The New York Times is on the case of a potentially disturbing trend towards underage drinking in schools. Wizard schools, that is.
The latest movie in the Harry Potter series depicts a teenage Potter and company enjoying quite a few "butterbeers." The drinking has apparently raised some eyebrows, even if the alcoholic content of butterbeer is never stated.
So, are butterbeers alcoholic anyway?
No, according to the Harry Potter online authority MugglesNet, which provides a recipe for butterbeer that includes only club soda (or cream soda), butterscotch syrup, and butter. No alcohol whatsoever.
However, according to mixological instructions from British chef Heston Blumenthal's television show Heston's Feasts, butterbeer will get you drunk. In an episode of the program in which Blumenthal recreated a "Tudor Feast," butterbeer was presented as a "bona fide Tudor recipe made from ale, sugar, egg yolks, nutmeg and butter."
Disappointingly, Blumenthal reported that "It looks like something you'd throw up after too many beers." The show's website called it "rich, caramelly and super-sweet."
Here's the recipe should you want to make some yourself and party like its 1603.