I’ve spent the last few weeks trying all the popular butterbeer recipes floating around on Pinterest. While I don’t know what the real drink tastes like, all the recipes I had tried were just not what I was expecting. Some had way too much butter flavor, some had too much alcohol, some were just diabetic coma inducing! While I have a very bad sweet tooth, there’s a fine line between sweet and too sweet. Needless to say, I’m a bit over drinking cream soda any time in the near future!
Again I have nothing to compare it to but I tried my hardest to stick to J.K. Rowling’s description of less sickly butterscotch, cream soda and shortbread cookies.
So naturally I tried four different brands of cream soda. There are certain things you don’t realize until you’ve done it and this recipe challenge proved that the difference between brands can be astronomical.
- Walmart store brand: price was excellent but it had very little carbonation and just tasted like sweet soda but nothing special.
- IBC: I bought a 4 pack of vanilla cream soda in the glass bottles and it was delicious! Ultimately decided that it was too sweet for the recipe.
- Polar: also delicious! Would probably drink this on the regular if I consumed soda regularly but again I found it too be too sweet for the recipe.
- A&W: after the 4th bottle of soda I finally found my winner. It was just the right amount of sweet and it had a very slight buttery taste to it in my opinion, therefor making it my preferred butterbeer base.
I also decided I wanted to try the alcoholic and non alcoholic versions so testing these recipes out has been quite fun. In fact, just yesterday morning as I was doing my last test before giving up, I accidentally got myself morning drunk on an empty stomach. Whoops!
For all you of age witches and wizards, here’s an ice cold one for ya!
- For the drink:
- 1 tbsp butterscotch syrup
- 1 oz Buttershots (butterscotch liquor)
- 0.5 oz whipped cream vodka
- Cream soda of your choice
- For the topping:
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 0.5 oz whipped cream vodka
- 1 heaping spoonful of marshmallow fluff
- Take your handy dandy bottle of butterscotch topping and drizzle it around the glass, however much you'd like.
- Add both liquors to glass.
- Fill glass with cream soda until about 1-2" from top of glass.
- Give a little stir but not enough to ruin the carbonation of your drink.
- In a large mixing bowl, add cream, fluff and whipped cream vodka. Beat on low-medium for 2-3 minutes, until stiff peaks are formed.
- Top glass with marshmallow cream mixture.
- Drizzle butterscotch on top of cream mixture then enjoy!
And for all the little witches, wizards, muggles and in betweens, I didn’t forget about you!
*** The only difference between the recipes is the alcohol. So ignore the Buttershots and vodka in step 2 and in step 5. It’s really that easy! And the kids will love it. ***
For those looking for a less sweet butterbeer, I really hope you enjoy this! Let me know if you try it, it’s so easy and cost friendly too!
Until tomorrow Mischief Managed ⚡
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