Emma Watson’s Mustache
In case you’ve been asleep for the last 10 years, there’s this pretty popular book/film franchise called Harry Potter. In case you have a life, and haven’t completely and totally immersed yourself in every nuance of the film, a bit of back story. The characters frequently drink a beverage known as “butterbeer.” Butterbeer is never really described in detail in the literature. It’s apparently alcoholic enough that a house elf will be drunk after consuming more than 1, but they also serve them to 13 year-old students in the pubs, so it can’t be that bad. (Oh, wait, this is Britain, so it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s 10%). It’s usually served in an Irish Coffee glass in pubs, though is available in bottles as well. The beverage is a cloudy, light brown colour, with a thick white head. Filmmakers chose to emphasize this latter feature by having Emma Watson sport a foam mustache in Harry Potter 6.
At the recently opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL you can pop into a copy of the Three Broomsticks – the staple Harry Potter pub – and buy an official butterbeer. While no official recipe has been released, any number of possible recipes have floated around the internet since it opened.
Apparently, in anticipation of going to see the newly released Harry Potter 7 (part 1), some people – in their few spare moments – have been re-re-re-re-re…-watching all the Harry Potter movies before heading off to the theatre. As part of that sad, lonely, and exhilarating build-up they may be considering drinking a butterbeer to really build the experience. For those poor wretched souls, I thought I’d make one of the butterbeer recipes and do a quick review.
I went with one of the simpler recipes I found on MuggleNet: just cream soda, butterscotch syrup, and butter. There’s other more complicated recipes out there, but I didn’t want to take an hour to make it. The recipe is made for two, but I downed the entire 16 ounce beverage myself. It pours a very opaque, light brown with a really big head that doesn’t sink into the beverage itself. On the nose are more than hints of cream and sugar. It tastes sweet – real, real sweet – sickly sweet. Yet, I didn’t have any trouble drinking it. Not sure I could have had a second one without getting diabetes though.
As an actual rating, I’d give this 1 Hop. It’s eh. But for those dedicated Harry Potter fans who are looking for meaning and comfort in their life at 1am while watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, it’s a must drink.