Toast Harry’s Birthday with Frozen Butterbeer! {UPDATED}

Today is Harry Potter’s birthday.

Fact: Harry and I are the same age.

If my Hogwarts letter had never been lost, it might well have been Harry, Ron, and Darla.

What?

YOU DON’T KNOW!

It could’ve happened.

Whatever. In my little fantasy world, I’m in the Trio. I mean, I totally dig Hermione, so she can stay. Two smart girls are better than one.  And I would have rocked wizard’s robes. Plus, I’d pretty much have been the best potions student ever. Just saying.

I decided that Harry’s, and Ms. Rowling’s, birthday couldn’t pass by this year without a little celebration. Seriously, I haven’t made any Harry Potter treats since Christmas. o_O That’s far too long to go without a little magic in our lives.

Plus, why wouldn’t you wanna celebrate The Boy Who Lived and his creator? Especially when you can have so many tasty, tasty treats, like Cockroach Clusters or Cauldron Cakes. I still dream about getting to attend a Hogwarts Halloween feast.

Alas, I have to settle for whipping up all of these HP treats myself…and without the aid of magic…usually.

I decided that the birthday boy would probably want something sweet and cold to help him celebrate this year, since it’s been so hot in so many places, so I finally created some frozen butterbeer.

When I made my original Homemade Butterbeer recipe, I had a lot of people asking me if it could be frozen, like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter does. Of course it can be, but my one gripe about the park’s frozen butterbeer, was that, in comparison to the “on tap” version, the frozen tasted flat.

I wanted to make a frozen butterbeer that still tasted like the park’s recipe, but that also had some of the carbonation in it. My solution was to create my own homemade vanilla cream soda. This also worked out great for International readers who didn’t have access to cream soda at the store. Now they could make it quickly and easily at home, and have butterbeer anytime.

The soda recipe is stupid easy and only has 5 ingredients. It’s all natural, and tastes simply wonderful.

For the vanilla flavor, you can either use an entire vanilla bean or you can use a generous helping of pure vanilla extract. I decided to use a vanilla bean, and it was amazing, but I have since made it with the extract as well, and it’s truly just as delicious.

The main difference between using the bean vs. the extract is color. You’ll notice that my frozen butterbeer is practically pure white, but when you use extract, you get more of the deep orange-y brown color of regular cream soda or butterbeer.

I also added a healthy dose of heavy whipping cream to my butterbeer/cream soda base, but you can omit that if you like.

Once your base is ready, it’s time to freeze it. I like to seal it in a zip top bag because it takes up less space in the freezer and it’s easy to transfer to a serving bowl after it’s all slushy…

…like this. I always freeze mine overnight, then take it out to thaw for about an hour the next day. Once it’s thawed a bit, I break it up until it’s all slushy like this and I put it back into the freezer until I’m ready to serve it.

When I’m ready to serve it, I transfer it to a large pitcher or serving bowl and add some sparkling water.

This is where the magic comes into play.

I bought the Hubster a SodaStream for his birthday this year. He’s always really enjoyed sparkling water, and I decided that it was time to make an investment in something that would save us money. He drinks a lot of the stuff.

He adores his SodaStream. Like, it may be the best gift I’ve ever gotten him. It’s not just him, though. The kiddo and I love it, too. We’ve tried quite a few of the soda flavors and they’re really tasty. We particularly enjoy the naturally flavored/sweetened Cola and Root Beer.

It is my firm belief that the SodaStream company is run by witches and wizards. Brilliant, awesome witches and wizards. I mean, seriously, look at it. First, you aguamenti up some water, then abracadabra, bubblio-fizzio! Now, you have sparkling water. Or soda. Or juice. Or whatever you darn well want to be fizzy and bubbly.

No batteries. No power cables and electricity. Straight up magic and you have a tasty sparkling drink. Well, magic and a little CO2, but still. MAGIC.

I love that by making my own soda base, I’m able to freeze it and add soda water to it for a bubblier version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s famous frozen concoction. It’s a fantastic celebratory drink, and a perfect choice for a hot summer day.

