Sharing a “spooky” Halloween cocktail that’s one of my fall favorites, The Golden Snitch Cocktail. Inspired by the Harry Potter series, this bubbly golden drink is a mix of sweet apple cider, whiskey, St. Germain (elderflower liquor), lemon, maple, and spices. This incredibly simple cocktail is nothing short of delicious. It’s the perfect moody drink to serve up this Halloween…or anytime you’re in need of a good Harry Potter cocktail.

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It’s only just October, but I’m already getting into the “spooky” cocktails. Clearly I am way too excited that October has finally arrived. In my defense, it is a pretty exciting month. First with the release of HBH Super Simple on the 29th and then Halloween on the 31st. Can’t wait!

But I’m also just really excited for the next few weeks leading up to everything. We have so much work ahead of us, so it’s a little overwhelming. But I’m happy that my “work” requires me to be creative and mix up recipes like this fun Harry Potter themed drink. It’s my favorite thing to do.

The inspiration

If you’ve read the Harry Potter series or seen the movies, you know that the “Golden Snitch” is a tiny little gold ball with wings. It’s the ball used in the game of Quidditch, and it’s Harry’s job as the seeker to catch the snitch. The golden color of the snitch is what inspired this cocktail. And that’s the back story.

Honestly, I’ve wanted to create a cocktail called the Golden Snitch for years. Finally, this was the year!

I knew I wanted to create a drink that was deep gold in color, bubbly, and delicious. I also knew it needed to be perfectly seasonal, warming, and a touch bubbly too.

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Here is how you make the golden snitch

The best part about this drink is how easy it is. Just shake up some fresh apple cider, whiskey or bourbon, a touch of St. Germain (elderflower liquor), lemon, maple for sweetness, cinnamon, and ginger. Strain into a fancy coupe glass rimmed in cinnamon sugar. Add ice, add bubbles, and finish with a cinnamon stick.

Takes 5 minutes to put together, is incredibly pretty, but yet moody at the same time. And most importantly…it’s delicious! A touch sweet, but not overpowering in any way…because I really dislike overly sweet cocktails. It has a kick from the whiskey, spice from the ginger, and warmth from the cider and cinnamon.

SO GOOD.

And do you see the Golden Snitch floating around each cocktail? That’s simply a cocktail cherry, wrapped in edible gold leaf. I stuck in small feathers for wings and placed them around the drinks. Simple, but it works.

Since I know many of you host Halloween parties, I’ve provided you with both a single cocktail recipe, as well as a punch variation that’s perfect for entertaining!

And guys? That’s it. As is customary with Cocktail Saturday posts, I’m keeping things short and sweet. Hope you all enjoy this fun Harry Potter inspired cocktail…and all the upcoming cocktails we’ll be sharing from now until Christmas!

The Golden Snitch Cocktail spilled over

If you make the golden snitch cocktail be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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The Recipe

The Golden Snitch Cocktail.

This bubbly, golden drink is a mix of sweet apple cider, whiskey, St. Germain (elderflower liquor), lemon, maple, and spices...the perfect moody drink to serve up this Halloween!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 198 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. 1. If desired, rim glasses in cinnamon sugar.

    2. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker except the sparkling water. Add ice and shake to combine. Strain into glass. 

    2. Add 1 ice cube and top with sparkling water. Serve with a cinnamon stick. Drink. 

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The Recipe

The Golden Snitch Punch

This bubbly, golden drink is a mix of sweet apple cider, whiskey, St. Germain (elderflower liquor), lemon, maple, and spices...the perfect moody drink to serve up this Halloween!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 68 -
Calories 198 kcal

Ingredients

  • cinnamon sugar to rim glasses
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 9 ounces whiskey or bourbon (roughly 1 1/4 cups)
  • 3 ounces elderflower liquor (St. Germain)(just over 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6-8 teaspoons (more or less to taste) pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2-4 cans sparkling water, for topping

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients except the sparkling water. Chill until ready to serve.

    2. When ready to serve, add the sparkling water. If desired, rim glasses in cinnamon sugar, fill with ice. Pour punch into glasses.

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