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Voldemort’s Dark Serum…the “spookiest” of Halloween cocktails, but also one of the simplest. 100% inspired by the Harry Potter series, this drink is DANGEROUSLY DELICIOUS…and definitely up to no good! A simple mix of pomegranate juice, tequila, Chambord (raspberry liquor), lemon, and warming sage. Simply shake and pour over ice. Each drink is topped off with bubbly ginger beer and smoking sage for a sweet and smoky finish. It’s both eerie and warming, perfect for the cool nights ahead.

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Welcome back to the official start of the HBH Fall/Holiday Cocktail Saturday series. I am one week later than I had hoped, but better late than never! And you guys!? I AM SO EXCITED to be back. Starting today we’ll have a new cocktail up on Saturdays throughout the remainder of the year. It’s always an ambitious task, but a fun one for sure. I’m kicking Cocktail Saturday off with my favorite spooky drink yet. I’ve been way too excited to share this drink with you guys.

It’s good, it’s easy, and it’s certainly extra spooky ?

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So let’s recap just what Cocktail Saturdays are. These posts are meant to be fun…but also short and sweet. No rambling from me, just lots of cocktail photos and a delicious drink recipe for your weekend pleasure.

It feels very fitting to start Spooky Cocktail Saturday…all the October drinks…with a dark and moody cocktail. Yesterday would have been my Nonnie’s 80th birthday. The cool thing about my grandma? She loved Halloween. She would go all out every year with fun decorations, candles, and cocktails too. My grandparent’s house was known for having the very best Halloween candy on the block (don’t lose your reputation Grandpa!). My nonnie made Halloween the most special holiday and I love that she passed her love of all things “spooky” onto me. I know she’d surely love this fun cocktail.

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As I mentioned, the cocktail is inspired by Harry Potter, but also Tom Riddle, or Lord Voldemort himself. It’s dark and magical…and all things good.

It’s a mix of some of my autumn favorites, but with a twist. A splash of pomegranate juice, a little tequila (or Mezcal), a dash of Chambord (raspberry liquor), lemon, sage for warmth, maple for sweetness, and topped off with ginger beer. This is sweet, smoky, and all things cozy, but also gives off the spookiest of Halloween vibes. To give the drink a little smokiness, I finished each drink off with a smoking sage leaf. It’s mostly just fun for presentation, but it does infuse the drink with hints of fresh sage.

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Saturday nights in October are all about spooky cocktails, Halloween decorating, and Harry Potter movie marathons. So excited!

Oh, and please let me know your drink requests for the coming months ahead!

PS. I got the skull glasses on Williams-Sonoma. You can order them here.

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Looking for other Halloween Harry Potter Drinks? Here are a few ideas: 

The Deathly Hallows Cocktail

Death Eater Negroni

The Hermione Granger Cocktail

The Half Blood Prince Cocktail

Lastly, if you make Voldemort’s Dark Serum 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!

Voldemort’s Dark Serum

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories Per Serving: 448 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Combine the pomegranate juice, tequila, Chambord, orange bitters, lemon juice, maple syrup, and sage in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake to combine. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer.
    2. Garnish with fresh sage. If desired light on fire for a smoky effect. BOO!
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Voldemort’s Dark Serum Punch

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 463 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 8 ounces silver tequila or Mezcal
  • 4 ounce Chambord (raspberry liquor)
  • 4 dashes orange bitters
  • juice from 2 small lemons
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup using more or less to taste
  • 8 fresh sage leaves, plus more for serving
  • 2 (12 ounce) bottles ginger beer


  • 1. In a pitcher, combine the pomegranate juice, tequila, Chambord, orange bitters, lemon juice, maple syrup, and sage. Chill until ready to serve.
    2. Just before serving, add ice. Top off with ginger beer.
    3. Serve each drink over ice and garnish with fresh sage. If desired light on fire for a smoky effect. BOO!


Skull Glasses: are from Williams-Sonoma. Oder them here
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this drink recently for a Harry Potter themed party and it was a huge hit! I wouldn’t change a thing with the recipe!

    1. Hi Lan,
      Thank you so very much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Happy Holidays!??

  2. For anyone else interested in our experimentation, we tried one with mezcal and one with tequila. The mezcal was a bit more balanced for me, but my wife preferred the tequila as it was brighter and more citrus forward. We’re making the punch for a Halloween party and probably will make a batch of each. ?

    Also Fever Tree ginger beer is sooo worth the price difference over cheaper alternatives (we compared it to Goslings). It’s honestly a different drink.

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

    1. Hey Jake! Thanks so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it! Hope you enjoyed these recipes! xTieghan

  3. I’m going on vacation with some friends and we decided to come up with a few non-alcoholic cocktails. I think we need drinks with deep, strong flavors that encourage sipping — this recipe looks perfect. My question is, do you have any flavors or any substitutes for the alcohol that you recommend? Otherwise, I’m guessing we just adjust the primary ingredients to taste. Any suggestions?

    1. Hey Evie,
      Did you adjust the recipe at all? No food coloring was added:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  4. Hey Tieghan! If I don’t have orange bitters, can regular angostura bitters work as a good substitute, or would I be missing out on a lot of flavor not using the orange bitters specifically? I don’t have a lot of experience using bitters, so I’m not really sure. Thanks!

    1. Hey Kaley,
      I think that would be totally fine to use. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  5. GIRL, PLEASE TELL ME YOU ARE NOT TRYING TO GET ME TO CROSS OVER TO THE DARK SIZE. NO ESSENCE OF VOLDEMORT WILL BE TOUCHING MY LIPS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. (but, like, can I just call this transfiguration serum and still drink it bc it looks so good!!). #teamharrypotter

  6. My daughter and I just finished reading HP book 5. She’s only allowed to watch the movies after we finish the book so I make a big deal of it, throwing a HP Party every time we finish a book with themed foods and drinks. The problem I run into is that a lot of themed HP foods are either too simplistic, (a pretzel stuck into a piece of string cheese to look like a broom…boring!), or overly complicated and fussy, or require buying specialty pans or molds. I did a full themed sit-down dinner for our Goblet of Fire party but this time, I want to lots of heavy appetizers…but not that all require a lot of last minute work. I’m just writing, (since you invited requests) requesting fun HP snack ideas that can be largely prepped ahead of time, don’t require buying specialty equipment, but that are more adventurous than the ‘kiddie’ stuff that you often find on HP party sites. We’re having our Movie 5 party at the end of this month. Any ideas or recipes would be so appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Aw that is so fun that you two do that! I can definitely think of some dun appetizers! Thank you Sarah! xTieghan

    1. Hey Chelsea,
      You bet! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  7. YAY I am so excited these Cocktail Saturday posts are back! This drink looks so good, and I cannot wait to try it!

  8. Always love following your cocktail recipes- going to make this for sure! Would love to see a good scotch cocktail in mix… maybe not the most common liquor for a cocktail, but love it and would love some ideas to experiment with! Excited for the series!

  9. Where did you get those glasses?? My husband loves skulls and these would be perfect for him.
    Second question – really more of a request. It seems like a whole lot of your cocktails use ginger beer. Could you provide more variety or alternatives to ginger beer? I really don’t like ginger beer and – extremely surprisingly – ginger upsets my stomach. (I know, I know, it’s supposed to calm your stomach, but for me it has the opposite effect.)