The fictional drink Butterbeer, made famous in the Harry Potter books is now being served up at "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" Universal Orlando. The drink is one of the features of the new Harry Potter attraction at Universal's Islands of Adventure and since it's the height of summer, both warm and ice cold butterbeer are available to try.
I started reading Harry Potter when I was 12, I have read them all and love them to death. I have always wanted to try butterbeer, I defy anyone not to after reading the amazing descriptions of the drink in the books and although it is the warm version I really wanted to try, I just couldn't face it after the sweltering, humid week we've had and so I decided to try the icy cold version.
It really was delicious and tasted a bit like frappuccino or a butterscotch ice cream float, I'm guessing the warm one tastes like a creamy butterscotch flavoured hot chocolate and I will definitely be trying that on the next wintry or even semi-wintry night
I couldn't drink the whole glass, the butterbeer is very sweet and rich, I imagine I would have gone crazy for it as a kid, although maybe without the rum extract. There are loads of much easier recipes on the Internet but I decided to try this one as it claims to be the official recipe.
Official Butterbeer Recipe - Florida Thrills
•1 cup light or dark brown sugar
•2 tablespoons water
•6 tablespoon 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 heat, 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 cup 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.