An Evening of Butterbeer and Folly

5:13 PM

It was a spur of the moment idea.

To conjure the most magical of concoctions.

In my generation, no draught has been more potent that that of a freshly made butterbeer. For those who have little or no idea what this beverage is, please don't rub it in that i'm THAT old. butterbeer is one of the largest consumed drink in the world of Harry Potter. It has very little alcohol content, not enough to affect humans but is strong enough to intoxicate a house elf.

This is the closest translation of the wizarding drink we muggles, can get.
The recipe is based from http://www.mugglenet.com/misc/rosmertas/butterbeer.shtml
plus a few tweaks from me and my crazy friends.

Here's what you need:



  • Cream soda or if you can't find any, soda water will do, just add more of the cream butterscotch topping (we'll get to that later) 12oz/serving. It helps to have soda water handy if you don't like it too sweet as the cream can get overwhelming




  • Butterscotch syrup 4oz/serving 



  • pumpkin pie spice, to taste (it added a Christmas-ey feel)




  • ground cinnamon, 1/16 tsp/serving




  • vanilla, 1/8 tsp/serving or more, depending on how strong your vanilla is. 


You don't really put cloves, but it was sad and wanted to join the picture.



And our magic ingredient:


  • 4oz of Cerveza Negra.

This dark beer complements the creaminess of the drink and also balances the heaviness of the butter and sweetness. This amount shouldn't be enough to get you drunk but feel free to add more if that's your intention, or omit it entirely.





For the butterscotch cream topping:


  • mix 1 tsp butterscotch syrup with 1 tbsp heavy cream



Procedure:


  • Make the butterscotch (it's sugar, a little water, butter and cream)



  • Mix them all together or pour in layers and provide your guests with a spoon.



  • add chocolate shavings if desired.


I like that happy feeling after a serving or two, where all you really have are nonsensical discussions of demented hp jokes and fake English accents-at least that's what happened to us. I would recommend this while playing card or board games, you'll find the rules always bending for reasons unknown ;)

[edit] you can always add more butterscotch and cream if you like it sweet or add more soda water for a thinner consistency OR add more cerveza negra if you want to know how house elves feel when they down this drink.

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