This week, the second book in Amy Alward’s The Potion Diaries series, The Royal Tour, went on sale and in celebration, we’re featuring the first book in the series, The Potion Diaries, as our featured full read. With all this talk of potions and with Halloween fast approaching, we decided to put together a few potions of our own….YA-themed mocktails! Enjoy these delightful (and non-alcoholic!) concoctions, guaranteed to be a huge hit at any Halloween party or enjoyed on a cozy autumn day alongside a good book!
Asteroid Party Punch
(Non-Alcoholic Sangria inspired by We All Looked Up)
If a massive asteroid was hurdling towards Earth, who would you want to spend your last few hours with? You’ll be dying to share this sangria-inspired recipe with end of the world buddies and end of the school day friends alike.
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 black tea bags
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 medium orange, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 medium lemon, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 medium lime, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 medium apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 3 cups carbonated water
Pour the boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in sugar to dissolve.
In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.
Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in glasses over ice.
The Love Potion
(A blood orange and grapefruit tonic inspired by Love & Gelato)
Does any flavor evoke Italy more than blood orange? This simple mocktail is perfect for cooling off on a hot day or unraveling family secrets while pursuing a gorgeous summer romance!
- 3 ounces grapefruit juice
- 3 ounces blood orange juice
- Tonic water
- Basil for garnish (if desired)
Pour the blood orange and grapefruit juice over the ice. Top with tonic water and garnish with basil.
The Love Letter
(Originally called the “Chocolate Dream Shake,” inspired by To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)
Protagonist Lara Jean’s sweet tooth is reflected in this delicious spin on milkshakes. Substitute hazelnut spread for chocolate syrup if you’re up for a richer flavor!
- 4 Scoops vanilla ice cream
- ¼ cup chocolate flavored syrup
- 1 cup cold-brewed coffee
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Whipped Cream
In blender, place ice cream, chocolate syrup and coffee. Cover; blend on high speed 5 to 10 seconds.
Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Cover; blend on low speed about 5 seconds or until smooth. Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and extra chocolate chips. Serve immediately.
(Mulled apple juice inspired by Since You’ve Been Gone)
This warm and comforting concoction unites two of autumn’s favorite flavors: apple and cinnamon. Nighttime apple picking and teenage bucket lists optional but suggested.
- 1 Liter of Apple Juice
- 2-4 strips of orange peel
- 1 cinnamon stick, plus extra for garnish
- 3 cloves
- Sugar or honey, to taste
Simmer the apple juice with the strips of orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves for about 5-10 mins until all the flavors have infused. Sweeten to taste. Serve each drink with a little orange peel and a piece of cinnamon stick, if you like.
The Diabolic’s Deceit
(The “Millionaire Sour,” inspired by The Diabolic)
The Diabolic’s protagonist, Nemesis, thrives on deception as she plays the dangerous games of the Galactic court. Much like Nemesis, the Millionaire Sour is not what it appears, a riff on a classic Sour cocktail that is suitable for all ages.
- 2 ounces Lemon Simple Syrup
- 2 ounces ginger ale
- Crushed ice
- Dash of grenadine
- Lemon slice & cherry for garnish
Add the lemon simple syrup and grenadine to a glass of crushed ice. Fill with ginger ale. Stir gently. Add lemon slice and cherry before serving.
Make sure to check out the free read of The Potion Diaries, available until 10/31/16, and if you have any suggestions for other YA-themed mocktails or if you make any of the above, please let us know in the comments below!