You can forego the foam (I never would…I love that stuff!) to make this even easier, or you can go all-in and have a decadent, magical, lazy afternoon, sipping slushy butterbeer by the Black Lake, watching the giant squid skim by just under the surface. Enjoy!

Happy birthday, Harry! And extra happy birthday, J.K. Rowling!!

Homemade Frozen Butterbeer
Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

FOR THE SODA
2 cups (400 gramas) granulated sugar
1 cup (250 ml) water
1 vanilla bean, split, or 1 to 2 tablespoons (15-30 ml) pure vanilla extract (to taste)
2 tablespoons (30 ml) imitation butter
1/4 cup (63 ml) heavy whipping cream (optional)
1 liter (about 34 ounces or just over 4 cups) plain water
1 liter (about 34 ounces or just over 4 cups) sparkling water (a.k.a. club soda)
OPTIONAL – 1 ounce light rum, per serving, for adults only

FOR THE FOAM
2 cups (500 ml) heavy cream
5 tablespoons (125 grams) sugar, or splenda for sugar free version
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons (about 7.5 ml) imitation butter

To make the butterbeer: In a medium saucepan set over medium high heat, stir together the sugar and water. Once combined, bring the mixture to a bowl, swirling gently as needed (do not stir it again until you add the vanilla). Boil until the mixture turns from cloudy white to perfectly clear, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

If using a vanilla bean, add it to the hot  syrup and allow to steep for about an hour. Remove the bean and seal in a zip top bag; store in your freezer to use for up to 3 more batches of vanilla cream syrup.

If using vanilla extract, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of extract, as desired.

Stir in the imitation butter.

Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature, stir in 1 liter of water, and transfer to an airtight container. Freeze overnight.

To make the soda: Remove the frozen butterbeer from the freezer and allow to thaw until soft enough to break up into a slush. Transfer to a large pitcher or serving bowl. Stir in the 1 liter of sparkling water.

To make the foam: In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, whip the heavy cream on medium high speed for 3-4 minutes until it starts to thicken. Add the sugar and continue whipping until very soft peaks begin to form, another 3-4 minutes (if you need to whip more or less, then be sure to do so, the times can vary quite a bit based on environment). Stir in the vanilla and imitation butter (or clarified butter), then whip for another 30 seconds or so, until soft peaks form.

Spoon a generous portion of foam on top of each glass of butterbeer. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Darla

 

**So… who wants their very own magical mystery SodaStream Genesis Starter Pack?!**

 

It’s easy! Just answer the following question in the comment section below, and you’re automatically entered to win!:

“What is the first flavor of soda or flavored soda water that you would make?”

There is no wrong answer. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

The winner will receive a SodaStream Genesis Starter Pack which includes a CO2 tank, 12 trial sized samples of various soda flavors, and 3 bottles of flavored water syrup.

Contest ends Sunday, August 5th, 2012 at 9pm PST.

Want an extra chance to win? Just follow @Bakingdom on twitter and tweet, “I want to win a @SodaStream Genesis Starter Kit from @bakingdom!” Once you’ve tweeted, return here and leave a comment saying you shared the tweet. Be sure to leave this as a separate comment; each comment is an entry.

Sorry, this giveaway is open to US readers only.

The winner will be chosen randomly at www.random.org and announced Monday, August 6th, 2012.

I will contact the winner, so don’t forget to add your email in the email section!

**Comments are moderated, so if you’ve never commented before, it will take some time for your comment to appear!**

Good luck with the giveaway!

 

The SodaStream Genesis Starter Pack winner is…

…comment #298!!!

Congratulations, Patricia! You make sure you get to try your new toy out first!! ;)

Thank you to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for more easy, delicious recipes and fun giveaways in the near future. :)

♥,
Darla

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  1. Larissa says

    That frozen butterbeer sounds amazing! If I had a soda stream, I would make cola first, or maybe Dr. Pepper…yummmm. Then, I’d make it a slushy with my Margaritaville, and add bourbon (for the adults, only, of course), or rum…
    Happy Birthday, Harry and Jo!!

