“Wit beyond measure 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.
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.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to read the recipe, but first a few notes on the technical side.
Creating your stencil
To really ‘represent’ Ravenclaw, I’ve attempted above to recreate the eagle from Ravenclaw’s crest. The stencil I’ve used is below:
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).
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.
Wit Beyond Measure
- 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
Put 150g of fresh blackberries in a blender with roughly 50ml of water, and blend thoroughly.
Strain the liquidated blackberries through with a muslin cloth into a shaker.
Top with Creme de Cassis and chocolate bitters. Shake thoroughly and pour into your glass. Clean and dry your shaker.
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.
Finely grate your dark chocolate, then sieve over a stencil on top of your foam head.