Butterbeer

Butterbeer is a rich, delicious chilled drink with butterscotch flavoring. It is alcohol-free, and perfect for sharing on any occasion!

Butterbeer is a tasty kid-friendly drink. Shirley Temple and Mint Julep are two more of our best-loved alcohol free drinks that everyone can enjoy!

Glass mug filled with butterbeer and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

What is Butterbeer?

Butterbeer was made famous by the Harry Potter series! Every Harry Potter fan knows you can find this popular drink at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.

It is a drink served at the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade and is described as tasting a bit like butterscotch or caramel and containing the slightest bit of alcohol. While my version does taste like butterscotch, it is alcohol free (no beer here!). 

The drink can be served at any event from summer picnics to Halloween events. Dress up the Butterbeer with different types of mugs.

I’ve seen it served in simple plastic cups, heavy glass mugs and Harry Potter themed tea cups. No matter when or how it’s served, this homemade butterbeer recipe is delicious!

Ingredients needed to make butterbeer recipe.

How to Make butterbeer

WHISK. Add the butterscotch syrup and softened butter to a medium bowl and whisk until combined.

MIX. Stir the cold cream soda into the mix and set aside.

WHIP. Add heavy cream to a cold mixing bowl and whip using an electric mixer until soft peaks form (you want soft peaks, not stiff peaks).

SERVE! Pour the butterbeer into 2 mugs and top with whipped cream.

Process picture of whipping cream for topping butterbeer.

Whipped cream variation

Whipped Cream topping: I included directions in the recipe on how to use heavy whipping cream to make a creamy topping for the butterbeer. If you would rather, you can take a shortcut and simply buy some whipped cream.

  • Once you have whipped the heavy cream you can gently mix in a bit of the butterscotch syrup for a more prevalent butterscotch flavor.
  • You can also drizzle a bit of the syrup over the top of the whipped cream after it has been added to the top of the butterbeer. 
Glass mug filled with caramel sauce for butterbeer

frozen butterbeer

A delicious variation to this drink is to make it frozen.

  • In a bowl mix the melted butter with the butterscotch syrup.
  • Add the cream soda and the frozen cream soda to a blender.
  • Blend until you get a slushy texture and pour it into the bowl along with the mixed butterscotch.
  • Use a spoon to mix.
  • Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream. 
Glass liquid measuring cup filled with butter mixture for butterbeer.

Does this make you want to have a Harry Potter movie marathon?! Gather all your favorite muggles, wizards, and witches and enjoy this homemade butterbeer while you watch.

While you’re at it, you may as well get some chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott’s Beans. 😉 Enjoy!!

Glass mug filled with golden butterbeer and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

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Butterbeer Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Butterbeer is a rich, delicious chilled drink with butterscotch flavoring. It is alcohol-free, and perfect for sharing on any occasion!
Course Drinks
Cuisine English
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 404 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (4oz) butterscotch syrup ice cream topping
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter softened
  • 1 cup (8oz) cream soda cold
  • heavy whipping cream optional

Instructions
 

  • Add the butterscotch syrup and softened butter to a medium bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Stir the cold cream soda into the mix and set aside.
  • Add heavy cream to a cold mixing bowl and whip until soft peaks form.
  • Pour the butterbeer into 2 mugs and top with whipped cream.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have had this at Harry Potter World & I must say, this tastes just like it! We will be making this all the time now!

  2. 5 stars
    We love butterbeer so much! This recipe is so good, can’t wait to make it again for our Next Harry Potter Marathon!

  3. 5 stars
    I haven’t had this at a theme park but I thought it tasted like its name so win for me. I also love the mug you used. Ill have to look for a similar one to complete the theme.