The weather’s getting cooler, and the drinks are getting warmer.

(On a quick sidenote, the Starbucks Gingerbread Latte is back for the season! YES!)

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Looking for a great drink to make over the stove ? How about some butterbeer!
I learned about this DELICIOUS drink from my dear friends/colleagues Jessica and Diep, who both love the “Harry Potter” series, where this drink originates from. Jessica was recently at the new Harry Potter theme park that opened up in Orlando, F.L., and absolutely raved about the butterbeer sold there.

Now when she first spoke about it I had originally thought it was a beer drink. But actually, it is a delicious frothy drink with no beer in it! It is a rich yet sweet drink that tastes like BUTTERSCOTCH.

My friend and colleague Diep Tran made the drink this past weekend for Jessica’s birthday party.




It was a HUGE hit, and here she is showing us how to make the delicious brew:



And here’s the recipe Diep used:

BUTTERBEER (adapted by Diep Tran from the Huffington Post’s recipe)

Start to finish: 1 hour (10 minutes active)

Servings: 4

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

1/2 teaspoon rum

Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.

Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda and 1 tablespoon of rum to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

Enjoy 🙂