I’m writing this post Wednesday night, when I should be finishing up some things around the house, not the least of which is packing.
Because I’m on vacation, you see. For the first time in over ten damn years.
Some time last year I got it into my head that I wanted to go on vacation to celebrate my 40th birthday, and with a stroke of good fortune (not to mention the fact that I’ve been working my ass off at two jobs for the past three years), I was able to book a long weekend with a couple of friends in Orlando, Florida. We won’t have time to do much, since it is just a three day trip, but with regards to Orlando, the only thing that’s on the agenda is the same thing that’s been on my mind for the past…oh, say four years or so?
Because I’m a GIGANTIC DAMN NERD I’ve been dreaming about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida since it opened. After the expansion last year, I figured my 40th would be the perfect opportunity to indulge my inner child/nerd and finally experience the magic for myself.
We booked the trip before the summer even started and now that it’s here it seems like a dream. I’ll talk all about it when I get back, but for now we have a drink to make.
I wanted to make a cocktail inspired by Harry Potter, but I really didn’t want to do yet another version of butterbeer. Been there, done that, made the cupcakes. Besides, I wanted to go to the park and experience the original first before attempting my own bourbon-ized version. Oh yes, there will be bourbon.
While consulting Pinterest I found this Buzzfeed article highlighting a few different Harry Potter-inspired cocktails. And since the “Felix Felicis” scene in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is probably my favorite scene in all eight movies, I decided to make this simple version of Professor Slughorn’s “Liquid Luck”.
Comedy gold, that is. And a delicious cocktail to boot. The spicy ginger gets mellowed out just a touch by the sparkling wine and simple syrup, combining for a delightfully crisp flavor that bubbles over your tongue.
Felix Felicis (“Liquid Luck”)
- 1/4 oz lemon juice
- 1/4 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz ginger beer
- 4 oz champagne, Prosecco, or other sparkling wine
Combine the lemon juice, simple syrup and ginger beer in a champagne flute. Add champagne to fill and serve whenever you need a little…luck.
See you when I get back!