Spawns of Chaos: living proof that too much of a good thing can be bad for you. We’re bringing this monstrosity from Warhammer to life with a combo of rum, vodka, amaro and sweet red vermouth.
- 1/2 oz rum
- 1/2 oz vodka
- 1 oz sweet red vermouth
- 1 oz amaro
- 2 dashes orange bitters
Add all ingredients to an old fashioned glass over ice. Stir briefly to chill. Serve!
“Teeth. Teeth is what I remember. I know there was more in that nightmare, but it’s the teeth without mouths, heads without eyes, tongues without throats… that’s what I remember, boy.”— Sergeant Ulrich Blachentropp of the 5th Averlander Greatswords, speaking to a curious urchin asking about his missing legs.
There’s a lot of body horror in Warhammer—especially when you start delving into the grimdark of 40k—but the Chaos Spawn is in a league of its own.
Whenever one of these gibbering, quivering, sticky-looking monstrosities clamber onto the field, only one thing is really certain: carnage. A lot of it. On both sides. There is no sanity left in these insane hunks of ever-changing, ever-moulding flesh, so don’t expect them to be able to tell friend from foe.
Despite that, they still have their uses for the forces of Chaos, and they’ve appeared in many Warhammer games.
In Vermintide 2, for example, they act as a replacement for the Rat Ogre. In Warhammer Total War, they are fielded as anti-infantry shock troops. On the tabletop, they are big heavy bruisers with a stack of wounds that require a whole army to take down.
In creating this drink, it was important to build a beverage that was both extraordinarily unusual but still palatable, in order to reflect the combination of combat effectiveness and utter horror that the Spawns of Chaos embody.
The trick is in the choice of amaro. I like to use Okar in this one. It’s an Australian amaro that is infused with a heap of native Aussie herbs and spices. The result is a bitter, fruity drink that has a certain “fugginess” to it which matches up well with the “weird but effective” Spawn of Chaos.
If you can’t get a hold of that, feel free to use something like Campari instead—it’ll still work.
Here’s to Chaos!
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