“Oho,” said Slughorn again. Harry was sure that Slughorn had not forgotten the potion at all, but had waited to be asked for dramatic effect. “Yes. That. Well, that one, ladies and gentlemen, is a most curious little potion called Felix Felicis. I take it,” he turned, smiling, to look at Hermione, who had let out an audible gasp, “that you know what Felix Felicis does, Miss Granger?”
“It’s liquid luck,” said Hermione excitedly. “It makes you lucky!”
The whole class seemed to sit up a little straighter. Now all Harry could see of Malfoy was the back of his sleek blond head, because he was at last giving Slughorn his full and undivided attention.
“Quite right, take another ten points for Gryffindor. Yes, it’s a funny little potion, Felix Felicis,” said Slughorn. “Desperately tricky to make, and disastrous to get wrong. However, if brewed correctly, as this has been, you will find that all your endeavors tend to succeed… at least until the effects wear off.”
“Why don’t people drink it all the time, sir?” said Terry Boot eagerly.
“Because if taken in excess, it causes giddiness, recklessness, and dangerous overconfidence,” said Slughorn. “Too much of a good thing, you know… highly toxic in large quantities. But taken sparingly, and very occasionally…”
– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
You know I want to make reading Harry Potter series an annual ritual and I am sure I will be cooking a new dish every time I read the books. The pumpkin juice, treacle tart, rhubarb pie, butter beer – oh! the food of magical world is just so fascinating. When I re-read Half Blood Prince earlier this year, I was fixated on Felix Felicis – the luck potion that Harry wins in Professor Slughorn’s potion class and then later uses it to extract the crucial memory from the said Professor. I would imagine its taste – a mix of sweet, sour, bitter with a hint of some sort of spice. Also, remember how it made Harry appear a bit drunk? So, maybe a bit of alcohol too. Being an introvert at times I’ve felt that a little alcohol in my system turns me into a talkative person especially when I am in the company of strangers. Yes, definitely alcohol!
Last week I was at my friend Amrita’s house and we decided to make the luck potion for the lunch party she was hosting. She graciously agreed to style and photograph it for me.
So here you go. Make the potion and feel lucky.
Dark rum – 60ml
Palm jaggery syrup – 2tsp
Orange bitters – 2-3 drops
Lime juice – ½ tsp
Cinnamon powder – a pinch
1. Take all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well
2. Pour the mix in a glass and top it up with water, soda or Rose wine and gulp it down
Mixing – Shirin Mehrotra
Styling and Photography – Amrita Kaur Ramsinghani