Harry Potter Butterbeer is the perfect treat for movie night or your next Harry Potter party. The best part is that it not only tastes amazing, but with just four ingredients, it’s super easy to make too!
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My family loves all things Harry Potter! It started when my oldest was in 3rd grade and fell in love with the books. It totally rubbed off on the rest of us and now my youngest, now in 3rd grade too, is halfway through the series.
We’re even fortunate enough to live close to Universal Orlando, where we’ve made many visits to The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. Of course, whenever we’re there, we HAVE to stop for a Butterbeer.
What is Butterbeer?
If you’re not familiar with Harry Potter, you may not know what this crazy sounding drink is…and no, it doesn’t taste like butter (at least we don’t think so).
It’s the favorite beverage among the wizarding students at Hogwarts and they drink it regularly when visiting Hogsmeade. If you’re wondering what Butterbeer tastes like, it’s described in the book as “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch”. I know that doesn’t make it sound too appetizing but trust me, it’s pretty yummy!
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. Most Butterbeer recipes have cream soda as the base and use some or all of the following ingredients: butterscotch syrup, caramel syrup, heavy cream, vanilla extract, rum extract, butter extract and more.
Since I’m all about the easy recipes, ours has just four ingredients: cream soda, butterscotch syrup, heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar. That’s all you really need because this recipe is seriously good! Why make it harder than it has to be, right?
What’s in 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.
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, there are plenty of alcoholic versions online too.
Where to buy Butterbeer?
If you want to buy Butterbeer, you won’t find a whole lot of options. You can buy Flying Cauldron Butterbeer on Amazon but otherwise you’ll have to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios or take the Harry Potter Studios Tour in London.
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
The best thing about this recipe isn’t just how good it tastes, it’s how easy it is! You just need four ingredients and you’re good to go: cream soda, butterscotch syrup, heavy cream and powdered sugar.
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 whipped cream. Once soft peaks begin to form, add the powdered sugar.
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).
Step 4: Mix together. You’ll want to be sure the syrup and cream soda are well blended.
Step 5: Pour in the remaining cream soda.
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).
Step 7: Top with whipped cream. I like to use an icing bag to make it pretty but that’s totally up to you!
Step 8: Drizzle butterscotch over the whipped cream
This Harry Potter Butterbeer couldn’t be much easier but that’s not even the best part. The best part is how good it tastes!
This is so perfect for a Harry Potter party too. Just increase the recipe to fit the number of people you’ll be serving.
You can serve this drink in mugs that you already have or these fun Hogwarts inspired tumblers. Either way, it’s going to be a big hit!
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- With a stand or hand mixer, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form.
- Add powdered sugar and continue to mix on high until stiff peaks form.
- Fill an icing bag (optional) and set aside.
- Pour about two ounces of cream soda into each glass.
- Add one tablespoon of butterscotch syrup to each (add a little more if you want a stronger butterscotch flavor).
- 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 cream.
- Drizzle with butterscotch syrup and enjoy.
So good, right? Check back soon because I have a frozen version on the way!
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