Straight Out of Hogsmeade :: Delicious Warm Butterbeer Recipe

butterbeerbarrelwizardA few of us Gazetteers are avid Harry Potter fans. I am lucky enough to live a few hours drive from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I tend to frequent there quite often. My main reason for going is to drink me some Butterbeer! I recently attended Harry Potter- A Celebration – which was their event surrounding the upcoming theme park area Diagon Alley. Check out this episode of Nerdy Show to hear me and my fiancee, Jon West, talk about our experience there!

ANYWAY! Before I had to pleasure of experiencing The Wizarding World, and tasting their JK approved Butterbeer I concocted a recipe of my own. I posted the recipe up on my personal blog, and had some decent success with it. You could make it hot or cold, or into a milk shake. Since the Butterbeer at The Wizarding World is cold and frozen I had wondered how they would make it warm. WELL GUESS WHAT THEY HAD AT THE HARRY POTTER CELEBRATION WEEKEND!!!!!!!!

Warm Butterbeer.

And it was AMAZING!!!!!! My very difficult to please partner, Jon, LOVED it. And so did I! So when we returned from our magical adventure I decided I would try and recreate that Butterbeer from memory. I did get close, so here is the recipe for just WARM Butterbeer! It deviated slightly from my previous recipe, but it is still as good!

Ckrickett’s (Kristin’s) WARM Butterbeer recipe!


  • Candy Thermometer
  • Measuring equipment (measuring spoons, ext)
  • Medium sized sauce pot
  • Blender
  • Wooden spoon


Butterbeer Syrup

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (you could use light but dark tastes best)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 5 Tbsp UNSALTED butter (cut into small cubes)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Caramel topping
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp rum extract
  • OPTIONAL 1/2 cup Butterscotch schnapps since Butterbeer is supposed to be slightly alcoholic. 21 and up please!

Butterbeer Foam (the delicious head):

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup marshmallow fluff (or 8 jumbo marshmallows)
  • 2 Tbsp butterbeer syrup mixture. (above recipe minus the cream soda)
  • 1/4 Cup Caramel Topping

Making the Butterbeer!:

  • In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.( it is important to stir otherwise you can burn your sugar!!)
  • Stir in the butter, caramel, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature. (if you are doing your Mise en Place before you start cooking you can add all these ingredients together in the same bowl except for the vinegar, try to keep that separate until you are ready to combine all these ingredients to the sugar syrup)
  • Stir until butter is melted and all the ingredients are incorporated
  • remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature
  • mix in the rum extract (and the butterscotch schnapps if you are including that as well)
  • In a blender, combine 2 tablespoons of the Butterbeer syrup mixture, the marshmallow fluff , Caramel topping, 1/2 cup of heavy cream. If using fluff blend until all is incorporated. If you are using Marshmallows-Blend until is is all incorporated and mixture has a fluffy texture.
  • TO SERVE!- To serve, divide the Butterbeer syrup mix between 4 mugs (about 1/4 cup for each glass).  poor over top hot milk leave 1/4 inch space for topping.
  • Stir
  • Add desired amount of fluffy topping

I hope you all like this! let us know if you try it, or share your own favorite Butterbeer recipes or experiences!

2013’s Ultimate She Geek Buying Guide :: The Handmade Edition

When shopping for friends and loved ones it’s always important to support our local handmade artisans. Don’t you think? Plus, it makes things feel a lot more personal. So in support of Small Business Saturday we’d like to present you with some of our favorite handmade holiday suggestions. Each and every once of these unique creations is 100% handmade BY she geeks FOR she geeks. Isn’t that nifty? But just cause it’s girly doesn’t mean you have to be a woman to appreciate it. Anyone can enjoy these items! Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.

For Buffy fans:

Vampire Slayer Perfume Roll-on 5ml

Now you can smell just like your favorite vampire slayer! Amy Malone of Fantasy Fiend Perfumes has been creating her own unique perfume scents (for both men and women) for just over a year now. Her etsy business is based out of Crofton, KY and she is a super sweet personal to deal with. I have purchased several of her perfumes now and am always amazed and impressed by her ability to combine these ingredients in just the right way. Me? I’m a bit picky about the way I smell and at first buying perfume online seemed impossible, but Amy was always there to assist me and answer all of my funny little questions as they arose. Plus, I love how these aren’t your average perfumes. You can’t go to the store and buy something called “The Haunting” inspired by a love-torn ghost or “Werewolf” a cologne for men inspired by True Blood. Nope! Fantasy Fiend Perfumes is one of a kind!

