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Harry Potter-inspired drinks

My sister-in-law and brother-in-law, who live in Boston, went to a Harry Potter party at a local bar on Friday evening. The place advertised butterbeer (one of the concoctions in the books, which is sweet and mildly intoxicating), and Polyjuice Potion (another fictional drink that makes the drinker temporarily take on the physical form of someone else). Unfortunately, she said the butterbeer turned out to be just root beer with whipped cream on top, but the Polyjuice Potion was pretty good (even though in the books it's described as tasting like over-cooked cabbage. I would imagine the real drink tastes nothing like this--hopefully.)

I'm sure there were parties like this going on all over the country (pretty much all over the world) on Friday evening, with HP themed food and drinks. This got me to do a little research about real beverages inspired by the fictional world of Harry Potter and company. Here are some links to some ones I found. I haven't tried any...yet:

Butterbeer:

This recipe uses butterscotch syrup and club soda. Maybe the club soda would keep it from being sickeningly sweet. It's n/a, so it's suitable for kids.

Here is a recipe that includes butterscotch schnapps.

Finally, this one is more of a dessert, but it sounds darn tasty!

Pumpkin Juice (served at Hogwarts for feasts and celebrations)

MuggleNet offers a recipe that adds pineapple juice, honey and cinnamon to the pumpkin juice. Sounds like a great fall beverage.

Here is a recipe that's pretty much just pumpkin juice.

Polyjuice Potion

**I found a lot of references to Polyjuice Potion, but no good recipes.

Happy sipping, Muggles!!!