Wizarding Wednesdays: Butterbeer

Of all the glorious food and drink that the characters in the Harry Potter series consume, I will admit that the one that has intrigued me the most over the years is butterbeer. First of all, it kind of sounds…gross. Just a bit nasty. Two years ago, I took my little sister to a Potter-themed party at the children’s museum in town where our other sister worked. It was an awesome shindig, by the way. Little sis and I were Luna Lovegood and Hermione Granger, respectively. (Little sis even made her own radish earrings.) Other sis was a dragon; she took a dragon costume that little sis had worn when she was tiny and it actually worked really well, haha. Dragon-head-hat and a cape with wings. Yes.

Anyway, there were snacks at this shindig, obviously. There was something labeled as butterbeer, which I think was just cream soda with butterscotch flavoring in it. It wasn’t bad, actually. Since then, however, I have been searching for the perfect butterbeer recipe (read: the most time consuming and difficult). I think I may have found one. Now, I haven’t tried this out yet, but it sounds delightfully scrumptious so I hope to make it soon! I found this recipe on harrypotterrecipes.net which stated that the recipe had come from Fox News. 🙂

Start to finish: 1 hour (10 minutes active)
Servings: 4
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
6 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda
In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.


6 thoughts on “Wizarding Wednesdays: Butterbeer

  1. Scrumptious! Thanks! We took the kids to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal, Orlando last December…so it seems like ’tis the season for more. We tried both the regular and the frozen versions. It was a tie for best deliciousness!

  2. The WW of Harry Potter is really amazing. Universal has done an incredible job of recreating Hogsmeade, just as you would imagine it from the books. My one tip would be: The day you go, get there early, as soon as it opens.

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