Start to Finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Difficulty Level: Beginner

The millions of people who have read the Harry Potter series are familiar with butterbeer, a chilled beverage served at the fictitious Hogsmeade pub, the Three Broomsticks — and actually sold at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The drink can be easily re-created at home with a few simple ingredients, though keep in mind that the recipe is simply that — a re-creation. The actual recipe offered at Universal Studios is a closely guarded secret.

Tips

More complicated recipes for butterbeer — and, some say, more authentic — call for rum extract, multiple types of sugar, actual butter and other additional ingredients. Tweak and combine recipes to suit your tastes.

  • 12 ounces cream soda
  • 1 teaspoon caramel syrup
  • 1 teaspoon butterscotch syrup
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Combine the butterscotch syrup with the heavy whipping cream, and set it aside.

Pour the cream soda into a chilled mug, leaving about 3 inches of head space for the cream topping. Add the caramel syrup and stir to combine.

Top the mug with the butterscotch-flavored whipping cream.

Because the official recipe for butterbeer hasn’t been published, creating your own favorite version can be an experiment.

  • Although the Harry Potter series is vague about whether fictitious butterbeer contains alcohol, the official version is free from spirits of any kind. To make it into a tipple, add butterscotch schnapps.   
  • As of 2014, Universal Studios serves hot Butterbeer in the park. Make yours toasty by warming it on the stove, though you will lose the fizz of the cream soda. 
  • Few know that butterbeer existed before Harry Potter; however, it was a very different recipe. To create this historic version, pour two cans of ale into a saucepan and add ground ginger, ground cloves and ground nutmeg. Blend five egg yolks with about a half-cup of granulated sugar until light and creamy. Add the egg and sugar mixture to the saucepan and stir until the beverage thickens slightly. Remove from heat and whisk in 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter. This serves six to 10.