I'm so glad I waited. Discovering the books with my husband and son is amazing. We started the books when he was 5, and two years later we are still obsessed.
True to form, I have become a little obsessed with the food in Harry Potter. Well, not the food, exactly, but the drinks!
Butterbeer definitely sounds worthy of sneaking into Hogsmeade for. The first thing we tried was the "secret" Starbucks recipe. You can find the recipe for the Butterbeer-inspired latte here. It was good, but it didn't feel all that different from most Starbucks drinks.
I knew we could do better.
At home, I decided to start things out right with a pat of butter. Why not? I kept the salted caramel aspect from the Starbucks version. Though I live in Texas now, I'm not the biggest root beer fan and completely skipped that aspect of it, which features very heavily in the Universal Studios version.
The experimenting went from there. For a final touch, I brought out the hand mixer and created a mountain of froth on top — better than whipped cream, in my opinion.
The final drink, like beer, has a lovely foamy head that tastes creamy and rich. The salt gives it great depth and brings out the buttery flavor even more. It's perfect for grabbing a cup and sitting in front of the fire while reading The Prisoner of Azkaban together.
As the feeling of fall returns (I say feeling, because let's face it, in Texas we don't have real seasons), I start to crave the comfort of warm drinks like this. Even though the books span the entire school year, they always make Halloween and Christmas feel so special.
For my son's Hogwarts birthday party, he requested I make pumpkin juice along with the butterbeer. I decided to make a cold version of butterbeer as well and came up with floats. They were a big hit!
Now, the thing about pumpkin juice is that real pumpkin juice doesn't go over that well. Apple is a juice that kids do really like, and adding some subtle spice is the key here. Serving it out of a pumpkin is a bonus
Makes two servings
This one is easy!
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