In lieu of the new Harry Potter theme park opening, I decided to go with a drink that doesn't quite exist. I give you Butterbeer! I went surfing around the internet and have decided on the recipe that sounded closest to the version of Butterbeer in my head. My twist? Add 2 ounces of Rum to the mixture in the end.... I'm not a dark rum kind of girl but use what you like!
From Delightful Delicacies:
2 cups cream soda (or apple cider or ginger beer if you have it, lucky dog)
1 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
Place cream soda (or apple cider) in a microwave safe mug and heat on high for about 3 minutes, or until very hot. While it's heating, mix together the vanilla ice cream, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
When the soda is hot, pour into a blender, add ice cream mixture, and pulse on high for about 5 seconds. Pour into individual (warmed) mugs, and sprinkle a dash of nutmeg on top.
I would personally leave the nutmeg off simply because it can be overpowering, unless of course you mix it in! I would opt for a cinnamon garnish instead.
I think this recipe sounds divine! When I think of Butterbeer I think of the warmth a butterscotch candy can leave as it melts down my throat. The coating is the kicker. I recently read a review of the new theme park's restaurant, The Three Broomsticks, and the author compared Butterbeer to yellow cake batter. I believe she nailed it.
Once the weather cools off, I'm in Florida so around November, I'm going to give this recipe a go. With the rum of course! Enjoy.
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