  2. Heidi says

    I would make a fizzy iced berry tea! Or maybe some fizzy pink lemonade, or fizzy apple juice (and win points with my husband.)

  3. Kim says

    I’m in love with Seltzer/Club Soda/Soda Water..it helped me curb my soda addiction so I would say that raspberry is my favorite, but I’d want to mix it up with something different maybe!

  4. Kasey P. says

    I don’t drink carbonated drinks but I would love to be able to use it to make a healthier Dr. Pepper for my husband!

  5. Nina says

    I would have to make cream soda at first.

    More importantly, your comment about it essentially being Harry, Ron, and Darla, literally made me laugh out loud in my class. People looked at me, but I was fine with it, because it was HP humor. Thank you for the good laugh!

  6. Andrea says

    The first soda I would make would be butterbeer (obviously) and the second less magical soda would probably be cream soda or root beer or strawberry soda or maybe raspberry soda… the possibilities are endless!! Happy birthday to Harry and Queen Rowling!! <3

  7. Crystel says

    Lavender soda!!! Definitely. Have you ever had the Dry Lavender or Cucumber sodas? They’ll change your life they’re so good. Mmm.

  8. Kelley says

    Well, I’m going to LeakyCon next week, so obviously I’d make enough cream soda and sparkling water to last through as many liquid, frozen, and cupcaked butterbeers as necessary to have in preparation as well as at the con itself. I’d expect to have worn out the thing by day two.

    (Ginger Ale is sounding really good right now, too.)

  9. Jennifer says

    I would make the redbull flavor. I gave them up cause they give me massive head aches. So I would want to see if their version tastes the same and gives me no headaches.

  10. says

    I like just plain fizzy water. Maybe with a whiff of lime – like you should wave the lime over the glass a few times whispering, ‘ Infusio!’

  11. Linden says

    I would make cream soda. I LOVE cream soda. Plus, it would be nice to make truly homemade butterbeer any time I want it!

  12. says

    I’m a HUGE fan of Butterbeer from USO. I LOVED it soooo much. I’ll give this recipe a try… mmmm, parks at my house.
    With the SodaStream, I wold make a make ginger ale or a lemon basil, lightly sweetened. Then I would add gin. :B

    Also, tweeted! (@missinthia)

    Cheers!
    *i

  13. Caitlin mack says

    I love watermelon, I would make watermelon flavored sparkling water! P.S. I’ve also made your original butterbeer recipe and put it in my ice cream maker, although not fizzy, it was cold and delicious!

  14. Kay Weaver says

    I love the recipe! Can’t wait to try it for my granddaughters.
    If I had a SodaStream, the first flavor I’d make would be an adults-only version of Countrytime Half & Half mixed with a shot or two of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. Yummy!

  15. says

    I don’t drink soda, so if by some weird chance I do win, just automatically chose another person.

    With that being said, this is totally awesome! I don’t drink soda and I hate carbonated beverages, but it’s still so cool! I was wondering what you were going to do for Harry and Rowling’s birthday :) I really need to re-read the books. I haven’t read them in such a long long time :(

    Now for the important question: where the heck did you get those butterbeer mugs?!?!?! I want one so bad!

  16. Kirsten Spear says

    I would make so many funky awesome flavors!
    Ideas:
    lavender blueberry
    raspberry rose (you could make a simple syrup with Siberian rosebud tea)
    salted watermelon (apparently Pepsi or Coca-cola is running this in Japan this summer)
    coconut vanilla
    pink lemonade

  17. Elizabeth Stewart says

    It would be hard to choose, but I think I’d try to make a Key Lime soda flavor! Then I could drink it by itself or add cherries for a cherry limeade. The frozen butterbeer sounds fantastic, especially with the 100+ temps we’ve been having around here.

  18. Sarah says

    I would make my own rootbeer and cream soda. Because of the carmel coloring and additives in dark sodas it’s not good for my digestion, so I have always wanted to try making my own! This seems like a great chance!

