Harry Potter week continues with a tribute to one of the universe’s more underrated characters: Ginny Weasley.
As a kid, I always hated that Harry ends up with Ginny – but as an adult, I can appreciate their relationship and growth throughout the books (do not talk to me about how Ginny is represented in the movies – they did her dirty!).
Now I actually see Ginny as a badass little sister rather than the annoying one.
Because J.K. Rowling loves her puns I decided it would be punny to use Gin for this week’s Harry Potter themed recipe. When I told my fiance I was going to try to make a gin drink, he was skeptical at best that it would actually taste good. However, I had some magic up my sleeve.
I’d like to imagine this is the kind of drink Ginny herself would have preferred as an adult. It’s dry and sweet, without being too much of one or the other.
The base for this drink is hard lime seltzer and ginger ale, which are highlighted with a splash of cranberry juice, orange bitters and lime juice. And of course, plenty of gin.
As a huge Harry Potter nerd myself, I enjoyed my Harry Potter themed week while rewatching the movies for the billionth time. Watching the movies is twice as fun with a drink in your hand (let’s be honest, not all of the graphics have aged well).
My fiance was impressed by the not overly sweet flavor of this cocktail – and he’s very sensitive to sweet stuff. I thought it was perfect for my taste buds as I prefer things sweeter in general, but this cocktail finishes nice and dry.
What’s your favorite Harry Potter themed drink? Let me know down in the comments!
This cocktail is more of a ‘clawtail’ as it uses lime Whiteclaw as its base. You can use any hard lime seltzer you can find – I know there are similar brands like Truly that offer the same flavors. If you’re feeling adventerous, swap out the lime flavor for blood orange or mango!
Ginny’s Gin Fizz | Harry Potter Inspired Cocktail
- 12 oz hard lime seltzer (Whiteclaw or similar), chilled
- 2 oz gin
- 8 oz ginger ale chilled
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz cranberry juice
- ½ oz blood orange bitters
- 2 slices blood orange for garnish
- With a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake together the gin, lime juice and cranberry juice until chilled.
- Pour the bitters into the bottom of a large glass or pitcher, followed by the seltzer and ginger ale. Pour in the contents of the shaker. Serve in glasses garnished with blood orange slices. Enjoy!