Juicy and berry red, a love potion cocktail is just the thing to serve to someone you’re sweet on. This potion is easy to concoct!
Why you’ll love it: It’s a fun and easy cocktail that works for a variety of occasions, from Halloween to Valentine’s Day.
How long it takes: a few minutes
Equipment you’ll need: cocktail shaker, ice, cocktail glass
Servings: 1 (or as many as you like)
When I first envisioned this cocktail, I was thinking about Valentine’s Day. The cherry red color is perfect and the name says it all: Love potion. Cupid’s little helper, intimate dinners, red roses, chocolate, conversation hearts, love potion #9 (“I started kissing every thing in sight”), and all that romantic stuff came to mind.
But my son is really into Harry Potter. He’s a voracious reader. He’s read all of the Harry Potter books once and is working his way through them again. The first time through, I read along with him and we listened to audiobooks together.
And of course, if you’re studying magic like Harry Potter, you’re going to study magic potions. Yeah, like Love Potions! A blood red cocktail … perfect for Halloween with lots of spiders and other creepy crawlers.
Whether you want to make this a Halloween cocktail or Valentine’s Day cocktail, it’s a winner! It works for Christmas or Thanksgiving, too. I don’t know, when would a love potion be a bad idea?
Please remember, this alcoholic beverage is for adults only. Offer an attractive alternative to kids. Check out this site, All The Party Ideas, for a collection of 29 alcohol-free drinks and punch recipes.
About this Love Potion Cocktail
The recipe is written for one cocktail but it’s super easy to double or triple the ingredients depending on how large your cocktail shaker is.
Serve this cocktail in coupe glasses. Coupe glasses are shallow bowl-shaped glasses with a long stem. The shallow bowl showcases the berry garnish beautifully. Since this cocktail is chilled but doesn’t contain ice, it’s important to have a stemmed glass to prevent body heat from warming up the drink.
For special occasions, you may want to add a sugared rim. Simply dip the rim of the glasses into a shallow bowl or plate of grenadine to moisten the edge, then into a shallow bowl filled with sugar.
Look for the recipe card near the end of the post for specific measurements, instructions, notes, and nutrition information.
What you’ll need
- Ice: Make sure your ice is fresh. Crushed ice or small ice cubes are fine.
- Raspberry Liqueur: A well-known brand is Chambord. This sweet liqueur is made with raspberries, blackberries, vanilla, citrus peel, and honey. It’s fortified with cognac and is 16.5% alcohol.
- Vodka: Choose your favorite brand.
- Grenadine: Made from pomegranate juice, grenadine is a cocktail mixer which is used to add a deep red color and sweetness. For more information about grenadine, check out the FAQ section below.
- Sparkling Water: Look for club soda, soda water, or seltzer water. Sparkling water is carbonated, making it slightly fizzy, and is usually unsweetened.
- Fresh Raspberries, Blackberries, Sprig of Rosemary: These optional garnishes add so much beauty and flavor (or may I say spookiness?) to the cocktail. Lightly crush the rosemary to release the aromatic oils.
How to make it
It’s so easy to make a love potion, even for Muggles like you and me! Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice.
Note: If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, use a jar with a lid and pour the cocktail through a strainer after shaking it.
Add the raspberry liqueur, vodka, and grenadine. Cover and shake for 30 to 60 seconds. If you like, close your eyes and whisper a magic spell…
Strain the contents of the shaker into a glass. Top with a splash of sparkling water, a few fresh berries and /or a sprig of fresh rosemary.
Immediately, serve the love potion to your favorite person and watch them fall in love with you.
Or not. It doesn’t matter, everyone will fall in love with this love potion cocktail!
A Few More “spooky” recipes
- Spider Halloween Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Pumpkin Bar Edible Mummies with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Pumpkin Dip – so easy to make!
- Pumpkin Seeds – pepitas eight ways
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Halloween Pancakes with marshmallow decorations from Pancake Recipes
- Black Pancakes (naturally colored) from Pancake Recipes
According to Wikipedia, Amortentia is a love potion introduced by one of Harry’s teachers, Professor Slughorn.
If only a love potion could be produced and added to the world’s water supply! Perhaps there would be more kindness and less hate. No, unfortunately, there’s no magic potion or anything you can eat or drink to cause real love, affection, or attraction.
Grenadine is a sweet red cocktail mixer made with pomegranate juice and sugar. Often folks mistakenly think grenadine is cherry juice. It is non-alcoholic, does not contain artificial color, and can be used like a simple syrup.
How to store grenadine: Grenadine can be stored at room temperature for up to six months. It will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator.
Make It Your Own
- Instead of sparkling water, top the cocktails with a dry prosecco.
- Don’t care for vodka? Substitute blanco (silver) tequila, gin, or white rum.
- If you are looking for a punch recipe, try sparkling pomegranate punch.
- If you like a sweeter cocktail, increase the amount of grenadine added.
- sugar for rims
- 1 ½ ounces raspberry liqueur (such as Chambord)
- 1 ounce vodka
- ½ ounce grenadine, plus more for dipping rims
- sparkling water (club soda, soda water, seltzer)
- Garnishes: fresh raspberries, blackberries, and rosemary sprig
- Optional: Prepare cocktail glasses. Dip each rim in grenadine or raspberry liqueur, then dip into a shallow bowl or plate filled with sugar. Set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add raspberry liqueur, vodka, and grenadine. Shake well for 30 to 60 seconds. Strain into a glass and top with sparkling water, fresh berries, and rosemary.
- Nutrition information does not include optional sugar rim or garnishes.
- Don’t have a cocktail shaker? Put the ingredients into a jar with a lid (such as a Mason jar), shake vigorously, and strain the contents through a fine strainer into a glass.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.