Last Updated on December 4, 2022 by The Noms
We love some Harry Potter, and this alcoholic butterbeer recipe is an homage to the books (or the movies) whichever!
As Halloween quickly approaches, its time for a little fun with spooky or magic inspired cocktails. One source of inspiration for us has been the Harry Potter books. With our oldest boy discovering the world of Harry Potter via us reading the books aloud to him, he has taken us back to the wonderful magical world of Hogwarts.
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We recently read the chapter about the young wizards and witches’ trip to Hogsmeade, where they partake in Butterbeer. Butterbeer has captured the imagination of lots of readers (us included) so we wanted to make a a cocktail that would pay homage to this famous wizard beverage, so we came up with our Bourbon Butterbeer.
What is Butterbeer?
We have seen lots of different versions of Butterbeer, from ones that use marshmallow fluff, to ones that are made from 3 different sodas and served piping hot! But, we hadn’t seen one that would be a cool bubbly cocktail. In the books,
Butterbeer is described as tasting kind of like a less sweet butterscotch, so we wanted to start out with something that would bring some of those caramel flavors to the cocktail. In any event. we went with a nice sweet bourbon which brings a warm hint of vanilla, caramel and baking spices. This alcoholic butterbeer recipe is light, but perfect for fall as well!
How to Make Butterbeer?
We wanted to capture some butterscotch flavor as well, but a traditional butterscotch sauce is awfully thick. This wouldn’t really work in a cold cocktail, as it tends to get really thick. Wanting a smooth drinking cocktail, we came up with a delicious buttered brown sugar syrup.
The buttered brown sugar syrup brings a rich deep sweetness, and a beautiful caramel color, plus a hint of buttery flavor. The hint of butter adds another dimension of flavor to the syrup, making this more than just a sweet addition.
What ingredients to Use in Butterbeer?
Wanting a little bit of a fall flavor, we grabbed one of the quintessential fall ingredients, apple cider. Apple cider pairs really well with bourbon and caramel (and is one we have used successfully in other drinks,) This combination really worked right out of the box.
The apple cider adds a tart freshness and brings an earthy depth to the Bourbon Butterbeer. A splash of spicy ginger beer brings a bit of bubbles and gives the cocktail a crisp snappy finish.
What would Harry Potter Think?
No magical inspired cocktail would be complete with out a little showmanship! We dropped in a couple of pea sized chunks of dry ice which quickly chills down the drink while causing it to bubble and smoke.
The resulting fog and bubbles definitely feels like something that a wizard would dream up, and the dry ice imparts just a hint of bitterness to the Bourbon Butterbeer. This helps keep this version of Butterbeer balanced and refreshing.
Once the bubbling stops, blow off the fog and sip away, and see if this alcoholic Butterbeer recipe takes you to a magical place! Maybe if you are reading Harry Potter while drinking it! Check this cocktail out, as well as other Halloween ones here!
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Bourbon Butterbeer - A Harry Potter Whiskey Cocktail
An adult version of the Harry Potter movies favorite drink, this cocktail is perfect for any evening.
Buttered Brown Sugar Syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon butter extract
- 1.50 ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce buttered brown sugar simple syrup
- 4 ounces apple cider
- 2 ounces ginger beer
- Ice or dry ice (if dry ice a very very small chunk, the size of a pea)
For the Bourbon Butterbeer
Combine all ingredients and stir in glass. Serve with dry ice for effect (optional).
For the Buttered Brown Sugar Syrup
Combine water and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. When cool, add the butter extract.
Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.
Note on Dry Ice: Don't let the ice cubes touch your mouth or skin, and don't drink them. Wait until they melt (the bubbling stops), before drinking your cocktail.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 0gSugar: 17.3gProtein: 0.1g
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Wednesday 28th of November 2018
I am a huge beer lover! Can't wait to try this out!
Friday 8th of September 2017
What is butter extract?
Sunday 10th of September 2017
It's like vanilla extract, but butter. Here's a link to some: Imitation Butter Extract 2 oz
Tuesday 18th of October 2016
Looks and sounds AMAZING! I love the addition of bourbon! Makes EVERYTHING better , right ?!This needs to be tried! Cheers, Kiki
Monday 24th of October 2016
Thanks much! Bourbon does make everything better!
Ashley - The Traveling Gals
Friday 7th of October 2016
I don't like bourbon but I still want to try this because it looks so good!
Friday 7th of October 2016
The bourbon is very subtle in this, so I think you may not even notice it! Hope you try it out!
Thursday 6th of October 2016
Yum! I love beer and bourbon. Combine the two & you have a delicious mix of things! xx Adaleta Avdic
Friday 7th of October 2016
The bourbon and the ginger beer go great together! Thanks!