Top 5 ButterBeer Recipes

by on August 20, 2010


There are a ton of Harry Potter Butterbeer copy-cat recipes online for you to enjoy when you get home from your Orlando Florida vacation or for a Harry Potter party.  Only a few live up to the real thing at the Harry Potter theme park at Universal.  It must be served chilled, preferably frozen (like a slush drink), it must have a frothy head, a buttery Scotch flavor, and non-alcoholic (at least to match the Harry Potter theme park version).

So, this is a list of those that come the closest to meeting those requirements; worthy of serving at your next Harry Potter party.  It's not the easiest ones (like mixing butterscotch syrup with cream soda), it's the ones that most closely match the version from the Harry Potter theme park at Universal.  So many recipes add alcohol (the butterbeer from the Harry Potter books had a slight alcohol content), serve it hot (which was another option from the Harry Potter book series), and have no foamy head.

Butterbeer Barrel

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #5

This is my own recipe, modified from another I found online.  The original called for root beer (root beer?? There's not even a hint of root bear flavor in the Harry Potter butterbeer!).

Ingredients:

1 quart butter brickle or vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup butterscotch syrup
32 oz of your favorite cream soda

Directions:

1. Place 4 (16-ounce) glasses in freezer and chill for at least 20 minutes

2. Mix ice cream and cream soda in a blender until combined

3. Divide between the frosted glasses

4. Top each glass with whipped cream, if desired

5. Serve with spoons and straws

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #4

This one's from the Food Network.  This one is served warm according to the recipe, but you could just as easily chill or freeze the drink before serving.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch topping
  • 2 tablespoons whipped butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla cream soda

Directions

Combine condensed milk, butterscotch topping, and butter in a glass heatproof measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir until butter has melted and incorporated into mixture. Meanwhile heat cream soda in another heatproof measuring cup for 1 minute 30 seconds.

Divide butterscotch mixture between 2 (10 to 12-ounce) mugs. Fill mugs with heated cream soda and stir thoroughly. Serve garnished with an old-fashioned butterscotch candy stick.

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #3

I found this one on e-How.  Again, hot and again, you could freeze or cool before serving.  I liked how this one used butterscotch chips and the coffee creamer.  Adds a real different dimension that still stays on track with the Harry Potter theme park version.

Ingredients

  • 10 OZ of Cream Soda (1 & 1/4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp of Salted REAL Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 Cup Original Coffee Mate Liquid Creamer

Directions

Put the Butterscotch Chips and Butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir and Heat for another 30 seconds.  Now add your Creamer to the bowl.

Microwave in 30 Second increments again. Stirring each time.   It usually takes about 4 times (2 minutes) to get the right consistency.  Set your mixture aside.  The chips and butter should be a thick stir-able paste.

Heat Cream soda in the microwave for 90 seconds.  BE VERY CAREFUL!   Microwaves times vary.  Make sure not to over heat the Cream Soda or all of the fizz will be gone.

Pour Butterscotch mixture into heated Cream Soda.

Stir & Serve!

Butterbeer

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #2

Again, one that I modified to fit the requirements of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter version.  This one just sounds delicious!!

Ingredients:

1 pint of vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 bottle (24 oz.) vanilla cream soda (very cold)

Directions:

1. Allow ice cream to soften, about 30 minutes, and bring butter to room temperature, about 2 hours

2. Blend butter, sugar, and spices in large bowl

3. Add to ice cream and freeze

4. Heat cream soda in a pot until warm but still carbonated (at least 3 minutes).  You could also just go with the very cold cream soda (my preference) and have a more frozen/slushy drink.

5. Fill each glass with a scoop of ice cream mixture and pour warmed or chilled cream soda over ice cream

6. Serve!

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #1

This was the recipe put out by AP, FoxNews, and just about every other site after the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened.  Seems to be the most likely ingredients, but doesn't serve it cold or frozen, like the park.  The final result does seem to be most like the park version, just needs to be frozen.

Servings: 4

1 cup light or dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

6 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

3/4 cup heavy cream, divided

1/2 teaspoon rum extract

Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.

Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

These were our top 5 butterbeer recipes to remember your Orlando, Florida vacation to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, what are yours?  Have you tried any of these?  Give us your feedback in the comments, below!



