I Made Butterbeer with Three Different Recipes and Here's What They Tasted Like

I Made Butterbeer with Three Different Recipes and Here's What They Tasted Like

Every Harry Potter fan should try an experiment like this to taste that sweet and butterscotchy drink that you just know you have always wanted to try.
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A while back I had the amazing chance to take part in a Beverage Making class through my college for my degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Now in this class did we in fact actually make beverages? No, but I did learn a lot of cool information on how alcohol and other beverages are such an important part of not just running a restaurant, but also making a meal more enjoyable. For our final, the jist of it was to basically write something about beverages. Simple right? I enjoyed working on this final so much that I decided I didn't want to just show this too my teacher, I wanted to share it with other people as well.

Me being the nerd I am my first thought for this project was to automatically do something involving Butterbeer, the famous drink that we have all wanted to try from Harry Potter.

According to J.K. Rowling she said that when she wrote about this beverage in the book she pictured it tasting “A little bit like less-sickly butterscotch”. You can try and get "the real thing" at one of the Universal Studios parks in the U.S.A . I have actually tasted it before at the Universal Studios Parks in Florida and can admit it is quite a delicious but also a sugary overload.

However, since not all of us can afford a trip to Florida or LA, many recipes have instead been made on trying to recreate this fictional drink. All with something different about them. With that, I scoured the internet and decided to try and make three versions of this drink all with different recipes: Cold, Hot, and Boozy.

Four opinion’s is better than one, so for this experience I hired along three other people to taste these recipes with me and get their honest opinions. Instead of giving out their names I will actually instead identify them by their Hogwarts House: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

Cold Butterbeer (this is the closest one that tastes like the one in the parks)

Overall Thoughts:

  • The butterscotch froth was the best part
  • The drink was sweet, but overly sweet
  • Spoons needed to be used to swirl the ingredients and get the best flavor combination you could get.

Specific Thoughts:

Gryffindor: “No Aroma”

Hufflepuff: “Great cream soda but no butterscotch taste”

Ravenclaw: “Kind of like a root beer float”

Slytherin: “Could be a little bit colder”

Hot Butterbeer

Overall Thoughts:

  • Strange maple oatmeal-like aroma
  • Stronger butterscotch flavor
  • Not at all “hot” with the inclusion of the soda
  • Better than the first one

Specific Thoughts:

Gryffindor: “If there was no carbonation from the soda it would be perfect”

Hufflepuff: “Perfect for drinking in small quantities”

Ravenclaw: “Has a smoother flavor than the first”

Slytherin: “Very creamy with the froth blended”

Boozy Butterbeer (Must only be consumed by witches and wizards 21 years or older)

Overall Thoughts:

  • The best one out of the three.
  • Very creamy and butterscotchy.
  • No hint of actual alcohol in there and a very light aroma.

Specific Thoughts:

Gryffindor: “Leaves a sweet mouthfeel aftertaste”

Hufflepuff: “Very dangerous!”

Ravenclaw: “Still too sweet for me”

Slytherin: “Tastes like a butterscotch creamsicle”

Overall Thoughts

  • Clearly the boozy butterbeer was everyone’s favorite.

  • After comparing these three recipes to the actual one in Universal Studios though, I can say that the two are like comparing apples to oranges.
  • Still I think every Harry Potter fan should try an experiment like this to taste that sweet and butterscotchy drink that you just know you have always wanted to try.
Cover Image Credit: Never Not a Nerd

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

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7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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