Tongue Tying Lemon Twist | Harry Potter Inspired Cocktail

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dumbledores lemon drop

It’s no secret that Albus Dumbledore fancies lemon drops as his favorite candies. It is mentioned more than once throughout the Harry Potter books – and they’re even referred to as one of the passwords to get access to Dumbledore’s office hidden behind a gargoyle.

I’d like to think that when the Weasley twins founded Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes that Dumbledore contributed some ideas under the table – like these tongue tying lemon twists.

The idea behind this tongue tying drink is that it is meant to be so sour that the drink will be rendered unable to speak. The Muggle-friendly version is much less potent – but still might make one a little dizzy.

In fact, this drink is based off a real drink that you can find at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Unverisal Studios Orlando, Florida. On their menu it’s called the “tongue tying lemon squash.”

What is a “lemon squash” you might be asking?

Well, turns out – it’s just, lemonade. The difference really is whether or not it’s made from a homemade or commercially available concentrate. At the Leaky Cauldron, their lemon squash is sold with a whole squeezed lemon – making it super sour (and absolutely thirst quenching on a hot Florida day).

I’d like to imagine Dumbledore sitting in his office furiously scribbling notes to Fred and George – ranging from this lemon drink to candies that could make you float. And while I’m sure Fred and George took his ideas seriously, some were even too far fetched for them.

Dumbledore was always a bit of an oddball afterall.

My version takes the sourness and pumps it to the next level with the addition of limoncello, lime juice and sour mix. This is one drink that will certainly make you pucker up.

For an added hint of sweetness, I dipped the rim of my glass into a simple syrup and then into sugar crystals. If you can find it, adding a bit of magic with some help from dry ice is always a nice touch too. I also tossed in a couple twists of rind to really drive home the lemony flavors.

Plus, it’s just fun to watch the lemon rinds dancing in the dry ice bubbles.

One sip of this drink and not only with you be seeing double from the sourness, but you’ll suck it down faster than a hippogriff on a hot afternoon.

While these drinks are certainly sour, they are definitely very sweet too. A cross between a fizzy lemonade and a powerful potion, any Muggles who try this drink will certainly end up tongue tied.

When it comes to Harry Potter recipes, this cocktail is definitely one of my favorites. Sweet and absolutely sour, if you’re a Muggle, this drink will make you think you can make magic.

dumbledores lemon drop

Tongue Tying Lemon Twist | Harry Potter Inspired Cocktail

The Starving Chef
A cross between a fizzy lemonade and a powerful potion, any Muggles who try this drink will certainly end up tongue tied.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Fictional Feasts
Cuisine Harry Potter Inspired
Servings 4


  • 1 lemon rinds removed & twisted; juice reserved
  • 1 oz sour mix
  • 2 ox lemon vodka
  • 11 oz lemonade chilled
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 8 oz tonic water chilled


  • Use a potato peeler to remove the skin from the lemon. Slice into thin strips and twist. Chill to hold their shape. Juice the lemon and reserve the juice.
  • OPTIONAL: Make a simple syrup and dip in the rims of the glasses and let the excess drip off. Then dip the glasses onto a plate with sugar crystals.
  • In a cocktail mixer with ice, combine the sour mix, vodka, triple sec and lime juice. Shake until chilled.
  • Pour the chilled mix between two glasses. Top with lemonade and tonic water and the twisted rinds. Add a cube of dry ice (optional). Enjoy!
Keyword alcohol, cocktails, drinks, Harry Potter
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