Saturday, November 2, 2013

Butterbeer -- yes, just like in 'Harry Potter'

This year my 10-year-old daughter read all the Harry Potter Books. We made Butterbeer -- a drink mentioned in the series -- to celebrate.

The cooked butterscotch syrup makes the cream soda cloudy. I've heard the butterbeer Disney serves is clear. This is so tasty! You can taste each flavor layer -- cream soda, brown sugar, butter, rum (extract). We've decided the foam made by the soda and dairy in the drink (like a root beer float) is adequate and next time we won't make the extra whipped cream froth.


1 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water 
6 tablespoons butter 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar 
3/4 cup heavy cream, divided 
1/2 teaspoon rum extract 
Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.

Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

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