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With only three ingredients, this Frozen Butterbeer Recipe is super easy to make and a delicious treat for little wizards and muggles alike! It’s the perfect drink for your next Harry Potter party or movie night and is sure to satisfy all those butterbeer cravings.
By now, I am sure you can tell my family and I are HUGE Harry Potter fans. We’ve read the Harry Potter Books and watched all the movies. We’ve even recreated some of the tasty treats from the Harry Potter series. They’re always fun to make (and eat) especially when we’re having a party or a Harry Potter marathon.
Another one of our favorite things to do is to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Of course, no trip would be complete without trying Harry’s favorite drink, butterbeer.
We’ve tried them all, from the traditional cold butterbeer to hot butterbeer and even butterbeer ice cream (a can’t miss!). On our last visit, we thought we’d give the frozen version of butterbeer a try!
It definitely didn’t disappoint and it was the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. In fact, we liked it so much that we decided that we wanted to enjoy a little bit of that magic at home…hence, our own copycat frozen butterbeer recipe.
Even though the recipe at Universal is super top secret, once you’ve tasted that first delicious sip, I think you’ll agree this copycat version is every bit as good!
What is Butterbeer?
If you’re new to the Harry Potter world, you may be wondering what butterbeer is. This butterscotch flavored drink is a popular beverage that was made famous in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. In fact, it’s the drink of choice for Harry and his friends.
If you visit one of the Wizarding World theme parks, there are lots of variations, including cold butterbeer, hot butterbeer, butterbeer ice cream and of course, frozen butterbeer. Just head to the Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head, The Leaky Cauldron or one of the butterbeer street carts.
I already have a Homemade Butterbeer Recipe, which led to more tasty butterbeer treats like Butterbeer Cupcakes and Butterbeer Cookies. Now I’m super excited to add a new butterbeer recipe to the list!
This recipe only takes three simple ingredients:
- Cream soda
- Butterscotch syrup
- Vanilla ice cream
How to Make Harry Potter’s Frozen Butterbeer
Step 1: Pour one cup of cream soda in an ice cube tray and freeze until solid, about one hour.
Step 2: Add the frozen soda to the pitcher of a blender. Pour in the remaining one cup of cream soda and one tablespoon of butterscotch syrup. Blend until smooth.
Step 3: Pour the frozen mixture into two glasses, filling each glass around 2/3 of the way full.
Step 4: Add vanilla ice cream with one tablespoon butterscotch syrup to the blender. Blend until smooth.
Step 5: Finally, spoon the ice cream mixture over the top of each glass. Top off each drink with a generous drizzle of butterscotch syrup before serving.
While the Universal version has a little more of a frothy, foamy topping, we love the contrast of the ice cream with the slushy cream soda! However, you can always substitute whipped cream if you like.
What Does Butterbeer Taste Like?
While the book version of butterbeer tastes “a little bit like less sickly butterscotch” (whatever less sickly means), our frozen drink has a sweet butterscotch flavor that may or may not be considered “less sickly”.
Does Butterbeer Have Alcohol In It?
While the butterbeer in the books does contain a very small amount of alcohol. However, in the real world, regular butterbeer is an alcohol-free, kid-friendly drink.
If you’d like to make an adult version of this sweet treat, you can add a little bit of vanilla vodka or butterscotch schnapps to the blender with the butterscotch syrup and frozen cream soda cubes. Blend away and enjoy!
More Harry Potter Recipes
There are so many awesome Harry Potter recipes to choose from that it’s really hard to pick a favorite. We’ve made everything from Pumpkin Juice and Acid Pops to Butterbeer Fudge and Chocolate Frogs (just like the ones you find at Honeydukes and Sugarplums Sweet Shop).
Love baked treats? Try some pumpkin pasties or a slice of treacle tart!
Want More Frozen Treat Recipes?
Looking for more ways to cool off on a hot day? Check out these fun recipes:
- Creamsicle Milkshakes
- Galaxy Ice Cream
- Birthday Cake Milkshakes
- Easy 4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches
- 50 Awesome Popsicle Recipes
- Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Frozen Butterbeer Recipe
- 2 cups cream soda divided
- 2 tbsp butterscotch syrup divided
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream softened
- Pour one cup of cream soda in an ice cube tray and freeze until solid, about one hour.2 cups cream soda
- Add the frozen soda to the pitcher of a blender. Pour in the remaining one cup of cream soda and one tablespoon of butterscotch syrup. Blend until smooth.2 tbsp butterscotch syrup
- Pour the frozen mixture into two glasses, filling each one 2/3rds of the way full.
- Add vanilla ice cream with one tablespoon butterscotch syrup to the blender. Blend until smooth.1 cup vanilla ice cream, 2 tbsp butterscotch syrup
- Finally, spoon the ice cream mixture over the top of each glass. Top off each drink with a generous drizzle of butterscotch syrup before serving.