Amuck, amuck, amuck! This Hocus Pocus drink is a witchy and absolutely delicious cocktail with green Midori melon liqueur. You'll definitely want to make this cocktail for sipping during your annual Hocus Pocus movie night!
I wanted to make this drink as bright green and sparkly as possible! So I added in some Midori and edible glitter for that little something extra. It looks soo cool (even cooler in person!!) the way it floats around in the drink.
If you want some more tasty and spooky cocktails for your Halloween party, check out the Halloween Margarita, the Vampire's Kiss cocktail or the Black Heart cocktail. Or, if you want to use more of your Midori, try out the Midori Sour!
Hocus Pocus Inspiration
If you've somehow never seen Disney's Hocus Pocus or its recent sequel, the Sanderson sisters are three witches that are awakened in a spell. They are hilarious (and somehow both powerful and incompetent at the same time).
I wanted to make this Hocus Pocus cocktail with some of the awesome colors that the Sanderson sisters wear. They are such iconic Halloween villains, and their outfits are super vibrant, so the color needed to be in-your-face!
Bright green and purple are the perfect combo, just like Winifred's dress. With the edible glitter, it definitely looks like a witch's potion.
Here are the ingredients you'll need to make this beautiful and spooky drink:
- Vodka - any vodka will work great! I used Tito's vodka.
- Midori Melon Liqueur - Midori liqueur gives the drink its bright green color, and also has a really nice melon flavor.
- Lime Juice - fresh lime juice is best.
- Simple syrup - either use store bought syrup, or you can make your own simple syrup.
- Edible glitter - while optional, this makes the finished drink look so cool! I used the clear Brew Glitter.
- Seltzer - this brings in some bubbles and helps the glitter move around a bit in the glass.
- Purple sugar - this is optional, but adding purple sanding sugar to the rim of the glass really gives this drink a Halloween feel.
Here are some ways you can substitute the ingredients in this cocktail:
- Vodka - you can use white rum, tequila or gin in place of the vodka. You can even use spiced rum for a different seasonal flavor, but the drink won't be as bright of a green.
- Midori - you can use Bols melon liqueur if you can't find Midori. Or, you can use a different liqueur like Cointreau, and use green edible glitter to make the drink green.
- Lime Juice - lemon juice would work great here too. If you can't use fresh, try using a packet of True Lime mixed with water.
- Simple syrup - you could use maple syrup or agave nectar instead.
- Edible glitter - just omit this if you can't get your hands on it. It'll still look cool, just not as sparkly.
- Purple sugar - you can use any color sugar... maybe green for a St. Patty's day twist! Even just plain white sugar would taste great. Or, just omit it, and garnish with a lime peel instead.
Here are some variations on this recipe:
- Keto Friendly Hocus Pocus drink - you can reduce the sugar in this by using a simple syrup made with allulose (find out how in my Simple Syrup post), or use a store bought sugar free syrup. There is no sugar free Midori, but you can try using a green-colored mixer instead, like this sugar-free Appletini mix.
- Virgin - watch out... the sisters might be coming for you!! To make this recipe non-alcoholic, you can just sub out the vodka with cold water, and replace the Midori with Amoretti Honeydew Melon syrup. You can also omit the simple syrup since you can just use more of the melon syrup.
- Three Different colors - if you want to pay homage to the other Sanderson sisters, you can make three different colored cocktails. I suggest using Cointreau instead of the Midori so your drink is clear, and then use different colored edible glitter to add the colors. Instead of adding the glitter to the cocktail shaker, add it to the bottom of each serving glass, and stir it up with a bar spoon or straw.
You'll just need a few basic bar tools to mix up this drink. Grab a jigger, a cocktail shaker and a strainer.
For the serving glass, I used a Champagne flute, but you could also use a martini glass (especially if you want more of the sugar rim)!
A small shallow dish will come in handy for the purple sugar rim. You'll also want to have a knife and cutting board along with a citrus juicer if you're using a fresh lime.
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Use water or a cut lime to wet the rim of your cocktail glass. Then, dip it into your dish of purple sugar.
Pick up the glass, turn it slightly and dip it again. Repeat until the whole rim is coated, and set the glass aside to dry.
Add the lime juice and Midori to your cocktail shaker.
Add in the vodka and simple syrup.
Add in the edible glitter, and then fill the shaker with ice.
Seal up the shaker and shake well, about 15 to 20 times.
Strain the drink into the prepared serving glass.
Top it all off with your fresh seltzer, and serve!
Hint: Sometimes the glitter will settle to the bottom. You may want to serve it with a straw or long stirrer for your guests to restir the glittery magic!
Frequently Asked Questions
The stuff in edible glitter that makes it sparkly is called mica. There are some other ingredients as well, like cornstarch. You can check out Brew Glitter on Amazon for a full list of ingredients.
Edible glitter is FDA approved to consume in small amounts. Just make absolutely sure it says "edible" on the label! Some types of sparkle and luster dust are not meant for food or drinks.
If you want to make these Hocus Pocus Halloween cocktails for a party, you can add the sugar to all of your glass rims beforehand. Then have them ready to go!
You can also make these in a pitcher instead of one by one. If you want to make a pitcher, just multiply the ingredients by the number of drinks you want, and then add ½ ounce of water per cocktail to the pitcher. Mix in everything but the seltzer.
Store the pitcher in the fridge until you're ready to serve, and then pour and top each one with seltzer. Cheers to a great Hocus Pocus party!
Hocus Pocus Drink
- Add the purple sugar to a small shallow dish.
- Wet the rim of your serving glass, either by dipping it in water or using half of a cut lime.
- Dip the rim of the glass into the purple sugar. Pick up the glass, turn it and re-dip until the whole rim is coated.
- Set the glass aside while you make the drink.
- Add the vodka, Midori, lime juice, simple syrup, and edible glitter to a cocktail shaker.
- Fill the shaker with ice, seal it up and shake vigorously, about 15-20 times.
- Strain the drink into your prepared cocktail glass.
- Top it off with seltzer, and serve. Cheers!