Because of the popularity of the Harry Potter books and movies, a lot of products are being named after the characters and places in the story. I’m not exempt from the mindset — I did name my fried wontons Gringott’s money bags after the goblin-owned and operated bank.

When Speedy found a recipe for a blue cocktail drink called Phoenix, I wondered if it was named after something in Harry Potter. But Albus Dumbledore’s phoenix, Fawkes, is red and not blue. So, maybe it was named after the Order of the Phoenix… the rebel group that went underground to wage war with Voldemort.

Or, perhaps, there is no association at all. After all, the mythical bird has existed in literature long before the first Harry Potter book was published. Maybe the association is just in my mind — I think of Fawkes and the Order when I come across the word phoenix these days.

But it doesn’t really matter, does it? The only relevant issue is whether the drink is good or not. And it is.


Phoenix recipes on the web say pour the ingredients in a glass with ice cubes, stir with a straw, garnish with a feather and serve. Speedy used a shaker to mix everything lightly. And never mind the feather garnish — we don’t keep feathers in the house. We don’t have a bird either.

Based on a recipe found here and here. Neither attributed the other, I don’t know who copied who so I’ll just cite both to be fair.


  • 3 oz. of gold tequila
  • 3 oz. of Blue Curacao
  • 2 oz. of grenadine
  • 8 to 10 oz. of unsweetened and undiluted orange juice


  1. Drop three to four ice cubes into two glasses.
  2. Pour all the ingredients in a shaker. Shake lightly just to blend.
  3. Pour the mixed drink into the glasses.
  4. Serve very cold.

Preparation time: 3 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

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