This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Tag

I was tagged by two very lovely bloggers: The Orangutan Librarian and Icebreaker694

Go check out their amazing blogs!


THE RULES:

  • Credit my bad bad self Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to my blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

 1). WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?

I read a lot of different genres, mostly across YA (WHICH IS NOT A GENRE IN AND OF ITS SELF ITS AN AGE CATEGORY).

But I’d have to say Science Fiction / Fantasy (SFF) is my favorite genre.

2). WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR FROM THE GENRE?

And more – but these are the first that come to mind!

3). WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE GENRE THAT KEEPS PULLING YOU BACK?

I DON’T KNOW ITS FUN TO NOT BE IN THE REAL WORLD.

4). WHAT’S THE BOOK THAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?

636060450309743369870701672_harry-potter-books-LARGEAnd the award for most basic answer ever goes to….

5). IF YOU HAD TO RECOMMEND AT LEAST ONE BOOK FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE TO A NON-READER/SOMEONE LOOKING TO START READING THAT GENRE, WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?

See the above authors.

See their books.

All of those.

Plus:

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Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me

Arc Review: Nowhere Near You

Book Review: How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe

Book Review: Redshirts

 

6). WHY DO YOU READ?

BECAUSE I LIKE IT OKAY, WHY DO YOU BREATH?!?!?!??!?!?

(I’m bad at answering these sorts of questions….Can you tell?)


I Tag:

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Adri @ Little Fox & Reads

Teacher of YA

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

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Some Fan-Fic Recommendations – Star Trek / Avengers / Harry Potter / Supernatural

Star Trek:

Illogical verse

strive seek find yield

Magpie

Graduate Vulcan for Fun and for Profit

More Time (Crossover w/ Wonder Woman)

The 80/20 Theory As Applied to Cats on the Bed

Cpt C. Pike and C/ J.T. Kirk’s guide to unexpected Co-Habitation

Objective Data


Avengers:

Apropos of Nothing

Nutcracker

In Which Tony Stark Builds Himself Some Friends (But His Family Was Assigned by Nick Fury)

Phil Coulson Knows Tony Stark’s Super Villain Name

The Twice Told Tale

Its All In The Mind

Saving the World (Is Totally a Date)

How To Excel At Supervillainy (and lose your heart to America)

and the tigers come at night.

Haaave You Met Steve? (How I Met Your Mother AU)

So No One Told You (Friends AU)

I (created from fantasies) exist solely for you


Harry Potter:

EarthBound Spook

No Place Like Home

Helix

Azoth

If Sieve

boy with a scar (series of standalone AUs)


Supernatural:

Learning Curve

When Charlie Met Cas

Lost In Time

Your Apple Pie Suburban Hell Happily Ever After

Start Quoting Shakespeare and We’re Done

19 Years Later – My Harry Potter Story


Today is the day of the Harry Potter epilogue.

Yes, I informed every person I came across at school.

No, I did’t do any fun Potter related things – because again, I had to go to school.

I thought, though, that in celebration, it would be a good day to write about the impact Harry potter had on my life.


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My Harry Potter Story

When I was in second grade, I was in the inclusion class at school – which essentially meant I was bored perpetually, because I finished my work ages before anyone else.

My teacher had me read during this time, partly to keep me occupied so I couldn’t distract others, partially, because I was reading at about a kindergarten/first grade level.

And I hated it. Reading was boring. The books they gave me were boring. I did find some I liked, Scary Stories to tell in the dark, Magic treehouse etc. But I could only read so much of it. I would read it, and like it, but never felt the need to keep reading, or read more.

This changed when my parents showed me the Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire movie.  I hated seen the other movies. I had never heard of the books. I didn’t want to watch the movie – because “ew my parents like it” and I was 7/8.

We watched the movie. I was confused the entire time and persisted in asking questions about everything the entire time through. I thought Hermoine and Harry were dating. My mother corrected me. My mom didn’t feel like explaining three movies to me, so they rented all four so I could watch them through. I loved them. I wanted more. But the fifth movie wouldn’t come out for about a year at that point. My mom told me the books were finished (the seventh book had come out fight about this time).

I tried to check the first book out from the library. Its a sixth grade reading level, which I had decidedly not reached. They wouldn’t let me check out the book.

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That Christmas, my grandmother bought me the box set of the books. It was decadent too hard for me to read. I stubborned through it on the principle that I wanted to prove people wrong – and that I did in fact like it. I didn’t stop reading until I finished the series. It took me about a year to finish the seven books.

