Butterbeer is HereMs. Fizz | Thursday, November 18th, 2010 |
In honor of the theatrical release of the hotly anticipated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the first part of the two-part series finale of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series, I bring you some enchanting treats straight from the Three Broomsticks (for you Muggles out there that’s the hottest pub in the wizarding world).
It’s Butterbeer time!
Potter fans will recognize Butterbeer as the ubiquitous beverage of choice for young wizards and witches, and will fondly remember Harry, Hermoine and Ron sipping on Butterbeers as they plan their next adventures. J. K. Rowling said in an interview with Bon Appétit that she imagines it “to taste a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.”
As a true, blue Potter-phile I know that Butterbeer can be served hot or cold, sometimes has an intoxicating effect and sometimes doesn’t, but the most important fact about Butterbeer is that it’s FIZZY!
I used a little internet magic to find a couple of recipes for this mystical brew. The first is perfect for the entire family to enjoy, while the second is strictly for the grown-up wizards.
I found this first one over on Fox News, where they’ve come up with a surprisingly “fair and balanced” (and delicious) approach to the drink. They claim that this recipe is close to what is sold at Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, which by the way is the most popular food item sold at the attraction. I’ve substituted SodaStream’s Cream Soda sodamix in the recipe below.
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
1 ¼ liters of SodaStream 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.
And from DrinksMixer comes the adult version:
1 cup butterscotch schnapps
2 one liter bottles of SodaStream Cream Soda
Carefully mix just before serving, adding the schnapps to the soda then stirring gently to mix well, or the fizz will dissipate too soon.