Glass of Butterbeer topped with whipped topping next to an open book and a magic wand with a pitcher of Butterbeer in the background all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Butterbeer: A Harry Potter Party Essential

No Harry Potter fan is complete without a delicious mug of Butterbeer in hand! Make the wizarding world's favorite drink at home.

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I’ve loved it since I first watched The Sorcerer’s Stone when the movie was released. Then I devoured the books. I’ve been to midnight book releases (dressing up for one of them) and midnight movie releases. I listen to the soundtracks while I write almost daily. Tyler’s nursery was the Gryffindor Common Room when he was born. When we moved, that became Ryan’s room. I’ve made my own wand and, of course, Butterbeer.

Probably the “nerdiest” Harry Potter thing I’ve done, according to my family, is hosting a monthly Harry Potter Club at my house. We all wear our House colors, watch a movie, play the co-op board game, and revel in our love of all things Hogwarts. It started when a friend had some people over to watch Fantastic Beasts when it released on DVD. We decided we should all get together to watch the movies. I decided on once a month, starting in January 2018, and we would watch one movie per month. We skipped June and July since they are such busy months. It worked out that we watched the eight original movies, then Fantastic Beasts again at the start of November. We then all saw Crimes of Grindelwald when it premiered.

Butterbeer: A Harry Potter Party Essential
My first time trying butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks not long after Wizarding World opened.

Yes, we are a bunch of nerds. To top it off, we make Harry Potter inspired food every month to share with each other. There’s no better recipe for a Harry Potter party than Butterbeer!

“Harry drank deeply. It was the most delicious thing he’d ever tasted and seemed to heat every bit of him from the inside.” -Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Butterbeer is always mentioned as a warm drink, although if you go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, you can purchase it frozen as well. When we go to the parks, I always prefer the frozen drink, but Justin likes the regular. The recipe I make is room-temperature. I don’t chill it, but it isn’t hot either.

Step by Step

To make butterbeer, you have to have butterscotch syrup. It’s the same kind you would use as an ice cream topping. I couldn’t find any at the grocery store, so I made some from home. It tasted so much better than anything storebought. I recommend making the butterscotch syrup at least a few hours before you want the butterbeer, if not a day or two before. It keeps well in the refrigerator as long as it is sealed tight in a glass jar.

Empty 2 liters of cream soda into a serving pitcher. Whisk in 1/4 cup of the butterscotch syrup (if your syrup hardens in the refrigerator, leave it out for a few minutes to soften).

Make the cream topping by using an electric mixer or stand mixer to whisk the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.

Then fold in the sugar and vanilla extract.

Add the butter and stir until it is no longer streaky.

Pour the butterbeer into a serving glass and top with a scoop (or two) of the cream topping and enjoy!


Originally Published On: June 17, 2018

Last Updated On: October 14, 2019

Glass of Butterbeer topped with whipped topping next to an open book and a magic wand with a pitcher of Butterbeer in the background all on a wooden surface


No Harry Potter fan is complete without a delicious mug of Butterbeer in hand! Make the wizarding world’s favorite drink at home.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: butterscotch, cream soda, Harry Potter
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 3 votes


Cream Topping
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)


Cream Topping
  • When you are ready to serve the butterbeer, whisk the heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form
  • Fold in the sugar and vanilla extract
  • Add the butter until it is no longer streaky
  • In a large serving pitcher, whisk the cream soda with 1/4 cup of the butterscotch syrup
  • To serve, pour butterbeer into a serving glass and top with a scoop or two of the cream topping
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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 668 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 26g130%
Cholesterol 140mg47%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Sugar 72g80%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1535IU31%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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36 thoughts on “Butterbeer: A Harry Potter Party Essential”

  1. How fantastic is this! I feel like I will be saying how decadent everything you make is. You are one true fan to think through making this from scratch and producing something that looks so tasty. Well done and enjoy the month of festivities.

  2. I have never had butter beer but I didn’t know it was made from caramel sauce and cream soda! Totally a combination I want to try! I love love that you hosted a monthly club that is fantastic!

  3. Tereka McCollum

    Can’t say I’m much of an HP fan but I love the idea of you guys meeting up every month to celebrate. Life is something to find joy in and I liked reading your blog. Actually surprised that the butterbeer doesn’t have the beer in it lol. I am sure it’s good none the less!

    1. Thank you! It’s fun to get together with others with similar interests, no matter what that is. In the books, they mention that there’s a slight bit of alcohol in the drink (enough to get a House Elf drunk) but not enough for humans.

  4. Yes, thank you for sharing this. I showed my husband who is super big HP fan, and he’s so excited about it.

  5. that sounds super yummy… I may have to try making this for my brother who loves Harry Potter!!! thanks for the recipe, something new to try ; )

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