• 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Water
  • Cream of Tartar
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 tsp Rum Extract (Or Real Rum)
  • 2 14-oz Bottles of Cream Soda
  • Ice Cream (optional)

The Harry Potter series was a big part of my childhood. I loved reading the books and watching the movies, and still do to this day. Recently, I was trying to find something fun and different to cook when I stumbled upon a recipe for butterbeer. I remembered how comforting and homely this drink seemed in the books, so I decided to try this recipe out while making some modifications. Before I proceed, I should point out that this is not an alcoholic drink (although you could certainly make it one), nor does it much resemble beer. It’s more of an elaborate cream soda float, but tasty nonetheless!

The first step is to make a sort of butterscotch. Add the brown sugar, a pinch of cream of tartar and three or four tablespoons of water to a small saucepan over high heat. Cover the pan and leave it alone for just a couple of minutes. When making caramel, it’s important to reach the desired temperature as quickly as possible, lest your caramel crystallizes or burns. After a few minutes, the mixture should be boiling. Check its temperature with a candy thermometer. You’re aiming for 240°F. As soon as it’s there, take the pan off the heat and pour the caramel into a heat-proof bowl so that it does not keep on cooking past the desired temperature.

Add butter, cider vinegar, salt, rum extract (or real rum), and half of the heavy cream to the bowl with the caramel and stir. Set this aside and let it cool to room temperature.

Once it has cooled, combine two tablespoons of the butterscotch and the remainder of the heavy cream in a bowl. Using a hand mixer, whisk this mixture until it is almost the same consistency as whipped cream, but slightly more runny. This will be the froth on top of the drink.

To assemble everything, divide the butterscotch mixture between two large mugs. Add a small amount of cream soda to each mug and stir until the butterscotch is diluted. Pour the rest of the cream soda in the mugs, leaving just a little bit of space in the mug for the froth. Spoon some of the froth mixture on top of everything, and you’re ready to immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter!

Now, if you want to make this a bit less authentic but all the more delicious, assemble the drink this way: Pour the butterscotch mixture and a bit of cream soda and stir as before. Next, add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. Pour cream soda over the ice cream, leaving about an inch of space at the top of the mug. Spoon the frothy mixture to top everything off. Frankly, I liked this a lot more. Without ice cream, this concoction is just sweetened cream soda. The ice cream brings it all together in a tasty float!

This recipe adapted from secretsthatmatter.com.