Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe (just four ingredients!)

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This Harry Potter Butterbeer recipe is the perfect treat for a movie night or your next Harry Potter party. It tastes just like the butterbeer at Universal and with just four ingredients, it’s super easy to make too!

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Harry Potter butterbeer in mug with straw

If you’ve been to a Universal Park, you probably know all about The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. With Diagon Alley in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade in Islands Of Adventure, Harry Potter fans can have two totally different experiences.

However, the one thing that’s a must-have in both parks is the butterbeer! It’s only the most famous drink in the Harry Potter books and movies! Plus, there’s nothing like having a cup of this sweet drink while looking out over Hogwart’s Castle or wandering through the streets of Diagon Alley.

In fact, if you’re planning a visit, here’s everything you need to know about the official Butterbeer At Universal Studios Orlando, from the six different types available to where you can find each one!

Cup of Butterbeer at Universal Studios

What is Butterbeer?

This tasty drink is what the wizarding students at Hogwarts drink when visiting Hogsmeade. If you’re wondering what this popular drink tastes like, it’s described in the book as a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch. That may not sound too appetizing but trust me, there’s a reason why it’s their favorite drink!

What is Butterbeer made of?

In the books, Butterbeer is made of just three ingredients: butterscotch, sugar and water. However, we muggles make it a little differently.

There’s actually more than one way to make a homemade Butterbeer recipe. Most have a cream soda base and use anything from butterscotch syrup, caramel syrup, heavy cream, pure vanilla extract, rum extract, melted butter, butter extract and sometimes even brown sugar.

Ingredients for butterbeer recipe

🛒What’s Needed To Make This Recipe

Our easy recipe has just four ingredients:

  • Cream soda
  • Butterscotch syrup
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Powdered Sugar
The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter feature

That’s why you need this recipe! Now you can make Butterbeer in the comfort of your own home (and you’ll LOVE how easy it is!).

🍺How to make Butterbeer

Note: If you want to make this recipe even simpler, you can skip steps 1 and 2 and use store bought whipped cream instead of homemade.

Step 1: You’ll want to start by preparing the whipped cream. Use a stand mixer or hand mixer to whip 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Once soft peaks begin to form, add the powdered sugar.

Whipping cream and powdered sugar in mixing bowl

Step 2: Continue to whip the cream until stiff peaks form, then set aside.

Step 3: Now pour approximately two ounces of cream soda and a tablespoon of caramel syrup into each mug. (This recipe makes two servings).

Spooning butterscotch syrup into glass

Step 4: Mix together. You’ll want to be sure the syrup and cream soda are well blended.

Stirring syrup and cream soda

Step 5: Pour in the remaining cream soda.

Adding cream soda to glass

Step 6: Stir gently, just until ingredients are mixed. Be sure you don’t stir too much or you’ll lose some of the carbonation).

Mixing ingredients for butterbeer

Step 7: Top with whipped cream. I like to use an icing bag to make it pretty but that’s totally up to you!

Adding whipped cream to Harry Potter butterbeer

Step 8: Add a little butterscotch topping over the whipped cream

Drizzling butterscotch syrup over whipped cream

You can serve this DIY butterbeer in mugs, tall glasses or even some fun Hogwarts inspired tumblers.

Does Butterbeer have alcohol?

Though the version in the book has a small alcohol content (it’s known to get the house elves a little tipsy), most of the real-life recipes don’t contain alcohol. That being said, you can make alcoholic butterbeer with butterscotch schnapps and/or vanilla vodka.

Butterbeer in glass with books and Harry Potter glasses

Where can you buy butterbeer?

If you want to buy butterbeer already made, you won’t find a lot of options. You can buy Flying Cauldron Butterbeer on Amazon but otherwise you’ll have to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or take the Harry Potter Studios Tour in London. Don’t worry though, this simple recipe tastes just like the real thing!

Butterbeer on a Hogwarts themed napkin

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Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe

Author Lisa O’Driscoll | Fun Money Mom
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Harry Potter Butterbeer is the perfect drink for Harry Potter birthday parties or just a fun movie night at home.



  • With a stand or hand mixer, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form.
    1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Add powdered sugar and continue to mix on high until stiff peaks form.
    1 1/2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • Fill an icing bag (optional) and set aside.
  • Pour about two ounces of cream soda into each glass.
    2 cups cream soda
  • Add one tablespoon of butterscotch syrup to each (add a little more if you want a stronger butterscotch flavor).
    2 tbsp. butterscotch syrup
  • Stir until cream soda and butterscotch are blended.
  • Divide the remaining cream soda between the two glasses and stir gently. Don't stir too much though or you'll lose some of the carbonation.
  • Top butterbeer with whipped topping.
  • Drizzle with butterscotch syrup and enjoy.
    Extra butterscotch to drizzle over the top



  • If you can’t find butterscotch syrup, butterscotch sauce is essentially the same thing.
  • To save time, you can use store bought whipped cream instead of making your own.
  • Make a frozen version by adding vanilla ice cream.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 68mg | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 875IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 0.2mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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So good, right? Check out my frozen butterbeer or even make some pumpkin juice! They’re perfect for your next Harry Potter movie marathon or party!

Try a Starbucks Butterbeer Frappuccino

I only recently discovered that Starbuck has a special Harry Potter frappuccino on their secret menu…pretty cool, right? Just order a Creme Frappuccino and ask for three pumps of caramel, three pumps of toffee nut syrup and a drizzle of caramel over the top.

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This looks so good! I haven’t had it in ages!

En mi país no hay soda de crema, ¿podría utilizar batido de vainilla en su lugar?

in the books it is often served hot, have you tried it that way, is it good?

Tried it hot at The Leaky Caldron in Universal, it WAS delicious!

i need more informasion

Do you make your own butterscotch syrup? And if so what is the recipe? Or do you use store bought butterscotch syrup?

I can never find this syrup. 😭

Sounds good, and close enough. But the butter beer at Universal doesn’t have whipped cream on it. I have seen recipe where it’s made with a marshmallow fluff watered down. I think that’s more authentic.

I’m going to tell my friends about this they will die to make butterbeer!

Last edited 2 years ago by Cat


5 stars
This is so easy and is SO good! You have the best butterbeer recipes.

How do you add in the vanilla ice cream to make it frozen? Does it replace the whipping cream or is just blended in with the syrup and cream soda?

5 stars
This butter beer turned out so well! The butterscotch sauce gave a great flavor and I can’t wait to make it again for my Halloween party! So delicious, and perfect for the season.

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