CineDrunk 20 Years Later: Practical Magic


We’re back with another entry in our new podcast series 20 Years Later, in which we gab and gulp about our favorite films of two decades ago. For this round, each of our podcast hosts chose a movie from 1998—not necessarily their favorite movie or the best movie of that year, but one that spoke to them at the time and has lingered in their memory, for better or worse.

Next up is Elizabeth’s choice for 1998: the positively bewitching actress-showcase-of-a-romance-movie Practical Magic, starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, and Stockard Channing. Under-appreciated by critics in its time, Practical Magic has loads to say about love, loss, and sisterhood—with iconic food moments to boot.

Naturally, we made a family-sized pitcher of Midnight Margaritas to stir up the conversation. (Recipe below.) Cheers, and happy listening!

Midnight Margaritas
adapted from Serious Eats

2 cups blanco tequila
1 cup triple sec
¾ cup fresh lime juice
1 lime wedge, for glass rims
1 small handful Kosher or other coarse salt, for glass rims

Prepare glass(es) of your choice by running the lime wedge along each rim and dipping in Kosher salt.

Add tequila, triple sec, and lime juice to a pitcher with ice and stir. Remove ice and chill. Pour over ice in salt-rimmed glasses.

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