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Butter Beer


I know what you’re thinking: “Why are you making butter beer when there is nothing Harry Potter-related happening in the world right now?” My answer is that I have been wanting to make butter beer for ages, and this drink is very Fall-esque so it seemed like the right time to do it. I had butter beer at the Universal Studios park, but it was pretty much just cream soda with some butterscotch syrup mixed in. It was delicious, but not as amazing as the one that I tried at the Alamo Drafthouse when I saw the last movie in July. It just tasted like a better version of apple cider, and I am a HUGE apple cider fan. Words cannot describe how much I love apple cider.

I searched for the recipe for the Alamo Drafthouse version of butter beer, and I came up with this blog. I cut the recipe down to a fourth of the amount because this makes a ton. It tastes exactly like the one I had at the movie, so this recipe is pretty much perfect. It is also really easy!

Butter Beer
1 gallon apple cider
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp kosher salt
2 cinnamon sticks
1 Tbsp whole cloves
2 whole nutmeg
1 Tbsp allspice berries

In a large pot, combine the cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg with the cider. I did not have whole nutmeg, so I just looked up the conversion for using ground nutmeg instead. I put the cloves and allspice into one of those little mesh steel balls for spices. Heat to a simmer and let cook for 15 minutes. In a smaller pot heat the butter and sugar together until it ecomes fluid like, losing its graininess, then add the cream and salt until combined. This makes the butterscotch. Whip the butterscotch into the cider. Refrigerate.

After making the mix, add one part of this to one part Woodchuck (alcoholic) cider for the alcoholic version or one part sprite for the non-alcoholic version.

Comments (4)

  • >I am so excited to make this!!

  • >This is so awesome, thanks for posting! I can't wait to try this and show it to my friend! 🙂

  • >I had this at Alamo Drafthouse, too, and loved it! So glad you found out how to make it!

  • >When the first HP movie came out, I swear that Alamo had a different version of butter beer… either way, now that summer has finally left Central TX I am all over this! Thanks for sharing!


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