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Greg’s Cheers to Gaming: Breathe in the Drink

/ Mar 17th, 2017 No Comments

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Throughout time, man has pondered ways to make videogames more enjoyable. Like most things, alcohol was the answer. Greg’s Cheers to Gaming is a series of pieces in which editor Greg Johnson combines gaming with alcohol to make an even more interesting game.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which released alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3, was rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB, most importantly because of the “use of alcohol” in the game. So, seeing as Zelda is finally endorsing drinking, we figured we should toast that decision.

Thus, if you want to embrace the new alcoholic nature of Link in Breath of the Wild, you can play this Zelda-inspired drinking game, Breathe in the Drink.

It’s a Wide, Wide, Wide World

In Breath of the Wild, the kingdom of Hyrule has been laid to waste by Calamity Ganon, the latest incarnation of his heinous highness, and only Link can stop him.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Epona got fat and hairy.

The gameplay is entirely open world, with players able to complete quests in any order they chose, and even attempt to fight Ganon from the get-go.

Collecting materials, hunting down unique enemies and, of course, saving a few travelers is all just a part of the adventure, and the sheer amount of things to do is utterly overwhelming. But it’s even more awe-inspiring when you’re enjoying an alcoholic beverage.

Elixirs and Potions

Like Breath of the Wild, this Zelda drinking game has its own unique choice: what to drink. If you really want to feel like you’re in Hyrule, here are a few items you should collect to craft the perfect elixirs:

The Great Calamity

  • 1/2 bourbon or tequila
  • 1/4 grape juice or pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 light or dark rum
  • Splash of lemon or lime
  • Mix in cherry chocolate sauce to flavor

Link: Hero of Time

  • 1/4 blue curaçao
  • 1/2 Kool-Aid Blue Raspberry Lemonade or Kool-Aid Cherry
  • 1/4 vodka or gin
  • Top with thin layer of Goldschläger

The Wilds of Hyrule

  • 1/4 of randomly selected soda mixer
  • 1/4 of randomly selected liquor
  • 1/2 Washington’s Revolution Spirit (Note: This is a hemp infused liquor)
  • Mix well — very, very well.

Noble Pursuit

  • 1/2 Malibu coconut rum
  • 1/4 fig juice
  • 1/4 pomegranate juice
  • Lots and lots of ice

As for food pairings, live off the land with fruits and berries. The more earthy the meal, the better.

Of course, if stomaching the greens of the Earth isn’t your style, cooking a big, juicy steak is always a suitable alternative. Just make sure to season with naturally occurring spices; nothing fancy.

The Law of the Wild

So, now that you’ve supplemented your trip to Hyrule with some libations, you need to know the rules of Breathe in the Drink.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The party HAS ARRIVED!

First of all, drinking games are meant to be played with friends, so gather up some of your Zelda-loving buddies for this game. When playing, all of the players will take turns.

Now, on to the drinking! Players drink in these situations:

  • Whenever a shrine is found, take a drink or force another player to.
  • Whenever a shrine is completed, take a shot or force another player to.
  • While “shieldboarding” (snowboarding with a shield), all players must
    continuously drink until the end of the run.
  • All players must take a drink everytime a Guardian laser shot is successfully deflected.
  • Whenever a Korok Seed is found, choose two players to take a shot or a drink.
  • If you beat Calamity Ganon, everyone must finish their drink.
  • If you encounter any of the Great Fairies, every player must shout “Kooloo-Limpah!” (ala Tingle the “fairy”). The last player to shout it must drink. The other players choose what the loser must drink.

This game is as open as Breath of the Wild’s world, so feel free to add your own rules or completely play by your own.

The Calamity of Sobriety

Breath of the Wild is an impressive open-world game that encourages exploration and imagination. There’s always more than one way to solve a puzzle or defeat an enemy. That’s why it is so fun to bask in the beauty of the game with some alcoholic spirits.

The game embraces enjoying the journey, so drink responsibility so you can remember the gorgeous views and compelling moments you encounter. Remember to occasionally take a breath from your drink while you breathe in the wild.


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.

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