So you’ve been waiting how long for your Hogwarts letter?
Odds are you’re reading this because you’re pretty sure you’re a Muggle, doomed to wander the boring, non-magical world forever. The good news is: You can at least pretend you’re a wizard after a few cocktails. Turn to Page 394 in your Potions textbook, and put together some awesome drinks for you and your wannabe Mudblood friends.
1. Blood of a Unicorn
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If you’re an undead sorcerer living on the back of a professor’s head, this is the drink for you. Or if you’re just a wizard girl (or boy) living in a Muggle world, drink this concoction to help you feel a little closer to Hogwarts. If you start talking to centaurs though, you should probably stop.
Serves 1 (sorry friends)
1.5 oz silver tequila
1.5 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 oz lemon juice
Mix and shake in a cocktail shaker for 20 seconds. Strain into a cauldron, mug, or wizard’s hat.
2. Felix Felicis
"Brewed correctly the drinker of this potion will be lucky in all their endeavours, but be warned…excessive consumption is highly toxic and can cause extreme recklessness." — Zygmunt Budge, 16th century potioneer
This fizzy version of Felix is sure to boost your confidence levels on and off the Quidditch field.
To make simple syrup, just heat equal parts sugar and water until fully dissolved, then cool.
1/4 oz simple syrup
1/4 oz lemon juice
1.5 oz ginger beer
Champagne Style Cider e.g. Gospel Green Cyder (750ml)
Mix simple syrup and lemon juice in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add ginger beer and fill with Champagne.
3. Polyjuice Potion
"The blood of a unicorn will keep you alive, even if you are an inch from death, but at a terrible price. You have slain something pure and defenseless to save yourself, and you will have but a half-life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips." — Firenze the Centaur
We’re all familiar with alcohol making us into somebody entirely different, right? Well, now at least you can have an excuse. If you want to be a total weirdo, pluck someone’s hair and add to this recipe. This may be non-cider but we had to include it as it is just too good!
Serves 1 (drinking alone again, I see)
1.5 oz gin
1.5 oz fresh-pressed green juice (veggies with pineapple blended)
1 oz green Chartreuse
½ oz lime juice
Hair of your cat (just kidding, please don’t)
Shake that gin and juice (yeah) and Chartreuse with ice. Strain into a glass (or flask like Mad Eye Moody), and top with a spritz of soda.
The thing you most envy about Hogwarts students: Butterbeer. Or is that just me? Take a little trip to Hogsmeade, and get a warm butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks just by making this delicious concoction in the comfort of your own home.
Serves 6-8 (finally, you have friends. Your mother was getting worried.)
6-8 tablespoons butterscotch sauce
3 bottles of craft cider, preferably @ Dunkertons Premium Reserve
1 cup bourbon whiskey (optional, but advised for extra warmth)
2 cups ginger beer (or ginger ale if you hate ginger beer)
Mix cider, bourbon and butterscotch syrup in a saucepan until the butterscotch dissolves and it begins to steam. Turn off the stove (you drunk Muggle) and stir in the ginger beer or ginger ale. Serve in large beer steins or mugs, and don’t be stingy with the whipped cream, you filthy Mudblood.
We’ve tried all of these and without a doubt the Butterbeer is the one to get the night started and for pure Harry Potter nostalgia. Lets us know how you got on. Please drink Butterbeer responsibly, especially out of Hogwarts.