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What Is The Best Recipe For Harry Potter Butterbeer?

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 find 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. Rumor 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-alcoholic version of butterbeer at home.

On this page, you will find many links to butterbeer recipes, information about 'real' butterbeer and the Harry Potter style of butterbeer and links to add butterbeer mugs from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to your collection.

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.

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."

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe


1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup half and half cream

1/8 tsp salt

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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.



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.

More Free Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipes

  • Harry Potter's Butterbeer Recipe Uncovered? -
    Harry Potter fans are all abuzz about butterbeer, and they've got the foamy mustaches to prove it. The cold and creamy, frothy drink is the most popular food item at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, according to Universal
  • Butterbeer Recipe From The Hogwarts Celebration
    J.K. Rowling describes everything in such detail in her Harry Potter books, including the food and drinks that Harry and his friends consume, so not only did I have great fun with the decorations for the Hogwarts Celebrations, but I had a fabulous ti
  • Butterbeer Recipe - How to make butterbeer recipe
    Author J. K. Rowling does not provide a recipe for butterbeer in her wildly popular Harry Potter book series, so this version is pure speculation. Harry Potter's butterbeer contains a mild intoxicant, but this dessert version is suitable for children
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.

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

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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 on April 04, 2017:

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.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on September 25, 2014:

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

NorthernBlonde on September 25, 2014:

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.

MeenakshiBose on May 06, 2014:

this is nicee !

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 04, 2014:

@evawrites1: I hope you make it!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 04, 2014:

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

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 02, 2014:

@joanzueway: You are welcome. Thanks for visiting!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 02, 2014:

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

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 02, 2014:

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

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 02, 2014:

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

The_Kelster on April 09, 2014:

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!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on April 02, 2014:

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

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on February 18, 2014:

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

evawrites1 on January 29, 2014:

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

VioletteRose LM on January 29, 2014:

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

joanzueway on January 16, 2014:

Thank you for this wonderful lens

Justin from Slovenija on January 13, 2014:

Had to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

lesliesinclair on January 13, 2014:

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

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on January 13, 2014:

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

DeeDeeGee LM on January 05, 2014:

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..

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 04, 2014:

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

Marinna on December 05, 2013:

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

johndalebacar on November 09, 2013:

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

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 10, 2013:

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

mathew31 on August 12, 2013:

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

Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on July 29, 2013:

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.

SBRTechnologies1 on July 12, 2013:

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

jura on July 11, 2013:

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

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on July 09, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 29, 2013:

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!

anonymous on June 28, 2013:

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

cwilson360 on June 20, 2013:

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

clevergirlname on June 15, 2013:

I've never had butterbeer but it sounds divine!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 24, 2013:

@peterb6001: Sounds interesting, Peter.

hovirag on May 12, 2013:

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

mistaben on April 20, 2013:

Brilliant ideas! Nice presentation. Thanks!

Peter Badham from England on April 20, 2013:

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. :)

whats4dinner on April 16, 2013:

This is fun! :)

Michelllle on March 19, 2013:

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

Takkhis on February 12, 2013:

It is a great lens. Lots of fun.

Peter Badham from England on February 02, 2013:

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

anonymous on January 21, 2013:

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

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on December 11, 2012:

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

toddhs on December 03, 2012:

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

healthyandtasty on November 05, 2012:

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

elyria on October 31, 2012:

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

anonymous on October 05, 2012:

nice lens and thanks for sharing

gaser983 on September 23, 2012:

Fantastic lens, great job! Squidlike

Chazz from New York on September 21, 2012:

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

ggruden2 on September 17, 2012:

Nice lense! Thanks for this!

DeepaVenkitesh LM on September 08, 2012:

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

Mandy Stradley from Riverton, Utah on September 02, 2012:

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

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on September 01, 2012:

Fun lens. Must try!

fastpass2disney on August 31, 2012:

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

TwistedWiseman on August 31, 2012:

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

melissiaoliver on August 30, 2012:

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!

WriterJanis2 on August 28, 2012:

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

inspirationz on August 23, 2012:

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 :)

DesignSpace on August 19, 2012:

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

akunsquidoku on August 04, 2012:

Fantastic lens, nicely done!

CristianStan on July 25, 2012:

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

Marelisa on July 23, 2012:

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

designworld lm on July 06, 2012:

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.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on July 05, 2012:

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

microfarmproject on June 19, 2012:

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

aardvarkapparel on June 13, 2012:

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

biggking lm on May 28, 2012:

cool my name is Herry!

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on May 25, 2012:

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 :)

glutenallergy on May 24, 2012:

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.

Millionairemomma on May 22, 2012:

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.

tua93055 on May 20, 2012:

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!

Winter52 LM on May 04, 2012:

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

anonymous on May 01, 2012:

great lens, very entertaining and informative

DylanPhD on April 14, 2012:

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.

patrickdm on April 11, 2012:

Can't wait to try it!

pcgamehardware on April 09, 2012:

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

PotterMania on April 09, 2012:

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

tyrosine on April 01, 2012:

never knew such things exist :)

glenbrook on March 28, 2012:

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

getmoreinfo on March 15, 2012:

This is an interesting idea, great find.

harrypotterfancourtenay on March 10, 2012:

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

anonymous on March 05, 2012:

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

awesomeamber on March 03, 2012:

awesome! I need to make this.

anonymous on February 26, 2012:

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

anonymous on February 15, 2012:

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

candidaabrahamson on February 15, 2012:

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.

Natural_Skin_Care on February 09, 2012:

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

tebor79 on January 31, 2012:

I gotta try this now. looks good.

anonymous on January 18, 2012:

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

entertainmentev on January 06, 2012:

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

krakensquid on January 05, 2012:

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 :)

cwstocks lm on December 23, 2011:

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!

sherileigh75 on October 23, 2011:

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..

huvalbd on September 30, 2011:

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.

NevermoreShirts on September 20, 2011:

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...

WhiteOak50 on September 12, 2011:

I just wanted to stop by to let you know that I have featured this page on my new SquidBOO < a href=" Witches Brew lens. Happy Halloween!!

Vita Activate on September 06, 2011:

never tried butter beer before but would love to

jessicahoward on September 01, 2011:

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

Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on August 30, 2011:

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.

dahlia369 on August 26, 2011:

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

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