Hufflepuff Cocktail and Shot


If there’s anybody at Hogwarts who gets a lot of flack, it’s the Hufflepuffs. They’re often referred to as “the rest” in a series that lionizes the brave, the cunning, and the ambitious (unless you ask Ron, in which case they’re a “load of duffers”), but that doesn’t mean they come to the table empty handed. Hufflepuffs are hands-down the friendliest and most empathetic wizards-in-training, and they’ll never go charging off to save someone in the Forbidden Forest or hide themselves away in a book fort in the library when you just need to talk about that stupid thing your boyfriend did in Divination yesterday. These “unafraid of toil” students are the wizarding world’s unsung heroes, its well-adjusted contingent of affable, easygoing friends. Could you ask for better drinking buddies?

The Giddy Cedric

This drink is hot and sweet, just like Cedric Diggory, and it’ll make you “just and loyal” before you can say Wingardium Leviosa. Be prepared to taste literal butterscotch—note the two key ingredients—and to feel like breaking into the greenhouses once you’ve polished off this beverage.

1 and 1/2 ounces scotch whiskey
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
6 ounces boiling water

Measure the Scotch whiskey in a toddy glass. Place brown sugar or honey in a measuring cup or other heatproof small container. Spoon in butter and pour on 2 ounces ( about 1/3) of the hot water; stir until butter and sugar are completely dissolved into a syrupy consistency (about 30 seconds). Pour on the rest of the water, stir briefly, then pour the works on top of the Scotch. Stir gently and serve. Prepare for raucous singing.

The Spitting Badger

Despite their dour reputation, Hufflepuffs aren’t all sugar and spice. Remember, they’re a loyal and dependable lot who made an impressive showing in Dumbledore’s Army during Harry’s fifth year and fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. This sweet-yet-sour shot is a testament to the deep-down fighting spirit of Hufflepuff, which makes itself known when the house of yellow and black are needed in times of great trouble.

1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 sugar cube

Add sugar to the rim of a shot glass, and drop a cube or packet of sugar into the bottom of the glass. Pour vodka and lemon juice into a stainless steel shaker over ice, and shake until completely cold. Pour into the prepared glass, and serve.

Post by Bailey James. Art by Angeli Rafer. Recipe from