10 TV Shows and the Cocktails You Should Pair With Them

Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a trend: TV watching has become a more social activity — and we don’t just mean Twitter freaks out every time something major happens on Breaking Bad. For instance, ever since Sunday became the night AMC and HBO battle to the death for Quality Television supremacy, we’ve hosted small weekly viewing parties. Recently, we’ve also taken to mixing drinks inspired by the shows we’re watching. (Go ahead, call us geeks. It wouldn’t be the first time.) Because True Blood is a whole lot more fun when you’re trashed, and you need an excuse to make the most elaborate Jell-O shots of all time, we’ve paired some of our favorite shows with complementary cocktails, after the jump. No, we didn’t include Mad Men, because that would have been too easy and utterly redundant.

True Blood

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

3 strawberries (de-stemmed)
5 basil leaves
1.5 oz. vodka
1 oz. pureed strawberries
Fill (approximately 4 oz.) with lemonade

We discovered this one entirely by mistake — after whipping up a batch of these (adapted from this theKitchn recipe) in anticipation of True Blood night, we realized that the pureed strawberries turned the drink red enough to resemble the show’s titular bloody beverage. The basil doesn’t exactly add to the verisimilitude, but it’s too refreshing to leave out.