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Uncle Vernon's Metropolitan Brandy Cocktail Recipe | My Harry Potter Kitchen (Recipe #10)

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

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After three frozen dessert recipes in a row, this week's drink from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is also in Chapter Two: The Vanishing Glass as Vernon needs a drink after a day at the zoo

"he collapsed into a chair, and Aunt Petunia had to run and get him a large brandy"

Nothing beats an evening cocktail after a long hard day (especially if your child has been locked inside a snake enclosure. Brandy is a spirit made from distilling wine and is very popular as an after-dinner drink.

Although Brandy can be drunk straight I thought we'd add some extra magic by transforming it into a Brandy cocktail. The Metropolitan is a world-famous brandy cocktail made from a blend of brandy and vermouth. Optional addition of sugar syrup is used to sweeten the cocktail while bitters give additional depth of flavour

Metropolitan Brandy Cocktail Ingredients:

(makes 1 Metropolitan cocktail)

  • 60ml brandy

  • 30ml vermouth

  • 1/2 cup ice

  • 1 tsp simple syrup

  • 2-3 dashes angostura bitters


  1. Make your simple syrup by adding equal parts of sugar and water into a saucepan. 1/2 cup of each will give you enough sugar syrup to keep in the fridge and make a range of cocktails. Bring the syrup to the boil until all the sugar has dissolved and then set aside to cool

  2. Place your cocktail glasses into the freezer so they're nice and chilled when you come to serve.

  3. The ratio 2 parts brandy to 1 part vermouth will give you the perfectly balanced Metropolitan every time. Pour both spirits into your shaker and then top up with ice.

  4. Add in your sugar syrup and Angostura bitters, place the lid on top and shake your cocktail for 1-2 minutes. (Wizard tip! You'll know it's ready when the whole shaker goes cold and the metal on the top of your shaker starts to frost up)

  5. Remove your cocktail glass from the freezer (which should be so cold that it frosts up when it meets the room temperature air) and then slowly pour your cocktail in using the strainer

  6. Finish with a cherry garnish and serve

This recipe is adults only (sorry youngsters!), but once if you're old enough it's definitely worth giving a go and serving at your next Harry Potter-themed dinner party! Even if you're not usually a fan of brandy this cocktail provides a sweet twist that you just might love!

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