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Wit Beyond Measure [cocktail]

January 13, 2018
Ravenclaw cocktail recipe - blackberries, dark chocolate and vanilla.

Wit beyond measureΒ is man’s greatest treasure.” – Rowena Ravenclaw

Inspired by the Hogwarts house Ravenclaw, this cocktail is deliciously grounded in flavours of vanilla, blackberries, and dark chocolate. Blackberries are native to temperate Northern European regions – so Rowena Ravenclaw herself would have been very familiar with the rich flavoured pretty little berry as it is cultivated in abundance in Scotland.

Vanilla and chocolate on the other hand weren’t introduced to Europe until the 1500s, but to me are quintessential flavours that flood my senses with sweet nostalgia of home. My generation, the now twenty-something Potter-heads will always find a home in Hogwarts.

Ravenclaw cocktail recipe - an atmospheric image of the cocktail being poured.

Credit Harry Potter Wikia

I’ll always feel a particular personal affinity towards Ravenclaw. Although sorted into Slytherin [UPDATE: I’ve since “come out” as Ravenclaw – three out of four times sorted into Ravenclaw doesn’t lie], I have been sorted into Ravenclaw most recently. Traditionally valued for their ‘wit and wisdom’, being a Ravenclaw is actually a lot more complex. Being a Ravenclaw is to be original, eccentric and ambitious enough to give a Slytherin a run for their money. Academically speaking, at least. Such infamous Ravenclaws include Uric the Oddball, who wore a jellyfish as a hat, Perpetua Fancourt, the inventor of the lunascope, and of course the beloved Luna Lovegood.

Why Ravenclaw? This is part of a series on the Hogwarts Houses. Click Here to see our other Wizard-inspired cocktails.

 

Ravenclaw cocktail recipe - blackberries, dark chocolate and vanilla. Back lit

 

Scroll to the bottom of this page to read the recipe, but first a few notes on the technical side.

Creating your stencil

Ravenclaw cocktail recipe - Close up image of eagle stencil and 'you tried' caption.

To really ‘represent’ Ravenclaw, I’ve attempted above to recreate the eagle from Ravenclaw’s crest. The stencil I’ve used is below:

Ravenclaw house eagle stencil logo. Harry Potter stencils.

Credit http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/

To make your own stencil, trace the above image onto a sheet of card and cut out carefully. Lay the card over the rim of your glass after you have poured the vanilla foam on top, and sprinkle grated chocolate on top. This may work better with cocoa powder. The closer you get your stencil to the foam, the more exact the edges will be. As you can see, mine is not perfect so don’t be worried if yours isn’t either. If you do create this cocktail / stencil cocoa on top, please tag me in it! I’d love to see (and be happy to feature your images here).

Ravenclaw cocktail recipe - close up showing deep red colours.

 

Juicing Blackberries

Blackberries being mixed in a blender

This recipe calls for a homemade blackberry juice – and its well worth it! When making blackberry juice, many other recipes call for the blackberries to be cooked then juiced, but I much prefer the freshness of blending them with water then straining out. Remember, if you don’t have a muslin cloth at home you can strain the liquid through empty tea bags or a clean pair of stockings to the same effect.

 

Ravenclaw cocktail recipe - close up of a miraculous foamer on top of a cocktail with chocolate garnish.

Wit Beyond Measure

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 Glass

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Creme de Cassis
  • 50 ml Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 dash Chocolate Bitters
  • 150 g Blackberries
  • 50 ml Water
  • 1 dash Miraculous Foamer
  • 20 g Dark Chocolate Grated

Instructions

  1. Put 150g of fresh blackberries in a blender with roughly 50ml of water, and blend thoroughly.

  2. Strain the liquidated blackberries through with a muslin cloth into a shaker.

  3. Top with Creme de Cassis and chocolate bitters. Shake thoroughly and pour into your glass. Clean and dry your shaker.

  4. Take the vanilla vodka, top with a splash of water, and a dash of Miraculous Foamer into your shaker. Shake again, extra-thoroughly this time to create vanilla foam. Pour the mixture and the foam into your glass on top of the blackberry mixture.

  5. Finely grate your dark chocolate, then sieve over a stencil on top of your foam head.

Ravenclaw cocktail recipe - blackberries, dark chocolate and vanilla.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Lara Dunston January 14, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I’m definitely not of the Potter-head generation, but this looks like divine. Only problem is we can’t get winter berries here in tropical Cambodia. Well, we can – generally imported from Japan or Korea and insanely expensive. Lovely to discover you, though – I will definitely be doing some browsing here. At the moment I’m in the midst of a summer classic cocktail series – the kinds of cocktails I made for years on a warm weekend afternoon/evening, whether we lived in Sydney or Dubai. Since we’ve lived in Southeast Asia, I’ve been giving them ever so slight Asian twists. Thanks for dropping by to see us at Grantourismo!

    • Reply citruscinnamon January 14, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Ooh, insanely expensive? Thats always such a shame for getting fruits imported – I feel the same for missing delicious fruit such as Dragonfruit that I can’t bare to pay the fees for!

      You’ve got a fantastic blog yourself, I’ll be checking out all those summer cocktails, and longing for the days to be warm again!

  • Reply tippledpink January 14, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I love it! Luna Lovegood is my favorite! I can’t wait to try this out. Looking forward to your other Harry Potter-themed cocktails, as well. When “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was released, I created a similar series that imagines what the adult Harry Potter would drink. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is orange as a symbol of America’s modern day Voldemort and Chief. https://tippledpink.com/2016/07/31/three-cocktails-for-a-grown-up-harry-potter/

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon January 14, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      Haha, thats such a creative idea! I’ll check it out – I love your posts so much already. If I try them out for myself I’ll be sure to let you know πŸ™‚

      • Reply tippledpink January 14, 2018 at 7:52 pm

        Thanks! I’ll do the same!

  • Reply Michelle Gebert February 1, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    This is brilliant! Looking forward to other HP inspired bevvies.

  • Reply Ella February 1, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    This sounds absolutely delicious! And that stencil is perfect πŸ™‚ I have to try this out myself!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 1, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      I hope you enjoy it ! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Melissa Curran February 1, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    So happy to discover you – love your wit and charm – and your photography is amazing! Oh, and I can’t wait to try this cocktail! :o)

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 1, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      You’re so sweet! I love your blog too – such profound and insightful posts!
      I always worry my photography is not as good as it could be – but thats one of the great things about starting a blog, it really pushes you to improve yourself! πŸ™‚

  • Reply yourplatewithcait February 1, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Love the drama and moodiness in your pictures! And that stencil is awesome; I’ll have to try that one day!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 1, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you so much! I try really hard on my photos, but always room for improvement!

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