Disappointed with the coloured cream soda served at official Harry Potter locations, I designed this alcoholic alternative. Sweet, spicy and completely vegan, my recipe attempts to recreate the warming butter beer of the books I’ve loved since I was a kid. The perfect magical drink for a witchy Winter ritual.
For 6 medium-sized servings, you’ll need:
For the butterscotch sauce:
- 100g of light brown sugar
- 50g of vegan margarine (Flora, Vitalite, Pure are all great)
- 70ml of soy milk (this is what I use but I’m sure oat, almond etc would work fine)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Melt the margarine in a medium-sized pan.
- Add the brown sugar and salt, and heat over a low heat.
- Once the mixture starts to bubble, stir slowly for 3 minutes.
- Add the soy milk and stir into the mixture.
- Bring to a low boil, then stir slowly for 3 more minutes.
- Take the pan off the heat, and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Leave the mixture to cool. It will thicken and separate, but don’t worry. You can recombine the ingredients by whisking the mixture with a fork.
For the butter beer
- 600ml apple cider
- 300ml ginger beer
- 150ml cream sherry (doesn’t sound vegan, but there are varieties available)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 star anise
- 6 cloves
For the ‘foam' on top:
- 100ml vegan double cream
- Pour the apple cider, ginger beer and cream sherry into a saucepan and stir well.
- Add the cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves.
- Turn on the stove at a low heat, warming the mixture slowly. Keep an eye on the temperature of the liquid, and stir whenever bubbles start to appear. Try not to let the mixture boil.
- In the meantime, pour the double cream into a mixing bowl. Whisk it with an electric whisk until very soft peaks form.
- Pour a small amount of butterscotch sauce into a drinking glass, just enough to cover the base of the glass.
- Once the butterbeer is hot, remove the spices and pour into the glass.
- To create a beer-like head of foam, cover the top of your butterbeer with a tablespoon or two of the whipped double cream.
- Drizzle a little butterscotch sauce over the cream, and serve while it’s still hot.