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Harry Potter Butterbeer

Since the original readers of the Harry Potter series have come of age, it’s clear that they all want to enjoy that fabulous creation: Harry Potter Butterbeer. The interesting thing about this drink is that it didn’t exist before the book. It was wholly invented by J.K. Rowling. Yet you, dear reader, know a good thing when you read it.


What is Harry Potter Butterbeer?

Let’s admit one thing: Ms. Rowling did not give a recipe for this beer. She did not even describe for us how it tastes. Any and all attempts to come up with a recipe are basically guesses based on what people like to drink. Ever since butterbeer was first mentioned in the books, though, people have been trying to come up with a recipe that feels like it belongs in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.


Who wouldn’t want to sit down with Harry, Ron, and Hermione over a frosty, foamy glass of one of these recipes? Word of warning to American readers, however: the Brits like their beer at room temp, so it’s likely that Harry and the gang didn’t drink theirs cold.


And, many American recipes have no alcohol at all. That’s because of cultural differences that make it hard for an American audience to accept the concept of anyone under 21 consuming alcohol in any form. In the UK, where beer and the like have been drunk for millennia, it is perfectly acceptable for young people to enjoy low-alcohol beverages, particularly in supervised social settings or under the administration of parents.


Some Recipes

The American

This recipe is suitable for even the youngest drinkers (and is full of sugar).



  • .25 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • .25 cup butterscotch syrup
  • 2 T of whipped butter 
  • 1.5 cups cream soda


Combine the milk, topping, and butter in a heatproof container and warm until the butter is thoroughly melted. Stir to thoroughly combine and then add the cream soda.


The Upscale

This is a bit more upscale version of the drink. It’s much less sweet, and you can make this alcoholic or virgin as you prefer.



  • .5 cup heavy cream
  • 2 T butterscotch syrup/butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 T softened butter
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 2 liters cream soda


If you’re making this for adults, skip the syrup and add the schnapps. Otherwise, follow these steps:

  1. Combine cream, spices, butterscotch, and butter
  2. Whisk until mixture thickens (but do not let it thicken to the point of turning to butter)
  3. Chill in freezer for 15 minutes or in the fridge for two hours
  4. Fill individual, frosted glasses 2/3rds with cold cream soda
  5. Pour batter slowly over the back of a spoon into the glass


You can vary your drink by adding caramel flavoring, vanilla, and even a bit of salt. Some people enjoy adding marshmallow cream, and some people are so afraid of fat that they add butter flavoring rather than real butter. We’d advise you not to do that. The butter really makes this drink. The important thing is that you should enjoy your drink and escape, for just a few minutes, to another and a happier world. 

Written by My Bartender

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