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A tall mug of delicious Harry Potter Inspired Homemade Butterbeer is a fantastic treat any time of year, but especially during the month of October! Witches, wizards, and muggles can all celebrate this magical season with one of the sweetest beverages in the wizarding world!

If you are looking for recipes for a Harry Potter Party, be sure to also check out our Pumpkin Juice and Sticky Toffee Pudding!

A tall mug of homemade copycat butterbeer with whipped cream and butterscotch syrup on top.

Earlier this year I was able to take our oldest daughter, Clara, to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Florida with my sister and two oldest nieces. It was indeed a magical trip and the girls LOVED the butterbeer there from the Three Broomsticks and the butterbeer cart in Hogsmeade. This copycat version tastes just like it!

It’s foamy and sweet and the perfect drink for serving at a Harry Potter-inspired Halloween party! So grab a mug and your wand because it’s time to accio butterbeer!

Ingredient Notes

  • Whipped cream: Sure you could just use a can of Redi-Whip, but c’mon, we all know the real stuff made with heavy cream and powdered sugar is SO. MUCH. BETTER.
  • Cream soda: It doesn’t actually contain any cream, despite its name. Cream soda is vanilla flavored instead.
  • Butterscotch topping: Similar to caramel but made with dark brown sugar and butter, which gives it a different flavor profile.
  • Butter extract: You’ll find this in the baking aisle next to the vanilla and other extracts.
Ingredients for making homemade butterbeer.

How to Make This Recipe

Make the sweetened whipped cream first so it’s ready to go once the butterbeer is mixed together. Beat heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until soft peaks form. I have a whole post on how to do this if you are new to making homemade whipped cream and want more details. Set in the fridge until ready to use.

Sweetened whipped cream in a bowl with beaters.

Meanwhile, pour 1 cup of the cream soda into a large bowl or pitcher. Then add the butterscotch syrup and butter extract, and whisk to combine.

Add the remaining cream soda and stir gently just until combined. The reason you only whisk the syrup into some of the soda is that you will lose much of the bubbliness of the soda if you stir it too much. Incorporating the butterscotch into a small amount of soda first helps it incorporate better but it also means more fizz later.

Fill frosty mugs (if you have glass mugs, stick them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before serving!) with the butterbeer, then top with a large scoop of freshly made whipped cream.

Drizzle with plenty of extract butterscotch syrup and serve your deliciously frothy and cold homemade butterbeer with a straw!

Butterscotch syrup drizzled over a mound of whipped cream on top of a glass of butterbeer.

FAQ’s

How can I make frozen butterbeer? 

There are 2 different methods that work. The first is to put the Cream Soda in the freezer for a couple of hours before mixing in the other ingredients. The key is to chill it just until it is slushy. If you freeze the soda, it will lose its fizz. Try tipping the bottle back and forth every 30-45 minutes to help achieve that slushy texture. 

The other approach is to mix up the butterbeer and transfer it to a quart-size freezer bag. Remove all of the excess air and nest this bag inside a larger, gallon-size freezer bag. Fill the larger outer bag with ice cubes and add a tablespoon of rock salt, just like if you are making this ice cream in a bag. Wrap the bag in a towel and shake it for 5-10 minutes until slushy. You will have to do it in batches, but it works and can be a lot of fun if you want a slushy version!

Can you use melted butter in place of the butter extract?

Using melted butter doesn’t work well because as soon as you add it to the cold soda the melted butter resolidifies into little lumps. If you are unable to find butter extract it is better just to leave the butter element out entirely unless you are doing warm butterbeer.

Can I make this ahead of time?

You can make the whipped cream the day before (it will keep well in the fridge for 1 day) and definitely chill the cream soda. But don’t mix the drink together until shortly before serving or the butterbeer will go flat.

Expert Tips

  • Butterbeer is really best served freshly made. If you try to make it too far in advance and keep the drink in the fridge, it might still have good flavor, but the soda will lose its delightful fizziness.
  • If you can’t find butterscotch syrup anyway, you could get away with just using caramel syrup or even making a batch of salted caramel sauce (although I would leave out the salt) and using that instead.
  • Feel free to skip the whipped cream in favor of a scoop of ice cream for a butterbeer float!
  • Ten points for Gryffindor if you have star sprinkles to sprinkle on top!
A glass mug of butterbeer with Harry Potter glasses in front of it.

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A mug of homemade butterbeer with round Harry Potter glasses in front of it.

Butterbeer

A tall mug of delicious Harry Potter Inspired Homemade Butterbeer is a fantastic treat any time of year, but especially during the month of October! Witches, wizards, and muggles can all celebrate this magical season with one of the sweetest beverages in the wizarding world!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Amy Nash

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 liters cream soda well chilled
  • 2/3 cup butterscotch topping, plus more for topping
  • 2 Tablespoons butter extract

Instructions

  • If you have glass mugs or decorate hurricane glasses for serving the butterbeer in, stick them in the freezer to become frosty.
  • Beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form. Set this aside in the fridge to chill until ready to use.  
  • Make sure the cream soda is well chilled before starting. Pour about 1 cup into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Whisk in the butterscotch topping and butter extract. Gradually stir in the remaining cream soda until combined.  
  • Fill the individual frosty glasses or mugs with the whipped cream and drizzle with additional butterscotch topping. Ten points for Gryffindor if you have gold star sprinkles to sprinkle on top.

Notes

  • Butterbeer is really best served freshly made. If you try to make it too far in advance and keep the drink in the fridge, it might still have good flavor, but the soda will lose its fizziness.
  • If you can’t find butterscotch syrup anyway, you could get away with just using caramel syrup instead.
  • Feel free to skip the whipped cream in favor of a scoop of ice cream for a butterbeer float!

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 35mg | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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