Harry Potter’s Butterbeer

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 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 or large 2L bottle

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature. about 20-30 minutes
  3. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
  4. In a mixer, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass or 2 tbps if you don’t like a very sweet drink). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. If you prefer a frozen/cold version, freeze the cream soda ahead of time in an ice tray and then using a blender to make it into a slushy, add in about 1/3 cup of the slush into your drink. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each. Enjoy!

It’s Halloween and entering the winter season.. I think it’s a perfect time to have Harry Potter’s Butterbeer. Just in case you didn’t know what this is, It’s a drink that Harry Potter and his friend drank in the very popular Harry Potter series of books by J. K. Rowling and later in the movies. It is a sweet drink and usually consumed during the winter season, It is served in 2 main forms, warm and frozen. In the below recipe the only difference would be ignoring the part about freezing the cream soda, personally I prefer the cold/frozen version. This recipe was an apparent leak of what they used in the popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios and was reported by many various news sites. Overall, the recipe is easy and great for occasions especially if there are any Harry Potter fans however I do find this a bit in the very sweet side of things so it may be a good idea to use less of the brown sugar mixture for the final drink mix.

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