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How To Make Actual Butterbeer From The 1500s [WATCH]

The butterbeer at Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is delicious, don’t get me wrong. However, it is a far cry from the original recipe to this brew that dates back over 400 years.

YouTuber How to Drink recently recreated the OG version of the foamy, buttery drink, which draws together its description from the Harry Potter series with the actual recipe. Found in The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin, published in London in 1588, this “Buttered Beer” was almost more of an alcoholic custard than a beer, as How to Drink’s recipe video shows.

The process of making it is similar to cooking custard, tempering it with a mulled ale, and then melting in hefty quantities of butter. The result is slightly alcoholic, as some of the beer’s potency will evaporate during the process. However, it is warm, frothy, and quite sweet, just like J.K. Rowling describes it in her iconic novel series.

If you’re looking to make a legitimate butterbeer recipe, this is likely the one to turn to. It’ll also help keep everyone warm during the holidays and makes for an interesting alternative to eggnog for the grown-ups.

How to Drink has the full recipe in the description of his YouTube video, and you can also find more info on his various social media accounts.

Featured Image courtesy of Greg Titian.
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Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Adds Butterbeer Ice Cream And New Lunch Menu

Photo: Elie Ayrouth

With all that summer magic in the air, there must be something brewing at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, right? Not too long ago, we sat down to a Great Feast at the Three Broomsticks, nestled in the heart of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Harry Potter-themed wonderland.

Our spirits itching for some more magical grub, we returned just in time to catch some new dishes that would enchant any witch or wizard.

Photo: Elie Ayrouth

New food items have arrived at the park, including Butterbeer Ice Cream Packages. Wizarding fans may be aware that Universal Studios Orlando offers Butterbeer Ice Cream as soft serve. At the Los Angeles location, the ice cream is now featured in cool hard packs kind of like something you’d see in a grocery store.

Guests can find them outside the Three Broomsticks eating area.

“Full-flavored, tasted like a caramel swirl… that must be the key ingredient in Butterbeer,” Sour Patch Wizard and our man on the ground Elie Ayrouth reports. “Given the summer weather, letting it chill in the warm breezy air for a few minutes before eating it was the absolute perfect texture for eating.”

Ayrouth asked the head chef what the Butterbeer ice cream was made of.

“Butterbeer, of course,” the chef said with a wink.

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Also new this season are three menu items offered at Hogsmeade’s premier tavern for magic folks: The Three Broomsticks.

The Ploughman’s Lunch features an imported selection of ham, salami, country pate, English cheese, homemade pickles, and a scotch egg with bread, cranberry chutney and grain mustard. Great for sharing among your magical peers.

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You won’t find Cheese Toastie with chicken with your head buried in a spell book. The dish features grilled English cheddar cheese with chicken, crispy bacon, mustard, and sliced tomato topped with a sunny side egg. It’s served with either a salad or potato wedges. Definitely something to step out of the library for.

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Finally, there’s the Sunday Roast Sandwich. This enchanting baguette is filled with warm prime rib and topped with English Cheddar, caramelized onions, horseradish sauce, and homemade garlic pickles. Hearty enough to lull a three-headed hound into a food coma.

Hungry witches and wizards will want to check this new menu soon at Universal Studios Hollywood. Though we recommend going on some rides before filling your bellies. Motion sickness charms are hard to cast.

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Alcoholic Frozen Butterbeer Is The Ultimate Boozy Harry Potter Dessert

When you go to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios, one item you’re likely going to purchase is the famous Butterbeer. Available warm, cold, or frozen, this butterscotch soda with a creamy topping is beloved by tons of park attendees.

However, there’s always been one thing missing from Butterbeer that would make it truly live up to its name: alcohol. Of course, Universal likely wouldn’t sell that in its theme parks, but you can always make your own version at home.

If you’re looking for a good starting point for a boozy Butterbeer, look no further than this video from YouTube channel SORTEDfood. They’ve taken the quintessential cream soda delight from Universal and punched it up with a few additions. SORTED did their research in the actual books, but also chose to give their Butterbeer the alcoholic twist we’ve all been missing from the theme park version.

SORTED’s version is also frozen, so it’s a great way to cool down if you host a Harry Potter-themed get-together over the summer. A warning, though, drinking this Butterbeer may require a pants-stretching spell.

