Monday, November 15, 2010

Harry Potter Week: Butterbeer

In four days, the hunt for horcruxes continues.

In four days, we get to see Severus Snape sporting a longer, piece-y-er 'do.

In four days, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  Part I hits the theaters.


As if making you sit through my Hogwarts slideshow a few weeks ago wasn't torture enough, this week we're celebrating Friday's epic cinematic arrival with some HP-related treats.

Butterbeer is easily the most well-known out of all the food and drink mentioned in the books.  I scoured the internet for a recipe that would closely replicate the J.K. Rowling-approved butterbeer served at The Wizarding World theme park.  I used a recipe from Dana Zia's blog and it was exactly what I was hoping it would be:  freakin' delicious.

The Three Broomsticks Butterbeer
Makes two Butterbeers

Here's what you'll need:

1 Tablespoon butter
1 cup unfiltered apple cider
3-4 Wether's Original candies or caramels
1 Tablespoon of mulling spices*
1 12-ounce bottle cream soda

*I didn't have mulling spices so I added a few dashes each of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg

In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the cider, mulling spices and candies.

Stir constantly until the candies have melted.

Remove from heat and strain the mixture.  Let it cool down a bit.

 Failed attempt at conjuring a patronus in the measuring cup.

Divide the mixture between two glasses.

Top if off with the cream soda.

Mmm.  A nice little sugar buzz waiting to happen.

If you want a little extra warmth in your cheeks, spike it with some apple brandy or rum.  Enjoy, muggles.

(Four days!)


  1. Yess! You know I never knew what Butterbeer was. At all (why are children drinking this? Must be a magic thing). But now I'm excited to share it with my younger friends! Movie marathons leading up to the we come!

  2. Nice. Obviously I'll have to make some of this this week. Sounds like a serious sugar binge.

  3. Melinda - ABC Family was playing movies 1-5 this past weekend. Naturally, I was all up on that.

    Margie - it's like the week before Christmas, yo!

    Liam - major sugar binge. Baby will start Riverdancing if Amanda drinks one of these.

  4. SQUEEE!! Muggles & Wizards, Muggles & Wizards (said in a Cyndi Lauper voice)

  5. dude. are you ready to fight the good fight against he who must not be named?!?!

    personally i've yet to find a butterbeer recipe that i like... the last time i tried it, i added vanilla ice cream. accio barf rag.

  6. Daisy - I've been squeeing hardcore. I hope I don't burst an artery.

    Angry Asian - someone roofied your drink with a Puking Pastille.

  7. This is awesome, and there's not much I can mess up on it (lol). I'll have to try this one. :)

  8. Always wanted to try this since reading the books. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Alex - ha! No RI this week, promise.

    Lora - it's the thing I wanted to try most from the books. I wish they sold it in 6-packs.

    Rick - let's trade Chocolate Frog cards.

  10. I'm going to have teh bf make it tho, I won't really be able to drink it, but I will def taste some of his!

  11. Emailed recipe to my bf.


    "Does look good! But is there any actual beer in it?"


    He's not a Harry Potter fan.

  12. Chrissi - Hahaha. Tell Hyx to pour some KBS in there and call it a day. (hey lady!)

  13. I'm so glad you love it! I honestly tried about 10 recipes till I got the perfect one. Thanks for posting it.
    The go-lightly gourmet

  14. I never would of guested that Ron and the girl I can't spell her name would of gotten together. Very cute. I love the books. The movies are great too.