Mixologist’s Recipe: Butterbeer

   Posted by: Jesse   in Recipe

I just got back from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida and two things immediately struck me: I still want to be a wizard and Butterbeer is exceptionally delicious. Between feasting on a turkey leg the size of my forearm at Three Broomsticks and battling dementors underneath Hogwarts, I worked up quite a thirst and repeatedly refilled my goblet with the frothy, delicious concoction known as Butterbeer.

But there were two things missing from it: alcohol and the ability to get it outside of Universal Studios. Like my original Harry Potter Sorting Shots, I managed to make a delicious version that also has a bit of a kick to it.

Makes one serving

6 oz club soda
1 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 oz dark simple syrup

1 oz heavy cream
1 tbsp sugar

The most important difference in Butterbeer is making dark simple syrup. Take equal parts brown sugar and water and heat until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup consistency.

Chill the club soda and dark simple syrup. Stir together the club soda, butterscotch schnapps and dark simple syrup. Top off with an ounce of lightly whipped cream to give it a creamy head. This is mandatory and mandated by J.K. Rowling herself!

Universal Studios also has a frozen version of Butterbeer that may be near impossible to recreate in your own kitchen since it’s consistency is similar to a Coolata at Dunkin Donuts. If you wish to make it yourself, replace 4 ounces of the club soda with ice and blend it together with the dark simple syrup and butterscotch schnapps, then top with the whipped cream.

For wizards under legal drinking age that don’t take after the great Fred and George Weasley, the butterscotch schnapps can be replaced by butterscotch flavored syrup – not the kind used on sundaes though! For brave warriors who prefer a bit more of a kick (and a drink strong enough to knock out a house-elf), replace an ounce of club soda with chilled vodka.

Like many of the Mixologist’s drinks, this recipe is intended for wizards and warriors of legal age in their respective realms.

Also checkout our recipe for Pumpkin Juice!

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8 comments so far


A little trick I learned working at Starbucks and attempting to recreate the ‘frappuccino’ at home. I figure it’s the same for the frozen butterbeer. Thing is, if you mix the ingredients you expect in the blender, it doesn’t quite mix at all. It separates or worse, clumps, in the case of the frap. What you get is more like a snowball and less like a drink.

The secret ingredient is that much-hated high fructose corn syrup, which is not something you can make without laboratory equipment. However, it’s just regular corn syrup that’s been processed in a special way. The point to all this? Play with the frozen butterbeer recipe, adding pure corn syrup (it’s important to get 100% pure corn syrup) into the slurry until it pours as necessary. The resulting mixture will be very, very sweet so leave out the simple syrup and sugar. The corn syrup should be your only sweetener.

August 27th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I’m throwing a harry potter themed halloween party for adults, and so far this is by far my favorite recipe. You say to chill the soda and syrup, isn’t butterbeer supposed to be warm? if i wanted to make a steaming mug of butterbeer, what would you suggest? thanks for the great recipe!!

September 12th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I’m looking forward to do it at home! I’ve already translated it to portuguese so I can share with my friends here in Brazil. I’m seriously thinking about throwing a Harry Potter Theme Party. Now I just have to think about decoration and activities. lol

February 25th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

When you say schnapps, do you mean the kind of liqueur or some other kind of alcoholic beverage? I am having a real hard time finding it here in Brazil, do you have any other suggestion that would work? is Disaronno (ouch expensive!) an alternative?

help please? I am trying to make it but I cant find equivalents!

March 7th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Yes, schnapps are a kind of sweetened liqueur, in this case I would think any butterscotch flavored alcohol could work as a substitute, but you may have to change the ratio with sugar.

March 8th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hi, looking to make this my signature drink for our wedding… is there a way I can premix all of it and just have it in a large container to pour as people see fit? I wasn’t sure if you were supposed to mix the syrup and soda together and then add the rest when you want to make a drink, or if you can just stir it all together and it be okay. Thank so much!!

July 29th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Stephanie – you can premix the club soda, dark simple syrup and butterscotch schnapps in advance. The whipped cream topping really needs to be applied last minute though. Good luck!

July 29th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Can this be served warm? I am looking for a warm drink for my winter party and this sound delicious! I assume warm soda would not be good though?

September 13th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

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    [...] For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you were probably bombarded with my inane tweets about my trip to Universal Studios, more specifically, to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As a kid, my family never went to Disney or any of the other big theme parks, so I didn’t know exactly what was in store for me. But after meeting up with a friend who happened to work at the park, I suddenly had an employee discount available to me and just had to buy some toys. And probably close to a flagon of butter beer. [...]

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