Tequila The Wizarding World

Gryffindor’s Scarlet Jewels

February 20, 2018
Harry potter cocktail party gryffindor

When coming up with an idea for this cocktail (and believe me it took a while … My kind Gryffindor friend who lent me her scarf and tie knows I took forever to return them!), I wanted to lean on Gryffindor’s association with fire. Fire is warming, daring, and a little precocious on the palette. I wanted this cocktail to reflect that, but still be delicious.

That’s when I came up with the idea of combining the natural sweetness of strawberries with the fierce spiciness of chillies. All topped off with tequila, lime and a little salt of course. For me, these things represent Gryffindor well. They represent the bravery with the chilli and tequila, but also the strawberry hued warmth of the house. For all of us, no matter which houses we’ve been sorted in – Gryffindor is the one we’re most familiar with, and will always be a second home. Gryffindor also contains a mix of characters, not usually displaying ‘traditional’ traits – but nobody can deny when they come together as a team they are formidable! The flavours here are a little like that – on their own, are different but delicious. Together they make something incredible. Greater than the sum of their parts.

You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart

Gryffindor's Scarlet Jewels - Harry Potter Cocktail

I also really hope you guys like the props I’ve used for this photo shoot. I recently discovered a little shop / museum around the corner from my flat opened by Minalima. For those who don’t know – this is the two-man (or woman-and-man, really) team who did almost all of the graphic design for the Harry Potter franchise. Every newspaper front cover, all the books in the background, the stock for Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes …even Hermione’s time turner! In short, all the little details that make the films so magical.

House of MinaLima 2 from MinaLima on Vimeo.

Of course, knowing this, I spent a small Gringotts fortune in there! Its truly wonderful. Below you can see an example of a magazine from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, underneath a copy of ‘Hogwarts a History’. Amongst other things, not pictured, I purchased badges, buttons, notebooks, postcards and stamps from all films. A few proudly display my Ravenclaw house – but others are merely potion bottle labels and various copies of ‘Advanced Potion Making’. I also picked up a copy of the “Harry Potter: Film Wizardry” book. Its absolutely renewed my inspiration and interest in making more Wizarding recipes. Plus, if anybody, ever was struggling to find me a gift – the address is 26 Greek Street, Soho, London! I’m kidding … But its well worth a visit.

Minalima Hogwarts a History Design

… and back on topic

A Note on the Ice

Since making and photographing this drink – I’ve MASSIVELY improved my ice game. Cocktail aficionados will notice (and no doubt criticise) the cloudiness of the ice. However, even after trial and error to produce perfectly clear ice, I much preferred the cloudy version. Think of the Hogwarts ghosts, misty and ethereal.

It started when I bought this spherical ice ball mold on recommendation from a friend:


Its a great little product, and made from silicone so once you’ve made your ice, the whole thing peels right off.

Frosty Cloudy Homemade  Ice Cubes

Using tap water with this mold produces a cloudy, translucent shape. Whilst freezing it, I popped a few chillies in and think they look fantastic ’emerging’ from the dog. Whilst absolutely harmless and tasteless – cloudy ice isn’t for everyone however.

This occurs when naturally occurring impurities are forced towards the centre of your ice as it freezes from the outside in. To prevent it, either use super-pure water (for example, by boiling it off), or freeze it from the bottom upwards, giving the impurities a space to escape. After all this trial and error myself – I’ll be writing up a blog post in the next few weeks with a more detailed method and examples! But for the mean time, if you want this ghostly look – stick with simpler homemade ice!

Vertical Photo of Gryffindor Cocktail

Gryffindor's Scarlet Jewels

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 glass


  • 5 large Strawberries
  • 1 whole lime
  • 70 ml Tequila
  • 1 whole Bird Eye Chilli
  • pinch Salt


  1. Finely chop the whole bird eye chilli, and add to 70ml of tequila. Mix thoroughly and leave to infuse for around 5-10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhilst, juice the lime and 5 strawberries. To juice strawberries by hand either press them with the flat side of a knife and collect the juices, or blend/muddle and strain. You want a ratio of 2:1 of strawberry juice to lime. (Top Tip: My strawberries weren't the juiciest, but I still wanted that fresh taste, so I complimented the muddled strawberries with a splash of store-bought strawberry juice)

  3. Combine the now infused tequila with the lime/strawberry, and add a pinch of salt. Shake thoroughly with ice, and strain with a fine sieve so remove any bits. Pour over ice, and if desired add a few more chillies to the glass.

