Butterbeer is one of those things that I’ve wanted to try since reading about it in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I knew it obviously was a fictional drink*, but much like I wanted the magical world of Harry Potter to be real, I also wanted the treats from the books to be real as well. With the final movie just having been released, there has been a proliferation of Harry Potter inspired treats making their way around the internet which has awakened my craving, and since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter made Butterbeer real, I knew it was something that I just had to make…. it’s taken me this long, but I have finally lived the dream!! Now, since I’ve never been to the theme park (which hopefully I’ll remedy someday relatively soon!!), I have no idea whether this version tastes like theirs, but I have to say that it is still incredibly delicious, and very much like how I imagined butterbeer tasting- namely, butterscotchesque. This drink is fizzy, creamy, sweet and very easy to make. This is a non-alcoholic version, but you can spike the drink as well.
*Apparently Buttered Beer was a real drink in ye olden times consisting of beer, sugar, eggs, nutmeg, cloves and butter, and another old recipe calls for liquorish root and anise seeds to be added….. muy interestante!
- The original recipe in the Huffington Post includes 1/2 tsp of rum extract stirred into the brown sugar syrup along with the butter, salt vinegar and cream. I didn’t have any rum extract in my pantry, but if you do, and want to try that, go for it!