Recently we have jumped aboard the Harry Potter bandwagon. Neither big kid was enthusiastic when I informed them that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was going to be part of their third grade experience. In fact, my daughter Ronin was miserable over it all. But I insisted that she try listening because there was a good possibility that she would like it. Enter Hagrid. That was the end of her resistance. Hunter, the nine year old, wasn’t apprehensive but rather neutral. Now he’s picked out another HP Lego set to ask for at Christmas time and he’s helping plan our trip to Universal Studios for his birthday in the spring. Yeah, I’d say he’s hooked.
While we have only made it through book one and movie one so far, I must admit to my new little habit of scoping out the internet for fun HP-related things because I may or may not be planning an HP-themed party for next year. In all of my searching I learned about butterbeer which I understand isn’t introduced until book three. It sounded so good and I liked the idea of the kids already knowing butterbeer personally before reading about it, so, after reading a few recipes, I came up with my own recipe. Whether it is authentic to the one that Rowling tasted in her mind is hard to say. But at least it’s not chock full of chemicals and sugars. It’s a healthier version that is more compatible with our diet.
Here are the ingredients we used:
Recipe for Gluten, dairy, and sugar free butterbeer
about 2 cups of shaved/crushed ice
2 cans chilled cream soda zevia
3 tsp butter flavor
stevia to taste
1 can chilled full fat coconut cream
To prepare whipped cream:
Open can of chilled full fat coconut cream. Scoop solid cream into bowl and do not include the liquid at the bottom of the can. Reserve that for something else (mine went into my smoothie the next morning). Whip to creamy perfection (about a minute or two) with a hand mixer while also adding stevia to your own personal taste and 1 tsp of butter flavor. Set aside.
Fill four glasses with approx 1/2 cup of crushed ice. Pour half of each can of cream soda flavored Zevia into each glass over the ice. Add 1/2 tsp butter flavor to each glass and gently stir.
Distribute whipped coconut cream over the top of the drink.
(The title of this post is a reference to a goofy song by my favorite band, the B-52’s. Everybody likes Butterbeer but they feel the same way about a Butterbean!)