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  • Sinshack

    I had tried making several Butterbeer recipes before going to Universal Studios, and there is an extremely simple way of duplicating their recipe – provided you live in an area where the “basic” ingredients are available. This recipe takes minutes to prepare and is exactly like Universal’s, but you aren’t paying $10 a glass.
    Ingredients: A&W Cream Soda, Heavy (whipping) cream, whipped until just starting to firm up, not until peaks form, Smuckers Butterscotch ice cream topping.
    Of all the Cream Sodas I’ve tried, A&W has the flavor and color closest to Universal’s. Whip the cream as described above, then mix in a few tablespoons of the butterscotch topping, until it has a distinct butterscotch flavor. Pour the cream soda into a clear mug, put a few dollops of the flavored whipped cream on top, and you’re done. The whipped cream floats on top like a “head” and you get a bit of the cream in every sip.

  • http://www.therealtimjones.com Tim_Jones

    Thanks for this recipe! Sounds real good and easy!

  • Darlynne

    I, too, looked all over for recipes, but was dismayed at all the steps and ingredients most offered. Sinshack, yours was easy, tasty and exactly, IMO, like those served at the Wizarding World. I haven’t attempted the others as I’m so thrilled with this one. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/KatrinaMarieLupin Jessika Light

    I’m actually curious as to what an acoholised butterbeer would taste like – to get it a little more book accurate, but for adult parties. What are some good alcoholic recipes you found, and what would be a good way of easily spiking these recipes to make it easy to switch from alcoholic to virgin?

  • Sleep_chic

    maybe, you could add a little bit more of all the ingredients (except the butterscotch topping, keep that in the same amount) and then pour some butterscotch schapps into it?
    OOOOO even better, find an ice tea jug ( or an empty pony keg) and put ‘weathered boards around it, and paint the word ‘butterbeer’ on it, then scratch it off a bit for the old feel. Sounds like a party!!!

  • Sherylee63

    We have always made recipe #1 and it is my family’s favorite, althought very rich and can only manage to drink one small glass. We recently visited Universal Studios and tried their butterbeer, frozen and cold. It was delicious and we could actually drink more than one. But, my daughter says she still prefers the one we make at home and she likes it a little on the warm side.

  • http://www.guide2disney.com/blog Tim_Jones

    Warm sounds interesting! Thanks for the comment and I have the same problem just with the Butterbeer at the park, so I can imagine how rich yours must be!

  • R.Weasley

    I just chill a bottle of IBC cream soda, pour it in my butterbeer mug, add some Smucker’s Butterscotch sauce, stir it up, and then put some whipped cream over the top. Wah la! Butterbeer!

  • Rob from Illinois

    It was just 8 days ago that I had a frozen butterbeer at Universal. While I was there, I had tried to work out the ingredients. After my third shared mug, I realized that the drink does have an undertone of rum flavoring. So, I chose to make recipe #1 today. I also took the vanilla creme soda mixture and froze it in an ice cream maker before adding the topping. The result was close, but not really it. First, the frozen mixture was too smooth. The one at the park has distinct ice crystals (like a coarse Slurpee, but coming out of the ice cream maker it was smooth like sorbet. Second, it had too much of a rum taste and not enough vanilla. I would use 1/4 t. of rum flavoring and 1/4 to 1/2 of vanilla the next time I made it. Recipe #1 has you add the butterscotch you make to the soda itself. I think there is definitely something to that, as the soda itself did not seem as sweet as the stuff in the park. But again, I think the adding vanilla would be key.

    I think you could create a version that would be close using vanilla ice cream, and adding either the homemade butterscotch (less rum more vanilla) to it, or adding store bought butterscotch ice cream topping and a 1/4 t. of rum flavoring.

  • Rob from Illinois

    Oh, one other thing. As far as freezing, you could try the old method of putting the mixture in a metal or glass pan in the freezer and stirring every 20 minutes or so, scraping the sides as the mixture freezes. This might get an icier consistency.

  • Amazingblazes

    2 cups of ice, 1 1/2 cups of cream soda, 6 tablespoons butterscotch schnapps (can be substituted for butterscotch syrup). Blend until slushy.
    Topping: 6 tablespoons heavy cream, 1 tablespoon schnapps. Whip until creamy and thick.
    Makes 2 servings :)

  • Kitty

    Why do you want it to be frozen?? In the books it always says they go to the three broomsticks for a “steaming mug of butterbeer”

  • Godzilla900

    Measurements?

  • josie

    oh my gosh, just this little mixture of ingredients tastes exactly like it! great job!

  • Harry Potter

    I just my nice cuppa butterbeer, delicious!