    Also, today is also my older brothers birthday, and I always tease him on his birthday! “What? I made this cake for Harry Potter! It’s your birthday too? No way….” hehe

  19. Jennifer D Johnson says

    First I must say Grape is the answer to the question – however; I did go over to the sodastream website and Grape would just be the beginning! There appear to be so many wonder flavors that I would like to try!
    Thank you – love your website!

  20. Chiara says

    Root beer. I absolutely love rootbeer and being able to make it at home would be fantastic.
    I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, though; when I graduated this year my parents bought me a wand and a Gryffidor pin because my robes look like wizard robes. Needless to say, the frozen butter beer wouldn’t be far behind.

  21. Amanda B. says

    I would make fizzy tropical punch soda. I love soda so much I would never drink anything else if I could get away with it!

  22. Rachel says

    I would like to try Sprite, Butterbeer of course. .!!, Cola Baby..!! ( I just Added Baby :) Hopefully all of them..!! Then I will Determine My Fab Five (Yep Gymnast Here..!!) And Let You Know..!!!

  23. Rosa says

    First thing I’d do is try to make my own version of a cherry limeade…then immediately make my own cream soda to make this awesome frozen butterbeer! Wow! A-MAAAA-zing! Thank you for the recipe, Darla!!

  24. says

    I so think that we are destined to be friends. I so love Harry Potter, and, luckily, my husband and littles share the obsession. I still vividly remember reading the last book and having to take breaks while I cried, while my oldest little would ask, “Momma, are you going to be okay? Do you need me to read now?”

    Thank you for the reminder that it is Harry’s birthday. We have some celebrating to do!!

    If I had a soda machine, I would go for lemon-lime to make cherry limeades.

  25. Rachel C. says

    Maybe Something Really Sour Yeah..!! Cherry Limeade, Lemonade With My Twist On It..!! And Maybe Sour Green Apple Dirnk..!! :) :) :) :)

  26. Donna D. says

    This frozen butterbeer looks so yummy, can’t wait to try it!
    I think the first soda I would make would be something with coconut and not the usual pina colada flavor but maybe mix coconut water and strawberry or rasberry juice, yum!

  27. says

    Hey Darla!! We are celebrating Harry’s birthday too by making your 4 layer/house cake! I love how creative you are and how easy it is to follow your posts. :)
    I would create a mango “adult” soda if I could. I have never experimented with sodas before!

  28. Amy says

    Frozen ButterBeer! Sounds so yummy! If I had a soda stream, I would 100% make a Shirley temple first. The 10 year old in me wouldn’t have it any other way :)

  29. Windy P. says

    The butterbeer sounds fab, but let me think. Hm….I think I would make some citrus-y flavored soda. Something like the yummy tangerine sodas you can get. I lurve, lurve them.

    Oh, and I totally want to steel that haiku shirt. For reals. ;-)

  30. Kea Vassallo says

    I had a Harry Birthday Party for myself this year and made a bunch of your recipes, and the Butterbeer was most certainly a hit. I cannot wait to do this!

    As for the soda thingy, I would probably try to recreate the cranberry ginger ale that Canada Dry has, it is simply so amazing and refreshing!

  31. Maria Elena says

    I simply love plain old fizzy water. I like to make myself an evening cocktail by adding fruit concentrates (blackberry, tart cherry, antioxidant blends). Yummy!

  32. says

    Oh the possibilities. I would like to make homemade strawberry limeade. And Ginger Beer, have’t had a good Ginger beer since I left the UK. I wish I had one of those Soda Streams.

  33. Alicia says

    I would have to say no flavor. I’ve become partial to soda water with lime juice as a crisp refreshing drink. And when I’m not pregnant I also like to add a bit of vodka but that’s for another time! :)

  34. Cassy says

    I just found your site today and I am loving it! Magical treats for Harry Potter’s birthday? Yes! I would make Blue Raspberry Lemonade, I think, just because blue is my favorite color for food. :)

  35. Liz A says

    Assuming it doesn’t have to be something packaged with the SodaStream, I had a friend make an amazing basil-cucumber simple syrup that they made into a soda with soda water. I’d love to try to recreate that.