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How Starbucks Baristas Really Feel About Your ‘Secret Menu’ Orders

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If you’re a fan of Starbucks’ Pink Drink, Butterbeer Frappuccino, or the Thin Mint Frappuccino, you’re technically ordering things that don’t exist, but baristas are skilled enough to make them all happen.

I’m talking about items on the “Secret Menu” of course, and while your local store might be cool with making an espresso-filled blended drink called a “Chola,” try ordering that at another store, and they’ll look at you with an Aubrey Plaza-like face of befuddlement.

Baristas took to Reddit and expressed how they felt about customers barging into their stores and ordering these imaginary drinks.

Their reactions may, or may not surprise you, but at least they’re being honest about our crazy requests.


Know the Ingredients

It’s not necessarily irritating if you know what the ingredients are. It’s really only frustrating when people come in and say something like “Let me have a Twix Frap!” and they expect us to know how to do it and say it is on the “secret” menu. But as long as you know what goes in it we’ll be happy to make it for you! We just want you to be happy with your drink. 🙂


Don’t Get Mad If the Barista Doesn’t Know What You’re Talking About

Only frustrating when people get mad when we don’t know what’s in it. Nobody actually minds, as long as you have the recipe. My main policy is if we don’t have a button for it in the special section, and you don’t have a recipe, I’m not getting my phone out to google whatever $8 frap you want. You obviously don’t want it enough.


Some Baristas Get Really Freaked Out

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For fuck’s sake, some of us are hardly trained on the regular drinks. Seriously, beyond the latte(which I already knew how to make), nearly all of my barista skills have been developed on my own time.


Don’t Be A Dick When Ordering Something That’s Not On-Menu

The people that order them are what make the drinks themselves annoying. Recipe, fine. When people act like it’s a thing for us, fuck off.


Ah, The Infamous Pink Drink

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Cust: “It’s on the secret menu, I know you guys have it”
Me: “Oh yeah, it’s a secret to us too”
Cust: …
Me: “but if you know the recipe I’d be happy to make it for you”
Cust: …
Me: ….
Cust: “Venti Caramel Frappuccino”
I don’t even mind the [Pink] drink so much, it’s just the principle of the matter


They Do Charge For All Those Extra Secret Ingredients

I will make anything you want, I don’t care, as long as you bring in the recipe and don’t get angry about any extra fees.


Have Some Mercy On Them During Rush Hours

I wouldn’t mind if it didn’t seem like secret menu stuff was only ordered during busy times.


If you see the Barista Holding Lighter Fluid… RUN!

Every time someone says they have a drink off of the secret menu, I cringe and imagine setting their hair on fire.

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Harry Potter Fans Are Freaking Out Over These New “Butterbeer-Flavored” M&M’s

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Potter-heads will flock toward anything that’s even remotely Harry Potter-based, so expect these new Butterscotch M&M’s to be in the hands of every magician in training.

The Halloween themed “White BOO-tterscotch” which has been described as Butterbeer in candy form, will be sold exclusively at Target this fall, and Harry Potter fans are already buying into the hype.

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I know what you’re thinking, how does anyone know what a made-up drink, inspired by a wizarding book tastes like? The books describe it as “a little bit less-sickly butterscotch,” and Universal Studios found a way to make that taste happen at its parks, so that’s probably what everyone is going crazy about.

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All I know is that Target is going to be filled with strange people this fall. Well, more strange people.

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10 Foods From Television I Desperately Wish Were Real

There are few things in this world that are greater than food, sex and sleep, particularly in that order. Since this isn’t sexbeast or sleepbeast, I figure I can focus on the food. Just as we daydream about having threesomes with celebrities, or how we long for our beds while at work, we also have borderline sexual fantasies about food.

I’ve compiled a collection of the most desirable foods from movies and television that I would sacrifice my firstborn child to taste. In fact, you can have the follow-up children as well, they’re never as good as the first one anyways.

1. Harry Potter – Butterbeer

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But Sean, Butterbeer DOES exist! Look, here’s the recipe I found that some lady in Albuquerque named Ruth came up with!” Well, that’s kind of the issue. Butterbeer is described as “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.” On top of that, it has some alcoholic content to it, albeit a tiny amount. Still, I scoured the interwebz for a recipe that sounds as close to the description in the book as possible. Alas, they all cover the butterscotch portion but fail to bring the alcoholic factor into the equation. All I really want is to enjoy a sweet, crisp Butterbeer with my friends at the Three Broomsticks, is that so much to ask?

