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Summon the magic of the Wizarding World with this frosty Butterbeer recipe – a butterscotch drink, perfect for sharing with fellow muggles.

Homemade butterbeer recipe poured into mugs and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

We Love Butterbeer!

Butterbeer was made famous by the Harry Potter books!

Every Harry Potter fan knows you can find this popular butterbeer recipe at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. It is a drink served at the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade (and the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley) and is described as tasting a bit like butterscotch or caramel and containing a tiny bit of alcohol (although ours is alcohol-free!)

Since we love ALL things Harry Potter, we had to come up with a copycat version and we think it’s taste JUST like the real deal!

What’s not to love:

  • It’s delicious. We have always been big fans of butterscotch and cream soda, so we all think this drink is delicious and very flavorful.
  • Perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s for a birthday party or Halloween event, everyone loves this fun and flavorful drink.
  • Harry Potter Fan favorite. Whether you’re watching the movies or just want to impress a fellow HP fan (or even muggle), they will be ecstatic to have this drink.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (4-ounces) butterscotch syrup, ice cream topping
  • ½ tablespoon softened unsalted butter How to Soften Butter Quickly
  • 1 cup (8-ounces) cream soda Make sure it’s cold
  • heavy whipping cream – is optional and used to make homemade Whipped Cream, but canned whipped cream works as well.

How to Make Butterbeer

  1. SYRUP. Add ½ cup (4 ounces) butterscotch syrup and ½ tablespoon softened butter to a medium bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. SODA. Stir 1 cup (8 ounce) cold cream soda into the mixture and set aside.
  3. CREAM. 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).
  4. SERVE! Pour the butterbeer into 2 mugs and top with Whipped Cream.

Frozen Butterbeer

A delicious variation to this homemade Butterbeer recipe is to make it frozen.

  • Beforehand freeze half of the cream soda in cubes.
  • In a bowl, mix the melted butter with the butterscotch syrup.
  • Add the cream soda and the frozen cream soda cubes 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. 
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Butterbeer Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This butterbeer recipe is a rich, delicious chilled drink with butterscotch flavoring. It's alcohol-free and perfect for sharing!
Servings: 2
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup (4 ounces) butterscotch syrup, ice cream topping
  • ½ tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) cream soda, cold
  • heavy whipping cream, optional
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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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Notes

Toppings. Drizzle a bit of the syrup over the top of the Whipped Cream after it has been added to the top of the Butterbeer. Or sprinkle a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg on top.
Make a butterbeer float by adding a scoop of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream to each cup.

Nutrition

Calories: 404kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 92mg, Potassium: 40mg, Sugar: 55g, Vitamin A: 88IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: English
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Recipe FAQ

  • Drizzle a bit of the butterscotch sauce over the top of the Whipped Cream after it has been added to the top of the Butterbeer. Or sprinkle a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg on top.
  • For an authentic look, serve in glass mugs or steins, but any drinking glass works.
  • You can make the butterbeer a couple of hours before serving. Keep it cold in the fridge.
  • Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

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22 Comments

  1. Laura D. says:

    5 stars
    Super easy to make and taste delicious, we are Harry Potter fans so this was a big hit in my house, thank you!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You’re welcome!! So glad you enjoyed!

  2. Laurie says:

    5 stars
    Everyone loved this! Made a couple changes: 1) couldn’t find butterscotch syrup so made it (used this recipe – https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_butterscotch/)
    2) substituted about 1/2 of the cream soda for club soda (helped to tame the sweetness) so I barely melted/very softened the butter and mixed that in with my butterscotch sauce then I beat the butterscotch mixture with 1/2 of the club soda, then gently stirred in the remaining club soda and cream soda

  3. Heather says:

    5 stars
    Never had it..excited to try it n big harry potter fan…thank you for sharing 😇

  4. Janet Weeks says:

    These drinks look delicious, however, they are high in sugar and carbs. How can you modify them to be diabetic friendly recipes?

  5. Sue says:

    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.

  6. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    A fun little drink that the kids will enjoy.

  7. Melissa says:

    5 stars
    I love your recipe – delicious and such a fun treat to make at home.

  8. Eden says:

    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!

    1. Savannah says:

      Do you use the same amount of cream soda for the frozen variation with 4 oz frozen, and 4 oz not? Can’t wait to try this recipe!

      1. Lil'Luna Team says:

        Yes! Hope you enjoy!!

  9. Paula K says:

    5 stars
    My husband loved this so much! Such a great recipe!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Thank you! So glad to hear that!

  10. Joy says:

    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!