I have seen many recipes floating around about butter beer in regards to the Harry Potter franchise, these are wrong.  Most of these recipes call for butter scotch or cream soda both of which were not created until the late 1800’s.

Butter beer is a classic “cocktail” that dates back as far as 1584 and became very popular in the late 1700’s with Queen Victoria who was known to drink 2 pints upon rising in the morning, my kind of leader.

So here it is folks, here is my rendition of the classic.  its perfect for the holidays.  It has an eggy sweet and bitter custard quality to it.  Its very heavy and can be served as a dessert

Please enjoy and tell me your experience.

Butter Beer

  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger grated
  • 1/2 piece of whole cinnamon(i prefer Mexican cinnamon sticks)
  • 1/2 t whole clove
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 2 bottles of Old Speckled Hen ale (1 quart)
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 120 grams of sugar
  • 30 grams of butter(I prefer salted) softened to room temp
  1. Start with a nice heavy bottom sauce pot 2 qt or larger.  Add Ale and all the spices, on medium low heat simmer, DO NOT BOIL! boiling will release all the impurities you don’t want and give the beer and bitter flavor.
  2. in a stand mixer, hand mixer or by hand whip eggs, sugar and butter until light and airy.  Do not stop until it is doubled in size.
  3. pour the warm beer though a fine mess strainer or coffee filter. the return to pot to keep warm
  4. While mixing your egg mixture pour a small amount of warm beer, about 2-3 oz.  This will begin the tempering process so you do not end up with scrambled eggs.
  5. keep adding the hot beer slowly as you mix on medium speed.  once all the beer is added return liquid to your pot.
  6. O the lowest heat possible whisk the mixture until it begins to thicken, something like a gravy thickness.
  7. Removed from heat and serve immediately
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