2. James And The Giant Peach – The Peach

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“Ew Sean, all the bugs were walking around in the peach and shitting in it and stuff, what’s wrong with you?” Yes, bugs were walking around in it. But you know what? Those bugs were as humanoid as they come, and if you’re going to have walking, talking, fashion-conscious bugs, will you really have the balls to say, “Get out of my peach“? Furthermore, I’ve seen some of you share ice cream cones with your Rottweilers and shit, you know who you are. Besides, everything is better when it’s bigger, right? Have you ever been floored by a rack of chicken ribs? No you haven’t, liar.

3. Lord Of The Rings – Lembas Bread

Nutritious, delicious, sustaining and long-lasting. What more could you ask for in a simple piece of bread? Created by the Elves of Rivendell and the Woodland Realm, this bread was made to last months without going stale, as long as it stays wrapped in the green mallorn leaves it comes in. This square-shaped pastry was the staple meal for Samwise and Frodo on their long, treacherous journey, giving them just enough strength to make it to Mordor and free humanity from the clutches of that big eyeball guy. Besides, it’s not like you’re going to find a White Castle in Middle Earth. It’s either Lembas bread or the rotting corpse of “filthy orcses.” Your call, hobbits.

4. Spongebob Squarepants – Krabby Patties

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Widely considered the greatest food in Bikini Bottom, this burger has retained its insanely large fanbase ever since sea sponges, crabs, squids and starfish began walking, talking and weightlifting. Invented in his younger days by Mr. Krabs, the money-hungry proprietor of the Krusty Krab, this burger has all the standard ingredients in a burger except for two things: the undersea cheese and the secret formula. Over the years, Spongebob and the Krusty Krab krew have come up with a wide variety of burgers, including the pretty patty, the double triple patty deluxe, the jelly patty, the monster patty and the chopper burger. The recipe for the flabby patty (a patty made to garner friendship between enemies), my personal favorite, is:

  • Four pounds of “grade A love”
  • One tablespoon of “listening”
  • Two tablespoons of “cooperation”
  • Mix ingredients
  • Hold in warm heart

5. Hook – The Lost Boys’ Feast

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I often fondly recall my time as a child, with my vivid imagination running wild and free, like a flying velociraptor that shoots fire and money out of it’s mouth, but not at the same time. In order to really enjoy this feast, you have to BELIEVE. Despite the fact that the only thing I can identify with certainty is the turkey, this scene always made me wish so badly that I could be there for this magnificent feast. I have to believe that the adventurous Christmas music playing during that scene is also part of my desire to partake in the meal, because it gets me really excited. Plus, you KNOW it’s going to turn into one of the most amazing food fights ever. Who wouldn’t want that? Barbarians and funsuckers, that’s who.

6. Friends – Chandler And Rachel’s Cheesecake

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It’s fairly common knowledge that New York Cheesecake is one of the best types of cheesecake you can find, and many would argue that it is in fact the best. So how is one supposed to act when one finds the best New York Cheesecake IN New York!? Like a pair of bloodthirsty savages, of course. That’s how Chandler Bing and Rachel Green acted when the most amazing cheesecake they’ve ever had appeared on their doorstep. After eating the entire thing, the Gods looked down upon them favorably and sent them another cheesecake! They decided to split this one evenly, only both of their pieces ended up on the floor. The reason this cheesecake makes the list is because it was so good that they continued to eat the cheesecake…off the floor. Of course, who else shows up with a fork in hand, ready to join in on the ground grub, other than Joey Tribbiani? This time, Joey DOES share food.

7. Dr. Seuss – Green Eggs And Ham

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“You know what, man? Keep following me around and shit, see what happens. I’m serious, Sam. I will knock your bitchass out right here, right now, fo’ real. I don’t want your green eggs and ham, fuckin’ weirdo. Shit is wack.”

That’s what the exchange in the beloved children’s book Green Eggs and Ham would sound like if it was modernized and dropped the rhyming scheme. Still, this meal (despite its questionable color) has made many a mouth water over the years. What kind of lonely shut-in would say no to sharing a meal with a fox in a box? I’ll tell you one thing, Sam, I would definitely eat them in a house with a mouse. By the end of the book, the guy who hates on them the whole time ends up loving them.

