The Patronous Spell Cocktail {Entertaining & Recipes}

A cocktail party needs cocktails. Obviously. So, in preparing for my Harry Potter cocktail party on October 29th, I am going to be posting some ideas on my blog of cocktails that fit the theme, are tasty and don’t require $90 worth of liquor to make. Simple, snazzy. My motto.

Today, we’ll be making a Patronous Spell cocktail inspired by the folks over at True Lemon. One day I was on Twitter, and I asked for some ideas, and the lovely social media rep from their company suggested making something called a Patronous Spell, and it stuck with me. Mostly because Patron=tequila=love.

But, I had to make it sorta creative and very Halloween. And very Harry Potter. For this cocktail, I used a photo I saw on Pinterest that reminded me of Ron’s awful fear of spiders.


Off we go.

I went to Wal-Mart and bought a pack of ice trays and then I went to Dollar Tree to snag up a bag of spiders. Total cost thus far: $2.50


I snipped off the ring part of the spiders using scissors, and then I soaked all the spiders in some hot water. These will be in glasses that people will be drinking from, so I felt this was absolutely necessary. I rinsed them really well because I didn’t want soapy ice cubes.


Put a spider in each compartment:


I had to kinda put them sideways so they’d fit properly. I filled them with water, let them freeze a few hours, and got to brainstorming a creepy drink.


I wanted something my friends would enjoy drinking, and most of us love margaritas. We also love strong drinks, so I knew what cast of ingredients I needed.

The Patronous Spell Ingredients:

-Patron (or any cheap tequila): 1.5 oz per serving

-Pomegranate Margarita Mix: 4 oz per serving

-True Lime: a pinch/dash per serving

-Salt for garnishing, if desired

-Spider ice cubes: about 5-6 per glass


I took a glass, and filled it with ice cube spiders. Creepy, eh?


I like how some of the legs stick out of the ice cube. Honestly? Well, yeah, it’s kinda creepy.


Another spider trying to escape his frigid future.


Sprinkle a dash of the True Lime into the glass, pour all liquids in, swirl around with a straw, and you got yourself a fantastic, easy, impressive cocktail. This would be good for any Halloween party. You could even make a bunch of ice cubes in advance and keep them in a bowl so you don’t need to buy tons of ice trays. The pomegranate mix gives it a murky, weird color.


Doesn’t look really appetizing. So, you could always use food coloring to make it a rich, bright color OR, you could get creative with this $5 light bulb from Home Depot.


I have this bulb in a floor lamp, and let me show you what it can do to a drink display with just the click of a button (the lightbulb has a button where you can change the colors- neat!):

It can be red:


It can be green:


And it can be blue:


That light bulb is such an inexpensive way to add instant flare and ambiance to a party, food/drink display or an entrance. Neat, right? It’s just an entertaining tip I wanted to share with ya. The best part about this cocktail? Even when the glass is empty, it still makes for some spooky décor.


There ya have it. The Patronous Spell.

Are there any Halloween cocktail recipes you love? Are you bewitched by my yummy Patronous Spell?

I’ll be back tomorrow with a DIY Halloween wreath using some lovely craft products, and I’ll also have more news on my big news: I’m a Kmart Latina Smart Ambassador! Me? I know! Crazy. I am so psyched and honored to be part of these great opportunities.

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  1. Mrs. Wonder
    September 22, 2011 / 3:24 pm

    I am passing this along to a relative, she is just turning 21 and is obsessed with harry Potter.

  2. Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    September 22, 2011 / 6:36 pm

    LOVE THIS! Love the Harry Potter reference! Love the fun ice cubes! And LOVE the idea for the lighting! 🙂 Very cool! I still maintain, if I lived anywhere near you, I would SO wanna be at that party! haha! OH. And I voted. 🙂

  3. Stef at
    September 22, 2011 / 7:46 pm

    I LOVE this idea! You're so creative! Question for you… what's "True Lime"?

  4. Diamonds Pearls and Crazy in the world of Barbie Jones
    September 23, 2011 / 2:09 am

    This is FABULOUS i'll be headed to the store to grab some spiders!!

  5. Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)
    October 3, 2011 / 8:44 pm

    Very cool!

  6. Ashleigh and Tiffani
    December 16, 2011 / 7:22 am

    Omigosh! I love this idea! How adorable is that for Halloween! I am you lateest follower. I currently live in Spain and blog about our life here. I wrote a cookbook about Spanish food and wine/cocktails with my friend and now that we are working on our second book, we have started a blog for our books…we hope you'll follow us too!