So maybe you’re tired of hearing about this everywhere, but I’m one of those kids that wished and waited for an owl acceptance to Hogwarts and broke off many tree branches in order to find the perfect wand. I had Harry Potter shirts, backpacks, and bookends, and couldn’t wait for each new book release. When I was eighteen years old (and thought of myself as pretty mature and cool), I left a rockin’ party in order to hang out at Borders at midnight to get the FINAL book. And then I proceeded to stay up into the wee hours of the morning reading.
So you’re probably not surprised that I went to the midnight showing of the movie. And then decided that I had to make something Harry Potter themed.
I’ve seen a lot of fabulous Potter-themed treats out there in the food blog world. Everything from chocolate frogs to acid pops. And then, of course, there’s butterbeer.
Butterbeer always fascinated me in the HP books. House elves got drunk off of it, yet these kids got to drink it?? Cool! I always likened it to a kind of low-alcohol cider-like draaank. But then I saw that all of the recipes basically just make a butterscotchy cream soda. And that just doesn’t seem true to form. Butterbeer’s supposed to be a little bit illicit, right? Does cream soda really capture the coolness that is butterbeer?
I don’t think so.
So then I saw (on the almighty wikipedia, of course. what a great use of legitimate resources…) that a real butterbeer drink used to exist! And yes, it had beer in it. So I located this great youtube video, and this random message board thread and decided to check it out for myself.
I don’t know if you’ve checked out the ingredient list yet, but it is a little bit scary. Egg yolks, sugar, beer, and butter… This is definitely not going to turn into an everyday drink. But, hey, you only get to celebrate the official end of Harry Potter once. It’s super rich, but if you get a few non-calorie-counting Harry Potter fans together I promise you will be pleasantly surprised.
So, without further ado, I give you (the real, non-wussy, alcoholic) BUTTERBEER!
Recipe: Real Butterbeer
Summary: This ain’t cream soda… this is rich, creamy, and a little boozy.
- About 17 oz. beer (About 1 1/2 beers)
- 2 whisked egg yolks
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp butter
- dash of nutmeg or cinnamon
- Heat a pan on medium heat. Once it’s heated add the beer.
- SLOWLY add the whisked yolks. You don’t want them to turn into scrambled eggs, so stir continuously.
- Add sugar and butter and stir into mixture.
- Finally, add your nutmeg or cinnamon.
- You can either let it cool or serve heated.
I used a sweet, malty beer, which helped the rich taste. Experiment with other kinds!
Because this is so very rich, I suggest that you get some people together to share. This recipe could serve four small glasses. And that amount would be more than enough for everybody.