Almost Like Butterbeer from Harry Potter

Harry Potter Butterbeer

I think I am one of the few people in the universe who has not read the Harry Potter series. Although I love to read, I have commitment issues when it comes to reading books, and a whole series is just more than my ADD attention span can handle.

My husband and son are big fans of the book series, so when we recently went to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure and were immersed into the Wizzarding World of Harry Potter, they were just a tad bit stoked. I knew enough from watching some of the movies to be enchanted as well. Walking through the streets you immediately felt transported to another land.

To be honest with you, even though I don’t know much about Harry Potter, I was willing to hang out anywhere that had this delicious drink concoction called Butterbeer. Apparently, Butterbeer is the beverage of choice for the Wizards at Hogwarts Academy. One sip from the closest beverage cart and I was hooked. In fact, we had so many great things to eat and drink on our vacation, but of all of it, my craving for Butterbeer hasn’t ceased.

Katie Drinking ButterbeerOur friend Katie gets her first sip of Butterbeer!

What does a food blogger do when they are craving something? First beg Chef Steven Jayson, who created the recipe, to share his secret. When this results in no avail, scour the internet trying to find copycat recipes or create the recipe itself.  The Butterbeer created by the chef at Islands of Adventure and approved by J.K. Rowlings herself is a buttery and creamy mixture made without ice cream. I found this recipe on Fox News and decided it seemed the closest in ingredients to what I tasted at Islands of Adventure in Orlando. Close, but not quite… but delicious nonetheless! To get the real thing, I think I’m just going to have to go back to Universal Studios in Orlando…sooner rather than later!

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe

Hogwarts Butterbeer

(from Fox News)

Almost Like Butterbeer from Harry Potter
adapted from a Fox News recipe
  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream, divided
  • ½ teaspoon rum extract
  • Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda
  1. In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
  2. Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and ¼ heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining ½ cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about ¼ cup for each glass). Add ¼ cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.


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  1. Nathan says

    When I returned from Universal, I HAD to have this drink again. The recipe that I was able to create is pretty spot on, the only problem I had was the “foam” layering on top, and the “foam” not causing the soda to bubble over. Perhaps using a natural Cream Soda would work rather than a more carbonated can one. Anyway, what I did (it’s shorter steps, but product may be harder to come by,)

    Mixed 3/4 Cream Soda and 1/4 Root Beer in a Pint Glass (after all, I figured the Beer in butterbeer had to have something)

    Next, I took ISLAND OASIS Ice Cream (you can get it @ restaurant supply store) It’s the liquid that restaurants like Olive Garden/Red Lobster, others use in their Island Oasis Machines (those blender things they use to make Daquiris) They come in Quarts and have a creamy texture already.

    Then, I took, 1/2 a teaspoon of Butterscotch Pudding Powder and mixed that into the foam.

    Again, the only obstacle I found to matching the recipe from Universal, was getting the Cream to float, perhaps whipping rather than stirring would help. And for someone not in the restaurant business, finding the Oasis mix may be hard. But next time you’re at the restaruant, ask if you can buy one off of them, I’m sure they’d be happy to sell. Next up, creating an alcoholic version.

  2. Lynetta Warren says

    I just returned from Universal/Isalnds of Adventure and the frozen butterbeer was AWESOME!!!!! I have to try this recipe becuase out of everything I experienced on my Florida vacation, that butter beer is what I miss the most! I was actually looking online to see if they shipped it when I found this recipe! Go figure! LOL

  3. Barbara says

    We just spent a week with Harry and Hermione in Orlando. I became addicted to butterbeer so I am excited to try to make it myself. But there is so much to be said for imbibing in the environment of Hogsmeade. However, when the final movie opens next week, it is imperative to raise a butter beer toast to the entire cast and crew! Long live the world of Harry Potter. It made kids love to read!

  4. Jen says

    We are having a Harry Potter marathon and this stuff is DELICIOUS! We put it in the freezer for awhile, even better! We didn’t try it at the Wizzarding World of Harry Potter because the lines were so long, but I can’t imagine it tastes any better than this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. says

    I’ve never read or seen an HP book or movie…you’re not alone. But I’d drink this, yes I would. In fact, I might even have to make it, looks SUPER tasty!

  6. Jenn says

    I am not an experienced cook, and I do not know exactly what cider vinegar is. After researching it, is it the same thing apple cider vinegar, or are they 2 seperate things?

    Anyways, love Harry Potter and cannot wait to make this later today!!

  7. Ginnette says

    Hi, I hope you can answer me… I don’t have cream soda in my country… do you think club soda will do the job?? I am dying to try the butterbeer! Thanks

  8. karen says

    I too am obsessed with recreating the butter beer from Universal. I have whipped together so many different cream sodas with vanilla ice cream and most recently caramel ice cream, so far they are close, but just not as good. They could totally market butter beer in stores, I would buy it!!!

  9. says

    This is great! i’ve never known how to make Butter Beer. I wish i could make it now but i dont have the ingredients to make it. i am glad i know how to make it.

  10. Marion says

    This very simple recipe was a hit with my family. Squeeze some caramel ice cream topping (Smuckers)into the bottom of a cup, fill the cup with cream soda to about 1-2 inches from the top, add whipped whipping cream and give a stir. Delicious!


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