The bedroom is so dark that it takes Gillian a while to realize that the lump beneath the blankets is indeed a human life form. If there’s anything Gillian knows, it’s self-pity and despair. She can make that particular diagnosis in two seconds flat, since she’s been there herself about a thousand times, and she knows what the cure is too. She ignores the girls’ protests and sends them to bed, then she goes to the kitchen and fixes a pitcher of margaritas. She takes the pitcher, along with two glasses dipped in coarse salt, out to the backyard and leaves it all beside the two lawn chairs set up near the little garden where the cucumbers are doing their best to grow.
-Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman
We’ve all seen the movie Practical Magic.
And we all know to “always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can”.
And yes, we all would like ‘that’ house, please and thank you. If I ever build it, you’re all welcome to move in with me.
But has anyone read the book?
I’ve watched Practical Magic every Halloween for the last 14-ish years since it came out, and thought, right, this is the year I’m reading it!
Well, read I did, and how do we say this politely…
Some very nice potential, that the script writers obviously saw and ran with… The best of the book is the film, so maybe just stick with watching the movie…?
Fortunately midnight margaritas makes an appearance in both film and book… along with 5 A4 pages worth of other food, which I’ve noted down in the Food Reference List for Practical Magic.
- 35ml tequila
- 20ml Cointreau
- 15ml lime juice
- In a shaker, pour in ice, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice, close the lid and give it a shake.
- With the excess lime rind, wipe it around the edge of a glass, turn the glass upside down and twist it on a plate of salt to rim it.
- Pour the margarita into the glass and garnish with a fresh thin slice of lime.