I'm posting this Instructable on behalf of my lovely wife, who makes one of the best mugs of Butterbeer I've had, outside of Universals Wizarding World. It's made from scratch, poured in layers, and has a thick, creamy head. It's nothing less than fantastic.
As a Fathers Day treat (and as a late 40th birthday request [my birthday was spent at the US Quidditch Cup]), she made a batch for me (and everyone else) to enjoy.
Step 1: Ingredients (makes 4 Servings)
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
48 ounces cream soda, chilled
Step 2: Directions
1. In a small saucepan combine the brown sugar and water, then bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Keep track of the temperature with a candy thermometer.
2. Stir the mixture often until it reaches 240 F.
(My thermometer happens to be a bit off, as I’ve found many
are, about 7 degrees high. You can always check your own by measuring how it registers the temperature of boiling water, which is 212 F.)
3. Remove from heat and add in salt, vinegar, butter and ¼ cup of the cream and stir to combine. Set mixture aside to cool to room temperature. (This will take a bit of time, maybe 30 to 45 minutes, but patience will be rewarded with flavor. I think if you tried to push forward with a sugar mixture that was too warm it would not mix smoothly with the cold soda.)
Step 3: Creating the Perfect Head...
4. Once it has cooled, in a medium bowl combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining ½ cup of cream. Use and electric mixer and beat until Just Thickened….
5. Not whipped cream consistency, but a thick cream that is just holding together, is what you want. Usually about 2-3 minutes of mixing.
Step 4: Layer, Layer, Layer...Magic!
6. Divide the brown sugar mix between 4 Tall glasses (or
Butterbeer Mugs if you have ‘em), roughly ¼ cup for each glass.
7. One glass at a time, add ¼ cup of cream soda to the sugar mixture.
*I have found that it is best to stir vigorously while adding the soda to the sugar mix, this eliminates clumping of the sugar mix in the cold soda.
8. Slowly fill each glass with remaining cream soda (about 1 ¼ cups each) and gently stir to combine.
9. Spoon whipped topping over the top of each glass and Enjoy!
Step 5: Sip and Enjoy...(straw and Spoon Required)!!
Well, that's it. Now that the work is done, it's time to sit back, in your house robes (GO HUFFLEPUFF!!), and enjoy a nice cold mug of Butterbeer!!
I hope you've enjoyed this Instructable and I really hope you enjoy your tasty beverage!
For those interested...we are a family of 2 Hufflepuff parents and our kids are 2 Gryffindores and 1 Ravenclaw!
A mixed house, if ever there was one...