Chinese Firebolt

July 23, 2010 (Day 174) — Chinese Firebolt

It’s been a long time since I’ve made a non-alcoholic drink. When I started this blog, I wanted to make sure I got my fair share of “mocktails” made up. After all, just because you’re underage, you’re the designated driver, or you’re a teetotaler doesn’t mean you can’t take part in some awesomely made and fancily dressed up drinks.

To top it off, it’s my stepson’s 12th birthday today. Which makes me feel ridiciously old. But, it also means that in his honor I’m going to make a non-alcoholic drink that he’ll be able to toast his last year as a tween!

Okay, Harry Potter nerds. You’re two steps ahead of everyone else if you already know the reference for this drink’s name. According to, where I found the recipe, they so named it for the dragon in “The Goblet of Fire.”

No, not that! That's the Hungarian Horntail and... And god, I'm a geek.

I altered this recipe for my own personal taste (and knowing what my stepson likes).

Chinese Firebolt

1.5 oz grenadine

1.5 oz lime cordial

12 oz can of cola

Pour the grenadine and cordial into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with cola, add a chopstick and present to your dinker BEFORE stirring it. You get a very cool separation of colors.

Mix, then sip. This is very VERY good. It’s like a modified Roy Rogers, actually. The sweetness of the grenadine goes with the cola (of course), but that lime cordial adds an interesting little bite on the end. Definitely a great change up from the standards we’ve grown tired of making! I really liked it, Jenn wasn’t much of a fan. But, what did the birthday boy think?

Kolin: *sip* … It’s terrible *sip* I hate it… *long drink* You should make several of these just to make sure I realize how bad it is. (In other words, he really liked it. Get it?)


— Mark


  1. I think you need to have a week long series of drinks that are named after Harry Potter references. Just saying.


  1. […] enough to drink, or just don’t like the taste of alcohol. One of my recent favorites has been the Chinese Firebolt (props to Harry Potter geeks who got the […]

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