Harry Potter’s Easy Butterbeer Recipe

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Veruska is a a food travel journalist with awards to her credit, such as World Best Food Travel Journalist. She holds a certification as a sommelier and she is also an ardent lover of the outdoors. Aside from this, Veruska is a Multilingual SEO and Localization Consultant and co-owns multiple websites that cater to a global audience.
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If you’re a Happy Potter fan at least once in your life, you’ve had the desire to make your butterbeer recipe at home. We are the same: as soon as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban came out, we had this incredible craving for the sweet beverage at the Three Broomsticks.

So we started looking for the best butterbeer drinks out there to immediately discover there was no information on how to make the drink, there was no official procedure. So we guessed, using clues from the Harry Potter’s creators and our judgment and taste.

So far, this butterbeer recipe has become one of the most read on this magazine, and people keep sending us feedback on how it turned out; it’s one of our always present Christmas recipes, and we have no plan on stopping!

What ingredients do I need for this butterbeer?

There are several ways to make this drink at home: you can for a simple shake with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch topping, you can add cream soda, you can also add real beer if you plan on serving this drink to adults.

If you follow our method, you need to use vanilla ice cream. Still, you can also replace it with a mix of non-alcoholic beer and vanilla extract: every 750 ml of non-alcoholic beer, you need to add a tablespoon of vanilla extract to get the same result.

Our recipe is straightforward to make, and the final flavor is so addictive you want to keep creating and making it: it’s sparkling but also a bit spicy.

How hard is it to make this sweet drink?

This method is not complicated at all! It’s just a milkshake to which we have added butter and soda to give it a better particular flavor. In this way, it’s denser than a classic smoothie.

The following is our idea on how to make the perfect frozen butterbeer from Harry Potter: if you search online, there are thousands of drinks, but this tastes just great, and it looks more like a latte than a proper beer because of the ice cream. Give it a try and let us know!

Ingredients for 4 people

    For the butterscotch syrup

    • 500 ml of vanilla ice cream
    • 4 tablespoons of butter at room temperature
    • 80 grams of brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

    For the vanilla cream soda

    • 240 ml of water
    • 450 grams of sugar
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • Soda


    1. Prepare the vanilla cream soda by heating 240 ml of water and 480 grams of sugar until this dissolves and cool. Add the vanilla extract, mix and put in a refrigerator so, when using it, add soda to make the compound liquid;
    2. In a bowl beat the softened butter with the spices and the sugar so once the whole is mixed, pour the ice cream, mix and put in a freezer;
    3. Heat the vanilla cream until it becomes hot but not burnt (average 3, max. 4 minutes);
    4. Pull the ice cream out of the fridge, shake it, pour it into the beer mugs and cover it with the hot “beer”;
    5. Add whipped cream to the surface before serving, even with cinnamon sticks.


    Preparation time: 20 minutes

    Cooking time: 5 minutes

    Total time: 25 minutes

    Harry Potter's Butterbeer

    Harry Potter’s Drink Most Answered Questions

    Where can I buy a butterbeer in the US?

    There’s only one place where you can buy the original butterbeer: Universal Studios in Orlando, specifically the Wizarding World of Harry. We haven’t tried it, but it looks delicious even if it’s completely different from ours.

    Where can I buy and drink a butterbeer in Europe?

    The Warner Bros. Studio in London is famous for its Harry Potter Tours. Here you can try Butterbeer at the Backlot Café immersing yourself entirely in the Harry Potter atmosphere. If you are looking to book a trip to Warner Bros. Studio in London, we highly recommend you use GetYourGuide. They have the best deals on tours and attractions. Book your tour of the Studio.

    Can I add alcohol to my beer?

    Sure, you can! You can go for some rum extract or real rum. Beer makes it as well. Please note that if you add booze to this formula, the flavor may change. We haven’t tried the boozy butterbeer so that we can give you any advice. If you try it, let us know!

    Can I also make ice cream with the same method and ingredients?

    Well, this is a great question! Our butterbeer recipe already includes ice cream, so we guess you can. You must be careful in mixing the ingredients and refrigerating them correctly, but if you leave the mix into the fridge for a longer time, you will probably get an excellent Harry Potter gelato.

    “Anyone fancy a butterbeer?” Hermione Granger said. “Have yourself a glass of butterbeer,” we say and enjoy!

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