Complete Game Night: Dead of Winter

It was a dark and wintry night...

Welcome to the Killer Moose second Complete Game Night! We’ve been playing a lot of Plaid Hat’s Dead of Winter since the snows finally hit Ohio. You can even watch our playthrough here. Because nothing makes the bitter cold of a midwest winter more fun than the undead. We’ve come up with a few things to keep you warm and maybe burn off some of that zombie infection. 


Forest Plum’s Moonshine Cocktail

IMG_1163What you will need:

2 oz moonshine

1 oz blood orange liqueur

.5 oz homemade grenadine (i.e. pomegranate syrup!)

.5 oz lime juice

Pour ingredients into shaker with ice.

Shake and strain.


Homemade grenadine recipe: In a saucepan heat equal parts 100% pomegranate juice and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Let it cool completely. Add deliciousness to cocktails.


Roberta Plum’s Moonshine Cocktail

IMG_1207What you will need:

2 oz moonshine

1 oz blood orange liqueur

.5 oz simple syrup

.5 oz lemon juice

Pour ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake and strain.

If you would also like to make your own simple syrup: In a saucepan heat equal parts sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let it cool completely.

Note for deciding how much syrup to make: homemade syrups last about a month if sealed in a glass bottle and refrigerated. So you can either make it by the cocktail (tblspns at a time), or make it by the cup and have extra!

Forest Plum’s Cocktail
Roberta Plum’s Cocktail








Ah! Good. Now that the moonshine is warming you up, it’s time for a hardy chili to soak up that alcohol. We had fun working out a Dead of Winter style chili for you — as such it’s made from canned things and items we argued about being able to scavenge in a post-apocalyptic world1.


Loretta Clay’s Chili

What you will need:

1 can black beans

2 cans red beans

1 can pinto beans

2 cans chopped tomatoes

1 lb. lean ground pork

3 small onions

1 cup mushrooms (chopped)

cumin and chili powder to taste

salt and pepper to taste

You can do this one in a dutch oven, a slow cooker or a regular pot. We’re using the dutch oven!


  1. Brown the pork — add some starter spices.
  2. Rough chop onions and mushrooms. Remove meat and saute onions and mushrooms in the meat juices (technical term). Throw in a bit more seasoning.
  3. Return the meat to the pot. Add all beans and tomatoes.
  4. More seasoning!
  5. Cover and let simmer (2 or so hours for the dutch oven, about the same for the regular pot. 4 – 5 hours for the slow cooker on high and 8-10 low).
  6. Enjoy with a bit of bread and the comfort that there aren’t actually zombies out there. Yet.
We went w/ Russian Black Bread. It’s pumpernickel rye w/ onions and sesame seeds. We were very excited about it.


So for this we use a sound machine. White Noise to be exact. This app is a lot of fun for boardgames in general. Depending on your personality you may get sucked into arranging the levels of a bunch of different sounds — which is fun, but adds to your setup. 

We’ve also used the soundtrack to The Thing with great effect.2

Warm-Up Suggestions:

Toc-Toc Woodman — You can all pretend to be Kodiak Colby in better days. To be fair, there’s probably an argument to be made for this as the ultimate opener. It’s simple and funny. Enjoy!


Here’s a condensed version:

The Game: Dead of Winter

The Food: Loretta Clay’s Chili

The Drink: Forest Plum’s Moonshine Cocktail & Roberta Plum’s Moonshine Cocktail

The Background Music: White Noise app or the The Thing soundtrack

Suggested other games: Toc-Toc Woodman


  1. Hanna fought for the onions. They totally keep well.
  2. Courtesy of Ray Rozman’s suggestion.