  36. Melissa says

    Orange soda! Crush soda was always a special treat when I was a kid. Like, only on one holiday special, (the 4th of July). To this day I sorta forget that I’m an adult and can buy crush soda any time I like. I love it!

  37. says

    First flavor, I got it! I went to this great popsicle place in Raleigh NC called LOCOPOPS and I had a Mojito Mint popsicle and it was amazing, so I’d make that happen in soda form.

    Also, that little nerdy geekout about Harry was reason enough all by itself to follow your blog :D

  38. Kendra says

    Orange cream soda! The hubs and I always stop at this place on Route 66 in Oklahoma and buy some, its incredible!

    Thanks for celebrating Harry’s birthday! We’re having your original butterbeer tonight with dinner.

  39. Carm says

    I always imagined butterbeer to be a frothy, lighter version of root beer, but these look great!

    As for what flavored soda I’d make, definitely apple! My boyfriend and I love apple sodas, but they’re kinda hard to find.

  40. says

    Hmm, I have NO idea! Frozen Butterbeer is on that list for sure- this sounds SO good! I love HP so very, very much :)

    Probably some fun fruit flavors- Watermelon, or my very favorite Slush Puppy was always Bubble Gum, so maybe that too!

  41. Joanie from NC says

    Definitely would try lemon first! Your’s is such a fun blog to follow, you are insanely creative! Thank you!

  42. Nicole says

    I wonder what carbonated sweet tea would taste like? I would make that 3rd, after cherry vanilla dr. pepper and butterbeer. :-)

  43. Sheri says

    This post makes me happy, Happy Birthday Harry! I’d make sparkling granny smith apple juice first, then either butter beer or root beer.

  44. Harley says

    Oh my gosh!ive wanted one forever!And I cant wait to make this!I just bought two things of imitation butter ;)I would totally make cola first! :D ultimate fave!

  45. Sarah says

    Peach soda would be the first soda I would make. We don’t get peaches where we live and I miss them dearly!
    Although…the Butterbeer looks fabulous!

  46. Amanda F says

    I would probably make either swedish fish or fruit loop flavored soda! Love those flavored vodkas, but clearly they aren’t appropriate always ;)

  47. dustin says

    I would definitely make a delicious strawberry and basil soda or, if I could, find some way to create a vanilla or chocolate cupcake flavor

  48. Jen says

    I am torn between wanting to make coconut soda or lychee soda somehow. Maybe a combination! OOh, or a hazelnut soda to use with chocolate ice cream to make a nutella float… yes, this is my new answer.

  49. Kathleen says

    Um, DEFINITELY Frozen Butterbeer! After that, I’d make maple soda – I had it once it Vermont and have yearned for it ever since, but can’t find it anywhere.

  50. Kacey Harper says

    Just tweeted! I would make a diet cherry lemon lime. I have wanted a Sodastream for awhile, we live in a very rural community and would love the variety!

    Thanks
    Kacey

  51. Pragna Raval says

    Oh my i would love to try that butter beer first!!! i would try pina colada flavoured soda!!! Yummy perfect for the summer….

  52. Monica W. says

    I would totally make the Butterbeer! I tried your recipe for it like a year ago and I completely ruined it! I think with this I would get it right! <3 Thank you for always having these fun contests! <3

  53. Erica B says

    Hey Darla,
    Love, love, love the frozen butterbeer idea!! I will have to make this one, for sure :) As for the question you have proposed, I would definitely make a raspberry and lime sparking water first, then probably a root beer or cherry cola (since we don’t get cherry cola in Canada, unless you want to pay an arm and a leg for imported stuff..)

  54. Elizabeth Wilcox says

    Hmmm… I love all things carbonated so what to make first is tough. I really love cream soda so maybe that with the addition of some yummy fruit flavor like strawberry, blueberry, or cherry.

  55. shawn says

    is imitation butter an extract or something in the butter section? and where can i get that shirt? it rocks. now…what to make first. hmmmm. watermelon sprite for my son. cherry anything for the hubs, rootbeer for my daughter and black cherry sparkling water for me. but i’d rather have a magic wand. just saying.

