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What Is The Best Recipe For Harry Potter Butterbeer?

Updated on October 7, 2014
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Make Your Own Butterbeer Recipe At Home & Serve It In Your Own Harry Potter Butterbeer Glasses

Looking for a very specific Harry Potter recipe? One for butterbeer, perhaps...a FREE RECIPE?

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."

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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.

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

  • 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

Butterbeer
Butterbeer

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

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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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      Chaelyn611@gmail.com 4 months ago

      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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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @VioletteRose LM: I hope you have the opportunity to try it!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @joanzueway: You are welcome. Thanks for visiting!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @Just4Luck: You are welcome! Hope you enjoyed it.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @lesliesinclair: For sure -- this would be an extra-special treat at a gathering.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @smine27: Be sure to report back if you do try a recipe -- any one!

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      The_Kelster 3 years ago

      This was a really fun and interesting lens! I have not had butterbeer (yet). But I will definitely try this recipe out and get back with you! Thanks for the info!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @DeeDeeGee LM: Hope you find a recipe that you like!

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      Marinna 3 years ago

      I didn't know what butter bear was. It was interesting to know.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @Marinna: J.K. Rowling taught us a lot, didn't she?

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      This is amazing! I thought butterbeer didn't exist, now as a Harry Potter fan I must try it.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Wow I want to try this, I am a Harry Potter fan :)

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      joanzueway 3 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful lens

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      Justin 3 years ago from Slovenija

      Had to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      This would be a fun drink for a gathering because it looks like something kid-elegant.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I dream of going to have a glass of real butterbeer. Until then, I just might try this one out.

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      DeeDeeGee LM 3 years ago

      Hi. I tried some Butterbeer with my daughter at the HP Studios near London. It was great!I didn't know you could make it at home so will give it a try.And it was interesting to learn it was made in Tudor times..

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @johndalebacar: What did you think of the Starbucks butterbeer?

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      johndalebacar 3 years ago

      I have only tried the one from Starbucks so far, but looking forward to try the rest!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think I might try making this for my sons, I'm sure they'd love it.

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      mathew31 4 years ago

      I didn't know you could actually make Butterbeer! I'm going to have to try this.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I think I'll have to try making some butterbeer. Funny, I've read all the Harry Potter books and have seen all of the movies but never considered trying butterbeer until now. Great lens.

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      SBRTechnologies1 4 years ago

      I am telling you, this is the most interesting lens I have came accross so far.

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      jura 4 years ago

      I have to try to make this beer at home ,great idea .

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I've never tried it but I'd like to:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice to know there are so many Harry Potter fans! Might just make butterbeer with the kids this summer. ;0) Great lens. From a Harry Potter fan!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was there the day the Wizarding World opened. Yes they did run out of frozen butterbeer.

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      cwilson360 4 years ago

      My boyfriend is going to LOVE when I surprise him with homemade butterbeer! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      I've never had butterbeer but it sounds divine!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @peterb6001: Sounds interesting, Peter.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      I read the whole series but thought butterbeer belongs to the fantasy world....

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Brilliant ideas! Nice presentation. Thanks!

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      I tried it at last. I made an alcoholic version too with alcoholic ginger beer. I also added a little cinnamon to your recipe. Conclusion.. It was really, really tasty. :)

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      whats4dinner 4 years ago

      This is fun! :)

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      I didn't even know butterbeer was real, and i'm a huge Harry Potter fan.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      It is a great lens. Lots of fun.

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      Great fun, not sure if I'll like it but will have to try this with my boys.Blessed

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The combination of ice cream, brown sugar, and cream soda has me super interested in trying butter beer. Thank you.

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I'm intrigued but I have to admit inn not sure how I feel about beer & butter together in one drink.

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      toddhs 4 years ago

      Last time I was at Universal I drank 2 of these myself... I paid for it later.

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      healthyandtasty 4 years ago

      I need to try this butter beer recipe:) Great lens!

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      elyria 4 years ago

      I have never even heard of this drink before ...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice lens and thanks for sharing

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      gaser983 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens, great job! Squidlike

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      Great lens - Try using Cream soda instead of ginger ale in your recipe. Much better fit.

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      ggruden2 4 years ago

      Nice lense! Thanks for this!

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      DeepaVenkitesh LM 4 years ago

      wow, loved your lens, I am a Harry Potter fan too,

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      Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      Sounds really good, I would like to try it using cream soda!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Fun lens. Must try!

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      fastpass2disney 4 years ago

      Butter beer is also on sale a the Harry Potter tour in London - unfortunately only the non-frozen version though. Frozen is my favourite:)

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      TwistedWiseman 4 years ago

      Such a thing exists XD BUTTERBEER!?Whoa, I learned a new thing today.

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      melissiaoliver 4 years ago

      sounds yummy - I shall have to try this out with my boys sometime! Still find it slightly galling that Harry Potter World is in Florida... it should be in Scotland, that's where Hogwarts is based!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I've made butterbeer before and it was a huge hit.