  • Misseticket

    My cousin was asking the same thing.  I think the reason Universal decided on a cold version was 1) children would be much more apt to drink it and 2) they are in Florida.  It is too warm most of the time to have a hot version.  I’m sure the fact that most people think of beer as icy cold wouldn’t help either since Potter fans are the ones that know it is served warm a la olden times. :)

  • KayKay

    I like the recipe from Chica and Jo.  It’s so easy and tastes just like the one at the Wizarding World!  http://www.chicaandjo.com/2010/08/12/butterbeer-recipe/

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  • Luvmykiddies

    The Theme Park was super cool!  As was the amazing Butterbeer.   YUMMY

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  • http://twitter.com/nicola_prigg nicola_prigg

    I thought butterbeer was dairy free

  • me

    at the theme park it is just so hot!  A steaming mug of butterbeer would be crazy!

  • Janorawhite

    I LOVED the butter beer at Hogshead! I preferred the chilled to the frozen. Pumpkin Juice was gross though.

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  • geebee

    Mix A&W rootbeer with a touch of cream soda and it tastes exactly like the Orlando version. The toffee taste really stands out!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WXU5ZTD7C45VOT45DR2AYZX44E Eleanor O'neill

    I made butterbeer for going to see DH P2. I dissolved Scottish tablet in a little hot water and then poured it into a bowl of whipped vanilla ice cream. Then I heated up some cream soda. I put the ice cream mixture into a jug and added the soda. The result was a sweet, creamy drink that had a thick frothy top. It was nice warm but I preferred it after it had cooled and been in the fridge for a few hours.

  • Terry

    I understand why the park would serve it cold, but, according to the book, butterbeer is definitely suppose to be hot!

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  • Kat

    The fifth and final recipe is the best. Actually at the park you can get butterbeer frozen or just cold which was how we preferred it. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  • Kary Rowland

    I tried the last recipe and loved it. I made it for my family as a special Christmas appetizer drink and everyone loved it. The kids especially! Would not change a thing. Don’t omit the cider vinegar!!!

  • Wulver

    The real butter beer has no dairy in it though. The frozen one tastes better too. Anyone have a recipe for that?

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  • tim

    for simplest duplication creamsoda with a scoop of vanila icecream

  • Rcmcf

    I disagree that there’s no root beer  flavor to it.  I think it tastes more like cream soda, but I can detect a root beer flavor, and the rest of my party thought it tasted strongly like root bear.

  • Sputnikandjade

    I’ve made recipe number one a couple of times now. It’s delicious! I hope you don’t mind I linked your page to my blog (http://sputnikandjade.blogspot.com/) in a post about butterbeer.

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  • Jazimae

    Whitch one was it

  • sarah

    We tried the last recipe today (although we found it on a different website), and it was NOT good! The others sound more like Universal’s recipe anyway.

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    Just tried this and this tasted amazing!

  • Shelby

    i live so far away from orlando so this helps with my craving lol

  • http://www.forgotten-novella.webs.com/ MediHealer

    I tried #2.  However, I put in a little less butter (about 1/3 of a stick) and a pint of French Vanilla creamer (specifically Bailey’s Coffee Creamer) instead of the vanilla ice cream.  OMG! IT’s FANTASTIC!

  • Luna Lovegood

    I once tried a hot version I found on some random website with main street cream soda, butter, and butterscotch syrup and it was nasty! WAAAAY too much butter & cream soda

  • you

    Agreed. I got some Butterbeer and then decided to try the pumpkin juice… yuck I should’ve went with another Butterbeer!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    I found a couple recipes for authentic, old-fashioned “buttered beer” here:

    http://recipewise.co.uk/buttered-beere-1588 
    http://recipewise.co.uk/buttered-beer-1664 

    it does call for alcohol, but you can cook the alcoholic content out as you make it.

  • Anonymous

    I found a couple recipes for authentic, old-fashioned “buttered beer” here:

    http://recipewise.co.uk/buttered-beere-1588 
    http://recipewise.co.uk/buttered-beer-1664 

    it does call for alcohol, but you can cook the alcoholic content out as you make it.

  • Anonymous

    I found a couple recipes for authentic, old-fashioned “buttered beer” here:

    http://recipewise.co.uk/buttered-beere-1588 
    http://recipewise.co.uk/buttered-beer-1664 

    it does call for alcohol, but you can cook the alcoholic content out as you make it.

  • Davefhill

    Only 4days ago we where sat at universal enjoying a magical glass of butter beer while deciding witch wand to buy. Just tried the last recipie which we found very sickly and nothing like the wizarding world version although nice for about half a cup. Perhaps one of the simpler recipes would be better I’ll try that after I get some butterscotch syrup.

