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Whether you claim allegiance to Gryffindor or Slytherin, or can’t tell a grindylow from a hippogriff, you’ll be enchanted by Milestone’s butterbeer—a drink that’s long been on the menu at Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, but is new to the El Dorado Hills restaurant. Served up in a theatrical horn mug frothing over with champagne-colored foam, the beverage is as delicious as it is delightful.
“Every drink that gets put out there is so damn serious,” says Milestone owner Nick Dedier. “We were looking for something that everyone could have a serious amount of fun with.”
A self-proclaimed Harry Potter nerd, Dedier looked to the popular series for whimsical inspiration and collaborated with lead bartender Aaron Blitvich to concoct their version of the mysterious potion. “All we have is a reference point for a name and a level of enjoyment that everyone seems to get out of it,” he says. “So it left the door wide open for “What do you think this should be?” Milestone’s answer to that question is a sweet, fizzy blend of house-made butterscotch (the recipe uses real scotch), spiced rum and Henry Weinhard’s vanilla cream soda. In fine English pub tradition, the butterbeer is served just above room temperature to warm your insides as it bubbles over the tongue. Tip: Don’t be a muggle and wait for the foam—infused with the rum’s vanilla and orange undertones and the smoky butterscotch—to die down before taking a gulp and falling under the elixir’s spell. $11. 4359 Town Center Blvd. El Dorado Hills. 916-934-0790. milestonerestaurantedh.com —J.R.