By Samantha Sanders
Forget hot chocolate! This holiday season, warm up with a toasty, buttery mug of hot Butterbeer. As most of you know, you can get chilled or frozen Butterbeer in the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. During the sweltering summer months, the cold beverage is a sweet treat for guests. But, now with temperatures in the 30s and 40s, Potterheads may be looking for a warmer alternative.
Editor’s note: While many have tried to replicate the Butterbeer sold in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we’ve avoided posting any homemade recipes since nothing could be as good as the real thing. But with the occasional cold days in Orlando, we’ve decided to bring you this recipe for something not yet offered in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, hot Butterbeer.
As readers of the Potter series know, there have been references in the books implying that Butterbeer is not only supposed to be served hot in foaming tankards, but it is also thought to have a slight alcohol content – one that would either lower your inhibitions at Slughorn’s Christmas Party or totally inebriate a house elf!
Given the holiday season, I’ve decided to share my Hot Butterbeer recipe with you – I made it at my Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows premiere party, and it was a hit! You can find different Butterbeer recipes and other Potter-related recipes on fan sites like Mugglenet.com, The-Leaky-Cauldron.org, or just Google them!
Here’s a video of how to make my version, with the printed instructions below:
1 liter of cream soda
2-3 tbsp of butter
2-3 tbsp of brown sugar
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
4 or 5 Werther’s Original hard candies (or other caramels)
2-4 shots of butterscotch schnapps (optional, depending on the age of the Muggles)
Bring the cream soda to a boil.
Melt the butter and brown sugar together until the sugar has dissolved.
Pour the butter and sugar mixture into the boiling cream soda.
Add the heavy whipping cream.
Add the Werther’s Originals, stir continuously until they melt.
Add the Butterscotch Schnapps shots if you’d like.
Top it off with some whipped cream.
Serve hot and enjoy!