The Harry Potter book series may be over, but now fans of the fantastical novels have a chance to make Potter-inspired potions of their own thanks to a new cocktail-making class!
The Cauldron, a fantasy-themed experience that just concluded five-month, sold-out run in London, is now giving a whole new crop of New York City-based witches and wizards a chance to brew their own boozy potions. The magical experience is set to open in September on the second floor of the Financial District’s Bavaria Bierhaus.
According to a press release, The Cauldron NYC is a one hour and forty-five minute ticketed class that “centers on the idea of using science and technology to bring concepts from fantasy novels and magical lore to life.” In fact, when guests arrive they receive a robe and working magic wand, which they use to pour helpings of Poetic Meade (also known as the ‘Nectar of the Gods’), a honey wine famous in mythology.
“Our mission at The Cauldron is to make magic real with science, technology, and design. We are not associated or affiliated with any specific fantasy franchise; rather, we are a mashup of ideas from fantasy literature, real magical history, and mythology,” The Cauldron cofounder Matthew Cortland tells Us Weekly. “We’ve created a place where adults can feel like kids again, use working magic wands and brew molecular cocktails.”
Though The Cauldron has no actual ties to the Harry Potter franchise, guests who enjoy all things Potter will certainly feel at home. Each participant can use the equipment at their wand-interactive workstation, which includes a cauldron, mixing utensils, and fresh and bottled potion-making ingredients, to brew two drinkable potions that change color, bubble and smoke.
During their time at The Cauldron, guests can even use their magic wand to pour their own pint of Hell Broth, a limited-edition collaboration beer brewed for The Cauldron by Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn. What’s more? The beer is imbibed with pumpkin, marigold, and all spice – ingredients used in real magical history.
As for why The Cauldron decided to set up shop in NYC, Cortland explains, “Our Magical Experience was sold out in London, and a large portion of our audience was from the U.S. We decided it was time to bring The Cauldron to American shores and give New Yorkers a taste of London.”
Those interested better act quickly. Currently, The Cortland is only scheduled to be in NYC for four months, though there are plans to open a permanent location in Manhattan in the future.
Tickets to The Cauldron cost $44.99 each, and participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their favorite childhood book, which will be donated to a reading classroom in need in New York City.
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