The “I’m Ready for Fall” Cocktail

While it might not feel like it to Amanda right now, or me for that matter, Fall is here! Alright, I might be feeling it a little bit more than Amanda (yay for 60° nights!) but I’m not really there quite yet (ugh, 85° days…). If I can’t bust out my knee-high boots and box of scarves just yet, I at least want to sip some flavors of Fall while I light my “Scents of Fall” candle and pretend my nose is a little chilly.  This cocktail did just that.

With cinnamon, nutmeg and notes of ginger, this yummy adult beverage leaves the familiar comfort of Fall desserts on your tongue and the rum sure does help to make your tummy warm, even if it is too warm outside for something more of the Hot Toddy variety. This is also a great way to utilize that delicious, seasonal, apple cider hitting the shelves right now. Feel free to make yours a little cider heavy, it’s always a tasty choice.


  • 2 parts spiced dark rum
  • 1 part ginger beer
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 part apple cider
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of cinnamon


  1. Stir all ingredients together* and pour over ice. If you want to get fancy, rim a glass with some cinnamon sugar and stick in a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

*Note: I did use my cocktail shaker for this one, and it does work but just be warned that ginger beer has bubbles and will expand when agitated as my kitchen floor soon found out. I’m sure you all knew that but I’m not good at carbonation. okay? 



“White Walker” Cocktail

Tonight is the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, and after this season and especially after the last few episodes (no real spoilers, I promise) I think we all need a drink. The Night King, with his steely gaze, has been quite the busy boy lately. I’ve always been a fan of blue drinks anyway, so I thought a cocktail in his and the other White Walkers’ honor (or to sip while we hate-watch him) sounded like the perfect beverage to enjoy at the close of the season.

The juices in this drink are not tropical, as that seemed inappropriate with the White Walkers inhabiting the snowy land beyond the wall, but they still combine to make a delicious mixture that might make even the Night’s Watch jealous.


  • 2 parts Vodka
  • 3 parts Hypnotiq
  • 1 part Apple Juice
  • 1 Part White Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Lemon Juice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 2-3 cubes of ice and shake until the outside of the shaker gets uncomfortably cold to hold.
  2. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with sugar or frosting if you desire (although no lining needed to enjoy!). You could even add a rock candy javeli— *ahem* –stirrer if you’d like.
  3. Get ready to watch Game of Thrones and pray your favorite characters make it through the night.



Gigglewater Cocktail (Inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)

HA! Jacob in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was an inspiration to the rest of us No-Majs. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and his creatures are delightful, even if you aren’t familiar with the original movies.

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Since I probably won’t get my hands on a friendly Bowtruckle or trouble-making Niffler any time soon, I thought I’d try and get some of the movie magic with some of the wizarding world’s 1920s cocktail, Gigglewater!

This recipe was fun for me not only because I love JK Rowling’s wizarding world (Go Ravenclaw!), but because the only information I had to go on was that it 1) had “Chuckle Extract” and 2) was popular in the 1920s. Not having Chuckle Extract on had, I set out to research common Prohibition-era drinks of the No-Maj world and figure out a way to make them a little more magical.

This recipe is based off the French 75, a popular drink in the 1920s with a champagne/gin base. Very Gatsby, right? In order to make it a little more like a potion, I swapped out the traditional lemon juice with rose-infused simple syrup. This also gave it a lovely pink color, reminiscent of one of Fantastic Beast‘s heriones, Queenie!

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Yields two beverages, served in a coupe glass (or approximately 1 in a champagne flute)

2 oz simple syrup

1 tbs food-grade rose petals (alternatively, 2-3 tsp rose water, though it will not yield the same pink hue)

1 1/2 oz (shots) gin

Champagne or Prosecco



Rose-Infused Simple Syrup 

  1. Add 1tbs rose petals per 2 oz simple syrup in microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Heat syrup mixture in microwave 45seconds-1minute, or until rose fragrance can be detected.
  3. Allow syrup to sit for 1 hour. Strain roses from simple syrup into mixing glass; syrup should be pink.
  4. If using rosewater, mix 1 tsp rosewater to 2-3 oz of simple syrup (depending on strength of rosewater).


  1. Add 1 1/2 shots gin to cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1 oz of rose-infused simple syrup.
  2. Shake gin and syrup until blended. Pour into coupe glass.
  3. Top gin mixture with champagne or prosecco.