Nerd Alert

Perhaps my last post was a little weighty for a Friday morning. Well, let it not cast a shadow on the fact that today marks a rather important event in the history of a generation. It is the beginning of an end.. an epic conclusion of unrivaled imagination and complexity… a literary saga that has impressed and inspired creative young minds for a decade.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows– Part 2

I have been looking so forward to this for months. I all but slept outside the theater last night to score tickets, and yet I refrained. Nevertheless, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the occasion than with a pint of Butterbeer?

BUTTERBEER

Start to finish: 1 hour (10 minutes active)

Servings: 4

1 cup light or dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

6 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

3/4 cup heavy cream, divided

1/2 teaspoon rum extract

Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.

Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

Have a magical weekend!

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