Friday, August 26, 2011

Frozen Butterbeer Drink

Harry Potter... we love Harry Potter! The last movie just came out and while we haven't seen it yet, we are excited to have the chance.

To celebrate... I found some recipes for Butterbeer, that delicious drink they always drink in the book. When they created "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" in Universal Studios, I was ready to go as soon as it opened. I was so bummed when I found out it was in Florida and not California. If it had been over in Hollywood, I would have been there either on opening day or soon thereafter, but being that it is in Orlando created a bit more of a problem. Oh well... I will go one of these days.

I've heard that at the amusement park they serve Butterbeer... Mmmmm.. Two kinds of Butterbeer... one frozen, and the other not frozen. I found two recipes, modified them a bit so they are non-alcoholic and we tried them both.

Here is the first recipe... It is a warmer version of butterbeer....

{{Warm Butterbeer}}

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It warms you up and tastes great! From the Three Broomsticks!

1 cup (8 oz) cream soda (or club soda)
1/2 cup (4 oz) butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
1/2 tablespoon butter

Step 1: Measure butterscotch and butter into a 2 cup (16 oz) glass. Microwave on high for 60 to 90 seconds, or until syrup is bubbly and butter is completely incorporated.

Step 2: Stir and cool for 30 seconds, then slowly mix in cream soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit.

Step 3: Serve in two mugs or small glasses.

A Perfectly Warm Hogwarts Treat for Two!

Here's the second recipe.... The Frozen Butterbeer recipe... this was by far our favorite. We liked this one the best! So if you are only going to try one... try this one first!

{{Frozen Butterbeer}}

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For the Butterbeer:
1 1/2 cups cream soda (we used IBC cream soda)
6 tablespoons butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
2 cups ice

For the foamy topping:
6 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butterscotch syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine cream soda, syrup, and ice in a blender and blend until it is slushy.

Pour into a glass or mug.

In a small bowl, combine heavy cream, powdered sugar, syrup and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, whisk together until almost whipped. You want the cream mixture to be slightly loose, not as stiff as whipped cream. Top the frozen Butterbeer with the foamy topping and serve immediately.

Serves 2.

Possible change for our second attempt at this... (but it will require more planning to make it). I think if we freeze the cream soda in ice cube trays and then replace them with the regular ice cubes, it will help the drink from becoming watered down as it melts in the mug.

If you don't let it sit in your glass for very long, then this won't be an issue, but extra flavor is always a plus!

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