Harry potter cocktail party gryffindor

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  • Reply Diane February 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Love the addition of the birds eye chili – great recipe!!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks Diane!

  • Reply Bobbi Burleson February 20, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    My daughter is a HUGE Harry Potter fan and I know she will love the sweet heat of this cocktail!! It sounds delicious!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 20, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks Bobbi! I’m also a huge fan haha. I try to find inspiration in everything!

  • Reply edytahannas February 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    I love everything related to Harry Potter. I will need to make this cocktail asap.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 20, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      I’m so glad to hear it, and to meet a fellow fan! Enjoy it when you do! 😀

  • Reply Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife February 20, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    What a super fun and delicious drink idea! I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and just love this. That ice mold is cool too.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks so much! I was so glad to find it for so cheaply, and honestly I love it now. Thanks for dropping by Marlynn!

  • Reply Renée ♥ February 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Everything looks so cool, and I’m with you on the ice – the cloudiness brings a certain feel with it that works here. (Also, life is way too short to stress over whether or not your ice is cloudy.)

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 20, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Haha – right! I’m glad you share my opinion that sometimes ice just is too cloudy or too clear but it doesn’t matter so long as the recipe is yum!

  • Reply binkysculinarycarnival February 20, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    This is such a fun idea! Who doesn’t like Griffindor house? This cocktail looks and sounds delicious!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 20, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks Binky!

  • Reply end of the fork February 20, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Wow! this sounds amazing! what a great combination!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 20, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply lambamsworld February 20, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    I bet the cocktail 🍸 look like a perfect drink for every special occasion ! Thank you for the post 🙂

  • Reply Janet February 21, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Such a spicyyyyy drink, I’m loving the idea of it! I just got back yesterday from universal studios to visit Harry Potter World there and got myself a Hermione wand. #gryffindor at heart 🙂

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 21, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Oooh, thats amazing! I’m so jealous, its been a goal of mine to visit the USA pretty just just so I can go to Universal. Until then, I make do with the Warner Bros studio tour here in London! congratulations on getting a Hermione wand!

  • Reply Eileen Kelly February 21, 2018 at 4:39 am

    The combo of strawberries and chili is awesome! I can’t wait to try this cocktail

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 21, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Eileen! Hope you enjoy it! 😀

  • Reply BeingChloe February 21, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Omg I’m a massive fan of Harry Potter this looks amazing! I’ve just sent the link to my friend aswell!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 21, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Ooh thanks so much Chloe! I hope you and your friend love this as much as I did! Plenty more Harry Potter cocktails coming on the blog soon as well!

  • Reply Claire February 21, 2018 at 9:23 am

    woah, it sure sounds innovative to be adding chili to the cocktail – would love to try it some day!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 21, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Claire! I love adding a little chilli to my cocktails – I think it compliments certain alcohols very well. Definitely try it, even if its as simple as a tiny bit of tabasco in a cocktail!

  • Reply Enele Ogah February 21, 2018 at 10:09 am

    I love the pictures.
    They are so beautiful! 😊

  • Reply absolutelyus1 February 21, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I love Harry Potter and I love tequila…can’t wait to make this for our next game night.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 21, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Oooh game night? I’m intrigued. If its Harry Potter games, count me IN!

  • Reply Allison hanson February 21, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    This is my kind of drink, i love the spicy sweet combo!

  • Reply Gloria Duggan February 21, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    I am a Harry Potter fanatic….LOVE it. This is a fun drink…and it would be prefect to drink while watching the movies (again and again). Now we have our grandson interested too.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 21, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      I’m such a fanatic too! High fives all round. I’m going to be working on some Harry Potter non-alcoholic drinks too, so maybe next time your grandson can enjoy something special with it too!

  • Reply PJsandStuff February 23, 2018 at 12:04 am

    I love how you incorporate Harry Potter in so many of your recipes! I am a big fane myself!
    Coco| pjsandstuff.wordpress.com

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