  56. Becky says

    Is strawberry soda even possible? If so, I would be all over strawberry soda!

    ps. I love that haiku shirt, i spent a good 5 minutes laughing at it.

  57. Anne Hernandez says

    I think I’d have to try the Butterbeer! Or maybe my own fun version of Champagne… Mmmmm! Would love to win and try it. And of course share the results. :oD

  58. Cherron says

    It would have to be a root beer. Or just whipping up some sparkling water to mix with fresh berry puree while the berries are still in season. Mmmm…

  59. Shawnda Holcomb says

    Old Fashioned Root Beer, have to try Cream Soda next OH, and would have to try and egg cream, have always wondered what Granny raved about with those…….

  60. Marcie says

    So many soda flavors… lemon lime, cherry cola, cream soda, orange soda, ginger ale, grape soda… I’d probably spend an entire day playing with the thing making up any combination of flavors I could think of until it broke, I ran out of room, or I passed out from the bubbles and excitement. This frozen butterbeer might be first on the list though.

  61. Devon says

    I would make Coca Cola flavored for my boyfriend since he drinks it all the time! :) Hope I win I’ve wanted one of these a little while now.

  62. Noelle Gaiess says

    Probably Cherry Coke! The only kinds of Coke available in Canada are Coke or Diet Coke. It makes for some rather boring Coke floats! =/ Happy Belated Birthday Harry and Jo!!! =D

  63. Ari says

    Out of the Sodastream flavors, probably root beer! If I was buying my own syrups, then strawberry pomegranate or blackberry tangerine. These are two Italian soda combinations I often do, and they’re delicious!

  64. Jessica M says

    I would definitely make some kind of fizzy lemonade – either blueberry, raspberry, or strawberry. I love adding sparkling water to my lemonade or juice. I’ve been bugging the Hubby for a SodaStream for a while. It would be great to win one!

  65. says

    I’d love to make a rhubarb soda! A SodaStream has been on my wish list for months since I gave up all soda and have been drinking seltzer water with muddled fruit!

  66. says

    I know my husband would LOVE that Butter Beer! I would love to try their Diet Orange. I am a huge Diet Sunkist fan and would like to see if it tastes the same!

    Teresa <

  67. says

    In addition to entering the sweepstakes, I have a question.. For the imitation butter, what do you recommend? Like… Country Crock? (which is a vegetable spread), or something different?

  68. Kelly says

    I have an obsession with anything ginger-flavored (well anything ginger actually…long live King Weasley!), so with that being said, I’d make a ginger one! :)

  69. Emma Brunner says

    I’d make cherry vanilla cola or cherry lime yum!! By the way love the frozen butterbeer recipe!! I love when you post Haalrey Potter recipes. Thanks again!

  70. says

    I can’t wait to make this frozen butterbeer! My husband and I felt the same way you did about the frozen stuff hehe.

    “What is the first flavor of soda or flavored soda water that you would make?”
    I would make root beer! It’s my favorite! Then try a whole bunch of different ones, because I mean who wouldn’t :p.

  71. A says

    Happy Birthday Harry–and thanks for sharing Darla! Awesome as always!
    I would make strawberry soda–I have always wanted to try that!

    Love,
    A

  72. Michelle W. says

    Oh gosh! I can’t pick just ONE! Frozen Butterbeer Cream Soda would definitely be first on my list! Then Vanilla Cherry Cola, and then maybe a Sparkling Cherry Limeade…yum!

    Happy Birthday Harry and J.K.! YAY! What a wonderful way to celebrate…thanks for the giveaway!

  73. Jenny says

    I am new to your site. I love it! To enter the contest, I must say that my first soda would be with my DaVinci cookie dough syrup. If you are unfamiliar with DaVinci, they make sugar syrups that were initially intended for coffee (I think), but can be used for lots of fun things. (I don’t work for them, I just love them!). Cookie Dough! Drinking cookie dough soda… (insert Homer Simpson drooling noises here…)

  74. Teresa O says

    For my first Soda Stream experiment I would probably make a cherry cola. What a fun machine looking for a family…and I love the idea of making my own club soda. I love mixing that with a squeeze of lime which is so refreshing on a hot summer day.