Third grade – I finished the books. I was a seventh grade reading level. Every quarter I was the top reader of the school – not just the grade level – from the rest of my time in Elementary school – I won us ice cream parties.

Thus began my love of reading. And my obsession with Harry Potter.

When I was in fifth grade. My grandmother took me to New York and we went to the Harry Potter exhibition at my insistence. I own a time turner necklace and Ravenclaw robes from Harry Potter world at Universal. In seventh grade, a friend and I started a Harry Potter club at school – our sponsor was named Ms. Luna and I consistently called her Ms. Lovegood though not entirely on purpose.

I’m currently making my ten year old cousin (the cousin from Harry Potter: As Told By My 9-Year Old Cousin) read the books and she is on book six now.

Me and my friends are planning a Harry Potter movie marathon for an end of Senior Year celebration, all 20+ hours straight before we graduate.

Harry Potter has such a big role in my life, and today seemed like the day to share it.

Mini Movie Reviews #2: The Lego Batman Movie / Suicide Squad / Rogue One / Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them / Dr. Strange / The Mummy (2017) / Star Trek: Beyond

I’ve had so many movie reviews, half finished, chilling in my drafts for so long that I’ve just decided to make a whole bunch of mini reviews to get through them,or they’ll probably be in my drafts forever. Also, book reviews are going to be a bit scarce for a while (more on that in another post), so, mini movie reviews will be the way to go, especially from the backlog.

This is essentially the Fandom Movie edition of mini movie reviews.

You can see my first mini movie reviews here: Mini-Movie Reviews: American Ultra + Pride Prejudice and Zombies + Neighbors (2) + Kindergarten Cop 2

Let’s do this!


The Lego Batman Movie

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This movie doesn’t take itself too seriously. And when watching it, you have to remember that it is a PG lego movie intended for 8 year olds.

The Lego Batman movie doesn’t take itself seriously, it completely hilarious, and plays on a lot of references to other batman movies, as well as tropes in other batman stories (i.e. he’s an angsty loner with no people skills, Alfred as a father figure, Robin as his son). Its a very funny movie – with Robin being adopted and asking for “experimental surgery to make his eyes bigger and more vulnerable looking” to the Joker’s quips about being Batman’s most hated villain that made it sound like a romantic relationship (and made a whole bunch of people low-key ship Joker and Batman).

Its a funny movie, and its well written (and there is no ear0worm-y song like the Lego Movie, though if you liked that you’ll like this). And over all I really enjoyed it. More than Batman V. Superman, at least this one had a plot, even if it is for kids.


Suicide Squad

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Suicide Squad is a part of the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) which currently includes Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Wonder Woman.

Suicide Squad is a fun, entertaining movie. Its fast paced, hilarious, and honestly so much better than Batman V. Superman.

But, it is very info-dumpy, as it attempts to introduce, and utilize, a lot of very complex characters, very quickly, and if you don’t know them from the comics, it can be very hard to understand them throughout the movie, and especially at the end.

The action scenes are very visually appealing, though the plot fell flat and rushed at parts. I did like the acting, but a lot of the script was very, over the top at parts.

I did really like it, I know many people have mixed feelings on it. But really, it does’t have to be watched as part of the larger universe, as currently, these characters don’t make an appearance in any other movie, and the most this movie does to further the larger plot of  the DCEU, is Amanda Waller’s deal with Bruce Wayne in the epilogue, that allows both the Suicide Squad, and Justice League, to form.


Rogue One

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Rogue One is a Star Wars, one-off story, set immediately before the events of the first movie (Episode 4) chronicles the rebels who stole the information integral to the resistance.

It is a fast-paced, action packed Star Wars story that blends seamlessly into the original trilogy (though with far better graphics).

Its great if you like Star Wars, and isn’t lessened by the fact that, if you know Star Wars, you know exactly how it must end.

The end may fall a little flat if your not already a Star Wars fan though, as it does assume you know at least the larger details of the world-building etc.


Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts is set in the same universe as Harry Potter, though it is NOT a Harry Potter movie, as it is set decades before the events.

Fantastic Beasts follows Newt Scamander (who wrote the textbook Harry and friends use titled Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) as he, essentially, to traveling, doing research to write the book, post graduation from Hogwarts.

The movie chronicles him coming to America in the 1920’s, where the magic community is very different than in Britain (i.e.. Salem witch trials still in the forefront of memory), as he attempts to bring one of his creatures to its natural habitat and gets caught up in all sorts of trouble, with his creatures getting loose, and meeting wizarding officials in America who are after him for causing trouble.

