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Pokémon GO Team Cocktails

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There comes a time in every aspiring Pokémon master’s life when he or she reaches level five in Pokémon GO and must swear allegiance to a team. This is not a decision to be taken lightly. In fact, this decision could alter the course of the rest of one’s entire (virtual) life. 

For those of you teetering on the edge of level four, worried about the choice you are about to face, allow us to help. Make each of these Pokémon GO teams-themed cocktails, try them and pick your favorite one—that’s your alliance. Think of it like a boozy Sorting Hat.

If you’ve already chosen your team, represent your squad loud and proud with your team’s signature cocktail.

Team Mystic, led by captain Blanche, relies on logic, research and analysis. So we used our brains to come up with the perfect cocktail: Inspired by Articuno—the legendary ice bird and Team Mystic’s mascot—we made a blue, mezcal-spiked slushy in a frosted glass. It’s icy cool and level headed, with blue curaçao and a squirt of lime to balance out the smoky bite of the mezcal, and it's garnished with an orange twist shaped like a wing, a nod to the legendary bird. While the alleged discovery of Articuno in Pokémon GO may or may not be legitimate, you won’t have to surf and strength your way through the Seafoam Islands to get your hand on the Mystic Blue.

The Essentials

Mezcal
Lime Juice
Blue Curaçao
If Team Mystic is the brains of Pokémon GO, Team Valor is the brawn. Led by Candela, the members of Team Valor focus on their Pokémons’ pure, physical strength. Their mascot is Moltres, the legendary bird of fire, so we conjured up a smoldering red cocktail made with Campari, ginger liqueur, white rum and Angostura bitters, and lit it on fire. (Be very careful when lighting this drink, and please, for the love of Charmander, extinguish the flame before you drink it.) The Valor Red is not so much a cocktail as a torch lighting the path to victory.

The Essentials

Campari
Rum
Ginger Liqueur
Team Instinct is the black sheep of the Pokémon GO teams. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; it just means that the select few who have joined team captain Spark’s movement are all the more committed to following their gut instinct. With Zapdos, the legendary bird of electricity, as their mascot, Team Instinct’s cocktail electrifies. Made with a base of gold rum, sweetened with pineapple juice, sharpened with chartreuse and garnished with a lightning bolt lemon peel, the Instinct Yellow is the perfect, zingy drink for those scarce intuitive individuals. If you really want to up the shock value of the drink, lightly rim the glass with crushed Warheads or Pop Rocks to deliver a surge of electricity with every sip.

The Essentials

Rum
Pineapple Juice
Chartreuse

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