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!
Makes 4 drinks (*if you want to share, that is)
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp water
4 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda, chilled
1. Combine brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat on medium, and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook until mixture reached 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer, or if you don’t have one like me, bring to a gentle boil, and cook for about one minute, then remove from the heat.
2. Once removed from heat, add butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 cup heavy cream. Stir until the mixture is smooth, and then cool to room temperature.
3. Once the brown sugar mixture is cooled, beat together 2 tbsp of the mixture with the remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream until it forms soft-peaks- this will make some really delicious whipped cream!
4. In your serving glass, combine 1/4 cup brown sugar syrup with 1/4 cup cream soda, stir until combined. Top with remaining cream soda, and then with some whipped cream.
- 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!