If you like the Wizarding world, and want to know more about it, this is a great movie. Its funny, its entertaining, and its in part written by JK Rowling. The characters and the plot are great.

It also sets the stage for the next few movies, chronicling Dumbledore and Grindelwald – who we know from the HP series was the first dark lord, that Dumbledore defeating, and was once friends with (and some people think was in love with).

This movie also introduces the concept of an obscures, which raising more questions on the story of Ariana Dumbledore that I’m sure we’ll see in later movies, and I am very excited for.


Dr. Strange

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One of the new characters introduced in this phase of the MCU is Dr. Stephen Strange. A neurosurgeon who loses the fine motor function of his hands, and turns to mystical powers for help.

It also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, so, you know.

To me, it is one of the best Marvel movies – both because of the acting, the writing, and the special effects which were very Inception-like.

Dr. Strange is one of my favorite comic characters, and while obviously things are changed up (they made him a bit more likable in the movie) I think they did him justice. The movie was well paced and pretty funny. I like the relationships in it too, and that they did’t rush the impending romance into insta-love territory.

I’m excited to see more of Dr. Strange in the upcoming movies.


The Mummy (2017)

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The Mummy. A much talked about movie.

Lets set aside the talks I’ve seen about whitewashing etc. surrounding the movie, which is valid and important, but I am in no way qualified or knowledgable enough to touch upon.

Lets just talk about it in a vacuum, as a movie.

The Mummy was, to my knowledge, marketed as a reboot/remake of the Brandon Fraiser movie movies – which I’ve never seen but, having ridden the ride at Universal and existed on Earth gotten the gist of.

The Mummy didn’t feel like a reboot/remake though. It echoed the originals – similar plot structures in places, the book of the dead, etc. But the entire arc of the movie differed.

For one thing, the mummy is a female, and looking for a mate to use as the body to bring the devil (Set) back to life.

It is also the first movie in Universal’s Dark Universe series, a Shared Universe series Universal pictures is making involving classic movie monsters such as The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.

This movie introduces certain topics/themes/characters and the goal of “eradicating all evil” as well as introducing Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde. While it felt info-dumping at points, and the action a bit, disjointed, it was over-all, a solid movie, with lots of funny moments and a satisfying end. I do look forward to the other Dark Universe movies now.


Star Trek: Beyond

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I love Star Trek. I love the new Star Trek reboot movies.

Though this one… I did like it, but it wasn’t my favorite. I liked where it was going, with Kirk feeling like the responsibility was getting to him as he reached an age older than his father ever was. I liked the Spock and Bones interactions. I liked the idea of the Enterprise crew being stranded. I liked where it was going, but the resolutions just, fell a little flat. It was more action movie than Star Trek, more so than the other two. And the action scenes were a bit much with the swinging camera angles, you can tell JJ Abrams didn’t direct it. It was a good movie, and I especially like the nod to George Takei with Sulu in this movie, but it wasn’t the best Star Trek movie.


I really hope you enjoyed these seven mini reviews!

Let me know if you like these mini review posts, if there are any movies you want me to review, if you’ve seen any of these and agree/disagree with my thoughts, I’d love to hear yours!

 

 

Bookish Baking #6: Harry Potter Cauldron Cakes

My first was a Butterbeer recipe and my second was Night Circus Cinnamon Things. The third was Blue Cookies from PJO. Fourth was Treacle Tart . Last week was Treacle Pudding. Don’t worry, this will be the last Harry Potter recipe for a while.
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CAULDRON CAKES

INGREDIENTS
SPICE MIX (this is essentially pumpkin spice mix)
  • ½ tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
THE RECIPE
  • 2 tsp of the spice mix
  • ½ tsp almond essence
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup (115g) butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • icing sugar for dusting
Sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cups boiling water
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat your oven to 175C/350F.
  2. Mix together the spice mix and place in a air tight container. You’ll only be using a bit of this mix for this recipe.
  3. Place in the food processor and blend, then repeat with the rest.
  4. By hand, mix the 1½ tsp of spice mix, 1 tsp vanilla essence and ½ tsp of almond essence.
  5. Set aside.
  6. In a mixer, beat the butter, then add in the sugar.
  7. Beat for a few minutes until creamy.
  8. Add in the flour, then the milk.
  9. Spoon into baking containers.
  10. To make the sauce, in a smaller bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cocoa so well combined.
  11. Spoon on top of the cake mixture.
  12. Pour the boiling water over the sauce powder and cake mixture and place in oven.
  13. Bake for 45 minutes.
  14. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

This recipe is adapted from many I’ve seen.

Below are some great Potter candy recipes from Food In Literature, which I love!

