As the seventh month dies, fans the world over celebrate the birth of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter with witchy wands, house sigils and, of course, Butterbeer! Harry Potter is a sensation which has helped define a generation and amassed hundreds of thousands of fans... and I happen to not be one of them. My knowledge of Harry Potter is apparently hilariously limited and skewed, but I couldn't resist when asked to bar tend for a Potter Party.
This is the story about how I came up with this recipe, but you can also jump right to the recipe!
The Butterbeer research began.
The guest list for this party necessitated both an alcoholic and a non-alcoholic versions of Butterbeer be available. Many recipes I found called for a concoction similar to hot buttered rum, a drink which is hated as often as it is loved. Friends who had previously tried hot buttered rum-inspired Butterbeer recipes shared stories about butter residue sticking to glasses and digestive tracts being greased, turning the party into one long line for the bathroom.
For obvious reasons, I did not want to serve that kind of drink.
Universal Style Butterbeer
Once I learned that Universal serves Butterbeer in its theme parks, and that most everyone loves Universal's Butterbeer, I began hunting for the recipe. Once @Maddizzlee mentioned that Butterbeer was supposed to taste of butterscotch, the research became much easier. I learned that butterscotch soda exists, and that you can even buy Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer! With a better understanding of just what I was supposed to be making, I set to work developing the flavor profile.
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Ingredients and Options
Because I was unable to find butterscotch soda at a reasonable price, I decided to use cream soda as the basis for my Butterbeer. While many recipes called for adding Butterscotch Schnapps to make the drink, this presented two problems: First, we needed to ensure we had non-alcoholic options, and second, I am a firm believer that Schnapps is a thing of the devil. So, it was time to get creative.
The simple solution to making cream soda taste of butterscotch seemed to be adding Butterscotch Extract to the mix. Unfortunately, despite being able to find all kinds of extracts, I could not locate a store which sold butterscotch extract. It is readily available online, but the short notice about the party meant that I would not have been able to order and receive it in time for Mr. Potter's birthday. So I got creative with the myriad of other extracts that were available.
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Butter extract turned out to be the key, and it can be found in most every grocery store! I know, it sounds terrifying, but it gives you the creamy, rich flavor without leaving butter scum clinging to the sides of your glass. Adding bourbon extract adds depth to the mix, but rum extract works just as well! Vanilla butternut extract rounds this off perfectly, but if you're unable to find it, regular vanilla extract will do the trick.
The frothy, foamy topping was much easier to figure out, and starts with whipped cream. You can either buy whipping cream and add powdered sugar to sweeten, or buy it pre-whipped. Mix in some rum extract, a little vanilla nutbutter extract, or regular vanilla extract, and a dash of salt and you have yourself a delicious, non-alcoholic version of Butterbeer.
Then it was time to decide what kind of kick to add to the Butterbeer. While I expected whiskey to be the ideal mixer, Butterbeer is supposed to taste like butterscotch, after all, Kraken Rum turned out to be the ideal boozy addition to Butterbeer. Whiskey had too much of a flavor, where as Kraken blended nicely, adding a bit of depth and spice without distracting from the butterscotch goodness. With all that decided, the only thing left to do was to compose the recipe and serve the drinks!
damphy's Butterbeer Recipe
2 liter bottle of cream soda (we used A&W)
2 teaspoons Butter Extract
1 teaspoons Bourbon Extract, substitute Rum Extract if bourbon is not available
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla NutButter Extract, substitute Vanilla Extract if nutbutter is not available
4 shots of Kraken Rum, substitute dark rum if Kraken is unavailable
16 oz/two containers of whipped topping (such as Cool Whip)
OR 2 pints heavy whipping cream & 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon rum extract
1 teaspoon Vanilla NutButter Extract, substitute Vanilla Extract if nutbutter is not available
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1/2 shot Kraken Rum, substitute dark rum if Kraken is unavailable
Fill a pitcher with ice, pour in cream soda, extracts and rum, if using. Mix and leave to chill.
In a large bowl, combine the whipped cream with extracts, salt and rum, if using, and blend. If you are not using pre-whipped cream, beat the whipping cream with powdered sugar, extracts and rum, if using, until stiff peaks form.
Add a little ice to each glass, frozen mugs or goblets are best! Fill with soda mixture and top with whipped topping. Enjoy! It's creamy, it's frothy and it is Harry Potter Cosplayer approved!
Happy Birthday, Mr Potter! I hope you enjoy Butterbeer as much as we did!
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