The last of the Harry Potter movies is out. We celebrate by whipping up a batch of the book’s sweet, buttery beverage – Butterbeer.
I’m not a Harry Potter fanatic. I like the movies and getting caught up in the story is fun, but I would never dress up as Hermione and wait in line for a midnight showing. However, you may question the true level of my fanaticism when I tell you that I have made butterbeer. And not just one kind, but three different recipes.
I love beer. And for all intents and purposes, I love butter. The unlikely combination of the two is intriguing and dare I say, magical. It simply had to be done. For the record, there is no alcohol in it but there is butter – lots of butter.
If you’re not familiar with this fictional concoction or Harry Potter, then you’re probably not reading this anyway. But for the uninitiated, this is a foamy, buttery beverage that the characters frequently drink at their wizard-y watering hole. Until the Harry Potter theme park opened in Orlando, the drink only lived in J.K. Rowling’s imagination. But now the park sells the stuff as a kid-friendly thirst- and curiosity-quenching novelty (probably at a cool $7.99 a goblet). The internet however, is swirling with tons of recipes based on what the park sells. We tried a few of them…
(Butterbeer recipes ‘below the fold.’)
Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #1
This was the best of the bunch. It tasted the most like what you might imagine something called “butterbeer” in a children’s book would taste like. According to the site, this is a pretty close match to what they sell at the theme park. It was a little too sweet for my taste – as much sugar as is in the cream soda, I don’t think the syrup needed so much additional sugar. (Source: Wizarding World of Harry Potter fan site.)
- 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.
Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #2
This one was also very tasty, but tasted more like melted butterscotch chips. Which was good but not very ‘butterbeery.’ It would make a delicious hot toddy in the wintertime. (Source: Wizarding World of Harry Potter fan site.)
- 10 OZ of Cream Soda (1 & 1/4 cups)
- 1 Tbsp of Salted REAL Butter
- 1/2 Cup Butterscotch chips
- 1/4 Cup Original Coffee Mate Liquid Creamer or heavy cream
Put the Butterscotch Chips and Butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir and Heat for another 30 seconds. Now add your Creamer to the bowl.
Microwave in 30 Second increments again. Stirring each time. It usually takes about 4 times (2 minutes) to get the right consistency. Set your mixture aside. The chips and butter should be a thick stir-able paste.
Heat Cream soda in the microwave for 90 seconds. BE VERY CAREFUL! Microwaves times vary. Make sure not to over heat the Cream Soda or all of the fizz will be gone.
Pour Butterscotch mixture into heated Cream Soda.
Stir & Serve!
Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #3
This was by far the simplest, but the least tasty of the three. (Source: Chica and Jo)
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- 24 oz cream soda
- 2 tsp vanilla butter and nut flavoring
Using a whisk, whip cream and sugar in a bowl until very soft peaks form.
Add soda to mug and gently stir in flavoring. Spoon a layer of whipped cream on top of soda. Serve immediately.