Fans of the Harry Potter series of books are familiar with the protagonists’ beloved butterbeer, but no actual recipe for it is included in the books. I love the books, so I hope you will enjoy my speculative concoction.
The Irish grandmother of a dear friend of mine used to melt butter in a pot, then pour in beer to warm it. I’m told this simple version of butter beer dates back centuries. Harry Potter’s butterbeer contains a mild intoxicant, but this dessert version is suitable for children and can be spiked to please adults as well.
Butterbeer is a great choice as a tummy-warming drink during the cold months or as a dessert alternative.
1 pint real vanilla ice cream (use a brand that includes vanilla seed specks for best flavor or make your own)
1/4 cup real butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon butterscotch extract
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 quart apple cider
Apple slices for garnish, optional
1 ounce of Galliano®, Rumchata®, Bailey’s® or your favorite per cup
Take the ice cream out of the freezer 30 minutes before starting so it has time to soften up.
On medium speed, beat together the vanilla ice cream, butter, butterscotch extract, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well-combined. Pour into a container and re-freeze.
When ready to serve, gently heat apple cider in a saucepan until steaming hot.
Place 1 scoop of ice cream in a thick soda glass or large mug. Top with steaming apple cider. Garnish with apple slices, if desired.
For Adults: Stir in the liquor or liqueur of your choice, as suggested in the ingredients list.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Butterbeer Recipe Photo ©2019 Peggy Filippone