went with coffee, then .5 ounce amaretto
        1 ounce vanilla vodka
        1.5-2 ounce half-and-half, chilled

        For Narset (going a little different here):
        1 ounce Blue Curacao
        1.5 ounces gin
        .75 ounce fresh lime juice
        1 egg white
        Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously for 2 minutes before pouring into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

        For NB:
        Mix 1 part citrus vodka and 2 parts lemon soda in a cocktail shaker with ice and set aside.
        In a tall glass, add 1 part grenadine.
        Fill the glass with crushed ice and strain the vodka soda mixture over the back of spoon, followed by 1 part Blue Curacao.
        Garnish with blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
        When put together, you should have a red layer on the bottom, a blue layer on the top, and the middle where they meet should mix slightly to create a deep purple (almost black) layer.

  • Devin Decker

    What about Nicol bolas

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Hi Devin. See my comment above, 3rd drink “For NB” …that’s supposed to be short for the big guy, Nicol Bolas 🙂

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