November 25, 2011
Page 6 of 12 Harry Potter Wizarding World scrapbook
Butterbeer is the drink of choice for younger wizards. Harry is first presented with the beverage in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Although House-elves can become intoxicated on Butterbeer, the amount of alcohol contained in Butterbeer has a negligible effect on Witches and Wizards. J.K. Rowling said in her interview to Bon Appétit magazine that she imagines it “to taste a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.” Butterbeer can be served cold or hot but either way it has a warming effect.
Butterbeer was a real drink, the earliest reference to Buttered Beere is from, ‘The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin’ published in London in AD 1588 made from beer, sugar, eggs, nutmeg, cloves and butter back in Tudor times. Another old recipe for Buttered Beer, published by Robert May in AD 1664, from his recipe book, ‘The Accomplished Cook’ calls for liquorish root and anniseeds to be added.