Wait, what? The green eggs and ham are actually green eggs and green ham? I thought they were a metaphor for acid? No? Oh. Ok, never mind, not so into them anymore.

8. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory – Everything

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This movie, perhaps above all else, is likely the sole reason for at least 80% of children’s cavities in the last 45 years. It was virtually impossible to watch this movie and not crave some sort of candy or chocolate. From the Chocolate River to the Fizzy Lifting Drinks to the Everlasting Gobstopper, the infinite number of things to put in your mouth in this fairy tale factory are overwhelming. In one room in particular, you can eat everything, and I mean everything, from the plants to the rocks to the river. Of course, all of the children suffered gruesome and horrific fates, whether it was drowning, blowing up, shrinking down or being burned alive in a furnace. Still, totes worth it.

9. Popeye The Sailor – Spinach

Considering the number of junk foods that have made it on this list already, it’s understandable that I feel the need to throw in some greenery. Even so, I wouldn’t do y’all dirty like that. Yes, it’s spinach, but not just any spinach. This spinach boasts the ability to make consumers so strong that their muscles begin growing within seconds of ingestion. Popeye’s love for the leafy green vegetable increased profitability in the spinach market (yes, that’s a thing) so much so that four different statues of the animated character were erected around the Unites States. FOUR. That’s five more Popeye statues than there should ever be. Still, if spinach gave people super strength, who WOULDN’T be eating that shit every day?

10. Family Guy – Pawtucket Patriot Ale

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I’m a red-blooded American, and every red-blooded American likes a nice frosty beer every once in a while. Of course, if you’re Peter Griffin, you like a nice frosty Pawtucket Patriot Ale every 20 seconds. The fictional ale, made to look similar to Samuel Adams’ Boston Lager, has been the staple beverage on the show for the last 14 seasons. Peter’s love for the drink is so great, he even begins working at the brewery just to get his fair share of free brews. Some of the wild and adventurous shenanigans that Peter, Brian, Quagmire, Joe and Cleveland get into after polishing off a couple of pitchers of the hoppy nectar make me think that the beer has something to do with it. Either that, or Stewie has been lacing their drinks with LSD. Yeah, that’s a thing.

 

 

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How To Spend Valentine’s Day Like A Wizard From Harry Potter

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and quite a few of us are struggling for ideas on what to do for the special day. How about a magical dinner for two at Harry Potter’s Great Hall of Hogwarts?

Warner Bros. London Studio Tour is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day weekend (Feb. 13-14) for diners to spend the romantic holiday on the movie set of the Harry Potter film.

The Great Hall will be tricked out for Valentine’s and will feature a three-course meal, an after-hours tour of the Harry Potter sets, post-dinner coffee or tea, chocolates and tankard of Harry Potter’s famous Butterbeer.

Guests will also receive their very own wand.

Prepare to shell out quite a bit though. A dinner for two costs £495 which is about $716.04 US, not including the plane fare if you’re not in Europe. Still, if you can afford it, the experience should be a magical story you can tell your Muggle children someday.

Reservations begin Jan. 13 and can be placed through the Warner Bros. London Studio site. It also gives you a detailed itinerary of the evening.

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From Duff Beer to Butterbeer, a Comprehensive Illustration of Fictional Brews [Infographic]

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If you’re a fan of fictional alcoholic beverages from years back (nostalgia alert), here’s a comprehensive illustration of “Fantastical Fictive Beers.” The poster features everything from Homer’s go-to Duff Beer to Family Guy’s Pawtucket Pat to the famous Alamo brew Hank Hill is seen sporting in Arlen, Texas. Pretty much any drink from a fictional movie, sitcom, or TV show you can think of, it’s on here.

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Probably one of the best things about the graphic is that it delves deep into our childhoods. They’ve got  the late-great Mission Hill’s Gruber Hof, Mudder’s Milk from the Jaynestown episode of Firefly and even Samuel Jackson from a sketch during the Chappelle’s Show era.

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And then you have the more recently popular drinks like (Spoiler Alert) late Hank Schrader’s Schraderbrau and the wizarding world’s Butterbeer. The amount of pop culture research and design that went into this graphic is absolutely ridiculous and most definitely appreciated by yours truly.

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Of course, I can’t mention Samuel Jackson Beer without this beautiful NSFW clip.

The print is available at 18×24 for $28.