Since I was celebrating the first day of Hogwarts back when I first posted this, I had to make Butterbeer! I’ve literally had this recipe saved for four years, and just never ended up making it. I felt like BAKINGDOM’S RECIPE would be the most reliable since I’ve seen it reposted it everywhere and because she had gone to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and tried it there. And now that I have actually gone to both parks (yes, I’m insane), I can attest that this recipe is as close as you can get to the real thing.
BAKINGDOM’S BUTTERBEER RECIPE
- 6 12-ounce bottles chilled cream soda
- 3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon) imitation butter flavor, or 2 tablespoons clarified butter (I would recommend the butter flavor; clarified butter or butter substitutes don’t mix as well)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons imitation butter (if using clarified butter, double the amount to 3 teaspoons, or 1 tablespoon)
- Set out 6 16-ounce glasses. Place 1/2 teaspoon of imitation butter (or 1 teaspoon clarified butter) in each glass. Pour 12 ounces of cream soda into each glass, over the butter. Lightly stir, if necessary.
- In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, whip the heavy cream on medium high speed for 3-4 minutes until it starts to thicken. Add the sugar and continue whipping until very soft peaks begin to form, another 3-4 minutes (if you need to whip more or less, then be sure to do so, the times can vary quite a bit based on environment).
- Stir in the vanilla and imitation butter (or clarified butter), then whip for another 30 seconds or so, until soft peaks form.
- Spoon a generous portion of foam on top of each glass of butterbeer, mixing gently, if desired (or spoon the foam into the bottom of the glass and pour the butterbeer over the top). Serve immediately.
I pretty much followed the directions completely, even if it seems kind of odd to put butter in the drink. I just divided the recipe for 2 servings instead of 6. This surprisingly tasted really good! I can see why people like it a lot. It has that vanilla richness of the cream soda and you get a butterscotch taste as well. The butter isn’t so prevalent where you feel like you’re drinking liquid butter, but I think it adds a richness to it. Also, this heavy whipped cream from Costco is AMAZING. It’s so thick and fluffy; once you add some sweetness to it it’s delicious!
I actually still have some leftover and plan to have some tonight! This was a successful recipe. 🙂