Harry Potter fans were first introduced to Butterbeer in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, where students took trips to Hogsmeade and tasted the delicious beverage at the Three Broomsticks. According to Harry, it’s the ‘most delicious thing he’d ever tasted’.
So how does it actually taste, and can you make your own Butterbeer? Let’s find out.
Luckily, many Harry Potter fans are also awesome chefs, and Butterbeer definitely tops the list of Harry Potter food and drinks to try and recreate. It’s the symbol of Harry’s freedom and rebellion when he finally escaped to Hogsmeade and it signifies the thrill of exploring the magical wizarding world, plus the comfort of friendship with Hermoine and Ron.
Here are some enchanting Butterbeer recipes that are sure to warm your heart and stomach.
Classic Frozen Butterbeer:
This classic recipe takes like the Butterbeer you’ll find at the Harry Potter studios in Watford. Begin by placing the soda in a large, shallow dish and place it in the freezer for half an hour. Once it’s removed from the freezer, if it’s started to freeze around the edges, break it up and put it back in for another thirty minutes. Repeat the process until the soda becomes very slushy.
When the soda is almost ready, make the topping. Beat the heavy cream until it’s similar to the texture of beer foam. Then, whisk in enough of the butterscotch sauce to give the cream a strong butterscotch flavour.
To serve, pour or spoon the slushy soda into a clear cup or glass, and spoon the foamy topping on the top.
Vanilla ice cream
If you love the idea of frozen Butterbeer but want to turn it into a milkshake, this is the perfect recipe for you. It blends butterscotch and cream soda with ice cream for a perfect frozen beverage.
Start by placing your glass in the freezer to chill, and then combine half a cup of butterscotch syrup, cream soda, ice cream, and a pinch of salt in a blender until smooth. Remove your glass from the freezer and drizzle a generous helping of butterscotch syrup inside. Pour the milkshake into the glasses and decorate the top with whipped cream and butterscotch chips. Voila!
Vegan ice cream
Pinch of cinnamon and ginger
If you’re looking for a plant-based version of Harry Potter’s favourite drink then look no further. All you need to do is swap out the ice cream for a plant-based version and you’ll have an alternative, vegan option that Harry would still describe as the best thing he ever tasted.
Mix the spices and plant milk in a small bowl, then pour apple juice into a mug or cup. Pour the spice mixture over the apple juice, then add a scoop of ice cream and top with some extra cinnamon. If you need to, you can add more apple juice to make the butterbeer rise more. Swap apple juice for cider if you want to make an alcoholic version.
Whipped cream flavoured vodka
If you want to add an extra kick to your butterbeer, this sweet, boozy recipe is perfect. It’s bound to go down a treat at Halloween parties too. Mix together ice, schnapps, vodka, and cream soda in a blender and strain into a glass. Use a fork to whip marshmallow fluff and a little bit of butterscotch schnapps in a dish until it’s liquid, and use the mixture to top off the drink.
Which one of these will you try first?
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