Butterbeer

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Cocktail History

Butterbeer is the iconic drink served at Hogsmeade’s The Three Broomsticks Inn in the Harry Potter series. This boozy version, which was created by Cassandra Reeder and included in her book The Geeky Bartender Drinks: Real-Life Recipes for Fantasy Cocktails Drinks, pairs spiced rum with stout beer, milk, butter, baking spices, and whipped cream to up the alcohol content.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Stout Beer: This is the base spirit. We used Guinness Extra Stout because it’s one of the most popular stouts on the market thanks to its smoothness and bitter yet sweet flavor.

Spiced Rum: This is another spirit that adds unique rum flavor. We went with Kraken Black Spiced Rum because it’s strong, smooth, and rich in flavor.

Evaporated Milk: This is an unsweetened condensed cow’s milk. It adds creaminess to the drink. We used a local brand from the grocer.

Butter & Margarine: These add texture and buttery flavor to the recipe. We used brands from our local grocer.

Vanilla Extract: This is a sweetener that adds vanilla flavor. We used Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract.

Brown Sugar: This is a sweetener. We used a standard brand from our local grocer.

Whole Cloves: These are spices that add clove’s aroma and flavor. We used Simply Organic Whole Cloves.

Whole Allspice Berries: These are spices that add allspice’s aroma and flavor. We used some from the bulk section of our local grocer.

Cinnamon Sticks: These are spices that add cinnamon’s aroma and flavor. We used Simply Organic Cinnamon Sticks.

Whipped Cream: This is swirled on top for foamy texture and additional sweetness. We used Reddi-Wip from the can for easier application, but you can also make whipped cream at home using an iSi Cream Whipper.

Grated Nutmeg: This is the garnish. It adds nutmeg aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

This variation of Butterbeer features aromas of nutmeg, whipped cream, and beer and has a sweet yet bitter taste laced with the dark flavor from the stout and a lot of spice from the rum and baking spices.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: The whipped topping especially makes this the perfect warm drink for a snowy day and a great choice for those who don’t often drink dark beer. Kendall doesn’t care for the stuff, and even she thought it was incredibly tasty in this cocktail. And Alex, who already enjoys beer of all types, liked the addition of rum for extra flavor. If we’ve convinced you to make it yourself, just know that it is a labor of love to whip up this recipe, but it makes a lot so be ready to share.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Geeky Bartender Drinks: Real-Life Recipes for Fantasy Cocktails by Cassandra Reeder.

AuthorThe Geeky Bartender DrinksPrep Time20 minsRating

Ingredients
 24 oz Guinness Stout
 4 oz Spiced Rum
 2 oz Evaporated Milk
 1 tbsp Butter
 1 tbsp Margarine
 ½ oz Vanilla Extract
 ¼ cup Brown Sugar
 8 Whole Cloves
 8 Whole Allspice Berries
 2 Cinnamon Sticks
 Whipped Cream
 Grated Nutmeg

Method
1

Pour beer into a saucepan.

2

Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice berries.

3

Bring to boil over high heat.

4

Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes.

5

Remove spices.

6

Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

7

Pour into a beer mug.

8

Top with whipped cream.

9

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 24 oz Guinness Stout
 4 oz Spiced Rum
 2 oz Evaporated Milk
 1 tbsp Butter
 1 tbsp Margarine
 ½ oz Vanilla Extract
 ¼ cup Brown Sugar
 8 Whole Cloves
 8 Whole Allspice Berries
 2 Cinnamon Sticks
 Whipped Cream
 Grated Nutmeg

Directions

Method
1

Pour beer into a saucepan.

2

Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice berries.

3

Bring to boil over high heat.

4

Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes.

5

Remove spices.

6

Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

7

Pour into a beer mug.

8

Top with whipped cream.

9

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Butterbeer

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