She was clutching a bottle of butterbeer and swaying slightly on her stool,
staring into the fire. As they watched her, she gave an enormous hiccup.
"Winky is getting through six bottles a day now," Dobby whispered to Harry.
"Well, it's not strong, that stuff," Harry said.
But Dobby shook his head. "'Tis strong for a house-elf, sir," he said.
from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
We're still close to Hogwarts this Friday, but we've stepped out of Hogwarts and into Hogsmeade for a draught of butterbeer.
I almost couldn't bring myself to do it. How do you take something as rich and indulgent as butterbeer and make it healthy?
There are two key ingredients that keep this healthy and still deliver taste. The first is stevia-sweetened soda called Zevia. This delicious stuff is just like diet soda, but without the chemical sweeteners. I noticed the taste of the stevia in the cream soda, but didn't find it any worse than the taste of other diet sodas. If you're not into it, you could also make this with regular cream soda.
The second key ingredient is coconut fat. Sitting on top of the cream soda, the thick coconut whip makes this version of butterbeer reminiscent of a root beer float.
And of course, while butterbeer isn't strongly alcoholic, it does have to carry a kick that a house-elf will feel.
makes two 6 oz. servings
1 12 oz. can of Zevia cream soda
2 oz. butterscotch schnapps, plus a splash
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
Mix the spices and a splash of butterscotch schnapps into the coconut whipped cream. Pour an ounce of butterscotch schnapps into the bottoms of two glasses. Add half of the cream soda to each glass. Top with a liberal amount of the spiced coconut cream.
If you'd like to enjoy your butterbeer warm, you can heat the cream soda briefly in the microwave. But be careful, the longer you heat it, the less fizz you'll get.
And keep it away from your house-elf. ;-)