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Butter beer's twin sister |

Someone needs to tell Waner Bros. studios about hot buttered rum, because it is essentially real life butter beer. You can almost see the foamy liquid coating Hagrid's beard. This is the perfect advent comfort, the recipe can be found on wholefully.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Makes: 4

Ingredients Batter:

135g brown sugar

55g unsalted butter

40g honey

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Pinch ground cloves

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for each cocktail:

160ml hot water

2 tbsp batter, plus more to taste

60ml dark rum

Sweetened whipped cream and ground nutmeg, for garnish

1. Batt'er up

Like a Christmas tree, this recipe needs a base to make it strong and pleasing. Start by melting 135g brown sugar, 55g butter, 40g honey, with those quintessential Christmas spices, 1/2tsp cinnamon, 1/4tsp nutmeg, a pinch of ground cloves and a pinch of salt over a medium heat on the hob.

Stir it while it melts. Melts like your dreams of having a white Christmas. When it's evolved into it's final caramely state, after about 5 minutes of weeping about the inability to make snow angels, take it off the heat and leave to cool.

Once as cold as the Grinch's heart add your 1/2tsp vanilla extract and stir again. It will be very thick and homogeneous so give that batter and good beating to blend the vanilla extract.

2. Time to add the rum-a-pum-pum

Now you have your batter prepared you can have hot buttered rum in but a moment!

Begin by whipping your cream for topping. Preparing it in advance will allow you to discreetly dip your finger in for a cooks treat whilst preparing the drink. (It also means your drink won't get cold while you whip the cream later, but that seems less important than a lavish snack).

Add 2 tbsp of the batter to a large-ish glass or mug and dissolve it with 160ml of hot or boiling water. Stir until there's no solid batter left in the bottom of the glass.

Add 60ml rum (proportionately this is enough to get even a half giant like Haggrid a little bit turnt, so dial the amount back if you're not into getting lit like an advent candle).

Top with whipped cream, 2 tbsp should do the trick- but the more the merrier, and a sprinkle of ground nutmeg.

And have a rum-springer of a dink and sink!

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "Oh wow. I think I might still be half cut from this gasp worthy sup. It was part of our extragaspmas, but we made it in February (oops) after I had partaken in dry January, so it definitely had an effect. The amount of rum in this is a voice slurring quantity and I would probably tone it back for next time. But, the overall flavour was so Christmas and much taste. The way the cream melted was delightful (although a fair amount did end up melting over the edges of my glass). Overall 8/10 - not as good as our cola de mono."

Kate says: "I AM wishing it could be Christmas everyday so that I could drink this cup of deliciousness all the time. This is the kind of drink to have under a blanket on a Sunday afternoon with a good book while it's raining outside. It is creamy and sweet and has an (admittedly rather large) kick of alcohol. It is, as titled, the closest thing I have tasted in my life that resembles how I thought butter beer from Harry Potter would taste. Very easy to make, just make sure you give it a really good stir to combine - all my spices ended up at the bottom. Still, I'm already thinking about the next time I can make this 10/10"

9/10 Gasps


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