Other Recipes:

Acid Pops

Cockroach Clusters

Pepper Imps

Peppermint Humbugs

Every Flavor Beans

Pumpkin Pasties

Rock Cakes

Sherbert Lemon

WHAT WOULD THAT VILLAIN READ? – TAG

This super fun tagged was created by Lashaan and Trang over @Bookidote!! Go check them out!

I was tagged by the ever lovely and amazing Orangutan Librarian – check out their blog, its one of my favorites!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I LOVE villains. I’m fond of villain redemptions stories, and antiheroes tend to be some of my favorite characters. So this tag is great!


Rules:

  • Pick 5+ villains and wonder what books they are most likely to read (feel free to use our villains or find new ones!)
  • Nominate bloggers! As many as you want!
  • Have fun in the world of villainy!

–1. Catwoman –  Six of Crows

Its about criminals, but criminals who aren’t bad people and can be redeemed and fin love along the way (from what I’ve heard at least) – she’d love it.

2. Dracula – Twilight

I don’t think he’d pick this one up on his own. Someone would give it to him as a joke to horrify him and he’d keep reading because he’d be entertained by how wrong the 21st century is about vampires. It’d be his guilty pleasure read.

–3. The Joker – The Book Thief

This book is about the depths of human depravity (holocaust) from the view of death himself. The Joker would love this.

–4. Moriarty – Murder on the Orient Express

He’d be a fan of mystery novels I think.

–5. Voldemort – They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

(yes, I did straight up google KKK books, why would I know this off the top of my head?)

I didn’t want to repeat any of the (marvelous) answers I’d seen before (like Mein Krampf) but similarly, since Voldemort is all about that racial purity, I thought he might want to see how even the muggle accomplished it.

-6. Loki – War of the Worlds

He’d enjoy living vicariously through “aliens destroying earth” stories.

-7. Dr. Horrible – Vicious

Dr. Horrible would relate so hard Victor Vale – both villains, neither a bad person, both hate the so-called hero who is dating the girl they like… It works!

-8. Hades – Percy Jackson

I think he’d enjoy reading his own story – if only to complain about everything thats “wrong” and how under appreciated he is. He’s a drama queen.


I TAG:

 

The first 5 are the same villains as the original. I added the last three for fun. Feel free to use them!

What do you think of my answers?

Do you agree?

Let me know!

 

Bookish Baking #5: Harry Potter Treacle Pudding

My first was a Butterbeer recipe and my second was Night Circus Cinnamon Things. The third was Blue Cookies from PJO. Last week was Treacle Tart – Also from Harry Potter.

This is pretty much a continuation of last week’s. Well, the week before that, I didn’t have a recipe for the last week of July…Sorry, I was at Supercon.

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TREACLE PUDDING

Makes 2 puddings (2 cups each).
INGREDIENTS
  • ⅓ cup Golden Syrup
  • 3/4 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1⅓ cup self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Grease the pudding bowl. If you don’t have a pudding bowl, a heatproof container like a Pyrex bowl or measuring cup, will also work.
  2. Take half of the golden syrup and pour into the bottom of the pudding bowl.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat together the butter, white sugar and golden syrup until fluffy.
  4. Alternate adding in an egg, then  flour, then milk and repeating until it’s all mixed.
  5. Scoop into the pudding bowl, stopping when the batter is an inch from the top.
  6. Take a sheet of baking paper and cut a length twice as wide as the bowl and fold a 1″ pleat in the middle.
  7. Repeat the same with aluminium foil.
  8. Lay the baking paper on top of the bowl first, then the aluminium foil.
  9. Take some twine and tie around the top of the bowl to secure the baking paper and foil. If you have a pudding bowl, you’ll need to also make a handle with the string for easy lifting. If using a measuring cup, this won’t be necessary. – I copied this step verbatim from Food in Literature, from which I adapted this recipe.
  10. Cut the excess foil and baking paper and fold the edges up.
  11. In a deep saucepan, place in a small trivet or bowl.
  12. Place the pudding bowl on top then fill the saucepan with water until it reaches halfway up the bowl.
  13. Cover the saucepan with a lid and boil for about 1½ to 2 hours.
  14. Pierce with a fork to check for done-ness, should come out clean when finished.
  15. Let cool before serving. Drizzle golden syrup on top.

When I first read Harry Potter (about a decade ago…wow) Treacle was a mystical magical Harry Potter-esque thing on par with Butterbeer. Treacle isn’t a word in America.

Now I know better.

Like most of my recipes, this is adapted from various around the internet.