  75. Stephanie says

    If I got a soda stream I would probably give it to my grandma actually… She is 75 and the best grandma ever… and the only thing she ever drinks is seltzer water. I mean ever, she almost goes through a 2 liter bottle every day. And of course, because she’s so awesome, she keeps her fridge stocked with soda for her kids and grand kids and cousins and nieces and great-nieces who are always welcome at her house… So if she had a soda maker she could do her own “bubbles” as we call it, and us kids could do soda when we were over, and she wouldn’t have to worry about keeping stocked up on soda anymore! In fact I think I might get one for her anyway, you’ve given me this super great idea… Oh, and for me personally? I would definitely do orange cream soda. Yum.

  76. Dani says

    Could I make the frozen Butterbeer first? Seriously, it’s so refreshing to find another Potterhead out there, I couldn’t not make it.
    But, if my arm had to be pulled into making something different I suppose Root Beer or lemon/lime would be the first. Only if forced though. Magic before Muggles. Not to be confused with Magic is Might.

  77. Angela Dammen says

    My first flavor would be lemon/lime however then my teeanager daughter would take over. I’m sure she would come up with her own flavor combos!
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful treat with us!!

  78. Bailey Smith says

    I think the first flavor I would make would be cream soda or an orange cream type one too. I think butterbeer would be pretty amazing to make as well!

  79. Susan G says

    It’s a difficult question, but if I have to pick one flavor it would have to be root beer. I’ve always wondered if homemade soda machines work well. Thank you!

  80. Treya Mitchell says

    I would make cream soda first, as it’s one of two sodas that I actually like (the other being rootbeer). My girls are the same way, not much of a soda drinker. However, the boys in this house… They would live off of the stuff! I’m sure we would see a lot of 7-up type sodas being made!

  81. says

    Love this recipe! I want to try it with my kids, and watch some Harry Potter of course. Or maybe sip it while reading with them. Yum!

    If I had a sodastream, I would make some diet cola for me and root beer for the kids.

    Thanks for the chance!

    anabidia @ yahoo dot com

  82. Patricia says

    i would try to make myself a sparkling grape juice (mmmm!) but seriously suspect my daughter would push me aside to make a home-made lemon-lime or dr. pepper first.

  83. Andrea says

    Before I read this post, I would have said strawberry basil. After reading this post, cream soda to make butterbeer, and then strawberry basil.

  84. Charlie says

    Ooh, I would definitely make root beer–I’ve made the syrup before, but it didn’t quite taste the same when I added lime sparkling water… whoops!
    Also, can I use regular butter instead of imitation? (I’m guessing this might change the texture, but I’ve never used imitation butter…don’t fancy drinking propylene glycol quite honestly.)

  85. Amanda says

    I think i would try dr. Pepper. but it would also be fun to do strawberry or raspberry cream sodas! looking forward to trying the butterbeer!

  86. Monique says

    I think I would make a lemon soda first. When I was vacationing in Italy last summer, I had some SUPER delicious lemon sodas that I wish were sold in the US. Butterbeer is a close second though. ;)

  87. Ashleigh says

    I will definitely need to try this frozen version soon – its been in the triple digits here in Texas! I think I’d make some sort of cherry sparkling water for my first flavor if/when I get a SodaStream. I’m not a big water drinker so I always end up buying flavored sparkling water but this would be easier!

  88. Megan says

    I love HP!! I recently started to listen to them on books-on-CD. LOVE. I love bubblegum (Jones bubblegum soda is the best thing ever), so I would probably do that one first.

  89. Bernadette says

    I think it would have to be either orange, since I love all things orange flavored, or grape-cranberry, which I also share a love for with my wee daughter!

  90. Morgan Helland says

    I would love to find a cream soda to try. I really like cream soda and cant wait to make the butter bear to try it!!

  91. Sheri says

    My kids would LOVE that butter beer!! The 9 year old just started the Harry Potter series from the beginning for the second time!! I would try the root beer!! Good luck all!!

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