So at first I was all ‘I am doing this for Maddie cause the party needs to be authentic…’
And by the end of the night I was sitting out the back in front of the fire with an entire pitcher full and glaring at anyone that might have suggested I share.
Well sorta. Point is, that shit was surprisingly good.
After trawling the internet for recipes the common theme seemed to be Creamy Soda (or Creaming Soda which totally makes me think of Greased Lightning and reminds me of the time that Boo decided to disrobe in the doctors office while singing about the girls creaming as I was being told my teenage daughter had chlamydia of the throat. For details of THAT particular clusterfuck click HERE) and sloppy cream topping.
I settled on this recipe for the non alcoholic version as she has some fab recipes and is almost as much of a Potter crazy as Maddie.
So while MPS was fucking around with wood *snigger* making the bench seats for the banquet table I was mixing concoctions in the kitchen and nomming on triple chocolate cookies.
I needed to keep up my strength. Obviously.
The recipe calls for imitation butter flavour, but seeing I live in BumFuckNowhere I had to buy it online (sorry no link cause I lost all the details in teh Great Hard Drive Death of 2012)
this is the one I used ‘Wilton Butter Flavor’
It gave the soda a ‘smooth’ feeling in the mouth, and was quite pleasant but I didn’t really notice much of a difference in taste. But that could have been cause I was only making a test batch and didn’t want to waste it cause there was no way in hell I was spending another 10 bucks on butter ‘flavor’ and didn’t want to take the risk of it not getting here in time and having the bottle sit in the cupboard forever cause HELLO I PREFER THE REAL THING BABY.
Once you go fat, you never go back.
I then added the butter flavor to the cream and whipped it gently (oxymoron? Christian?) until it was sloppy and plopped it in the mug and marvelled at how motherfucking unappetising it looked.
Awesome cookies in the background.
Surprisingly it tasted quite good. Kinda like a spider/ice cream soda with soft serve.
A word of warning. This needs to be consumed immediately cause I put the glass in the fridge for an hour and it became all cloudy and the cream separated. I didn’t TASTE it at that point cause it just looked nasty.
On the day of the party I made up some of the virgin ButterBeer and also some Creamy Soda with a good glug of Butterscotch Schnapps for a 10am taste testing and consensus was
to the Schnapps version and the butter flavour was demoted to just creamy topping duty.
I filled up cheap arsed bottles from Kmart (they were like 2 or 3 bucks) with about an inch of Schnapps
I think this is the one I used, I am just going by memory and google image search cause the leftovers mysteriously disappeared when Maddie and crew went home…
Then topped it up with the Creamy Soda and slapped on a label that I printed out from here onto sticker paper (I just got the cheapo sticker paper from a discount store and it stuck way better than the name brand stuff. BONUS!)
And here is a photo of Moaning Myrtle moaning into a glass of Butter Beery goodness.
So in conclusion: while the buttery textured virgin Butterbeer was rather tasty, the alcoholic version (and I must point out that it was very very weak and you would probably get the same result with butterscotch syrup) won hands down for flavour and texture.