  • Davefhill

    Only 4days ago we where sat at universal enjoying a magical glass of butter beer while deciding witch wand to buy. Just tried the last recipie which we found very sickly and nothing like the wizarding world version although nice for about half a cup. Perhaps one of the simpler recipes would be better I’ll try that after I get some butterscotch syrup.

  • Davefhill

    Only 4days ago we where sat at universal enjoying a magical glass of butter beer while deciding witch wand to buy. Just tried the last recipie which we found very sickly and nothing like the wizarding world version although nice for about half a cup. Perhaps one of the simpler recipes would be better I’ll try that after I get some butterscotch syrup.

  • Davefhill

    Only 4days ago we where sat at universal enjoying a magical glass of butter beer while deciding witch wand to buy. Just tried the last recipie which we found very sickly and nothing like the wizarding world version although nice for about half a cup. Perhaps one of the simpler recipes would be better I’ll try that after I get some butterscotch syrup.

  • Davefhill

    Only 4days ago we where sat at universal enjoying a magical glass of butter beer while deciding witch wand to buy. Just tried the last recipie which we found very sickly and nothing like the wizarding world version although nice for about half a cup. Perhaps one of the simpler recipes would be better I’ll try that after I get some butterscotch syrup.

  • Davefhill

    Only 4days ago we where sat at universal enjoying a magical glass of butter beer while deciding witch wand to buy. Just tried the last recipie which we found very sickly and nothing like the wizarding world version although nice for about half a cup. Perhaps one of the simpler recipes would be better I’ll try that after I get some butterscotch syrup.

  • Hasdro34

    You’re a bitch!

  • Emma

    Does anyone recommend a recipe (no. 1,2,3,4,5?)
    I probably would know which want to make if i read it more thoroughly but i am very open minded and am willing to try any one that you guys suggest! So what number recipe do you guys think i should go for??

    Thanks

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  • TrollChick

    How can you know what exactly butterbeer tastes like if it’s a fictional drink?

  • Trkelley

    I tried butterbeer before an this recipe is better!

  • LILAKGIRL

    no its not hey serve it alll the time in england!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharlablue Sharla Lewandowski

    A question that I have: didn’t butterbeer contain alcohol in the books??  Remember–Winky got drunk off the stuff.  Just saying… nobody else seems to notice that.  We don’t realize that young people in Europe drink alcohol more openly than in the States.  The movie HP & the Half Blood Prince touches on this when they show the trio walking back to Hogwarts and Hermione is a little tipsy from the butterbeer.  Any thoughts?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharlablue Sharla Lewandowski

    I just noticed your “adult” recipe!  That’s great…  everybody else looks at me like I have three heads when I mention that!

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  • Guest

    “How can you know what a fictional drink tastes like?” 
     Of all the Cream Sodas I’ve tried, A&W has the flavor and color closest to Universal’s. – Sinshack
    Sinshack, yours was easy, tasty and exactly, IMO, like those served at the Wizarding World.  – Darlynne

    They are saying it tastes exactly like the butterbeer served at the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter.  Why is it that this generation can’t be bothered to read?

  • Guest

    This crap tastes NOTHING like Butterbeer.

  • dave

    just got back from wwohp, this recipe is right on, well done Sinshak

  • Airlock24

    Sounds like a realistic question-might be had to get to a realistic answer.

  • Guest

    Is it weird if I just happen to have like six bottles of rum extract in my cabinet?

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  • chase

    This is what I came up with after trying tons of recipes and hating everyone. (for adults) substitute butterscotch icecream syrup to taste for a more kid friendly recipe.
    http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/63429944/maters-adult-butterbeer/detail.aspx

  • Steve Griswold

    Has anyone had success brewing their own at home?

  • Julia

    This Generation hopefully has bothered to read, but theses drinks are non-alcoholic I have read the series twice and begged non stop, wishing on every shooting star, birthday candles, 11:11 wishes for 9 months straight so if I try to do these recipes as an 12 year old girl using non-alcoholic drinks sue me!

  • Shane

    Of the five recipes, I noticed you said you modified one or more of them to fit the recipe used by the park. Could I have the original versions emailed to me if I contacted you directly?

  • mrs.potter

    i say to use more ice cream

  • mark

    They actually serve it both cold and hot in the books. Its just that the story always took place over the winter months, so that’s why they usually drank it hot.

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