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Harry Potter Butterbeer: the copycat recipe for the magic drink from the Wizarding World

Total time: 10 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 2 people
By Cookist


cream soda, chilled
1 cup
butter, softened
1/2 tbsp
caramel extract (optional)
1/4 tsp
for topping
Butterscotch syrup or ice cream
1/2 cup
heavy whipping cream
1 cup
Powdered sugar
1/4 cup

Butterbeer is a simple recipe for a nearly magical drink that is very popular with Harry Potter fans. With the famous saga of The Boy Who Lived, J. K. Rowling created a huge magical world, populated with spells, mythological creatures and unique drinks.

Butterbeer is the most famous and loved drink by the characters of the Harry Potter saga, so much so that today you can enjoy it in a mug while visiting the Wizarding World at Universal Studios in Hollywood or Orlando, or during a stop at the Three Broomsticks or Hog's Head Pub.

Quick and easy to make, this copycat butterbeer recipe is sweet, buttery and frothy. You need a few ingredients to whip it up at home and share with the kids since no beer or other alcoholic component is necessary. Simply mix cream soda and butterscotch, then top with a smooth, creamy topping.

Serve butterbeer during your next Harry Potter movie marathon or themed party, you won't regret.

What is Butterbeer?

Butterbeer is a fictional, frothy beverage very popolar among Harry Potter book's characters. Everyone – from wizarding students to teachers – enjoy butterbeer whenever they visit the Three Broomsticks and Hog's Head Pub in Hogsmeade.

Sweet and rich, butterbeer is a unique blend of cream soda and butter, finally topped with heavy cream whipped with butterscotch and powdered sugar.

Butterbeer Ingredients

The success was so immediate that the recipe was replicated in reality. According to books, butterbeer is made of butterscotch, sugar and water.

Anyway, this muggle version is quite different. Make sure to have cream soda, melted butter, heavy cream, butterscotch syrup and powdered sugar.

You can also add caramel extract if you want.

Is Butterbeer Alcoholic?

The original recipe of the Harry Potter books would include a very small amount of alcohol as some of the characters would return to Hogwarts a bit tipsy.

However, this butterbeer recipe does not contain any alcohol, as is the case with most of the ones out there. However, if you want to make your butterbeer adult-proof, you can add schnapps or vanilla vodka to it.

Where can you find Butterbeer?

If you've decided to immerse yourself in the full-on Harry Potter experience, then it's important to figure out where to get butterbeer if you can't make it yourself at home.

You can enjoy room temperature butterbeer or frozen butterbeer at Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando. When you enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park you can find a red butterbeer cart and ask for your drink there, or order it when you check the Three Broomsticks menu.

Tips for the Best Easy Harry Potter Butterbeer

For a sweeter butterbeer, add vanilla extract or more powdered sugar.

There are several recipe variation to make Harry Potter Butterbeer. The base is usually made of cream soda, but you can also add extracts of pure vanilla, rum or butter.

How to make Butterbeer

In a bowl, pour the cream soda. Add the butter and caramel, then mix until combined.

In a large mixing bowl, whip heavy cream unti it forms stiff peaks.

Add in the butterscotch and powdered sugar. Mix.

Pour the cream soda mixture into clear mugs. Make sure not to stir too much otherwise you'll lose carbonation.

Top butterbeer with whipped topping. Drizzle with extra butterscotch syrup, then serve and enjoy!

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