Raise a glass to Harry on his birthday, July 31

By Ruth Kinane
July 28, 2017 at 09:30 AM EDT

There’s only one way to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday and that’s with a frothy glass of butterbeer. So act like you’re at the Three Broomsticks and invite your friends over for a cold one with this recipe from YouTube cooking show, SORTEDfood. “It’s not like something you’d drink normally,” says co-founder Ben Ebbrell. “It has that element of the magical wizarding world.”



1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg whites
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened


1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbsp. canned or homemade dulce de leche
1/2 Tbsp. molasses
Pinch of flaky sea salt
4 cups ice cubes


2 1/2 cups (20 oz.) cream soda
1 1/4 cups (10 oz.) alcoholic ginger beer
1 1/2 Tbsp. (3/4 oz.) amaretto (almond liqueur)



  1. Prepare the Meringue Froth: Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a medium or large saucepan over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a gentle simmer. Combine sugar and egg whites in a heatproof bowl. Place bowl over simmering water in saucepan. Cook, whisking constantly, until egg whites are hot to the touch (about 160°F) and sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove bowl from saucepan. Beat sugar mixture with an electric mixer (or heavy-duty electric stand mixer) on medium-high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form and mixture is cool. Add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat on medium speed until incorporated. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the Sweet Ice: Whisk together butter, dulce de leche, molasses, and sea salt in a small bowl until smooth. Place ice cubes in a food processor; drizzle with butter mixture. Pulse until well blended and ice is finely crushed, 15 to 20 times. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the Beer Mixture: Stir together all Beer Mixture ingredients in a pitcher.
  4. Assemble the Butterbeer: Divide Sweet Ice evenly among 6 (10-ounce) beer mugs. Top evenly with Beer Mixture, and dollop evenly with Meringue Froth. Serve immediately.

Serves 6 (serving size: about 3/4 cup ice mixture, 2/3 cup beer mixture, 1/4 cup froth)

Active 25 min. Total 25 min.