First things first. It’s the most wonderful time of the year – HAPPY ALMOST CHRISTMAS EVE!!! I’m so excited for Christmas, for spending the afternoon in the kitchen with my dad tomorrow (a rarity!), for having a Christmas Eve dinner with the cousins (in a Chinese restaurant, of course), for giving and receiving presents, for visiting Hunter in Minneapolis, for my birthday(!), and for the beginning of a new year in the best city with a new job and new and old friends alike. My best holiday wishes to EVERYONE!

Anyways. Butterbeer. So my gifts for my dad this year (he apparently doesn’t know this website exists yet and I hope this does not change until after he gets his presents…) are sort of U.K. themed:

  1. He’s discovered within the past year or so that not only does he have some Scottish blood in his family tree, but that he qualifies as belonging to a Scottish clan. Specifically, Clan MacLean. More specifically, the Maclaines of Lochbuie. Honestly, this stuff mostly just goes over my head, but then I visited Edinburgh while I was in Europe, and knew I had to ask around about this clan. Ended up finding a tartan in his clan colors. Picked that up.
  2. Also found a drink coaster in his clan colors. Also picked it up. Small things, but okay I haven’t started earning that big money yet so.
  3. He’s also getting a British royal guard stuffed bear to add to his pretty impressive (the oldest bear is around 25 years old now) collection. It’s so cute!
  4. Last but not least… had to do something DIY! Well, Harry Potter. Very British. Very U.K. Thinking of Harry Potter, naturally I would think of making homemade butterbeer! Frothy, cold, creamy, and delicious, this drink always sounded so appealing in the books… There isn’t an official recipe out there, but I kind of combined a couple of the ones I found online to create this version. This one’s non-alcoholic – essentially just a super sweet/creamy soda drink – but with some special touches. (Make it adult with a shot of bourbon.) Can’t wait to drink up a frosted mug of this stuff on Christmas day!


how to make your own butterbeer


  • 1/4 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 packed cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/8 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • splash vanilla
  • vanilla ice cream (I chose Graeter’s)
  • cream soda (the only one I could find was Jones soda)

  • First, make butterscotch sauce! Combine butter, brown sugar, cream, milk and salt in a saucepan over medium to medium-high heat. Stir frequently and let it gently simmer for 7-9 minutes. It should turn a darker color and thicken slightly. Take off heat, stir in vanilla, and let the mixture cool.

    To serve, scoop vanilla ice cream into a beer mug. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of homemade butterscotch over the ice cream, and pour in cream soda to fill the mug. The result – butterbeer! It’ll even have the sweet and foamy head. Bottoms up!

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