Well, JK Rowling’s bid for world domination continues apace (only the MCU is giving her much of a fight). With Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hitting theaters on the 16th, you can expect an uptick in schwag sales, commemorative-edition Harry Potter books (you can get them in your House colors: See the Sorting Hat for more details, but if you don’t know which House is yours, it’s probably Hufflepuff…) and, of course, POTIONS.
If you’re really a Butterbeer person at heart, the internet is rife with “authentic” recipes. But if you’ve come of age and prefer a potion with a little more of a kick, we’ve got you covered thanks to a foray into the Alternate Reality that is Minneapolis’ fabled Mall of America. The FireLake Grillhouse, inside the Mall of America has created a full Fantastic Beasts cocktail menu rife with Potter-world references.
And please note that if you can’t apparate into the FireLake Grillhouse for Wizarding beverages, their affable bar-folk were kind enough to share their NEWT-level potions textbook, so you can duplicate these wizard-worthy brews at home.
1.5 oz. Black Magic Spiced Rum
.5 oz. simple syrup
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Directions: Add everything over ice in a rocks glass. Stir. Garnish with an orange peel and Luxardo cherry.
1.5 oz. Herradura Silver tequila
1.5 oz. St. Germain
1 oz. lemon juice
Directions: Add everything to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake (hard!) for a full 20 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass.
1.5 oz. Inchmurrin Scotch
1.5 oz. Fernet-Branca
Directions: Combine scotch and Fernet in a shaker with ice and stir vigorously for 20 seconds, until fully chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Top with cola.
2 oz. Fireball Whiskey
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
Directions: Add everything to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe glass.
1.25 oz. Campari
1.25 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1.25 oz. Prosecco
Directions: Gently stir Campari, prosecco and vermouth in a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.