By The Prisoner of Azkaban then, it is refreshing that a new town is introduced: Hogsmeade. Hermione and Ron return from their first trip bursting with excitement as they describe the places they went: "Dervish and Banges, the wizarding equipment shop, Zonko's Joke Shop, into the Three Broomsticks for foaming mugs of hot butterbeer, and many places besides" (158).
"The post office, Harry! About two hundred owls, all sitting on shelves, all color-coded depending on how fast you want your letter to get there!"
"Honeydukes has got a new kind of fudge; they were giving out free samples, there's a bit, look -"
"We think we saw an ogre, honestly, they get all sorts at the Three Broomsticks -"
"Wish we could have brought you some butterbeer, really warms you up -" (158)
In later books, we learn that house-elfs can get drunk off it and that it is suggested that it may affect wizards in a lesser degree as well.
[Winky] was clutching a bottle of butterbeer and swaying slightly on her stool, staring int the fire. As they watched her, she gave an enormouse hiccup.
"Winky is getting through six bottles a day now," Dobby whispered to Harry.
"Well it's not strong, that stuff," Harry said.
But Dobby shook his head. "'Tis strong for a house-elf, sir," he said. (536)For anyone who has visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you have probably experienced the non-alcoholic drink based off butterbeer first had! I however, have not. Instead, I decided to try out this recipe from Design Dazzle!
Magically Easy Butterbeer Recipe:
2 liter cream soda
2 tablespoons Butter extract (I did half of this for a less strong taste)
2 teaspoons rum extract (I did half of this for a less strong taste)
*drop the extracts into the 2 liter bottle, put on cap and slowly rotate until combined.
1 7oz container of marshmallow creme
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon rum extract
*add all items together in an electric mixer and combine until smooth.
Pour the Butterbeer into a glass, drizzle with the cream topping, and enjoy!
I found the taste with even half the added extracts to be too strong for me still, though my two taste testers who had been to The Wizarding Wold of Harry Potter said it was not as strong at the real stuff. So perhaps the full recipe is more accurate after all.
For more cooking, recipes, and food, check out my co-worker Dan's blog Fuel for the Furnace!
And, for more Harry Potter fun, check in here tomorrow for C is for...Chocolate Frogs!