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What Is The Best Recipe For Harry Potter Butterbeer?

Updated on October 7, 2014
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Butterbeer has been a huge success for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the whole world is talking about butterbeer.

You cannot buy the J.K. Rowling approved version of this hot or cold beverage anywhere else in the world and, therefore, every guest who visits the theme park in Orlando wants butterbeer.

You would expect line ups for the rides and attractions but I read that people even waited in line for an hour to purchase their souvenir mug of butterbeer, as shown here. Rumour has it that they actually ran out of frozen butterbeer on the day the theme park opened!

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that you can actually make your very own, non-alcholic version of butterbeer at home. My sons are going to love experimenting to find the perfect Harry Potter butterbeer recipe. Please join us on our journey to Hogsmeade Village and The Three Broomsticks as we strive to find the perfect butterbeer recipe.

On this page, you will find many links to many butterbeer recipes, information about real butterbeer and the Harry Potter style of butterbeer and links to buy your very own butterbeer mugs from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Note that you can actually buy butter beer if you do not want to make your own. It is available directly from Amazon by clicking right here: Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer, Cheers!

"Why don't we go

and have a butterbeer in

The Three Broomsticks?

It's a bit cold, isn't it?"

~ Hermione

What Is Butterbeer?

The real drink 'butterbeer' was made in the Tudor period from beer, sugar, eggs, nutmeg and butter. However, it is unclear as to whether the butterbeer in the Harry Potter books includes alcohol but it is not considered harmful to young witches or wizards although referred to as mildy intoxicating and definitely intoxicating to house elves.

J.K. Rowling introduced us to butterbeer in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and this beverage is referenced a few times in the rest of the book series. More recently, when asked about butterbeer, she told Bon Appetit magazine that she imagines that butterbeer "tastes a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch."


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's Butterbeer

Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. | Source

At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, you can order butterbeer frozen or ice cold from a street vendor or at the Hog's Head, a real pub that does sell real beer, too. News reports recommend the butterbeer for children.

Staff from the amusement park searched for THE perfect Butterbeer recipe. Their efforts wound up in a hotel kitchen in Scotland where they prepared the brew in order to obtain approval for the recipe from You Know Who. (Lest I mislead you, note that approval was not required from Lord Voldemort but rather from J.K. Rowling herself.) Their recipe did indeed meet with Rowling's approval and now you can order your butterbeer in Orlando where it is said to be made from a sugary drink that is somewhat cream soda-ish with a marshmallow 'head.' Some say it tastes like a cross between a shortbread cookie and butterscotch flavour.

Rupert Grint (who plays Ron Weasley in the movies) said, "We were at the Pub yesterday, and the drinks are amazing. The butterbeer, the frozen butterbeer is like nothing I've ever tasted before."

Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is Non-Alcoholic

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Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #1 - A non-alcoholic recipe.


1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup half and half cream

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

Vanilla ice cream

Ginger Ale or Cream Soda


  • Prepare Sauce

    Combine butter, brown sugar, half and half cream and salt in a small saucepan and simmer gently for five minutes. Stir in vanill and let cool.

  • Mix Ice Cream Version of Butterbeer

    Place a scoop of ice cream in a tall glass, drizzle with a tablespoon of the sauce and add ginger ale to fill the glass.

  • Mix Non-Ice Cream Version of Butterbeer

    Place a tablespoon of butterscotch in a glass, top off with ginger ale to fill.

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Our Thoughts On Butterbeer Recipe #1

Butterbeer Recipe #1 is the first butterbeer recipe that we tried.

As you can see from the photo, the recipe worked perfectly. The drink was most definitely a very rich and frothy butterbeer.

However, we were not keen on the flavour combination of butterscotch and ginger ale so we'll keep trying to find the perfect butterbeer recipe for us. You could substitute club soda, I suppose, but we are not crazy about that either.

If you do try this recipe, make sure to report back about what you think of the drink.

On a side note, this recipe did make the best-ever butterscotch sauce!

How To Make Butterbeer Video - By Working Class (WC) Videos

Working Class Videos has put together an EXCELLENT video showing you what looks like a straightforward recipe for making butterbeer. Laced with a bit of humour (and a bit of bourbon), I think we shall be trying this recipe.

Butterbeer Cookbook - By Gina Meyer


It surprised me when I stumbled across this cookbook, Butterbeer Recipes, for your Kindle. The tagline for the book is "Smuggle in some muggle magic with simple Butterbeer recipes" but there is not much more information available than that. However, if you are looking for butterbeer recipes the low price of $3.69 makes this book an affordable gamble. If you do buy it, be sure to come back and let us know what you think.


Buy Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer - From Amazon.

You can buy your Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer directly from Amazon, where it is available in a 6, 12 or 24 pack. I've chosen to show only the six-pack but if you click through to Amazon you will also find the larger cases of butterbeer. Remember Amazon ships for free with orders that are worth $35 or more.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

This cookbook does NOT have a butterbeer recipe.

Finally, a book full of Harry Potter recipes! All I can say is, "It is about time." Many years ago, I struggled to put together a Harry Potter themed menu for my son's birthday party. When I went looking, I discovered that there were NO Harry Potter cookbooks available despite the proliferation of books about Harry Potter on an endless stream of other subjects.

This cookbook, The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, was released on September 18, 2010, and contains more than 150 easy recipes to help you recreate the delicious world that Harry Potter lives in. Included will be the dessert Harry loves so much, the Treacle Tart; Mrs. Weasley's (Molly's) Meat Pies; Kreacher's French Onion Soup; and, the Hogwarts Express staple, Pumpkin Pasties. Thrill your family and friends with this positively magical collection of recipes.

Click here to order your copy of this Harry Potter cookbook from Amazon.

Butterbeer Glasses or Steins - From The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Butterbeer Glasses
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Buy Your Own From Butterbeer Steins

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Butterbeer Mug
Wizarding World of Harry Potter Butterbeer Mug

Of course, we can't think of anything better than Butterbeer served in a Harry Potter Butterbeer mug from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!


At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter,

butterbeer costs approximately $4

or $10 in a souvenir mug.

© 2010 Treasures By Brenda

What do you think? Will you be putting a butterbeer recipe to work in your castle? - (And oh yes, if you happen to have a FANTASTIC butterbeer recipe, be sure t

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      Huge Harry Potter fan! Read all 7 books plus the cursed child which is 8 and I thought both recipes are amazing. My sister prefers recipe 1 without ice cream. But me, my mom, and dad like both the recipe from cooking class and recipe 1 with and without Ice cream.Now we're going to try pumpkin juice.

      P.S. Made it by myself basically.

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for visiting & sharing your results, NorthernBlonde. Butterbeer is definitely an unusual beverage!

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      NorthernBlonde 2 years ago

      our family tried two of the recipes, still not sure if we have come to a conclusion... recipe #1 - prefer with the ice-cream, half of us like it with ginger ale the other half like it with soda water. Recipe from working class... love the flavour of the syrup, we tried it with cream soda, ginger ale and club soda, verdict divided too. But one thing I can say is making up a mug of it is more than most of us can drink - it's an unusual taste that's for sure.

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      MeenakshiBose 3 years ago

      this is nicee !

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @evawrites1: I hope you make it!

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