Harry Potter: Butterbeer

Harry Potter is one of our favorite fictional book series (though we all wished it was real when we were younger)! Butterbeer is a fairly common re-occurring beverage in the universe. Harry, Ron and Hermione all have enjoyed its frothy goodness which can be purchased at the Three Broomsticks Inn and The Hog’s Head at Hogsmeade and the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley. It’s described as a “little bit less-sickly butterscotch” and is presumed to have a slight alcoholic content. This popular drink is also served both chilled and as a slushy at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. When we decided to make the drink, we wanted to maintain the historical accuracy of where butterbeer may have originated from, as well as create our own recipes for a chilled and slushy version of the drink! Butterbeer originated as far back as 1588 AD when it made an appearance in “The Good Huswifes Handmaide fo the Kitchin”, where the drink was served hot and contained many other ingredients such as nutmeg and cloves. This was the inspiration for our ‘hot’ version of the drink, something to warm you up on those cold winter nights!

Foam Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp of sugar
  • 3 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp of butter flavoring

- Combine ingredients in a large mixing/Kitchen Aid bowl.
- Mix or whip on a medium to high speed until you get soft peaks, this can take anywhere from 2-4 minutes

Drink Ingredients:

  • IBC Cream Soda (or any cream soda)
  • Mrs. Richardson’s Butterscotch Caramel (for slushie and hot drink)
  • Milk (for hot drink)
  • Brown sugar (for hot drink)

Cold:

  • 1 bottle/can Cream Soda
  • 1 tbsp artificial butter flavoring (more depending on personal taste)
  • Combine ingredients in a frosted glass, mix well

Slushie

  • 1 tbsp of Mrs. Richardson’s Butterscotch Caramel
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 bottle/can of Cream Soda
  • Combine ingredients in a blender. Blend well until frothy

Hot:

  • Heat on medium
  • 1 glass of milk
  • 1 tbsp of Butterscotch Caramel
  • 1 tbsp of Brown sugar
  • Mix all together in a pot on medium heat. Stir until drink is desired hotness

FOR ALL DRINKS: pour out into a mug, add a layer of foam, and enjoy!

Optional:
- Butterscotch Schnapps (add in at any point you are mixing the liquid ingredients for the butterbeer)

  • Zachariah L

    What if I wanted to make this alcoholic? Do you have any liquor recommendations?

    • Curator

      Butterscotch Schnapps. also, if you like beer, a cheap ale could be used in place of soda for the cold version, im not sure if it would work for the hot version unless you dont mind it being flat. (btw cheap, is because you wont be able to taste any of the subtle differences and quality of a good ale after adding all the other stuff to it, so what would be the point?)

  • Dillon Zhong

    My family found the hot recipe a bit sweet, so we experimented a bit, and found a good balance, using 1 tsp of brown sugar, and 2 dollops of foam.

  • Dillon Zhong

    My family found the hot recipe a bit sweet, so we experimented a bit, and found a good balance, using 1 tsp of brown sugar, and 2 dollops of foam.

  • FoodDudeInAFoodMood

    I tried making the cold version of Butterbeer – even going so far as to find specialty American cream soda since Canadian cream soda is a different drink!

    But…this brew fell short. The topping was ridiculously sweet, with enough vanilla extract in it to also make it taste a bit bitter at the same time! Weird. While the soda itself was yummy, the combination with the topping is what makes it the iconic Butterbeer, and this just didn’t taste all the good. Bummer.

  • FoodDudeInAFoodMood

    I tried making the cold version of Butterbeer – even going so far as to find specialty American cream soda since Canadian cream soda is a different drink!

    But…this brew fell short. The topping was ridiculously sweet, with enough vanilla extract in it to also make it taste a bit bitter at the same time! Weird. While the soda itself was yummy, the combination with the topping is what makes it the iconic Butterbeer, and this just didn’t taste all the good. Bummer.