Available at Fantasy Fiend Perfumes!

For Pokemon fans:

Pokemon Glass Bottle Necklace

I’ve always had a soft spot for Pokemon. Partly because they are really, really cute, but also because I remember all the hours I spent immersed in the red and blue Pokemon games way back when. But being able to capture your favorite Pokemon characters and keep them close to your heart all day? I didn’t know this could be made a reality until I found Glitz Couture. Currently run out of Honolulu, HI Glitz Couture is operated by the lovely Mimi; a girl after my own heart. Her shop carries everything from Sailor Moon to Fruits Basket and she takes custom order requests as well! I now own 3 of these Pokemon necklaces and I still want more!

Available at Glitz Couture!

For Horror fans:

Large 8 Bit Jason Voorhees Nintendo Inspired Stud Dangle Earrings

There is only one word needed to describe Pink Pandemonium: AWESOME!! Run out of Sacramento, CA by the amazing Lesley, Pink Pandemonium specializes in outrageous custom jewelry and handbags. I have been a devoted fan of her shop since I found out about it a few years back and I just can’t get enough! She’s got everything from Tales to the Crypt to Adventure Time to Breaking Bad all with a horrifying twist. Granted she makes some cutesy things every now and again too, but her best work is bloody, morbid and horrifying. So if you know someone looking to spice up their life with candified horrors this is just the place you’ve been searching for.

Available at Pink Pandemonium!

For My Little Pony fans:

My Little Pony Christmas Ornaments

Looking to spruce up your Christmas tree or apartment? Then you need to check out Burrito Princess. Based out of West Virginia, Burrito Princess specializes in funky 8-bit themed decorations for your home. She has everything from ornaments to picture frames available in her etsy shop featuring everyone from Mario to Scott Pilgrim.

Available at Burrito Princess!

For Gamer Girls:

Gears of War Xbox Controller Necklace

Shopping for a gamer, anime fan or comic book nerd? Then you need to check out one of our lovely Gazeteer’s etsy shop jewelry. Specializing in creepy cute handmade jewelry accessories, jewelry carries an array of little pretties for the young at heart. Her obsessions include: Tank Girl, Sailor Moon, My Little Pony, The Legend of Zelda, Kewpie Dolls, Lolita and Gothic Fashions and horror movies.

Available at jewelry!

For Alcoholics (or just drink enthusiasts):

Dr Who Flying TARDIS Light Blue Champagne Flute Set

Do you love beverages?? Then you need to check out one of our lovely Gazeteer’s etsy shop Illuminated Lion. Based out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and run by Kristin Frenzel Illuminated Lion creates custom glass ware for fans of the bizarre and nerdom in general. From kitties to Twin Peaks Illuminated Lion is there to spruce up your dinner table with eye catching conversation starters. I mean who doesn’t want to enjoy a pint out of a Totoro glass?

Available at Illuminated Lion!

Alright and that about wraps up this week’s edition of the Ultimate She Geek Buying Guide. Hope you enjoyed it and found some cool things to buy for yourself or share with your friends and family.

We are the Gazetteers

Salutations, I’m Kristin!

I want to tell all you glorious people about The Gazetteers!

The Gazetteers were founded about a year and a half ago. We are a group of women who really wanted to develop a voice in our community. Frustrated by the lack of genuine support for fellow female geeks (and sadly the biggest obstacle is fellow female geeks, but we will get into that later), we decided to start writing and blogging to get our voices heard.  We are a group of artists, scientists, writers, and engineers! We cover many different areas, and share a lot of different passions in nerdom.

Now, we aren’t here to tell you how “wicked rad” nerd girls are. Rather we just want to share and participate in our community! Look to us for entertaining articles, reviews on video games, comic books, and movies. As well as personal stories and even artwork!

Stay Tuned!

We got our start on Nerdy Show! And wanted to share some of our more popular articles from the past!

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