What do I serve at my upcoming (second annual) Harry Potter Christmas Party?!
Here is my Google excel sheet to organize my ideas!
There are so many good ideas, but I NEED to narrow some drinks down. This is how I organize all of my thoughts together. The ones in yellow I have already decided I will make.
I already know I’ll be making Butterbeer, with a new and improved recipe which I will share soon.
My roommates have vodka they want to be used, so I’ve been researching how to use this liquor for the first time, since I never use it. I’m currently infusing pear, ginger, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a mason jar now. I also added some syrup I made using Pumpking beer and Amaretto, shook that on ice with vodka and lemon juice, and it was great!
Things to consider for providing cocktails at a party:
- What booze do I already have on hand?
- What ingredients do I already have on hand?
- Can something be made into a punch? If it’ not a punch, then that means I will need to bar-tend (which I already need to do for the Butterbeer, since that is heated and should be drunk after I serve it).
- If I buy a special ingredient for one drink (for example, Champagne) can I use it for a second drink, or a third drink? In other words, how can I be economical with what I am buying?
- Will the drinks be diverse? I can’t have four whisky-based drinks that are all super sweet and have similar flavors (cinnamon, wintery spices, etc).
- Will the drinks be unique enough to leave an impression, off-kilter a bit so they fit with the “magical” theme of Harry Potter, yet universally liked/tested so people will enjoy them?
Editor’s Note: I re-blogged this because I thought it was creative and beautiful. I still think it is. I made it last night and, to me, it was not that good.
I like eggplant and I’ve cooked it many times, and I’ve written three different blogs about it. But to me, this was really lacking in flavor and I personally do not find this the best way to cook an eggplant. I added more olive oil and brushed it on the top (not in the instructions, even though olive oil was an ingredient), but once it was done, I spent too much time cutting the eggplant away from the skin, which was tedious.
So instead, after cutting out the flesh, I threw that in a blender with the cooked tomato and onion, threw in some garlic cloves, some hot Spanish paprika and olive oil, blended it for a quick and MUCH tastier baba ganoush-type spread. I ate it with raw veggies for lunch and it was great.
I made this recipe this fall with different type of cheese, each time. Could go very good without the cheese for the vegans or you can add some bacon if you like meat very much. I loved it with salty cheese and no bacon, and as you can see, the presentation makes you eat everything.
- 1 big eggplant or 2 small eggplants
- 2-3 tomatoes
- 1 onion
- 200 g cheese (cheddar or salty cheese)
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
Cut the tomatoes, cheese and onion in thin slices. Clean the eggplant and cut it in two. Each half cut it in thin slices. Keep the stem so all the slices will stay together. Put some salt on it and leave it to get soft a little bit.
Stuff eggplant slices with tomato, cheese and onion. Press the eggplant slightly with the palm of your hand to form a fan. At…
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Editor’s note: I like forwarding other blog posts when I think a recipe is innovative or super delicious.
I tried this recipe this morning. I am currently giving up sugar this month, so I did not add the sweetener. The cocoa powder (the real stuff) was not only a bit bitter with no sweetener (duh) but also a bit chalky. So I would not recommend this without a sweetener. Next time I may try to add more coconut oil OR coconut milk (unsweetened). The little amount of coconut oil make the drink slightly frothy, but did not add as much depth as I wanted. I may add more next time. I will also add some Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice blend next time.
Here is an announcement that Starbucks is starting to serve a Harry Potter themed Butterbeer. The title enthusiastically states “Starbucks Is Now Serving Butterbeer! Get the Harry Potter-Inspired Recipe Here!!!!!!” [Extra exclamation marks added].
This sounds just as sugary and gross as I expected it to be. Also pretty uninspiring.
If you want a breakdown of Harry Potter Butterbeer recipes out there on the internet, feel free to go to Obedient Ingredient’s most-viewed post: homemade Butterbeer recipes. You can also read about actual experiments I tried, including an authentic Butterbeer recipe with, you know, butter and beer.
Here is the Starbucks recipe:
- A Crème Frappuccino base, made with whole milk (not skim or 2%, which will mess up the consistency)
- 3 pumps of caramel syrup
- 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup
- Top with caramel drizzle
Here is the hot recipe:
- Whole milk steamer
- Caramel syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
- Toffee nut syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
- Cinnamon Dolce syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
- Top with whipped cream and salted caramel bits
- Optional: 1 shot of espresso (2 for a grande or venti)
According to the E! author, if you hate Harry Potter, you are a sugar/health snob:
‘Non-Potterheads might describe it as “pretty nerdy and HOLY HAGRID! That is way too much sugar for one drink! You are going to get diabetes if you drink that!” To each their own.’
Ten points from Starbucks. Go to detention in Snape’s office.