Game of Thrones Series – Bronn- Dark and Stormy Cupcakes – Ginger Beer, Black Strap Rum and Lime

Dark and Stormy Cupcakes - Ginger Beer, Blackstrap Rum & Lime by Booze, Sugar & Spice

Welcome to the 7th installment of my 10-part Game of Thrones – Cupcakes & Cocktails Series!  After this, only three more GoT themed cupcakes left.  I might need a mourning period after this series is complete.


I will be discussing events, plot twists and characters from the books and TV show in my posts.  However, I will keep everything limited to the end of Season 3.  No Season 4 characters or plot points will be revealed.  Pinky swear.  So, if you haven’t kept up with the book or the series….sorry!

Today’s cocktail & cupcake combination is dedicated to Bronn played wonderfully by Jerome Flynn.  Bronn is a fierce and skilled sell-sword who volunteered to be Tyrion Lannister’s champion in Lisa Arryn’s trial by combat.  He then became Tyrion’s personal bodyguard, sidekick, Commander of the City Watch and a Knight.  Although he likes to remind Tyrion,


there is a true friendship between the two.  The banter between Tyrion and Bronn is hysterical.  Let’s be honest, if you’re a true GoT fan, you’d watch “The Bronn & Tyrion Show” all day and twice on Sunday.  Bronn never ceases to provide common sense advice to those above his station.


He also is surprisingly helpful in the laundry/stain removal department.


Basically, Bronn says what he wants, when he wants, to whomever he wants and has the brawn to back it up.  My favorite description of Bronn comes from the first book in the series:

” He was near a shadow himself; bone thin and bone hard, with black eyes and black hair and a stubble of beard.”  – George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones

Finding a cocktail suitable for this character was easy.  The classic Dark and Stormy made with ginger beer, blackstrap molasses rum and lime.

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

  • 2 ounces blackstrap molasses rum
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice

Pour over ice into a tall glass.  Pretend you’re a sell-sword.  Swashbuckle. Be sassy.

PicMonkey Collage

The resemblance is uncanny, no?

Dark and Stormy Cupcakes (adapted from Cupcake Project)

Makes 12 cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup ginger beer
  • 1/4 cup black strap molasses rum
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons Homemade Soda Company’s Ginger Beer Extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup additional black strap molasses rum (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Line muffin tin with 12 liners.  Whisk together ginger beer, rum and vinegar, set aside.  In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and baking powder.  Add sugar, oil and extract to root beer-vinegar mixture and whisk until sugar is dissolved.  Blend in the flour mixture until just combined.  Fill liners ¾ way full and bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Brush each cupcake with additional rum (optional).  Immediately remove from pans to a wire rack to cool.


Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lime zest
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • Candied Ginger (optional)
  • 1/4 cup black strap molasses rum (optional)

Beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Mix in lime juice and zest.  Mix in 2 cups powdered sugar.  If needed, add in remaining powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until desired sweetness is reached.  Frost cooled cupcakes.  Garnish with candied ginger and drizzle with additional rum, if desired.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the cocktail.  The components separately worked for me.  Ginger beer is a less sweet version of ginger ale.  Blackstrap molasses rum has notes of molasses and coffee.  All finished off with bright, fresh lime juice.  Unfortunately, I found the combination bitter.  I was worried I had made a mistake and the cupcake would be terrible.  Not even remotely true!

single with leather

The cupcake invokes all of the wonderful flavors of the ginger beer, rum and lime with just the perfect amount of sweetness.  It has a wonderful texture which is both moist but light and fluffy, as well.  I’ll pass on the cocktail, but pass me the cupcake!


This time I remembered a “bite” shot!

Until next time stick a cupcake in your cakehole!

xoxo PJ

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16 thoughts on “Game of Thrones Series – Bronn- Dark and Stormy Cupcakes – Ginger Beer, Black Strap Rum and Lime

  1. At last some ingredients I am familiar with. Bundaberg ginger beer is/was a great favourite in our house :-) Nowadays I make my own version using kefir grains and have a pro-biotic ginger and lemon flavoured fizzy drink :-) Naughty and nice at the same time!

    I like Bronn – I also like the way Mr Martin makes up new descriptors that make perfect sense, that’s a real talent right there!

    I was thinking the cocktail sounded quite nice, but then you said it didn’t work for you…… I love a Russian Mule [vodka, Ginger Beer and lime juice] have you tried that one?

    The header photo is perfection! And you have your very own sword!! The icing [frosting] has lines and shadows that reflect the lines and shadows of Bronn’s face – you are an artiste!! :-)

  2. Another winner! One of the many great things about GoT is not just the fantastic main characters, but all the funny, and interesting supporting characters.

  3. “Pour over ice into a tall glass. Pretend you’re a sell-sword. Swashbuckle. Be sassy.”
    I am going to do that every time I make a drink. Doesn’t matter what it is. I will swashbuckle and be sassy over my tea, coffee, squash, cocktail, hot milk, beer, anything.
    And those cocktails have brought me out in a sweat. I think you may be the most perfect cupcake creater I have ever encountered.

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