Madam Rosmerta would agree that no wizard party is complete without a pint of freshly-brewed Butterbeer. With our house elf now missing, it took us quite a few iterations before we discovered the perfect potion for this usually overly-sweet concoction. A hint of ginger and the sweetness of butterscotch combine to create a delightful and refreshing non-alcoholic drink, capable of making even Severus Snape smile.
12 oz. (one bottle) ginger beer
36 oz. (three bottles) cream soda
3 T butterscotch ice cream topping
Thoroughly chill unopened ginger beer and cream soda in refrigerator until icy-cold. Refrigerate empty, glass pitcher as well. Once beverages are chilled, in a small mixing bowl or tall glass, stir 1-2 oz. of cream soda into butterscotch topping till thoroughly combined. Pour all remaining soda into chilled pitcher. Quickly add butterscotch mixture to pitcher. Stir till just combined; do not over-stir. Pour over ice and serve immediately. Serves 6.
For a frothy sparkle, dip the rim of each glass in corn syrup, pulling drips of syrup downward with a toothpick. Then dip each glass rim in a mixture of colored sugar. Before dipping, spread the corn syrup & sugar mixture each onto a separate, flat-bottomed plate.
For an old-world, textured effect, mix fine, yellow sugar with coarser, gold sugar. Colored sugars are available at many grocery stores and craft chains. The sugars shown here are both from Michael's.
& I went to a midnight showing of The Half-Blood Prince with friends last
night. It was amazing -- definitely my favorite HP movie so far -- BY
FAR. We were surrounded by eight packed theatres of screaming,
costumed teenagers. It was a sight.
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