If you try out my variation, let me know how it goes, if you liked it, etc!

I hope you guys are enjoying this Bookish Baking feature as much as I am!

Bookish Baking #4: Harry Potter Treacle Tart

I’m really liking this series, I hope you guys are too! Its fun to put together these recipes (even if I’m crazy behind on reviews…).

My first was a Butterbeer recipe and my second was Night Circus Cinnamon Things. The third was Blue Cookies from PJO.

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TREACLE TART

INGREDIENTS
  • Pre-made uncooked shortcrust pie crust
  • A sheet of shortcrust pastry
  • 1 cup golden syrup
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • Half a cap of vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • A pinch of salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 395F/190C.
  2. Heat golden syrup over stove until runny.
  3. Add the other ingredients and stir together into golden syrup.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pie crust.
  5. Cut the dough of the party sheet into long strips for the lattice top (make both vertical and horizontal stripes along the top).
  6. Place onto the top of the pie and cut the excess off.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

When I first read Harry Potter (about a decade ago…wow) Treacle was a mystical magical Harry Potter-esque thing on par with Butterbeer. Treacle isn’t a word in America.

Now I know better.

Here, I have a Treacle recipe I adapted from various versions online.

If you try out my variation, let me know how it goes, if you liked it, etc!

I hope you guys are enjoying this Bookish Baking feature as much as I am!

Harry Potter Book Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful, ever patient with my terrible upkeep with tags, Icebreaker694 – go check out her lovely blog!

I was also tagged by two other absolutely amazing book bloggers Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies and The Book Corps – Thank you! And check them out!

The Harry Potter Book Tag was created by Trang and Lashaan @ Bookidote and all the graphics below belong to them.


1flagrate

A book you found the theme interesting, but you’d like to rewrite it.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

And

Matched by Ally Condie

Both had a really great premise (generally speaking, free will and love are gone/illegal) but both had such irritating MC’s and love triangles that I couldn’t continue on with it.


2alohomora

The first book in a series that got you hooked.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Most people find the first book hard to get into, but it made me really want to continue that series to know what the hell was going on. Its so long but so worth it.


3accio

A book you wish you could have right now.

So many. just, so many.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is definitely up there though. for sure.


4avadakedavra

A killer book. Both senses. Take it as you like.

The Dexter series definitely fits this bill – for both senses.

As does Hannibal.


5confundo

A book that you found really confusing.

Not many books confuse me.

Although, I tried to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies when I was about 7 and gave up after two pages because we were introduced to about 50 characters in that span and I was utterly lost.


6epectopatronum

Your spirit animal book.

I don’t know.

Thats like picking children.

Lets just say Harry Potter and be done.


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A dark twisted book.

I don’t really read horror.

Though Misery by Stephen King is to this day the freakiest thing I’ve ever read/watched.

Because IT COULD HAPPEN.


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A book that surprised you in a great way, reveals to be more than it is.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me (Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me)

I picked it up on a whim and its now one of my favorite books ever. So much more than I anticipated. And theres a sequel! (Arc Review: Nowhere Near You)

 


I Tag

Bookish Baking #1: Butterbeer (Harry Potter)

There are roughly 4 million recipes for butter beer online. There is probably even an official one.

And I’m not trying to copy anyone, but butter beer is delicious and a lot of recipes are complicated/have a billion ingredients.

This is the modified/unique recipe I’ve used in the past that I prefer – in case anyone ever wants to use it!

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2 Serving Recipe –

Adjust as needed for more (proportional ingredients)

Ingredients:

  • Cream Soda (2 cups) – Vanilla Cream Soda works best or add a cap of vanilla extract
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk (1/4th cup)
  • Butter (2 Tablespoons)
  • Butterscotch Syrup (1/4th cup)
  • Cinnamon (1/4th teaspoon) – Optional to taste
  • Whipped cream – Garnish/Optional

Instructions:

  • Melt butter, and stir in cinnamon, condemned milk and syrup.
  • For cold butterbeer: stir in mixture to cream soda and chill before serving
  • For warm butterbeer: heat soda over low heat on stove top and stir GENTLY in sugar/butter mixture.
  • Serve (optional: butterbeer mugs)

There are many variations of butterbeer recipes online. Often, the best is a matter of taste and preference rather than any hard or fast rule. This is my preferred method, but remember, you can always change things up a little for taste (more condensed milk, less butterscotch, ginger ale instead of cream soda, etc!)


This is my first in a new feature of Bookish Baking I’m trying out!

Let me know if you like it, what other recipes you’d like to see, what you think of this one, etc.