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      inspirationz 5 years ago

      gosh 1/4 cup butter sounds quite a lot! but i guess it wouldnt be butter be without it hehe! for the health conscious, not a treat to consume gallons of every day but i would definitely be interested to taste it :)

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      DesignSpace 5 years ago

      Butterbeer is a real thing? Have to try it! Thanks!

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      akunsquidoku 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, nicely done!

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      Butterbeer. Wow what an amazing idea. I've never heard of it before today and it sounds really good!

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      Marelisa 5 years ago

      Love it! I so want to try butterbeer now. :-)

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      designworld lm 5 years ago

      Never tried butterbeer, but always wanted to. Have to get Gramma to help me create this drink and see what we can come up with.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is such fun! I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but I plan to. Blessed!

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      I will have to try your recipe with my kids. Thanks!

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      aardvarkapparel 5 years ago

      I'll put this one one my list. I have a co-worker making blackberry wine right now! I'd love to try anything different like these

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      biggking lm 5 years ago

      cool my name is Herry!

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      Rhonda Albom 5 years ago from New Zealand

      The butterbeer recipe sounds interesting. We will give it a try when we get home. Thanks for linking to it from my blog, made it easier to find :)

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      glutenallergy 5 years ago

      Our local movie theater was selling their version of butter beer for a while, and it was far better than the stuff at Universal. Ironic, I suppose. But the collector cups are awesome! I was shocked to see how many had been thrown away. People paid good money for them and just tossed them out.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I love that you included your homemade photo of butter beer. Looks very frothy. The butterscotch probably appears to younger taste buds. I loved that you pretty much covered everything about butter beer.

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      tua93055 5 years ago

      I'm thinking butterbeer will be an excellent edition to the harry potter party I hope to plan one day! Trying to see if I can use some substitutions for a vegan version! :D Fabulous lens!

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      Have never heard of it, but just had to check it out! ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens, very entertaining and informative

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      DylanPhD 5 years ago

      Yes, tried it before. Ginger beer, honey vodka, vanilla ice cream & butterscotch schnapps. Nice party starter. Feel free to be as liberal with the alcohol as you like - believe me, once the party gets going the drinks become 'free-pours' anyway.

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      patrickdm 5 years ago

      Can't wait to try it!

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      Going to have to try out some of these recipes and see what all this butterbeer talk is all about... :) Great Lens Brenda.

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      PotterMania 5 years ago

      Fantastic information and very nicely presented. Butterbeer is highly recommended :_0

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      tyrosine 5 years ago

      never knew such things exist :)

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      I don't think I'll be trying it - beer isn't supposed to be sweet.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This is an interesting idea, great find.

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      harrypotterfancourtenay 5 years ago

      I loved the Butterbeer at the Wizarding World!! I can't wait to try your recipe!!! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Never drink butterbeer!I realy gonna try it! Sounds goodGreat Lens

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      awesomeamber 5 years ago

      awesome! I need to make this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Not quite as thick as the butter beer at Universal. Good though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We tried one and it was awful, but I'd love to find a good one. Great lens.

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      candidaabrahamson 5 years ago

      Won't be making butterbeer, but will be making this comment: What a creative, innovative lens--no wonder it won the purple star. I love it.

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      I'm not a HP follower so never heard of this. Sounds like something I could make easily though.

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      tebor79 5 years ago

      I gotta try this now. looks good.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sure love finding your articles, they can be very unique including this one.

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      I'll have to give it a try at my next Harry Potter viewing. Thanks for sharing!

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      krakensquid 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens and a fascinating recipe! Feel free to check out my Harry Potter page, its about the most asked questions about the final movie :)

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      cwstocks lm 5 years ago

      I had no idea that butter beer actually existed. The whole family are Harry Potter fans and this lens gave me some great ideas. Very entertaining lens. Thanks!

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      sherileigh75 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have a lot of Harry Potter fans as friends so I am sharing this on Facebook. Even though I only live an hour or so from Orlando I've never been to the theme park there and have never had the chance to try Butterbeer so I'll have to test these recipes for myself. Thanks for the page..

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      huvalbd 5 years ago

      It hadn't occurred to me to try to make this, but I'll give it a go. It should be great fun, starting with the recipes you turned up--although I'll have to do a sugarfree version, and it looks like there's no way to make that taste quite right.

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      NevermoreShirts 5 years ago

      Definitely going to have to try out a recipe or two - I still haven't made it over to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter myself...

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      WhiteOak50 5 years ago

      I just wanted to stop by to let you know that I have featured this page on my new SquidBOO < a href="http://www.squidoo.com/whiteoaks-witches-brew"... Witches Brew lens. Happy Halloween!!

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      Vita Activate 5 years ago

      never tried butter beer before but would love to

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      jessicahoward 5 years ago

      superb lens....i would like to try this butterbeer ....recipe looks simple and yummy..Thank you for sharing such a yummy lens..:)

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      What a great idea for a lens! I didn't know there was actually a real version of butterbeer from tudor times but now I'm eager to try the non-alcoholic version.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      We loved the butterbeer in Orlando but didn't try to make our own yet. After reading this lens, though, we might! :) Blessed!