This color changing Halloween Cocktail celebrates the new movie The Crimes of Grindelwald, and the Harry Potter Universe!
We are big fan’s of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and the fantastic immersive world that she created in these stories and after the books, the movies! One thing we always liked about the Harry Potter universe was the way little details were fleshed out to create this incredibly rich detailed world. You can lose yourself in it for hours. One of those little details that always stuck out with us was all the interesting drinks that the characters consumed. These were drinks like pumpkin juice, giggle water, fire whiskey or the most famous, Butterbeer!
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Of course being people who write about cocktails all day it got us imagining the cocktails that might be consumed in the wizarding world! Would they be colorful or dark? Would the cocktail fit the character? One thing we definitely knew is that they would have some element of “magic” since after all this is a wizard cocktail we are talking about!
One character that popped to mind when we were imaging magical cocktails was the famous dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. He was known as one of the most powerful and evil of wizards in the history of the Harry Potter books (and focus of the soon to be released movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.)
What kind of drink would a powerful dark wizard drink? It definitely would be something complex and a unique color and maybe contain an ingredient that might cause mere mortals to go mad!
Obviously we don’t have much magic as we are but lowly muggles, but we do have ways to make a cocktail feel a little magical! We also just happened to have an ingredient known as the Green Fairy (seems appropriate for a wizard’s drink!) Absinthe! With a little time behind the bar, we came up with our cocktail, Grindelwald’s Goblet!
We wanted something that would be appropriately strong (after all, we want a powerful potion!) and in season, so we started out with combination of rum and apple brandy. We love fall cocktails that use aged rums, as the hints of caramel and vanilla in the rum tends to go really well with lots of fall flavors.
The apple brandy brings that hint of fall, which is perfect since we were thinking the Grindelwald’s Goblet would be a perfect Halloween cocktail!
The next ingredient is where we start to delve into the wizarding world by adding a little bit of the Green Fairy! Absinthe has long been one of those ingredients that has had all kinds of myths about it. Myths from possibly causing you to hallucinate, to being the drink of choice of all sorts of famous artists (some of who went mad, Vincent Van Gogh would like a word with you!), or being made with a toxic ingredient (wormwood)!
In fact many of these myths were part of the reason that Absinthe was illegal until 2007!
In reality, absinthe is a great spirit that can really make a cocktail shine. It has an intriguing combination of botanical flavors and savory elements useful for adding a real complexity to a drink. Add in the really unique green color and that mythical background and absinthe definitely had to have a spot in our Grindelwald’s Goblet!
So far we have added a lot of booze, so this cocktail is plenty strong, now we need to balance it out. To start bringing everything into balance, we turned to a little citrus to brighten things up and add fruitiness to the cocktail! A hit of fresh squeezed lime juice adds just the right bit of sour, while fresh orange juice adds sweetness. Using two kinds of citrus also adds layers of flavor that adds to the complexity of this Halloween cocktail.
But what about the magic you ask? Well so far we have a bunch of pretty tame colors in this cocktail, and if we are going to make a cocktail fit to be sipped on by a dark wizard, it better be something kind of magical looking. Plus, we did promise you a bit of magic. Well how about a bit of color changing action?
We have experimented with butterfly pea tea in some of our other cocktails, but for the Grindelwald’s Goblet, we wanted something green.
How did we get something green? How about mixing a little blue curacao in with that orange juice? As you mix in the blue curacao, the Grindelwald’s Goblet starts to transform into a bright green cocktail that definitely fits something magical!
If you remember your color mixing chart from kindergarten, mixing blue and yellow (or in our case orange juice) makes green! Adding just the right amount of blue curacao to the orange juice transformed the Grindelwald’s Goblet into a green potion worthy of a wizard!
Everyone knows that a wizard needs a little more flair, so as a finishing touch, we added a chip of dry ice to make the Grindelwald’s Goblet start to smoke and bubble like a mini cauldron!
One note of caution, if you do use the dry ice to finish your cocktail, don’t drink the cocktail until the drink stops bubbling and the dry ice is completely gone so that you don’t get frostbite from the extreme cold of the dry ice!
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
Other Harry Potter Universe Cocktails
GIgglewater Cocktail – DistanceDishes
Unicorn Blood – The Flavor Bender
Fizzing Whizbees – My Recipes
Patronus Punch – The Drunken Fandom
Harry Potter Amortentia – Sugar and Soul
Other Halloween Cocktails
Black Magic – Elle Talk
Beetlejuice Cocktail – Bread Booze Bacon
The Grave Digger – Confetti and Bliss
Spider Bite – Minted
Corpse Reviver No 2 – Liquor.com
- .75 oz Apple Brandy
- .75 oz gold rum
- .25 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- bar spoon orgeat
- .25 oz absinthe
- 1 oz orange juice
- .50 oz mango puree or juice
- .25 oz blue curacao
- Dry Ice (optional)
Combine all ingredients except blue curacao in a shaker with ice.
Shake to combine. Strain into a glass with ice.
Pour in the blue curacao.
Stir to combine.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198 Total Fat: .1g Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: .3g Sugar: 24.7g Protein: .4g
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