The meandering thoughts of a modern-day hearth witch.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Practical Magic Party 2010

A day late - and I sincerely apologise for my unpunctuality - but here is my tardy contribution to the Practical Magic Blog Party.

As I'm sure is the case for scores of the film's fans out there, this is one of my favourite scenes...

Eye of newt, toe of frog, wing of bat, tongue of dog.
Adder’s fork and blind worm’s sting…
Barbados lime is just the thing.
Fragias salt, like a sailors stubble…
Flip the switch, and let the cauldron bubble

Many a nights have been spent with my friends, squeezing countless limes to make batches of 'Midnight Margaritas' and dancing around to Harry Nilsson's 'Coconut' in fits of giggles. I think it is this scene from the film which best succeeds in capturing the wonder of 'family', whether that be the one you're born into, or the one you choose for yourself: the quirks, the in-jokes and traditions and the silliness that can only be truly shared when you just know each other that well

With this in mind, I give you a wonderful recipe, which captures that joyful naughtiness in an indulgent, creamy ice-cream, courtesy of Nigella Lawson...

Margarita Ice Cream


* 125ml lime juice

*2 tbsp Tequila

*3 tbsp orange liqueur (Cointreau or Gran Marnier)

* 150g icing sugar

*500ml double cream


1. Pour the lime juice, Tequila and orange liqueur into a bowl and stir in the icing sugar until it dissolves.

2. Add the cream and whisk until the mixture is thick and smooth but not stiff - soft peaks should form.

3. Spoon the mixture into an airtight container and put into the freezer overnight.

You do not need to remove the ice cream from the freezer in advance of serving as it won't freeze too hard and melts pretty quickly. It really is a lovely, tangy treat and one which looks and tastes impressive without actually requiring much work. 

I hope you have fun trying this one out - perfect for a girl's night in with the Practical Magic DVD. 


22 musings:

Jennifer said...

I love your party post!!! and that scene is one of my faves in the movie too! I have to make Midnight Margaritas..I never have but now I think I will and invite over some friends for some fun!!

Mother's Moon's Message said...

now that is like combining 2 of my favorites... tequila and ice cream.. never thought about it but will have to try it out... I love the late parties because it just keeps the fun a going....

Incipient Wings said...

Hello! thank you for visiting !
what a fun post!

Birgit said...

That ice-cream sounds yummy!

-- Birgit

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the lovely Margarita ice cream recipe! Happy Practical magic Party! It's still going on because there are so many blogs to visit and new witches to meet!

Hope you have a chance to stop by my blog for a "special spell" that I have for everyone!

Lots of magical wishes, dreams and blessings to you and your family!

xoxo Valerie

Yart said...

Oh.... that sounds so yummy!

Celia said...

Love your party! This is one of my favorite scenes and love dancing along with it!! Please come by and visit my party too!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What a wonderful little Practical Magic party. Thank you so very much for visiting with me. I do appreciate the recipe for the ice cream - it sounds fabulous! Have an enchanted day, Theresa

Aimee Jeffries said...

Oh yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Elysian Field Originals said...

Wonderful party post. Yummy recipe!! Brightest Blessings!

Leiani said...

One of my all time favourite movies, that never ceases to get me in the mood for a little practical magic, and margaritas! And I happended accross it once again the other day as I was flicking through the tv channels and I just happened to have enough time to spare to watch. It was great. And I will definitely have to try the icecream.

Bluezy said...

Ooo sounds yummy!

Cellar Door said...

Did someone say ice cream?! AND margaritas??? *hastily reaches for "just desserts" spoon, so as to have at it!* What a delicious merrying this be! (Add coconut sprinkles to do Harry Nilsson proud? YES!)

Too much of this good thing might require a makeready of my after-party receipt: ‘It Didn’t Appear Indulgent Amid' Tonic~Remedy:
A Receipt to Aid Revitalization of Humours

Cellar Door said...

Hmm, my link doesn't want to cooperate. Try this spell instead:

annabelle said...

Another one to add to my list of magic recipes. Thank you. And I too am running late in visiting all of the witches but I think all of the magic will carry me through!

.~^..^~ * Annabelle

Sparkster said...

Oh yummy! I've never heard of this, but you can bet I'm adding it to the list of scrumpti recipes I've gathered in my my wanderings at this party. Thank you so much for sharing what sounds like a delicious treat with us!

Faith, trust, and faerie dust!

Wendy said...

Margarita ice-cream? Perfect for the 90 degree weather we're having here! I can't wait to make this. I have two kitties that I adore too. One all black and one tux. They make magic that more special, don't they? Many blessings to you and your babies.

CatHerder said...


Anonymous said...

OOOO margarita Ice cream I have to try it .... wonderful party post... I'm still doing the rounds..

Susan said...

TaKillYa and I do not get along, but otherwise this sounds wonderful!
Thanks for sharing :)


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Elizabeth Barczynski said...

That scene always inspires me to invite friends over on a whim.....hmm, wanna come over! ;)

Penny said...

Margarita ice-cream sounds so yummy. can't wait to try it.

Great party post. Thank you so much for sharing your talents and heart with us.

Brightest Blessings,

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