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How to Tuesday: How to Make Homemade Butter Beer

This year for Oktoberfest, why not whip up a batch of everyone's favorite wizarding brew? Butterbeer!
According to the Harry Potter books Butterbeer comes in two varieties, cold & bottled or steaming hot in tankards. I've concocted both recipes to share with you here. 🙂
The cold variety of Butterbeer (pictured above) is very easy.
You'll need…
– Bottle of Cream Soda
– English Toffee Flavored Syrup
– Printed Butterbeer Labels
– Transparent Tape
First, download these "one size fits most" Butterbeer bottle labels. Print & cut out labels.
Pour 2 tsp toffee syrup into the bottle & stir carefully (stirring causes bubbles & you don't want to lose all the fizz.)
Tape on the labels after flavoring (so you don't drip on it), serve & enjoy!
Warm Butterbeer is what I remember most from the books. This buttery warm beverage is perfect for the crisp fall weather and will make you feel like you're in Hogsmeade!
You'll need…
– Whole Milk
– 1/2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
– English Toffee Flavored Syrup
– 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
– 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
– 1 Tbsp Sugar
– Whisk 
– Bowl (or Stand Mixer)
– Medium Saucepan
First we'll make the butterbeer flavored whipping cream. Whisk together sugar & whipping cream. (I used a stand mixer, which made this step much easier.) When the texture looks fluffy add 1 tsp toffee flavored syrup. Mix again.
On the stove melt 1/2 tbsp butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add milk & brown sugar. Stir with whisk constantly to keep milk from scalding. (Be sure not to use a metal whisk in a nonstick pan or you will scratch off all the nonstick coating.) When the milk begins to steam take it off the heat and add 2 tbsp toffee syrup. Stir with whisk and pour into tankard. Add a bit of whipped cream for the frothy "head" and serve.
And if you want to print your own labels, we've got these for you. Just right click and save as, to get the full, high rez printable version! 
What's your favorite fictional brew? Let us know in comments.
And be sure to tweet us a photo if you try this recipe out!

Sarah Shotts is a blogger, vlogger, and “nerdlywed.” Recently married, she blogs about living a nerdy life as a newlywed on her blog. She also vlogs about all things geeky on the Swot Sisters Youtube channel she created with her sister Mary. When she’s not making stuff on the internet she’s busy teaching theatre classes and doing wedding photography and video.

Posted by Sarah Shotts

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Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iBookstore

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