We are a house obsessed with all things Harry Potter. It has just connected with Bug in ways I couldn't have anticipated. As an example, I had a talk with her a few weeks ago in which she told me that she was going to emulate Hermione in the upcoming school year. She was going to be smart and study and be brave. She was going to take charge and be a know-it-all. Then...about a week after this proclamation, this was the conversation we had right before school started:
BUG: You know, I decided that I'm not going to be Hermione this school year.
ME (a bit disappointed): Oh? Why not?
BUG: Because, Mom. It's really, really hard to change who you really are inside.
In that moment, I fell in love just a little bit more with my mini-teenager. Sure, I was disappointed that I wasn't going to have a Hermione clone...but wasn't her observation a tad Hermione-esque? Loved it.
So it won't surprise any of you when I tell you that we recently made BUTTERBEER! I'll be in Orlando in November for the NCTE/ALAN conference and we're thinking about going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Luckily, I found out that ABCs of Art (aka my friend Debbie) went recently and she mentions the butterbeer. Check out her post, for certain, for a discussion about what butterbeer really is (and our own expectations of what it should be). She also links to a recipe on Mugglenet and I've adapted it to a stovetop recipe (since we don't have a microwave):
1 c. (8 oz) club soda or cream soda
1/2 c. (4 oz) butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
1/2 tbsp butter
Melt butterscotch syrup and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until syrup is bubbly and butter is completely incorporated. Stir and cool for 30 seconds and then slowly mix in soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit so make sure your saucepan is large enough. Makes 2-3 servings.
This recipe was soooooo sweet and sugary. Consider yourself forewarned. Adam and I both drank about half and then we were out. As you can imagine, Bug drank all of hers and wanted more. We used cream soda but I might try club soda next time to cut down on some of the sweetness.
Debbie also links to some other variations, including an adult version with butterscotch schnapps. I'm hesitant to buy a whole bottle of butterscotch schnapps for this recipe, but we're also still fighting off summer. Come January, a warm cup of butterscotch schnapps and cream soda could be an awesome warming dessert drink after Bug has gone to bed.
Next, we need to seek out pumpkin juice recipes. And pray to a higher power that it's not as gross as my failed experiments with the pumpkintini.
We finished our evening with a cutthroat game of Harry Potter Uno.
Eat, drink, and make drinks from your favorite books.