Friday, September 2, 2011


Butterbeer is a popular wizarding beverage described by JK Rowling as tasting "a little bit like less-sticky butterscotch." So what would two diehard Harry Potter fans do when left to themselves in upstate New York? They would test recipes of course!

We decided to try two different recipes we found online to see which one would be most like the drink described in the books. The one description we could remember was that there was supposed to be a warming effect, even when you drink it cold. We weren't in the mood for a hot beverage in August, so we decided to make a cold drink and see how warming the brew could be.

After taste testing both recipe two and recipe one from a website dedicated to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter we found that recipe two tasted better (more holidayish) but both were able to produce the warming effect. Recipe number one had more foam, but was almost too sweet to drink and recipe two had a longer wait (you had to thaw and then re-freeze the ice cream).

Even with having tasted butterbeer, I'm sure nothing could be quite as good as having the real thing in Orlando at Harry Potter World. Is it too early to start planning my next vacation?

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