Butter Beer Review

A while back I had the fun of offering virgin shooters at a community teen dance. One of the drinks offered was a virgin apple pie shooter which I originally came up with back in the Fall of 2014, and which you can find the recipe for here. Not knowing how much of any one drink would be ordered – I made a huge batch of the butterscotch syrup required to make the drink. I found the recipe for butterscotch from a blog by TreasuresBrenda where she tested a number of Butter Beer recipes. You can find her blog post here.

As my eldest daughter and my neice are huge fans of Hairy Potter (oh and so am I) I decided to see what our family thought of these recipes that Brenda posted on her blog. The first recipe she created had a rockin’ version of butterscotch syrup and a couple option for how to mix the drink up.Our family tried each option to see if we agreed with Brenda.

The first option was to make the drink with vanilla ice-cream, butterscotch syrup and ginger ale. Our thoughts? Too much foam not enough flavour. Second option was to replace the ginger ale with cream soda. This was horrible – especially in colour since we are not able to get clear or brown cream soda and the flavour was too sweet. Similarly making the drink with syrup and cream soda (no ice-cream) was also an utter fail. Mixing butterscotch with ginger ale was the best of the options in this batch and my kids enjoyed this option, but the “beer” seemed more like a light ale and in my opinion needed something. Brenda also found that this wasn’t quite right yet…

The second recipe was a video she had a link to by working class foodie the link to that recipe is here. This recipe is more complicated to make and we didn’t find the recipe notably better than the first option. Back to the internet!

Wizardingworldpark.com had a handful of recipes – many using pre made butterscotch syrups, toppings and butterscotch chips. Really, chips? meh! There was only one recipe that was interesting: Recipe #2 on the list suggests adding cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg with butter and sugar and then mixing with icecream and refreezing. To serve it’s a float of buttery ice-cream and cream soda. If the soda is hot, it will melt the butter, but if it’s cool? Butter lumps?  While the idea is interesting, I would like to try this by making a butterscotch syrup out of the butter and sugar, adding the spices and then mixing with the iced cream, to see if that lets the drink be served cold more readily.

Recipe #1 from this blog is the recipe from the Youtube video I referred to earlier.  Hmm.

So I went back to the first recipe that my kids loved and decided to find a way to make this one work. Since I was looking for a darker beer – I simply added 1/3 pepsi (or cola) to 2/3 ginger ale and topped with the required 2 tablespoons (or so) of home made butterscotch. Voila! A dark beer that has a strong butterscotch flavour, still has some kick and isn’t deathly sweet. I tried this on my niece – and her friend. The verdict – yum, can I have some more?

Peppermint Fizz Review

Peppemint Fizz. A blast from my past repertoire of recipes from years back.

Peppemint Fizz. A blast from my past repertoire of recipes from years back.

Like Ebneezer Scrooge, this Christmas I was reminded back to my past, maybe not by a magical being but definitely to show me something I had forgotten. When I first was interested in the idea of non alcoholic drinks, I did most of my searching through recipe books, and wrote my favourite ideas on index cards which I kept and remembered (sort of). So after some searching I was able to find a recipe that I remembered fondly from my youth: Peppermint Fizz, a Christmas drink using crushed candy canes as the flavouring.

I have no idea where this recipe came from, as I wasn’t big on documenting my sources back then. When I look up the drink online, I come up with a strawberry shortcake character, and a drink that is brandy, peppermint schnapps and lemon juice which isn’t even close to the recipe on my index card. So this Christmas Season, why not review a blast from the past and move the first of my index card recipes into todays world of the web!

This is a great recipe to make with the candy canes Santa brought this year.

Ingredients:
  • peppermint candy crushed
  • 250 ml whipping cream
  • 2-3 large bottles Gingerale or 7-up
Procedure:

Whip cream to a custard consistency and fold in crushed candy. Freeze in ice cube trays. To serve place an mint cream ice cube into a tall glass or wine glass and fill with chilled pop. Stir slightly and serve with a pretty spoon, straw or candy cane to mix drink with.

My Thoughts:

This recipe is for a crowd, or for the whole 12 days of Christmas if you, like scrooge, don’t like to share. When I first remembered this recipe I made a small batch but was in a hurry and didn’t freeze the cream and candy into cubes, instead adding a dollop of whipped cream to the top of a glass of gingerale. The result was not the same, I recommend giving the cream and candy time to meld flavours and the frozen cubes slow the fizz process down, requiring more stirring, and we all found that similar to a float, we could add more pop and keep enjoying the drink.

If you want to make many drinks keep your peppermint cubes to about 2 tbsp of mix, the cubes will blend better with the gingerale and while seconds with the same peppermint cube may not be possible, the initial drink will be delightfully pepperminty.

I served this to some guests who dropped by and got positive reviews from everyone. This is a great thing to have for just that purpose, and I plan on keeping some of these cubes in the freezer this holiday to offer visitors. Merry Christmas!

Kid-o-metre 5/5
Taste: 5/5
Simplicity: 5/5   three ingredient and some patience. That’s it!!
Ingredient finding: 4/5 seasonal only, even up in Santa’s part of the world candy canes are only available at Christmas!