Every Harry Potter fan knows what Butterbeer is. But if you’re a muggle and have no idea what it is, here’s a quick lesson for you:
Butterbeer is the most popular beverage in the Wizarding world. It’s sold all over the wizarding world either hot or cold as the weather permits. The author has described it as tasting like butterscotch, but less sickly-sweet.
Butterbeer has a very small alcoholic content – low enough that underage kids can also drink it, and high enough to get house elves drunk. But don’t worry, the elves make themselves a kick-ass hangover cure for Butterbeer.
For a long time, we wondered what this magical drink would taste like. We need not wonder any more. All we need to do, is get to Orlando’s Universal Studios. The Harry Potter World at the park serves Butterbeer, both hot and cold. But since the park caters to patrons of all ages, you can get an alcoholic version for the grown-ups and a non-alcoholic version for the little elves in the family. And they both taste excellent!
Creation of Butterbeer
It is said that the Executive Chef of Universal Parks and Resorts began developing Butterbeer three years before the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at the park. He met with J.K.Rowling, toured places in Great Britain that inspired her to write about Butterbeer (including Hogs Head Pub in Edinburgh), and developed several versions of the drink. These drinks were then served to J.K.Rowling, who then picked the one that was the clear winner, which is what’s being served at the park today.
This one here, is a clear winner. It’s simple and comes very close to tasting like the real deal. Sure, nothing is as good as the ones served at the Harry Potter world, but this one comes very, very close. I wish it was a little fizzier though, the one at the park maintained its intense fizziness till the last sip, but I’m sure that can be fixed by running them through a siphon.
For us home cooks without the fancy tools of a professional kitchen, this recipe is a compromise that’s easily made. And until the next trip the Universal Studios, this should do quite nicely!
Thanks to DesignDazzle for creating this simple, 5-Ingredient magical replica of the most coveted wizarding drink.
Note to readers in India
– You can make your own marshmallow creme from scratch using this recipe or buy it from Amazon India for a slightly higher price.
– You should find the butter and rum extracts + whipping cream in Waltax Road, Chennai. See my post on Chennai Baker’s Guide for more details.
This recipe makes quite a lot, so it’s best made for a large gathering. Make the topping in advance and refrigerate for up to a week. Mix the flavouring into the cream soda and refrigerate. When ready to use, assemble and serve immediately.